GT Radial Savero HT2 Review & Rating
- Dependable dry and wet traction
- Comfortable ride
- Tread life
- Winter handling
The GT Radial Savero HT2 seems to have a tendency to fly under the radar with tire enthusiasts despite the fact that the HT2 offers the same kind of qualities that the majority of other all-season tires do, albeit at a lower budget-friendly price.
Built for drivers of all types of light trucks and SUV’s, the HT2 is available in 33 sizes ranging from 15 to 20 inches, and load ratings ranging from C to E. So, how well does it perform? We put this model to the test in a variety of circumstances to find out. Let’s take a look.
Dry traction is rarely a problem with all-season tires and so was the case with these HT2 tires. They performed very well in dry conditions on a variety of different road surfaces.
With the basics out of the way, we tested these tires in wet weather conditions and they stood firm against aquaplaning by providing excellent traction as well. GT Radial says that these tires’ wet weather performance is due to rounded shoulders, deeper zigzag grooves and four circumferential grooves which combine to evacuate water away from the tread and provide added grip.
Cornering – Steering
Good traction exhibited by these tires gave us confidence to throw our SUV into corners and the vehicle came out of those corners like a hot knife through butter i.e. smooth and steady. All all-season tires tend to use special compounds to ensure good cornering and steering along with other elements such as continuous center ribs. This is true of the GT Radial Savero HT2 as well. The addition of Carcass Tension Technology further improves handling and gives you added confidence in all driving situations.
Traction and maneuverability in winter conditions is always suspect with all-season tires which is why we were not expecting a lot from this model. Hence, there was not a lot of disappointment when these tires failed to cope with extreme winter conditions such as heavy deep snow and ice. On light snow covered roads they handled well. Our opinion is simple; if you are going to be driving in climates that see a lot of snow then you should buy dedicated winter tires.
Ride Comfort – Road Noise
Considering that GT Radial Savero HT2 is one of the lower cost all-season tires available on the market, the ride quality they provided us during testing was pretty good overall. The tires road comfortably on all but the worst of road surfaces and were quiet during the initial stages of our testing which we assume is because they use advanced noise cancelling technology within the tread blocks. We have heard some drivers mentioning that road noise increases when the tire wears down, but that is common for most every tire.
Tread life is better than average for tires in this class. With a UTQG rating of 520 the HT2 should deliver a tread life of around 40-50,000 miles depending on driving habits and how well the tires are maintained. Taking into account that these tires are also good for hauling heavier loads, their tread life is more than decent, particularly at the prices that they are available at.
The GT Radial Savero HT2 comes with a 40,000 mile tread warranty.
Based on their performance and lower price, the HT2 provides a good value for the money.