General Grabber A/T3

The Grabber AT3 features three new technologies from General Tire that allow for high grip both on and off-road, enhanced acoustic performance and improved mileage.

The technologies consist of “TracGen”, which includes an open shoulder design, traction ridges which the developers call “traction pockets and sipes arranged at different angles to enhance grip properties.

“DuraGen”, is a rubber compound that provides excellent rip resistance and improves mileage in rough terrain. This combination of design features boost the self-cleaning properties of the tread, permits good interlocking with loose surfaces and provides a large number of edges to deliver grip in every direction.

The third technology, known as “ComfortBalance” demonstrates the developers’ success in overcoming the conflicting interests of ride comfort on road and good off-road grip. The balanced block geometry of the tread with low stiffness and the specially modified arrangement of the blocks in the center of the tread reduce vibration in the tyre, providing good ride comfort on the road.

On wet and dry surfaces, the new Grabber AT3 performs at the same high level as its predecessor, while traction on snow has been substantially improved. In off-road use, grip in mud and on wet grass has been improved and the tyre presents higher resistance to tread damage than its predecessor.

The Grabber AT3 will be available in 44 sizes for rims between 15 and 20 inches, with an additional 20 LT and C sizes to follow in the spring of 2017. These tyres are approved for speeds of up to 150 mph and as an all-season tyre, the Grabber AT3 bears the M+S mark and the snowflake symbol to signify safe handling on snow-covered surfaces.

This tyre replaced the General GRABBER AT2.

Dry Grip 85%
Wet Grip 78%
Road Feedback 80%
Handling 74%
Wear 89%
Comfort 83%
Buy again 81%
Snow Grip 77%
Ice Grip 56%

Tyre review data from 20 tyre reviews averaging 78% over 420,000 miles driven.

The Grabber A/T3 is ranked 28th of 66 All Season All Terrain and Off Road tyres.


Latest Tyre Test Results

2018 Auto Bild SUV All Season Tyre Test - 8th of 10 tyres

  • Positive - Low noise level.
  • Negative - Very poor wet grip, high risk of aquaplaning, long stability and long braking distances in the snow.
  • Overall - Not recommended.
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2017 Drive Out Off Road 4x4 Tyre Test - 5th of 7 tyres

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2018 Tyre Tests

  • 8th: 2018 Auto Bild SUV All Season Tyre Test (235/60 R18)
  • 2017 Tyre Tests

  • 5th: 2017 Drive Out Off Road 4x4 Tyre Test (265/65 R17)
  • Size Fuel Wet Noise Weight
    255/55 R19 111H XL   E E 73  

    Questions and Answers for the General Grabber AT3

    2017-07-03 - Looking at the test results above how come the "wear" results is so bad ?? If it's a great tyre ? Other than that they seem just the job ?

    At time of writing, neither of the two reviews of the General Grabber AT3 have given a score for wear, so it isn't that the wear score is bad, it's just that no one has graded it yet.

    2018-09-28 - If one had to compare the General Grabber AT3 to the Goodyear HP all Weather, what EU ratings would the Grabber get in terms of Fuel efficiency and road noise. The EU ratings normally indicate a A-H rating for each.

    EU label scores depend on size and dot codes. If we don't list all the Grabber AT3 label scores on the main page, then it is best to consult the manufacturers website for the latest information.

    2023-07-09 - Good evening Would these be ok for VW campervan. Or would the ride be to harsh.

    This looks like the European version of the Grabber APT so should be at the more comfortable end of AT tyres. Also check out Firestone Destination AT2 if it's available in your region.

    2023-07-13 - What is the depth of the tread on a new grabber AT3 on an 18inch wheel?

    It will vary slightly by size but somewhere around 9.5mm / 12/32" is a good bet.

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    Size Price Range  
    225/55 R18 £171.64 - £171.64 (1 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    225/65 R17 £135.99 - £152.81 (2 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    225/70 R17 £179.99 - £215.78 (4 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    235/55 R19 £205.45 - £205.45 (1 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    235/65 R17 £155.09 - £155.09 (1 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    275/45 R20 £202.99 - £213.47 (2 Prices) Compare Prices >>
    Available in 53 tyre sizes - View all.

    Top 3 General Grabber AT3 Reviews

    Given 97% while driving a Honda CRV (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 500 average miles
    I use these both on and off the road. No really heavy off roading but up a lot of farm tracks and across grass. fields. I had Bridgestone Dueller ht684 but were not impressed with them. As soon as the Grabber AT3 were fitted the car was a lot more responsive, but above all they are a lot quieter and makes for a lot more comfortable ride on the road. I ran the Bridgestone's at 26psi as per the handbook but I run the Grabber's at 36psi as per tyre fitter recomendation. I am getting an extra 2-3 mpg since fitting these tyres.
    Helpful 257 - tyre reviewed on December 8, 2016
    Given 91% while driving a Isuzu DMAX (255/40 R18) on mostly country roads for 100 spirited miles
    It is the best tyre i have ever driven and the wear is so good
    Helpful 21 - tyre reviewed on July 13, 2023
    Given 30% while driving a Ford Ranger (225/45 R17) on mostly country roads for 1,000 average miles
    I have been driving 4x4 vehicles for at least 25 years and drive off road as paet of my job, construction and forestry. I have mainly used Nissan Navara but a couple of years ago I bought a new Ford Ranger double cab pick up truck, the truck was fitted with Bridgestone all terrain tyres and they lasted to 70,000 miles. They were extremely good on road and about average off road.

    I recently bought 4 x new General Grabber AT3 tyres as I have used them before on one of the Nissan Navaras, but what a disaster they have truned out to be, extremely harsh ride with jolting and axle tramping, and on the poor country roads in my area the truck bounces across the pot holes. I took the truck back to the supplier and asked them to check the pressure, the pressure was actually a couple of psi low so they put them up to the correct pressure and they are even worse.

    These are without a doubt the worse tyres I have ever bought.
    Helpful 117 - tyre reviewed on July 31, 2017
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    Latest General Grabber AT3 Reviews

    Given 77% while driving a Mercedes Benz W460 230GE G Wagon (235/85 R16) on mostly country roads for 13,000 average miles
    Great overall tire, obviously ATs are not the best at everything but I found this one to do quite good at almost everything. Only when things get extremely muddy they obviously arent that great.They are really good in fresh powdered snow but horrible on ice. I studded them to increase snow/ice performance which worked quite well. They have been wearing really little on my solid axle 1991 G-Wagon. I did absolutely rip one sidewall though. Would i buy them again? Probably not I think the Falken Wildpeak AT is a overall better especially Winter-Performance wise but these generals are way better than the bfg ko2s in the snow and wet, as they have much more siping.
    Helpful 13 - tyre reviewed on December 11, 2023
    Given 90% while driving a BMW X5 3.0 diesel (235/65 R17) on mostly country roads for 43,000 spirited miles
    These have been absolutely excellent. Numerically most miles generally round town and motorway, but frequent/significant grass, mud and gravel, plus hundreds of miles of snow each year (in the Alps). Also some green laning in Wales! As regards longevity, the 43,000 represents the highest figure I have ever got out of a set of tyres, and it is only the fronts which are now on the limit.

    Traditionally I have used Goodyear Wrangler AT's and BF Goodrich AT's (and still have a set on an Jeep CJ7 that I also use - it only does a couple of thousand miles a year so they refuse to wear out...). These were significantly more expensive and definitely no better - but they are getting old and of course tyre technology is (I hope..) continuously improving each year.

    I don't drive hard enough in the dry to know much about dry handling etc., but the AT3's are excellent to drive in the wet. Very good stopping distances etc. From my experience just as good as a good road tyre. Noise is not a problem either.

    Incredibly good in deep snow (remember the Beast from the East?) and sub zero temperatures - the best I have ever driven.

    Traditionally I swap tyres winter to summer (off road tyres used to be a pain in summer, and I have a second set of rims...) but I have stopped bothering with summers since the last set wore out - with these there seems no point.

    Highly recommended. (and no, I am not being paid to say that...)
    Helpful 21 - tyre reviewed on March 1, 2023
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    Given 71% while driving a Land Rover Discovery Sport (225/70 R17) on mostly country roads for 1,000 average miles
    Very pleased on dry roads, good grip on wet surfaces. Never had issues with aquaplaning, not too loud. On good surfaces very comfortable. On off road very grippy, on stones too. The bad side is on snow. Poor grip on compacted snow, specially on cornering. On ice is a disaster, even if this tire is rated 3PSF. Never again on snow, but for sure again for the rest.
    Helpful 28 - tyre reviewed on December 5, 2022
    Given 71% while driving a Land Rover Discovery Sport (225/70 R17) on mostly country roads for 1,000 average miles
    Very pleased on dry roads, good grip on wet surfaces. Never had issues with aquaplaning, not too loud. On good surfaces very comfortable. On off road very grippy, on stones too. The bad side is on snow. Poor grip on compacted snow, specially on cornering. On ice is a disaster, even if this tire is rated 3PSF. Never again on snow, but for sure again for the rest.
    Helpful 16 - tyre reviewed on December 4, 2022
    Given 84% while driving a Land Rover Discovery 3 (255/55 R19) on a combination of roads for 30,000 spirited miles
    Ran AT on previous disco 2 and fitted these on Disco 3 when I changed. Great wear done 30k and fronts have about 5mm left rears about 8mm. Good grip until pushed hard then tend to understeer but what can you expect with a near 3ton discovery. Good in muddy grass never failed to be my caravan off a field and it's weighs 2 ton. Does hit the fuel consumption I loose 2-3mpg round town which is only down side the old AT on my disco 2 never made a difference but these are a little bit more aggressive. Will buy again when fronts get a bit lower
    Helpful 28 - tyre reviewed on May 31, 2022
    Land Rover (225/55 R18 H) on a combination of roads for 3,000 spirited miles
    Purchased my P38 2.5 DSE new in May 2000. Factory fitted with Pirelli 60:40 on:off road tyres, followed by my fitting 3 sets of Michelin 4x4 Synchrone 60:40s. All gave about 35,000 miles to the 1.6mm UK safety limit markers, over 3 years per set. These all performed ok in our UK annual weather cycles, but did lack snow and ice performance, which was problem for accessing my hillside pony field with the back full of feed, on those rare occasions. Manual labour required ! I then changed to those stylised tread pattern Grabber AT tyres, and did not notice any change in MPG as some suggested, while wet grip on asphalt was not quite as keen as previous tyres, but acceptable. Performance in snow was only slightly improved over previous tyres. I fitted two sets of these which both lasted 48,000 miles to 1.6mm limit markers over 4 years per set. Impressive, considering they were a lot cheaper than my previous brands. Now with over 236,000 miles on the clock, my waggon is fitted with it's first set of Grabber AT3. While practicality is more important to me over appearance, these tyres do look the part on my truck. Done 3000 Summer miles, (would have been double if not for Covid-19), with no issues and no measurable wear on the stock 9mm tread depth. Again, no change in MPG. They are definitely better in the wet than the old AT. With the snowflake symbol, I am hoping to report on the suggested 15% improvement in snow and ice performance, even though I wish this type weather to stay away - I hate the stuff ! :)
    Helpful 42 - tyre reviewed on September 22, 2020
    Given 63% while driving a Land Rover Freelander 2 (235/55 R19) on mostly town for 24,000 average miles
    Very good for off-road driving but it lacks on dry and wet grip on tarmac as well as on wear.
    Helpful 47 - tyre reviewed on May 15, 2020
    Volvo (235/65 R17) on a combination of roads for 18,000 spirited miles
    Fitted on a volvo xc70. Quite a bit of off road, and in fields towing a trailer with hay. Green lanes and dirt tracks etc on dartmoor. Handled well quiet on roads. I've had grabber 1, 2 and 3 tires on a discovery and xc70 and happy with them
    Helpful 55 - tyre reviewed on March 4, 2020
    Given 70% while driving a Volkswagen Touareg (275/45 R20) on mostly country roads for 100 spirited miles
    Very soft sidewall, first time out off-roading cut 3 tyres down to cord, now need to buy new tyres, so I’d say ok for road can get much better for offroad
    Helpful 46 - tyre reviewed on January 27, 2020
    Given 82% while driving a Land Rover Discovery 4 (225/45 R17) on mostly country roads for 50,000 easy going miles
    Whilst these are a good mid range AT tyre they are notorious for wearing away the wheel rims at around the 50,000 mileage. This eventually reduces the strength of the rim and can cause hairline cracks and poor tyre seal giving slow punctures. Little can be done to rebuild the rims, so you're looking at new rims....very costly!
    I won't be using Grabber AT3's again.....
    Helpful 69 - tyre reviewed on January 14, 2020
    Given 81% while driving a Toyota RAV4 (225/65 R17) on mostly country roads for 42,000 spirited miles
    Fitted to a RAV4 these tyres have now covered 42k miles, probably around 1k left. At least 10k miles towing a horse box. On road grip is good both wet and dry and they have got me on and off many wet muddy show fields without drama. Will definatly be fitting the same again.
    Helpful 31 - tyre reviewed on January 13, 2020
    Given 76% while driving a Mitsubishi Outlander (215/65 R16 H) on mostly country roads for 16,000 spirited miles
    General AT3 fitted to Mitsubishi Outlander Commercial 4wd. Absolutely superb tyres. Wear isn't up to BFG AT traditions but many manufacturers lacking the carbon black in the rubber for enviro reasons. These tyres are incredible in snow and soft/light mud. They are on another level on snow vs the Goodyear Wrangler HP All Weather which I have on a Jeep GC. Quiet, responsive, very impressed.
    Helpful 35 - tyre reviewed on January 31, 2019