Yokohama, a brand steeped in a century-plus legacy, brings us the Geolandar A/T G015— a tire promising to match your driving needs whether you’re cruising down highways or navigating gravel-strewn trails, whether loaded or not.
Of the many appealing reasons to consider the Geolandar A/T G015 is Yokohama’s unique orange oil blend, paired with an innovative tread pattern, that offers exceptional handling and grip, ensuring optimal traction for all seasons. While just about any tire can handle ideal driving conditions, we decided to put this one through its paces in winter.
Let’s cut right to the chase and delve into how these rubber wonders performed on a 2018 GMC Sierra 1500.
The Steed and Its Shoes
We fitted the Geolandar A/T G015 tires on a hard-working 2018 GMC Sierra 1500. As you can tell by the images in the gallery, this pickup’s box is covered with a cap (in a colour doesn’t match) not because it’s cool but because there are always tools, fishing, and hunting gear back there. Extra weight can and does put strain on tires but given that you’re here reading the review, the 265/65R18-sized Geolandar A/T G015 tires fared quite well. The truck was tested on everything from smooth highways to icy backroads and after clocking in a few thousand kilometers, here’s the lowdown.
On highways and city streets, the Yokohamas are quite nice. Thought they roll smoothly enough on most surfaces; they turned out be less forgiving and quiet than previously tested Nokian Outpost tires. Despite this, they ensured a generally tranquil cabin experience, keeping the hum and vibration to acceptable levels. As far as handling goes, the Geolandar A/T G015 tires perfectly match the Sierra’s intended levels of performance.
Should you decide to venture off the beaten path, these tires won’t disappoint. While they’re not made for extreme rock crawling or mudding, they’ll handle light off-road duties like a champ. Trails, gravel, or snow-covered roads—you name it, the Geolandar A/T G015 can tackle it with reasonable aplomb. Many of the snow-covered rocky roads posed nary a challenge thanks to the Edgetec grooves and robust sidewalls.
Towing and Load Capacity
If you’re pulling a boat, camper, or another set of wheels, these tires can handle the load. Their sidewall strength ensures stability while towing, giving you that extra layer of confidence. As noted, this truck is always loaded but the tire’s Endurocore Construction, which is optimized for added durability on vehicles that carry heavy equipment for a living.
Grip and Traction
Throughout the test, the Geolandar A/T G015’s Enduro compound and triple 3D sipes kept the snow and water from hampering forward progress. The Yoko’s demonstrated hydroplaning resistance is reassuring due to the circumferential grooves, making them reliable companions for those unpredictable rainy days or in heavy snow conditions.
Importantly, the Yokohamas provide reassuring stability on long road trips when travelling from the city to the cottage. The fact that the Geolandar A/T G015s also sports the Mountain Snowflake Symbol means that the compound remains flexible even is cold weather conditions.
A worthy tire
While the grip and traction are noteworthy, a little more aggression in the tread design would’ve been welcome – this is admittedly a very personal opinion. Even so, when you’re in the market for an all-terrain tire, you’re also buying into the aesthetic—the Geolandar A/T G015 somewhat lacks in that bad-boy appeal.
However, in the vast landscape of all-terrain tires, these Yokohama tires makes a compelling case for itself. It’s a jack-of-all-trades with minimal compromises, offering worthy performance across diverse driving conditions. When it comes to reliable, all-season, and all-terrain capabilities, it’s hard to find fault.