Tires are one of the most significant upgrades you can make to any car, truck, or SUV. Just think about it: four small patches of rubber connect your vehicle to the road, and these contact patches have a substantial influence on how the vehicle accelerates, brakes, corners, and copes with rough or slippery terrain. However, tires are also a compromise. Heavy-duty mud tires make sense for a 4×4 truck, but don't make much sense for a small crossover SUV that only needs to deal with gravel and snow. Nitto Tire has released a new all-terrain tire called the Nomad Grappler that's designed to maximize the performance of crossovers (CUVs) and light SUVs in off-road and snowy conditions.

The Nomad Grappler is made for light SUVs like this Toyota RAV4.

In a press release, Nitto said that this new tire offers “a bold tread pattern to provide comfort on-road and traction in off-road and snowy conditions.” Since crossover SUVs aren't usually rock-crawling, fording rivers, and clambering through mud pits, this seems like an appropriate balance for their capabilities. In general, all-terrain tires offer much better traction than all-seasons, but also a smoother ride and less road noise than mud-terrains.

With many small SUV owners using their vehicles for camping, overlanding, and mild trail excursions, there's definitely a need for improved tire capability in this segment. The Nomad Grappler features a 3-Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF) rating, which means that they've been tested and proven to meet an industry standard in medium-packed snow conditions. They also feature a rugged tread pattern with two different sidewall designs, so the owner can mount the tires with either pattern facing outward.

The Nitto Nomad Grappler tires are available in 25 sizes for wheels ranging from 17 inches to 20 inches. For more information, go to

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