While Mud Tires look great and add an aggressive look to your vehicle, there are some drawbacks. All terrains are great, but can they get you out of a deep rut if you need it? Let's break down the difference between All Terrain Tires and Mud Tires.
As the name implies, all terrain tires are able to get your vehicle across most terrains. While they aren't the best offroading tires, if you happen to find yourself on a dirt road right after a heavy rain they'll get you through it.
While all terrain tires are made to be flexible in most conditions, mud tires are designed specifically for offroad conditions. The tread blocks are larger and are able to get through rocks and loose ground like mud or sand. The walls are also thicker to better withstand sharp and jagged edges compared to all terrain tires.
That depends on how much offroading you do with your vehicle. If you're debating which tire should go on your daily driver, we think all terrains would be great. Nitto makes an all terrain that looks pretty mean so you still get the aggressive look without sacrificing functionality.
However, if you're thinking about tires for your weekend jeep then go with mud tires! Driving on pavement isn't bad for the tires, it's just not the mud terrain's specialty.
So if you're doing more offroad driving than pavement, go with mud tires. If you're vehicle is more of a daily driver then some aggressive all terrains should do the trick!