Difference Between All-Season Tires And All-Terrain Tires
By Marc Gordon - December 7, 2022

Tires are a vital and sometimes ignored component of an automobile, so selecting the right ones is critical. But, with so many options and varieties, it can be difficult to tell which is the best option—or even what the distinctions are. All-season tires and all-terrain tires are two types of tires that are frequently compared, although there are differences between them.

Table Summary

All-Season All-Terrain
Cheaper to acquire and maintainExpensive and not fuel economical
Industry-standard for cars and vansWorks well with off-road conditions and vehicles


All-season tires are all-purpose tires designed to handle various driving conditions, including more common weather events and driving on backroads or dirt roads. All-season tires are the industry standard since they primarily perform in regular driving situations.

All-terrain tires are designed to handle circumstances not generally experienced on a daily commute, family excursion, and other events not typically encountered under normal driving conditions.

All-Season VS All-Terrain

All-season tires feature tread channels that are shallow and straight. This improves their on-road capability, and their tire profile may be substantially lower to improve the vehicle’s overall look. All-terrain tires feature broader and deeper tread to absorb impact and maintain grip in harsh off-road or weather situations. The disadvantage is that all-terrain tires produce more noise on the road, particularly on paved roads.

When in touch with the road, all-terrain tires are larger and blockier, covering a larger surface area. As a result, they have more rolling resistance and require more gasoline to maintain rolling, making them somewhat less fuel-efficient than all-season tires. They also tend to cost more, at an average of $100 compared to the $50 average of All-season tires.
All-terrain tires are mainly built to handle off-road situations and harsh weather in some cases; they are often more commonly accessible and easier to mount to pickup trucks and SUVs. On the other hand, cars and vans are usually fitted with all-season tires from the factory.