BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 Review: A 2021 Guide

| Last Updated: August 12, 2021

Few manufacturers have such an outstanding off-road heritage as BFGoodrich.

However, will the third generation of the acclaimed Mud-Terrain T/A be up to the task of maintaining BFG's reputation?

This review will explore the performance of the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3, one of the most prominent tires in the Off-Road Maximum Traction segment.

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TL;DR: BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3

Let's take a look at the pros and cons of this fabulous tire before we begin.

BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3

BFGOODRICH Mud Terrain T/A KM3 All-Season Radial Tire-32x10.00R15NHS/8PR Q 124Q 8-ply

PROS

  • Outstanding in mud, sand, and dirt
  • Excellent traction in dry, wet, and snow
  • Built to withstand the toughest road conditions

CONS

  • Somewhat expensive
  • No Treadwear warranty

Best For:

Owners of Jeeps, light trucks, SUVs, and off-road vehicles who require a tough tire built to overcome the most challenging terrains

BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 Performance Ratings

The BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 ratings are a fascinating case. This imposing tire that boasts the rank 2 out of 6 in the Off-Road Maximum Traction segment only has 350k + miles reported which, on paper, makes its ratings unreliable. However, it cannot be overlooked that this tire is the upgraded version of the Mud-Terrain T/A KM2, which has had outstanding performance since its introduction years ago.

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Our take? While the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 is a relatively new tire on the market, it is a contender to keep in mind given its heritage.

Since we will analyze multiple aspects of this tire, we have provided the following links for your convenience.

BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 Off-Road Performance

Off-Road Performance Ratings

Off-Road Overall

9.5

Dirt

9.6

Sand

9.0

Mud

9.8

Rock

9.5

The impressive results obtained by the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 are to be expected. After all, it is a tire designed and built to excel off-road.

If you are looking for one of the best off-road tires in its class, then the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 will not disappoint.

BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 Dry Performance

Dry Performance Ratings

Dry Overall

9.0

Cornering Stability

8.8

Dry Traction

9.2

Steering Response

8.9

When it comes to on-road performance, many off-road tires are disappointing. But that's not the case with the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3.

The excellent traction and cornering stability of the Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 has made it one of the best multi-purpose tire alternatives on the market.

BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 Wet Performance

Wet Performance Ratings

Wet Overall

8.4

Hydroplaning Resistance

8.6

Wet Traction

8.3

Just as important as tire performance in the dry is the ability to maintain adequate traction in the wet.

In this regard, the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 provides remarkable ratings in both hydroplaning resistance and traction in adverse weather conditions.

BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 Snow / Ice Performance

Snow / Ice Performance Ratings

Snow / Ice Overall

8.0

Light Snow Traction

8.6

Deep Snow Traction

8.9

Ice Traction

6.4

It is common for off-road tires to have mixed snow/ice performance. This is largely due to its large tread blocks.

In that sense, although its traction on ice is fair, it should be noted that the traction provided by the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 in the snow is amazing.

BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 Comfort Performance

Comfort Performance Ratings

Overall Comfort

7.8

Ride Quality

8.5

Noise

7.0

No one expects off-road tires to be quiet or provide premium ride quality. Nevertheless, BFG has succeeded in making the Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 offer quite acceptable overall comfort.

The noise levels and ride quality of the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 are a plus for this tire, especially on long trips.

BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 Treadwear Performance

Treadwear Performance Rating

Treadwear

8.5

From every point of view, the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 is a tire built to last. From its Krawl-Tek Compound to its Traction-Armor Sidewall Sculpture that protects its integrity to its extra-thick rubber material to prevent splits, punctures, and bruising, few tires will give you such a level of protection. 

If you're looking for a tough tire made to withstand the most hostile environments, then the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 is for you.

BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 Warranty

Treadlife Warranty

None, unfortunately.

Uniformity Warranty

Complaints regarding these tires’ uniformity must be subscribed in the first year of use or the first 2/32" of wear.

Workmanship / Materials Warranty

BFGoodrich provides an amazing 6-year warranty against defects in workmanship or materials. Moreover, it also offers free tire replacement for the first year or first 2/32" of wear.

Road Hazard Warranty

This tire comes with no road hazard warranty.

Tire Rack Road Hazard Warranty

Refunds of up to $40 for repairs per tire per occurrence. Refund of the original purchase price or replacement purchase price (whichever is less) when the tire suffers non-repairable damage (valid within the first 2 years of use).

One of the few disadvantages of using the amazing BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 on your everyday vehicle is that it does not have a Treadlife warranty to back up your tires. However, that should not be a problem if you intend to use this tire for what it was created for, to enjoy the most exciting off-road adventures.

BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 Specs & Options

The market coverage of the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 is spectacular. You can get this tire in sizes ranging from 15 inches to 20 inches in tire widths ranging from 215 to 325.

Regardless of the year, model, or make of your SUV, pickup truck, or off-road vehicle, chances are you'll find the right size for your vehicle.

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BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 Reviews

Although the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 has very few reviews, the comments from drivers who have used it are mostly positive. Almost unanimously, almost all users highlight the performance of this tire off-road, both in extreme terrain and on country roads.

As for durability, some reviews have been written by vehicle owners who have successfully used the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 for over 35k miles, which is a good sign.

Finally, it is important to note that approximately two-thirds of drivers use the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 in combined off-road/highway driving conditions despite its warranty.

Quick Recap

BFGOODRICH Mud Terrain T/A KM3 All-Season Radial Tire-32x10.00R15NHS/8PR Q 124Q 8-ply

BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3

Off-Road

9.5

Dry

9.0

Wet

8.4

Snow / Ice

8.0

Comfort

7.8

Treadwear

8.5

End of the Road

The BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 is a tire with a lot going for it.  On the one hand, it has an unbeatable performance in mud, sand, and dirt.

On the other, it offers a level of traction in dry, wet, and snow good enough to be used on your daily driver vehicle.

All in all, if you drive any kind of off-road vehicle and love adventure, the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 is a tire that is hard to beat.

Damaso has been in the automotive world since he was 14 years old and his father decided to bought an auto repair shop. Years later, his passion for electronics, computers, and automotive mechanics motivated him to graduate in Mechanical Engineering and venture into the sales of automotive equipment. For years Damaso worked as a technical advisor assisting car dealerships, tire shops, and even the plants of Toyota and Mitsubishi that operate in his country. He has over 25 years of experience reporting on topics ranging from DIY jobs, technological analysis, automotive news, and more. He is a wealth of information and a valued member of our team.