Best Ford Explorer Tires

Best Ford Explorer Tires

One of the most handsome and versatile utility vehicles on the market, the Explorer offers something for everyone from the eco-friendly hybrid model to the high-performance ST.

If the tires on your vehicle are starting to wear out, we’ve assembled a list of the best Ford Explorer tires based on capability and performance, as well as tread life and price. We’ve also chosen a few of the best winter tire options to check out, some budget-focused choices and some high-performance selections too. See the full list below.


Ford Explorer Tire Sizes

Below are the different trim levels offered on the Ford Explorer as well as the tire size options available for each.

  • Base 255/65/18
  • Hybrid 255/55/20
  • Limited 255/55/20
  • Platinum 255/55/20 or 275/45/21
  • ST 255/55/20
  • ST High Performance Package 275/45/21
  • ST Street Package 275/45/21
  • XLT 255/65/18 or 255/55/20


Best Ford Explorer Tires

20-inch Sizes

We’ve selected five of our top picks for the Explorer starting with the Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza Plus. With solid all-weather capability and a fantastic highway ride, the tread pattern is optimized for minimum noise. Handling performance is excellent and it comes with an 80,000 mile warranty. Pricing, while on the expensive side, is actually quite reasonable for what this tire offers.

Next up is the Michelin Defender LTX MS, one of the best tires for larger SUVs you can buy. It’s not quite as engaging to drive and gives up some grip in dry weather performance to its rivals, but only so that it can offer more grip in the winter. There’s heavy siping allowing this tire to grip better in snow and really push the limits of what an all-season tire is.

Next up we have the Cooper Discoverer SRX. In many ways similar to the Michelin, it’s not quite as impressive, but it’s also not quite as expensive.

For those looking for a slight edge in off-road grip, the Continental Terrain Contact HT offers just that. While far from being an all-terrain tire, it does deliver more off-road capability than a conventional all-season, wile still being quite refined on the road.

And finally, for those looking for a bit more sport from their tire, we’d recommend the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus II. It will deliver a more dynamic drive, though with a slightly lower tread life. For those looking for even more performance, we’ve included a few higher-performance options below.

Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza Plus

Michelin Defender LTX MS

Cooper Discoverer SRX

Continental Terrain Contact HT

Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus II


Longest Lasting Tire for Ford Explorer

Goodyear Assurance Max Life


Best All-Terrain Tire for Ford Explorer

Falken Wildpeak AT Trail


Best Budget Tire for Ford Explorer

Yokohama YK-CTX

Falken Pro G5 CSV


Best High Performance Summer Tire for Ford Explorer

Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV


Best High Performance All-Season Tire for Ford Explorer

Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4


Cheapest Tire for Ford Explorer

Westlake SU318 HT


Best Winter Tires for Ford Explorer

Bridgestone Blizzak DMV2

Michelin X-Ice Snow SUV


What Tires Come on the Ford Explorer?

Explorer models come with a selection of four different tires from the factory depending on their wheel size. Explorer models running 18-inch wheels come exclusively with the Hankook Kinergy GT tires. Models with 20-inch rims come with either the Michelin Primacy AS or the self-sealing version of that tire. And finally, models with the 21-inch wheels come with the Pirelli Scorpion Zero All Season tire.

How long do Ford Explorer Tires Last?

Based on the specific tires equipped on each model, tread life varies but should be between 50,000 and 70,000 miles. The Michelin Primacy AS tires fitted to many models come with a 55,000 mile tread life warranty from the factory, while Explorers with 18-inch tires get longer lasting Hankook Kinergy GT tires, rated for roughly 70,000 miles. Some models do come equipped with Pirellis, which don’t have a specific warranty. That said, don’t expect to get much more than 50,000 miles on a set – specially as these are generally fitted to the high-performance versions, like the Explorer ST.

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