Ford F250 owners, you need tires that can work hard and last. To that end, we’ve put together a list of our top picks in several different categories.
Knowing how hard you work your truck, from piling on the highway miles to getting dirty on the work site (or having some fun when you get the chance) our list is based off of factors like durability, capability, warranty and price.
Ford F250 Tire Sizes
Below is a list of each trim level for the F250 and the tire sizes available from the factory for that trim.
- King Ranch 275/65/18 or 275/65/20
- Lariat 275/65/18 or 275/65/20
- Limited 275/65/20
- Platinum 275/65/20
- Tremor 285/75/18
- XL 245/75/17 or 275/65/18
- XLT 275/65/18
What Tires Are Right for You?
Before jumping right in and buying our top pick it’s important that they are the right tire for you, your truck, and the type of driving you do. So let’s quickly examine some of the available tire types.
All-Season Tires: The most common type of tires, all-seasons can be used on everything from sports cars to pickup trucks. They aren’t actually great in all-seasons, meaning that they generally under-perform in winter. They will almost always offer the longest tread life and the best on-road manners. A sub-set are all-weather tires, which actually are certified for true winter use.
Highway-Terrain Tires: A mix between all-season and all-terrain tires, these are designed for occasional and mild off-road use but are also an ideal on-road tire. Importantly, despite that off-road capability, many are still great for towing on-road. Tread life is generally as high or higher than a conventional all-season.
All-Terrain Tires: Designed for on- and off-road use we recommend these if you’re hitting the trails often or live somewhere with a lot of dirt or gravel roads. They’ll be a bit louder, but still liveable. Off-road grip ranges from good to excellent, depending on the specific tire. These tires start to get a bit more expensive and tread life is usually a little lower.
Mud-Terrain Tires: The most extreme options for those who need next-level grip, these are designed to do everything from rock crawling to going through mud. They almost always come with a 3-ply sidewall for added protection off-road. Pricing ranges wildly depending on if you opt for a plus-size tire. Budget options cost similar to other types of tires while premium versions can often be double that. And there almost never any tread life warranty on these tires.
What Tire is Best for a Ford F250?
Best Tire for Ford F250
Michelin Agilis CrossClimate
We don’t often recommend tires without a milage guarantee, but we’ll make an exception here. The Michelin Agilis CrossClimate is a fantastic performing tire in all weather conditions, is durable and reasonably long lasting too. Extremely well-rated by owners, the structure of the tire itself is built to handle heavy loads, while the tread pattern is designed to handle the high torque loads of an HD truck.
The two center ribs provide solid highway feel and stability, while the long shoulder tread blocks give this tire grip and stability in the corners.
There’s plenty of siping on each tread block, allowing this tire to be certified for true winter use, meaning it wears the three peak mountain snowflake logo and you won’t have to worry about swapping tires in the winter months. Due to the high void ratio in the treads, this tire can also handle some light off-road work too.
As for tire life, while there is no guarantee, with proper maintenance and rotation you should be able to see 50,000 miles out of a set.
Best Tire for Ford F250 (Alternative)
Michelin Defender LTX MS
A close runner-up for our top pick, the Michelin Defender LTX MS is often found at the top of our lists of best truck tires. And for good reason.
Available in numerous Load Range E fitments for heavy duty pickups it’s an ideal on-road truck tire that will hold up well to regular hard use, including dirt and gravel roads.
The five-row tread pattern provides solid driving dynamics, while the heavy siping and large water evacuation channels give it top marks in the wet. Michelin’s own testing claims it’ll stop as much as 30 feet shorter in the wet than some main rivals. And that’s a massive gap.
Similarly, all that siping gives this tire an edge in winter performance. While it’s not designed for winter use, among all-season options its one of the very best.
On top of all this, it’s designed with low rolling resistance in mind, meaning it can save you a few fillups over the course of the tire’s life. It’s also extremely quiet and impressively long lasting. LT versions of the tire come with a 50,000 mile tread life warranty although expect them to hit that easily.
Best Highway Terrain Tire for Ford F250
Continental Terrain Contact HT
If you are looking for a milage guarantee on your tires and you plan to do plenty of highway driving, the Continental Terrain Contact HT might be the perfect tire.
With excellent braking performance in the dry and decent wet performance it’s an impressive handling tire and is both quiet and smooth on the highway. You can pack on the miles too with a 60,000 mile tread life warranty.
Pricing for these tires is pretty decent too, coming in under many of the others on this list.
As a highway terrain tire it’s designed for some light off-roading, but it really is more for on-road use.
Best All-Terrain Tire for Ford F250
BFGoodrich All Terrain TA KO2
Our favorite all-terrain tire is hands-down the best choice for the F250 for a number of reasons. For starters, if you need off-road grip, nothing works like the KO2. In addition, it’s extremely durable and holds up well to the extra demands of a heavy duty truck.
The reinforced sidewalls also make these tires much less likely to puncture from a scrape or cut across the side of the tire, which can ruin either your vacation or your day on the job.
On-road performance is decent, though there are some compromises in terms of overall comfort and responsiveness. Still, we like that the tire now comes with a 50,000 mile tread life warranty.
Often these BFGs can be quite expensive, and while they’re never cheap, the price gap between them and the other all-terrain tires you could buy for the F250 isn’t significant here, making them an even smarter buy.
Best Mud-Terrain Tire for Ford F250
BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain TA KM3
Much in the way that BFG dominates the all-terrain segment the brand also owns the top spot when it comes to mud-terrain tires.
Extremely capable and durable, the Krawl-Tek compound combined with an aggressive tread pattern lets it grip just as well on rocks as it does in the mud. The 3-ply sidewall is protected even further by the brand’s Traction-Armor sidewall design that gives an extra layer of protection, while even allowing for a touch more grip on loose surfaces.
Best Budget Tire for Ford F250
While most of the all-terrain tires for the F250 cost around the same price, this tire is one exception. The Pathfinder AT costs roughly 25% less than rival tires and still makes a compelling case. It doest grip like the BFGs, but compared to the other available all-terrain tires the performance gap isn’t significant.
It also has a great all-terrain look and comes with a 50,000 mile tread life warranty.
Cheapest Tire for Ford F250
Kumho Crugen HT51
For an affordable tire, the Crugen HT51 offers an impressive combination of off-road grip, on-road civility and, of course, a great price. Plus, it comes with an added surprise.
As a highway terrain tire it’ll hold up under occasional off-road use, but don’t expect anything extreme in terms of grip here. On-road its much better with a quiet and comfortable ride. Overall tread life is lower than segment leaders a 45,000 miles, but again, that’s not bad for the price.
The surprise here is that due to the heavy siping on the tire it’s not just decent in the winter but is actually three-peak mountain snowflake certified for true winter use – a genuine rarity amongst highway terrain tires.
Cheapest Tire for Ford F250 (alternative)
Corsa All Terrain
If you need a set of new tires and just don’t want to spend any more than you have to, then the Corsa All Terrain is the best bet. These tires are certified for off-road use although they are significantly less capable than many rivals. The large tread blocks and lower amount of void space make them less able to grip off-road. On the flip side, this does help their overall on-road stability. The compromises on and off-road are rather significant here though and wet weather braking, in particular, is a weak point.
The tire does come with a 40,000 mile tread life warranty.
Best Winter Tire for Ford F250
Bridgestone Blizzak LT
We often recommend Bridgestone Blizzak tires as a top choice for winter and that’s holds true for the Ford F-250. Specific to this truck are the Blizzak LT tires made for 3/4- and 1-ton trucks, which come in an E load range for serious work on big trucks.
While their grip isn’t perhaps quite as amazing as the standard Blizzak options, this tire is built to withstand hard use, under load and not deteriorate. To do that there are larger tread blocks with just four rows of tread, plus the exterior shoulder tread blocks feature tie bars that connect the blocks lower down to give them extra stability and resist wear.
There’s a plentiful amount of siping, as you might expect, allowing for loads of grip on snow-packed roads, while in true Blizzak fashion the siping even extends up the outside shoulder tread blocks to aid in cornering grip and grip in particularly deep snow.
What Tires Come on the Ford F250?
With so many powertrain, bed and cab configurations it’s no surprise that the F250 comes with a long list of different tires fitted, depending on your intended purpose. Trucks equipped with 17-inch wheels get a choice of four different tires from the factory: BFGoodrich Rugged Trail TA, General Grabber HTS, Michelin LTX AT2 and Michelin LTX MS2.
Trucks with 18-inch wheels also get a selection of four different tire options: Continental ContiTrac, Continental ContiTrac TR, Goodyear Wrangler All Terrain Adventure with Kevlar or Michelin LTX AT2
And finally trucks with the largest 20-inch wheels come exclusively with the Michelin LTX AT2 tires.
How Long do Ford F250 Tires Last?
You should expect a set of factory F250 tires to last anywhere in the range of 45,000 to 60,000 miles. Some tire options come with no factory mileage warranty or are on the low end like the General Grabber HTS with just 45,000 miles. The Michelin LTX MS2 comes wth a 50,000 mile warranty, while tires like the Michelin LTX AT2 and Goodyear Wrangler All Terrain Adventure with Kevlar are both expected to last 60,000 miles.
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Tire Buying FAQ
Where can I find the best price on tires?
There is no one answer to this question unfortunately. Sites like Tire Rack and Discount tire offer deals all the time on specific brands. You can also find deals on Amazon though they are much harder to find and often only apply to a specific size or group of sizes. Visit our Tire Deals page for more info.
When is the best time to buy tires?
It’s common that many shoppers buy tires once its already too late. At that point you don’t have a lot of choice and can often over-pay. If you’re planning ahead, generally, retailers offer significant tire deals around major holiday weekends (especially in the summer), as well as Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
How much is Shipping?
Shipping is often included when you purchase tires online. Many retailers offer free shipping if you get your tires shipped to an installer that they recommend. Even if you ship to your home, Tire Rack offers free shipping on purchases over $50. And if you’re buying new tires, that won’t be hard.
How long does shipping take?
Shipping can take just a few days, or over a week in the worst cases. Often it depends on where you live. anyone in a larger urban center or living closer to a tire distribution center can get them quite quickly.
Does anyone offer mobile tire installation?
Depending on where you live, there may be numerous local mobile tire installers available. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of tracking one down, TireRack offers its own service. You don’t even have to purchase tires from TireRack to use it.
While it’s more expensive than bringing your tires to the shop, it’s also a lot more convenient. Prices start at $25 per tire.
How much does it cost to install a tire?
Generally you’ll pay between $25 and $50 per tire for installation services. This includes mounting and balancing, while using the latest tools so your rims don’t get scuffed or scraped.
Do I need to replace the tire pressure monitoring system when I change tires?
It’s not necessary to replace TMPS sensors when you change tires, but you may want to consider it. The units can fail over time due to damage or corrosion. Also, most units contain a battery and as a sealed unit, they must be replaced when the battery wears down. While most tire installers will handle sourcing these parts for you, you can also buy your own here.
Do online tire retailers offer rebates?
Absolutely! In fact, rebates are offered by most brands (even premium ones). Often these incentives are offered with other deals including up-front discounts and credit card offers.