Twin to the Chevy Traverse, the GMC Terrain offers space, functionality and features for the modern world, with the high-riding style everyone is after. This handsome compact crossover offers an extra dose of style too.
If you’re on the hunt for a new site of tires for your Terrain we’ve assembled our top picks in numerous different categories based on factors including warranty, capability, durability and price.
GMC Terrain Tire Sizes
Below we’ve put a list of the different trim levels for the GMC Terrain as well as their corresponding tire sizes.
- Denali 235/50/19
- SL 225/65/17
- SLE 225/65/17 or 225/65/18 or 235/50/19
- SLT 225/65/18 or 235/50/19
What Tire is Best for the GMC Terrain?
Best Tire for GMC Terrain
Continental Cross Contact LX 25
Continental’s experience in making tires for German luxury sedans translates well into its ability to create a quiet and comfortable all-season tire for modern crossovers. The Cross Contact LX 25 tire combines equal parts ride quality, low road noise and handling into a long lasting tire that’s affordable too.
The tread pattern includes a lot of sipes and angles to help give extra grip in wet weather and even some mild winter grip. To help in cornering capability, the tire’s shoulder tread blocks are all connected by an inner rib to give them added stability.
in addition to this well-rounded package, the tire will last you for many many years with a 70,000 mile tread life warranty.
Goodyear Assurance ComfortDrive (alternative)
Replacing the highly-rated Comfortred Touring tire, the new Goodyear Assurance ComfortDrive add more performance and some unique features, while sacrificing some overall tread life.
We really liked the older version for combining refinement and long life, though overall performance was somewhat lacking. With the new ComfortDrive handling capability, particularly in the wet, is enhanced quite a bit. Dry handling is also good.
To maximize performance the tire uses evolving tread blocks that lock together under harder cornering to make the tire more stable. Once the tire wears, these sections fade away, resulting in a slight decrease in overall dry handling, while opening up new channels to evacuate water so that wet weather grip stays strong.
They are extremely quiet and also very compliant, making use of an extra layer of cushioning in the tire’s construction.
The only reason we don’t rate these as number one is the 60,000 mile tread life warranty, which is lower than most top-tier tires in this segment.
Best All-Season Tire for GMC Terrain
Goodyear Assurance Weather Ready
One of the most versatile all-season tires on the market, the Goodyear Assurance Weather Ready is built for dry road, wet roads and even true winter driving, something that really separates it from the competition. Rather than mild winter capability, it offers true winter grip and features the three peak mountain snowflake logo on the sidewall as proof.
In addition, dry weather grip is impressive thanks to track blocks that lock together to support each other under hard cornering or braking. While in the wet, Goodyear engineered the tire with plenty of water evacuation channels that widen as the tire wears to maintain a consistent level of wet weather handling and braking capability.
All that said, this tire combines true all-season capability with a 60,000 mile tread life warranty.
Longest Lasting Tire for GMC Terrain
Goodyear Assurance Max Life
While Goodyear’s Assurance Comfortred comes close, the Assurance Max Life tire wins the prize for the longest tread life guarantee of any tire available for the GMC Terrain. An overall solid performance in terms of ride quality and performance, it will give you at least 85,000 miles of use, which is a solid 5,000 more miles than any competitor. If you don’t want to think about buying new tires again for as long as possible (or ever) these are the tires for you.
Best All-Terrain Tire for GMC Terrain
Falken Wildpeak AT Trail
Falken implemented a new theory about all-terrain tires when they developed the Wildpeak AT Trail. This tire is designed for lighter off-roading such as dirt trails and gravel roads, rather than more extreme challenges. It handles those surfaces excellently and, importantly, is designed to hold up to long term hard use.
At the same time, it’s more on-road focused than other all-terrain tires with better handling dynamics and wet wether grip. Plus, as yet another benefit it’s actually certified for true winter use.
Put all this together with a 65,000 mile tread life warranty and a decent price point and if you’re looking for a tire that will handle regular off-roading and regular street use, this is an ideal pick.
Best Budget Tire for GMC Terrain
Falken Pro G5 CSV
Rather than stand-out in one particular area, the Falken Pro G5 CSV brings together nice blend of features where it performs just above average to deliver a tire that really has no drawbacks, and that comes an a surprisingly affordable price point.
As a touring tire designed for crossovers it’s an ideal fit for the GMC Terrain. Wet and dry braking are solid and the highway ride quality is good. Combine this with a decent 60,000 mile tread life warranty and you might still be wondering what makes this tire special. Well, at a price of just over $100 a tire it represents a fantastic offering.
Best Runflat Tire for GMC Terrain
If you’re hunting for the safety and piece of mind that a runflat tire provides, we recommend the Driveguard tire from Bridgestone. Making use of a silica-infused tread compound it maintains excellent grip on dry and wet roads. A 60,000 mile tread life warranty is decent, though not exactly fantastic compared to non-RTF tires. However, it’s very good when compared to other run-flats, which is a main reason why we’ve chosen it.
The real reason to buy this tire is its ability to drive when flat for short periods of time, allowing you to get to where you need to go, safely.
You’ll pay for the privilege, but can you really put a price on safety?
Cheapest Tire for GMC Terrain
Designed for a comfortable and refined highway ride, the Ohtsu FP7000 delivers with a focus on exterior tread blocks that give plenty of stability. Large circumferential grooves evacuate water quickly maintaining braking performance in the wet.
While dry braking performance is good the tire does lack somewhat in sportiness, which isn’t overly surprising and we don’t expect most crossover owners will really mind at this price point.
We’d caution that this tire does not come with any mileage warranty, however, it’s extremely well reviewed by consumers. That said, expect 40,000 to 50,000 miles on a set. And expect to spend very little on that set too.
Additional GMC Terrain Tires
What tires come on the GMC Terrain?
With three different wheel sizes available, the GMC Terrain comes equipped with one of four different tire options from the factory. Models equipped with the smallest 17-inch wheels run either Bridgestone Ecopia HL422 Plus or Michelin Primacy AS tires. The available 18-inch wheels are shod exclusively in Michelin Primacy Tour AS rubber. Finally, Denali models with the largest 19-inch wheels run Hankook Ventus S1 Noble 2 tires.
How long do GMC Terrain Tires last?
Based on the expected tire life recommendations by each tire manufacturer, expect a set of factory-equipped GMC Terrain tires to last 55,000 miles. Denali models with the higher-performance Hankook tires should last approximately 50,000 miles.
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.