For decades the Chevy Silverado has been America’s workhorse. Sure it doesn’t get all the glory of the Ford F-150 but it doesn’t need it either.
Besides, most years when you add up Silverado and sales from its sibling the GMC Sierra, the GM twins actually come out on top.
That said, our recommendations below very much hold true for the Sierra.
To help with your tire shopping research we’ve compiled a list of different “best” tires depending on the type of driver you are, the type of driving you do… and your budget. So here’s our list of the Best Tires for Chevy Silverado 1500.
The Best Chevy Silverado 1500 Tire
Michelin Defender LTX M/S
If you’re in the market for a top quality all-season tire that can handle duty on a truck, then the Michelin Defender LTX M/S is out top pick.
There are numerous factors that make this tire so impressive, starting with all-season grip. Each of the tread blocks features plenty of zig-zag siping helping to give added grip in the wet. Plus, those same features work to trap snow in winter conditions, giving this tire more grip in the winter than pretty much any other all-season tire. It’s quite impressive.
Beyond those features, the design of the tire is very similar to a conventional all-season and while some tires do offer a bit more grip in the dry, we think the tradeoff here is more than worth it.
Impressively, despite the heavy siping on the tire, it’s surprisingly quiet. It also has a record for long life, coming with a warranty of 70,000 miles (50,000 miles for LT models) and based on real world testing you’ll actually get that many miles on a set.
Perhaps even more importantly is that Michelin backs this tire with its Total Performance guarantee. This is a new commitment by Michelin to ensure its tires perform as well as they do new, even when they are years old. As a result, the high level of wet and winter grip are maintained over the life of the tire and don’t fade away as the tread wears down.
Best Chevy Silverado Highway Terrain Tire
Goodyear Wrangler Fortitude HT
A unique combination of road manners and off-road grip, the Goodyear Wrangler Fortitude HT is an ideal blend of what you want and what you need. If you need some occasional off-road grip, this tire handily outperforms all-season tires, while it remains incredibly civilized on the road.
Goodyear engineered the tread design to deliver grip off-road, have an aggressive look, while still focusing on low rolling resistance to deliver ideal fuel economy. Each tread block also features full-depth sipes so the tire has excellent wet weather traction, which continues on for the life of the tire.
Best Chevy Silverado All Terrain Tire
Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S
There are no shortage of really good choices when it comes to equipping your Silverado with an all-terrain tire. We genuinely mean that. The Toyo Open Country AT2 is a great choice, as is the Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015. But if we really have to pick one that stands out, it’s the Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S.
The standard Discoverer AT3 is already a great tire, and we love that it even comes in LT and LTX versions for HD trucks or lifted trucks. But the AT3 4S just pushes the envelope a little further.
Grip is really exceptional. Tread life is guaranteed for 65,000 miles. On-road manners for an all-terrain tire are top notch and best of all that 4S marker indicates that it’s a true winter ready tire, meaning you can drive it hard all year round, on road and off.
Best Chevy Silverado Off-Road Tire
BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2
OK, so an all-terrain tire is an off-road tire, so this option might be a little redundant, but hear us out.
If you want an all-terrain tire get an all-terrain tire. What we mean is, if you’re looking for a great mix of on and off-road performance, you can find it both shopping for an AT. But BFG T/A KO2 is another breed altogether.
This is hands-down the best all-purpose off-road tire money can buy. And by that we do mean to imply that its expensive.
Still, that’s about the only knock you can put against these tires. They grip amazingly well in every circumstance and hold up to serious abuse too.
Best Chevy Silverado 1500 Winter Tire
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2
Some would recommend the Michelin xIce for truck. And sometimes, we would too. But as the name suggests, it’s better for ice. Or, to be more accurate, it’s better for cold weather – not necessarily slow.
For true winter climates where you get decent snowfalls we highly recommend the Blizzaks.
The DM-V2 is specifically designed for light trucks and SUVs and come with the latest winter tire tech upgrades including a 15 percent increase in block edges, to deliver maximum gripping area, helping you grab that snow hard.
Best Chevy Silverado Tire on a Budget
Milestar Patagonia A/T
Milestar isn’t a household name, but they’ve been selling light truck and passenger tires globally for quite some time and have made some big improvements as of late.
We’re not going to lie, this tire isn’t amazing. But it is genuinely decent, and can be had for a serious bargain. It’s an all-terrain tire so it has solid off-road grip. It’s a touch louder on the road, but far from annoying. There’s an ok 50,000 mile tread wear warranty, which for an AT tire isn’t actually bad at all.
Did we mention they’re cheap?
Cheapest Tires for Chevy Silverado
Laufenn X Fit HT
One of the cheapest tires you can find for the Silverado that isn’t junk. Yes, you can find even more affordable ones, but we don’t recommend them.
Laufenn is an offshoot of Hankook and so these tires are backed by a big name brand. They might not come with all of the fancy features and technology of the latest options on the market, but they are a solid offering.
As a highway terrain tire they’re designed to deliver a a quiet and stable highway ride, and the unique shoulder design makes sure of this, with extra tread for added grip and a squared-off design for added stability.
These tires are rated for some light off-road duty, but they’re less capable than other all-terrain tires.
Wet weather grip is about average.
Overall, they’re a great option for such little cost.
Chevy Silverado 1500 Tire Sizes
- Custom 275/60/20 or 275/50/22
- High Country 275/60/20 or 275/50/22
- High Country Z71 275/60/20
- LT 265/70/17 or 255/70/17 or 265/65/18 or 275/60/20 or 275/50/22
- LT Z71 275/65/18
- LTZ 265/65/18 or 275/60/20 or 275/50/22
- LTZ Z71 275/60/20
- RST 265/65/18 or 275/60/20 or 275/50/22
- RST Z71 265/65/18
- Trail Boss 275/65/18 or 275/60/20
- WT 265/70/17 or 255/70/17 or 275/65/18
- WT Z71 265/65/17
What Tires Come on the Chevy Silverado 1500?
Below is a list of the specific factory tires offered on the Silverado 1500.
Will All-Terrain Tires Affect The Ride Quality of My Chevy Silverado?
Overall ride quality will not be significantly affected by switching to all-terrain tires. Some versions of the Silverado already come with AT tires from the factory.
Actual ride comfort shouldn’t be impacted at all, although the noise levels from the tires will go up slightly. And, of course, it depends on the type of all-terrain tires you choose, with more aggressive off-road options having a larger increase in road noise.
An alternative to consider are highway terrain tires that combine some off-road grip with better on-road civility. Plus, HT tires tend to have much longer tread life than all-terrain options.
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.