The Best Tires for Ram 1500
So your truck needs new tires and you’re looking for advice. We’re glad you’re looking here and we’ll try not to get too bogged down in the tiny details, but instead deliver an easy-to-understand overview of the best tires for the Ram 1500.
As you might expect, there probably isn’t one “best” tire for any truck. So we’ve made a selection of suggestions below based on driving style personas. And if that’s still more info than you’re looking for, we’ve decided to put our reputation on the line and actually pick one best tire.
Best Tires for Ram 1500
Michelin Defender LTX M/S
Here it is, the Michelin Defender LTX M/S. This is as well-rounded a truck tire as you’ll find anywhere from the folks at Michelin – the world’s premiere tire manufacturer. (And if you think BF Goodrich is the world’s number one tire maker, well, BFG is made by Michelin… so we’re both right).
Here’s what makes this tire so special: it’s quiet, comfortable and long lasting with tread life in the 50,000 to 70,000 mile range. It can tackle some light off-roading and on-road delivers the best balance of grip in both in the wet and dry.
So what’s not to love? Well, it’s doesn’t do any one thing exceptionally well. So if you want crazy long life or superior off-roading, we’ve got a few additional selections for you.
Best Off-Road Tires for Ram 1500
BFGoodrich T/A KO2
As mentioned, BFGoodrich is a sub-brand of Michelin and it really is the most truck-focused brand of tires out there. And amongst BFG’s tire options, the T/A KO2 is just an exceptional choice.
In an industry where tire manufacturers keep coming out with new “next-generation” versions of their tires to sell you on their evolutionary upgrades, BFG is holding steady. And why not when your tire is so much better than everything else on the market.
It’s durable, has amazing side-wall protection, is rated for snow use and overall is just the very best at all sorts of off-road pursuits, from pounding miles of dirt and rock trails, to rock-climbing, digging through mud and more.
You won’t get a tread-life warranty here (the tire’s only drawback) but no one ever complains that their KO2s wear out too fast. (Expect around 40,000 miles in real world use).
Best All Season Tires for Ram 1500
Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S
And when we say all-season, we actually mean it. We don’t mean three-season tires that are totally useless in winter weather. We mean certified winter tires.
From Cooper Tire, the Discoverer AT3 has long been a top choice for all-terrain truck tires. The 4S model adds to that with true winter weather grip, guaranteed by the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol on the sidewall. But it’s more than just a logo, the folks at Cooper understand winter tires (they’re based in Ohio after all).
And more than just winter tires, these are tier-1 all-terrain tires as well, so there’s grip in all sorts of circumstances, while the tire still retains the civility of an A/T tire too.
Best On-Road/Off-Road Tire for Ram 1500
Goodyear Wrangler Fortitude HT
Highway Terrain tires are all the rage right now. Essentially an all-terrain tire with more on-road manners, overall these tires can be a bit of a let dow off the beaten path. Still, they’re superior to a conventional all-seasons. In that sense – think of them as all-season tires that are made for trucks that drive off-road more than once a year.
The real reason to get this tire is that it delivers off-road grip that’s pretty close to an all-terrain tire but with a tread life guarantee that ranges from 50,000 to 65,000 miles, depending on the specific tire.
Long Lasting Ram 1500 Tire
Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus
Tires always seem to wear out fast than you want them to. The Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus however, might actually be the one exception to that rule.
It’s a decent on-road tire with above-average grip in both wet and dry conditions. Plus it’s also a quiet ride and comfortable too.
But here’s the reason to buy: an 80,000 mile treadwear warranty. Yup, that’s massive!
Usually only mediocre all-season passenger car tires get a rating like that, but this is 80,000 miles on a big pickup truck through varied use. (A note of warning that if you do more than occasional off-road driving, you might not get to 80k). Still, for the majority of folks who use their truck for long hauls or just plenty of on-road miles, you’ll be seeing some impressively long life here.
Best Budget All Terrain Tire
There are plenty of dirt cheap all-terrain tires on the market from brands you’ve never heard of. Now chances are you’ve never heard of Pathfinder tires before either, but that’s because it’s a house brand of tires made specifically for Discount Tire by Kumho Tires.
Offering decent, though not fantastic off-road grip, these tires are reasonably civilized on-road with above-average handling capability too. They come with a solid 55,000 mile tread life warranty and you’ll save a bundle on them.
Ram 1500 Tire Sizes
Below we’ve outlined the different trim levels available for the Ram 1500 pickup as well as the tire sizes available from the factory for each trim.
Big Horn Edition 275/65/18 or 275/55/20
Classic Express 265/70/17 or 275/60/20
Classic Tradesman 265/70/17 or 275/60/20
Classic Warlock 275/60/20
Laramie 275/65/18 or 275/55/20 or 285/45/22
Laramie Longhorn 275/55/20 or 285/45/22
Limited 275/55/20 or 285/45/22
Tradesman 275/65/18 or 275/55/20