Tundra owners are a discerning crowd. It takes a lot of research and a lot of practicality to pick a Tundra over one of the offerings from the big-three.
Maybe it’s the real-world durability of the truck, or its outstanding resale value that made you pick it. (It probably wasn’t the fuel economy. Am I right?)
Regardless, Tundra owners research their purchases like crazy, so, to that end, here’s a list of our best tires for Toyota Tundra, depending on the type of driving you do, the path you tread, the load you carry and your budget.
Best Tires for Toyota Tundra (Overall)
Michelin Defender LTX M/S
On road it’s quiet and comfortable, providing excellent stability on the highway and surprisingly good grip in the corners. That traction is excellent not just in the dry but when the road gets wet too.
This second-generation of the tire offers 8 percent more edges on the tread blocks for added traction. This helps it improve slightly in snow and also helps if you take it off road.
This is an all-season and not an all-terrain tire, so if you do travel off-road frequently we don’t recommend this. But for those rare occasions, it’s surprisingly good.
On top of all this, the Defender LTX M/S2 comes with a 70,000 mile tread life guarantee.
Michelin really is the world’s leading tire manufacturer and while they’re normally know for high performance sports car tires, they make a fantastic truck tire for every day use.
Best All-Terrain Tires for Toyota Tundra
BFGoodrich T/A KO2
Sometimes we get tired of talking about these tires. They’re that good.
In fact, we recommend them all the time. All. The. Time.
There’s a reason for that. BFG just makes the world’s best all-terrain tire, and the T/A KO2 is it.
It’s just so liveable for every day life. In fact, it’s quiet and stable enough that you’d think you were driving an all-season. Then, turn off the beaten path and it really shows its strengths. Offering better off-road traction than what some brands offer in their “extreme terrain” tires, the BFG KO2 is also versatile and durable.
The tread compound just resists getting chewed up, while the interlocking blocks help keep wear even mile after mile, distributing load evenly for longevity.
Of note, some versions come with a 50,000 mile tread life warranty and others come winter-rated (though neither do both).
Best Four-Season Tires for Toyota Tundra
Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S
As mentioned, some of those BFGoodrich T/A KO2 tires come equipped for winter weather. And some don’t.
So if you’re looking for an all-terrain tire that is ready to tackle all seasons, we highly recommend the Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S.
Cooper recently expanded its AT3 lineup to include the 4S, which gets a winter tire designation, visible via the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol on the sidewall.
Where this tire lacks in outright off-road grip compared to the BFGs, we think it more than makes up for it in true winter capability as well as an impressive 65,000 mile tread wear warranty. On top of all that, it’s well-mannered and plenty grippy for daily driving too!
Long Lasting Toyota Tundra Tires
Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus
If you measure the value of a tire by how long it lasts, then these are the tires for your truck. The Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus is an above-average all-season tire with fitments for most half-ton trucks. It doesn’t perform quite as well as the Michelin Defender LTX M/S2, but it gets a superior tread life, guaranteed to last up to at least 80,000 miles.
Designed to deliver a comfortable and quiet ride, Bridgestone even went so far as to engineer the tire with sidewalls that resist fading, because you’re going to live with this tire for a long long time.
Best Toyota Tundra Winter Tires
Michelin Latitude X-Ice XI2
Michelin makes the best tires in most categories. You pay a premium for them, but you really do get what you pay for.
One such category is winter tires.
The Latitude X-Ice XI2 is the brand’s latest evolution of its winter tire designed specifically for light trucks and SUVs and we highly recommend it for anyone who drives on roads when the temperature dips below the 50. People often get confused by thinking you only need “snow tires” if you live where it snows. The reality is “snow tires” aren’t really a thing. They are called winter tires and they offer better grip on cold dry or wet roads than any all-season ever will.
The X-Ice XI2 makes use of Michelin’s patented (we assume it’s patented) silica-based tread compound that is able to combine the lower temperature flexibility and grip, while also being firm at higher temperatures. As a result, it still delivers great wet and dry traction on clean roads and doesn’t wear our prematurely due to excessive flex.
Best Toyota Tundra Tires for Towing
Firestone Transforce HT2
Some folks use their trucks for hauling dirt in the bed and some for work supplies or other gear. And some don’t really use their truck for anything more than commuting. But some of us actually use our trucks for towing. If that’s you, then we recommend the Firestone Transforce HT2.
Built with a Long Link Carbon tread compound plus a polyester and steel casing, the tire itself is designed to hold up when weighed down, over time and for miles and miles.
It’s an all-season tire designed for commercial use applications, so you know it can take punishment, while at the same time it delivers surprisingly high-quality levels of grip in both the wet and dry.
The second generation of the Transforce HT, it improves on the original by offering greater resistance to chips and tears and superior resistance to hydroplaning. It also features varying tread blocks to help minimize noise, which is why it’s sold as a commercial truck tire, but it’s actually idea for personal use.
This tire doesn’t come with a tread life warranty, but owners report as much as 100,000 miles per set.
Best Toyota Tundra Tire on a Budget
Kumho Road Venture APT KL51
If you need tires for daily driving; ones that hold up well, deliver solid grip, last a reasonably long time and don’t cost very much, we recommend the Kumho Road Venture APT KL51.
These all-season tires make for a compelling choice thanks to above average traction on wet and dry roads, as well as a nice quiet highway ride. They also track nice and steady, and respond to directional changes without complaint.
The 60,000 mile tread life warranty isn’t anything amazing, but again, it’s decidedly decent for a tire in this price range.
Toyota Tundra Tire Sizes
Below is a list of all Toyota Tundra trims along with the tire sizes available from the factory for each.
- 1794 Edition 275/65/18 or 275/55/20
- Limited 275/65/18 or 275/55/20
- Platinum 275/55/20
- SR 275/65/18
- SR5 275/65/18
- SR TRD 275/65/18
- TRD Pro 275/65/18
What Tires Come on the Toyota Tundra?
Depending on your truck’s configuration there are numerous different tires that Toyota sees to equip Tundra models with from the factory. Trucks running 18-inch wheels come fitted with Michelin LTX MS2, Bridgestone Dueler HT D684 II highway terrain tires or more aggressive Michelin LTX AT2 all terrain tires. Trucks running the larger 20-inch fitments can be had with either the Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza or Dunlop SP Sport 5000 M, the latter of which is also found on several Lexus SUVs.
What Tires Come on the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro?
TRD Pro versions of the Tundra come with the same 18-inch size tires as most trim levels of the truck. They’re also available with similar on-road-focused Bridgestone Dueler HT D684 II, which still offer some off-road grip. In addition they can be had with the Michelin LTX AT2 all-terrain tire. Despite the TRD Pros off-road credentials, this is a relatively tame all-terrain tire. (It’s not surprising that Toyota would use an AT tire that still has a lot of on-road civility). Finally, the Michelin LTX AS is also available.