The Best SUV Tires: No Matter Your Budget or Needs

 

What are the best SUV tires? Talk about a loaded question!

We’ve never tackled a more daunting list or one with so many possible answers. And to help give you an answer that actually matters, and one that will give you some genuinely helpful real world advice, we’ve also never researched any list this much.

Is there one best overall SUV tire? Maybe. We’ve listed our favorite below. But we know that the “best” tire really depends on you and your machine, what you use it for and what you value the most in a tire. Is it long life? Is it off-road grip? Is it price? Or, most likely, it’s some combination of those factors and a few more.

 


OUR PICK

BFGoodrich T/A KO2

 

Sure, we could pick a tire with better road manners or a milage guarantee, but we love off-roading and if you don’t like getting stuck, this is the tire for you. It definitely is for us!

The BFGoodrich T/A KO2 has incredible grip, with almost mud-terrain-like features for an all terrain tire. Plus it really holds up well over time, despite its aggressive design and incredible off-road capability. For all those reasons it’s tops on our list of the best SUV tires.

We understand that our off-road preference isn’t what everyone is after, so read on for our selections in different categories. Or just buy the BFG T/A KO2s and you’ll never look back! (Unless it’s to see your friends stuck in the mud)!


 

BUDGET OFFERING

Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015

 

Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 Review

We’re as surprised as you are to recommend a Yokohama tire as a budget offering. It’s hardly a discount tire brand. And yet, the Geolandar A/T G015 is just incredibly affordable. Starting at just $87 it’s hard to find a cheaper tire.

With great off-road traction and solid on-rod manners, it’s also certified as a true winter tire AND comes with a 60,000 mile treadwear warranty.

Basically, you just can’t go wrong.

We’d also recommend the Atturo, which is actually a few dollars cheaper when you look at specific sizes. Plus you can see some other options here.


long distance

Michelin Defender T+H

We’re going to recommend two tires for the best long life SUV tire. The first being the Michelin Defender T+H. A highway terrain tire, what it lacks in off-road grip it makes up for in on-road performance, specifically when it comes to long life.

You simply can’t go wrong with the 80,000 mile treadwear warranty which trounces every other highway terrain tire offering.

Starting at $98 per tire.

An alternative in this segment is the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus. It’s less off-road capable but better on-road and shares the same 80,000 mile treadwear warranty. Plus, it’s got decent road manners.


Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S

If you’re looking for a long lasting tire that’s more versatile we recommend the Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S. It’s a true all-terrain tire with exceptional off-road grip and durability. Plus it’s impressive on-road when it comes to driving dynamics and comfort. It’s also a certified tire for winter use. And all this comes with a 65,000 mile treadwear warranty, the highest of any all-terrain tire.


high performance

Michelin Latitude Sport 3

High performance tires and Michelin go together like Ferrari and the color red, so it’s no surprise that even though we’re recommending two different tires for our choices of best high performance SUV tire, both of them are Michelins.

First up is the Latitude Sport 3, an ultra-high performance tire designed for class-leading dry weather performance and excellent wet weather grip – especially under braking. If there’s a down size to these tires it’s that they don’t have long life and come with just a 20,000 mile treadwear warranty.

They’re offered in numerous fitments in larger sizes including 20-, 21- and 22-inch sizes for larger European high performance SUVs and crossovers.

Michelin 4×4 Diamaris

 

A slightly different option that the Latitude Sport 3 (and we do mean slight) the 4×4 Diamaris offers some minor pros and cons compared to that tire. A high performance summer tire, rather than an ultra-high performance summer tire, it offers slightly less grip, but slightly longer tread life with a 25,000 mile treadwear warranty.

In terms of on-road performance you get slightly worse braking performance, but slightly better comfort.

Taking those factors into consideration, the choice is yours.

If we had to recommend a non-Michelin performance tire for crossovers and SUVs, we’d look at the Continental CrossContact UHP.

 


QUIETEST SUV TIRES

BRIDGESTONE DUELER H/L 422 ECOPIA

Offering a higher milage guarantee, the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia is one of the chosen few on our list of quietest SUV tires.

It comes with a 65,000 mile treadwear warranty, which is 5,000 miles more than the Michelin. In addition to being designed for optimum quietness, they are also built for long long with a low rolling resistance compound and sidewalls designed to move more smoothly through the air.

Pricing starts at $212, which is considerably more than the Michelin, but don’t make your decision just on that. These tires are available only in 18-inch (and up) sizes, compared to the Michelins which start at 16-inches.


 

BEST WINTER SUV TIRE

Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7 SUV

We’re again going to make two suggestions here. First up is the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 7 SUV tire.

Never heard of Nokian? Well, we don’t blame you. But trust us, these tires are legit.

Nokian is from Finland, and they know a thing or two about winter, and making great winter tires. Designed specifically for SUVs, these are multi-purpose winter tires, meaning they’re equally good in deep snow as they are on ice. (Not all snow tires are created equal and while we do love tire like the Michelin X-ice for driving on icy surfaces or dry but frozen roads, they aren’t great in actual deep snow).

Bridgestone Blizzak LT

Think of the Blizzak tire as essentially the Hakkapeliitta with great marketing behind it. Arguably the most popular choice for winter tires, there’s a reason they’ve become the default for so many drivers. Yes, they are just that good.

Of note, Bridgestone makes Blizzaks for all kinds of different vehicles and these are designed specifically for use on light trucks and real SUVs.


 

For Crossovers

Toyo OPEN COUNTRY Q/T

If you’ve stumbled across this list and you actually drive a crossover or CUV (think Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4) rather than a true SUV (think Jeep Wrangler or Toyota 4Runner) then we have a tire for you too.

The Toyo Open Counry Q/T isn’t come amazing off-road tool. Nope. It’s a relatively un-sexy all-season touring tire. What does that mean? Well, it means it’s quiet and comfortable. It has great tread life and more than enough dry and wet-weather grip for your needs.

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