Your Jeep needs new tires.
How do we know? Well, why else would you have googled for them and wound up here? (Right?)
So whether you’re looking for new tires for off-roading, highway driving, hitting the mud or sand, we’ve put together our list of recommendations. Plus, while we think everyone should be out putting their Jeep to the test by taking it off-road, we understand that not everyone wants to. With that in mind, we’ve also made some recommendations on some superior on-road tires, depending on your budget.
So read what our experts have to say and enjoy the Jeep life!
Here’s our list of the The Best Tires for Jeep Wrangler.
Best Long Lasting Tire for Jeep Wrangler
Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar
OK, maybe there are other longer lasting tires for the Wrangler out there than the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar, but they’re not really up to the task of being a Jeep tire. What we mean by that is that these are the longest lasting all-terrain tires, and if you’re getting a Jeep, all-terrain tires are a must.
They’re amazingly grippy in all circumstances and durable too. They even come rated for winter conditions thanks to the three-peak mountain snowflake logo on the side. And the big reason they win in this category is the 60,000 mile treadwear warranty. Very impressive!
Best Mud Tires for Jeep Wrangler
BFGoodrich T/A KM3
These aren’t tires we get to recommend all that often because you have to really want them to see their true benefits. We trust, however, that any Jeep owner is the right kind of customer.
Great for gravel, dirt and on rocks, where this tire really stands out is in the mud where it just refuses to get stuck. The tread pattern just gets the job done, flinging mud away, while the Krawl-Tek rubber compound that BFGoodrich has engineered makes it incredibly durable.
All this, and it’s actually more civilized on the road than you’d expect. Still, this isn’t something we’d recommend for daily commuting or a road trip.
Best All Terrain Tire for Jeep Wrangler
BFGoodrich T/A KO2
On the flip side, here’s a tire we recommend all the time. And for good reason. The BFGoodrich T/A KO2 is just the champion of all-terrain tires.
We could go on forever about it’s grip and capability. Or we could just say, it’s the best. On top of the functional attributes, there’s a lot more build into the tire. It’s uniquely flat read design mean it wears more evenly over time for longer life. Plus, it has robust sidewalls that both withstand abuse and even help deflect objects to help minimize a cut – which would really ruin your off-roading day.
Depending on the size, some are available with a 50,000 mile treadwear warranty, while others are rated for snow (look for the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol to be sure).
They’re pricey, but they’re worth it.
Best Budget All-Terrain Tire for Jeep Wrangler
Yes, the BFG KO2s are the best all-terrain tire you can buy, but maybe you don’t need the best. Or maybe you just don’t want to pay that much. If that sounds like you then might be recommend the Pathfinder AT.
This aggressive all-terrain tire has the looks, and performance is reasonably good. It makes use of a durable rubber compound and the 50,000 mile tread life warranty, while not overly impressive, is impressive for a budget offering.
It’s even reasonably civilized on-road, with a quiet ride.
Don’t expect a lot in terms of off-road grip and this tire won’t disappoint you. About the only down-side is wet weather on-road performance, though most all-terrain tires perform poorly here.
Best Highway Tire for Jeep Wrangler
Michelin Defender LTX M/S
If you’re really not going to use your Jeep for much off-roading (or just not as much as you’d like to) you might want to skip the all-terrain tire section and look for something a bit more on-road-focused. And that tire is the Michelin Defender LTX M/S.
An all-season tire, it’ll do some light trails, plus dirt and gravel roads, no problem. So it might be all you need.
And, for on-road driving, it delivers superior wet and dry traction. It’s quieter. It’s more comfortable. And it comes with up to a 70,000 mile tread wear warranty.
Best Sand Tires for Jeep Wrangler
Nitto Dune Grappler
Not a lot of brands make tires specifically for performance in sand, so the Nitto wins in this category almost by default. But don’t let that give you a negative impression.
Sand tires are popular amongst the ATV and UTV crowd and there are no shortage of folks who do take their Jeep to have some fun on the dunes a few times every summer. If that’s you, and you really don’t want to be the one on the wrong end of the winch and rope, then
The tread deign looks like no other tire on the market, with little flame-styled tread blocks that are intended to not only help you plow through sand, but also to prevent the tire from sinking in. Similar to a mud-terrain tire there’s plenty of design to the sidewall, which isn’t just there to look cool – it gives added grip then the tire is in deep below the tread.
As an added advantage it comes with a three-ply casing, meaning it will hold up over time, even when deflated.
Best Budget Tire for Jeep Wrangler
Kumho Road Venture APT KL51
If you’re looking to save a few dollars on tires for your Jeep and don’t intend to really take it anywhere off-road, then we recommend giving these tires a shot. Kumho is a Korean tire brand that’s been relatively mainstream in North America for decades. They’ve never really managed to make it to tier-1 status, so as a result, you can often get their well-engineered tires for a lot less than you probably should.
These all-season tires will do for some occasional off-road driving (nothing extreme though) and offer levels of on road grip in the dry and wet that are above what most drivers would expect or need. Plus, we really enjoy their highway stability.
Unfortunately they really don’t look very cool. But maybe that’s not a big concern for you. On the flip side, they’ll be a lot quieter than those knobby all-terrain tires.
All this and these budget tires come with a 60,000 mile tread life warranty, so you won’t be tire shopping again any time soon.
Best Winter Tires for Jeep Wrangler
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2
There’s a reason you see a lot of SUVs in the ditch when it starts to snow. That’s because those folks don’t think they need winter tires.
Yes, 4WD is fantastic, but it doesn’t help you as much as you’d think when the temperature drops into the 40s. And when it gets that cold, other tires start to turn solid and lose their grip True winter tires (designated by the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol on the sidewall don’t freeze up). As a result, they not only give you great grip, but also great stopping power.
The DM-V2 is specifically made for the trucks and SUVs and features 15 percent more edges for added grip in the snow. Apart from that, it delivers all the amazing low-temp and deep-snow grip that has made Blizzak synonymous with the term “winter tire.”
If you’re not interested in swapping tires each season and really want a set of all-terrain tires that can handle winter, we suggest checking out the BFG KO2s as well. Some versions come winter rated (though some do not). Additionally, the Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S is rated for true winter weather an is an exceptional all-terrain tire at a very reasonable price.
Best Highway Terrain Tire for Jeep Wrangler
Continental Terrain Contact HT
On-road civility, grip and long life, plus a some off-road traction when you need it, the Continental Terrain Contact HT is an ideal multi-purpose tire for a lot of Wrangler owners.
It might not look nearly as cool as some all-terrain tires out there, but sometimes looking cool has to take a back seat. These are some extremely practical tires if you rarely take your Jeep off-road.
The tread is optimized for high levels of grip on-road in both the dry and wet, thanks in part to heavy siping across the tread blocks The tread block design is also built to deliver occasional off-road grip beyond what you’ll get in a conventional all-season tire.
We also love that it comes with a 70,000 mile tread life warranty.
Overall, it will deliver the on-road performance you want, with the off-road grip you need – when you need it.
Best Tire for Jeep Wrangler 4XE
Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza Plus
The new plug-in hybrid 4xe version of the Jeep Wrangler comes equipped with Bridgestone’s Dueler HL Alenza tire straight from the factory. A quality option, we recommend that for a replacement tire you go one step further and run the new Alenza Plus.
Driving dynamics aren’t this tire’s strongest suit, but you bought a Wrangler, not a sports car, so carving corners probably isn’ tour top priority. Instead, this tire is focused on impressive comfort, low noise levels and quality handling in different seasons – though like any all-season tire it’s not going to be great in winter.
It comes with some of the latest low rolling resistance technology built in, to help save fuel, or stretch those electric miles a little further. And speaking of miles, this tire lasts and lasts. While the standard Alenza model is designed to hold up for roughly 70,000 miles, the Alenza plus is built to deliver quality on-road performance for an impressive 80,000 miles.
Jeep Wrangler Tire Sizes
Below is a list of each Jeep Wrangler trim level as well as the tire sizes available from the factory for that trim.
- Black and Tan: 245/75/17
- High Altitude: 275/55/20
- Rubicon: 285/70/17
- Sahara: 255/70/18
- Sport 245/70/17
- Sport S: 245/75/17
- Willys: 255/75/17
What Tires Come on a Jeep Wrangler?
With so many unique Wranger rim models to choose from, there’s an equally large number of tires that your Jeep could come with from the factory. Below is a list of each tire size available for the Wrangler as well as the tires offered on those specific fitments.
17-inch tires: BFGoodrich All Terrain TA KO2, Falken Wildpeak AT3W, Falken Wildpeak MT, Michelin LTX MS2, Goodyear Wrangler All Terrain Adventure with Kevlar, Bridgestone Dueler HT 685, Bridgestone Dueler AT RH-S or Firestone Destination MT2
18-inch tires: Goodyear Wrangler All Terrain Adventure with Kevlar, Bridgestone Dueler HT 685 or Bridgestone Dueler AT RH-S
20-inch tires: Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza
What Are the Best Tires for You?
There are so many different options for the Jeep Wrangler, so to help in your decision making process we’ve detailed a list of types of tires to help you pick an option that works for your needs.
All-Season Tires: Sometimes also labeled as Touring Tires (if they are on the more premium side) these are essentially the same type of tire you’d look for in a family sedan. There’s no real off-road grip here, so if you don’t intend to take your Jeep off-road these might be the best option. They’ll likely have the longest overall tread life and will provide great on-road grip in the wet. Generally speaking, if a tire doesn’t say it’s an all-terrain or mud-terrain tire in is name (including AT and MT markings) then it’s most likely an all-season.
Highway-Terrain Tires: Sometimes marked with an “HT” in their name, a mix between an all-season and an all-terrain tire these offer great benefits. While more of an all-season, with good on-road manners, grip and long tread life, they’re suitable for occasional off-road use and deliver grip well-beyond what you’d get in an all-season.
All-Terrain Tires: There’s a pretty wide range of all-terrain tires out there and as a good rule of thumb, the ones with more extreme off-road grip also have a lower overall tread life. These sacrifice some on-road comfort and increased road noise, while also generally fairing a little poorer in wet on-road conditions. However, they will deliver impressive off-road grip and are designed for regular off-road use without being difficult to live with on-road. As an added benefit, many AT tires are certified for true winter use. Those tires wear the three-peak mountain snowflake logo on their sidewall.
Mud-Terrain Tires: The most extreme option out there, MT tires are street legal but designed for extreme off-road use, from rock-crawling to deep mud. They ride loud and have a lot of flex in the big tread blocks so on-road driving dynamics aren’t great. But if you need or want extreme off-road grip, they are your best option. They’re also built with special features to protect against punctures and cuts, and almost always come with a 3-ply sidewall for added protection.
How Much Are Tires for a Jeep Wrangler?
That’s a loaded question and depends a lot on the type of tire and if you’r plus-sizing. Assuming you’re not, expect to pay in the range of $150 – $250 per tire. You can definitely get solid tires for right around $200 per tire, while some of the most capable off-rod options will come in closer to the $250 mark. Mud-Terrain tires are likely to cost in the $250-$300 range or even more.
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.