The appearance of crossover SUVs has made buying tires for an SUV a gray area. Do you buy car tires or truck tires? Since there have been no tires that have come out strictly labeled as “SUV tires,” there has been some confusion as to which kind may be best for your particular sport-utility vehicle. It really depends on two things: (a) the size of your SUV; and (b) how you use it. We’ll give you a couple options for whatever you use yours for, and whatever size vehicle you may have. Whether you’re the outdoorsy type who has a monster of an SUV and likes to take it through the most rugged, moss-covered trails available, or you have a simple crossover that you use for the daily commute, we’ve got you covered with the best SUV tires.
1. General Grabber HTS
The Grabber HTS is hands-down the best all-season tire you can put on your SUV, no matter what size sport-utility you own. It has consistently outperformed every other tire for three years in a row. General’s Eco-Ride tread compound was designed to improve fuel efficiency, and the Stabilink system of connecting bars increases stability for enhanced cornering, braking, and acceleration. It is a directional tire with Hydro Channels and three separate types of sipes to channel water and snow to the outside of the tire and resist hydroplaning. It’s built of two ultra-high tensile steel belts with internal cushioning to remove road vibrations and provide a smoother ride. Sizes range from 225/70R15 to 275/65R20, and it features 6-year/60,000-mile treadlife warranty on tires T-rated and below, and 6-years/45,000 miles on H-rated and above and all light truck sizes.
Works best on: Any SUV, crossover or otherwise.
2. Goodyear Assurance TripleTred
Even though the TripleTred goes up to an 18” rim size, this one is primarily for crossover SUVs that want a car-like feel. It’s a passenger all-season tire that provides extremely aggressive traction in any weather condition, including light snow. It features an aggressive tread design with stable shoulder blocks and carved Aquachutes to forcefully direct water outside the tire’s path. Its interior structure consists of a polyester cord body and twin steel belts. The heavily-siped interlocking ribs enhance traction and stability. Sizes range from 195/60R15 to 245/50R18, and it comes with a 6-year/80,000-mile treadlife warranty.
Works best on: Crossover SUVs and larger SUVs that will not be doing any off-road driving.
3. Pirelli Scorpion ATR
If you like to do some mild off-roading with your SUV, or drive in conditions that make it seem like off-roading, the Scorpion ATR is the way to go. It possesses on-road manners and off-road capabilities. It utilizes a silica-enhanced tread compound molded into a symmetric tread pattern. It’s surprisingly quiet in highway driving, yet fully capable of handling aggressive tasks off the highway. Each independent tread block is siped to channel water out of its way and enhance wet traction. The internal twin steel belts are wrapped with nylon cord to support the tread and provide capable handling and high-speed control. Sizes range from 205/70R15 to 305/45R22, and it features an unlimited time/40,000-mile treadlife warranty.
Works best on: Any SUV that deals with severe winters or mild off-road conditions.
4. Firestone Destination M/T
The giant tread blocks on the Destination M/T should be your first clue that this is an aggressive tire built for rugged off-road prowess. Crossover drivers aren’t going to be eager to mount this one their vehicles; this one is built for the big boys. It was the first Firestone to utilize the Uni-T technology. This is a combination of technologies that create a design method with innovative manufacturing to enhance tire comfort, performance, and wear. The deep center blocks are coupled with 23-degree sloping shoulder blocks to tackle mud and churn through deep snow. Its internal structure consists of a spirally-wrapped nylon cap ply with Firestone’s Dura-Loc 3.0. Sizes range from 235/75R15 to 325/65R18, and it has a 5-year warranty with free replacement in the first three years, and no treadlife warranty.
Works best on: SUVs that will be handling rugged terrain and severe conditions.