The Ford F150 has something for everyone. Anyone who wants a work truck and nothing else would be satisfied with the entry-level XL trim. If you regularly visit the outdoors, the rugged Tremor model has everything you need. For Lincoln-level luxury, check out the Premium and Limited trims.
If you want something more fuel-efficient, the hybrid and/or all-electric trims would be a perfect match. Both these models have everything that makes the Ford F150 the best-selling pickup truck. At the same time, their excellent fuel mileage will save you from emptying your wallet at the pump.
Now that you know everything about different Ford F150 trims, let’s divert your attention to a piece of equipment that is vital to this light truck’s performance. Of course, we’re referring to Ford F150 tires here. To get the best out of this pickup truck, it’s vital to choose the best tires for Ford F150.
Doing so isn’t particularly easy. You have to consider your lifestyle, driving habits, and the conditions you regularly drive in when selecting replacement tires for this pickup truck. Only then you’d be able to see why the Ford F150 has been the best-selling pickup truck for the previous four decades.
#1. Michelin Defender LTX M/S – Best Overall
The Michelin Defender LTX M/S is one of the best tires for Ford F150. This model comes in a large number of sizes, meaning it can be installed on every single one of this pickup truck’s trims. Aside from that, it offers excellent grip in various conditions and comes with a big warranty.
An all-season tread compound has been molded into a symmetric tread pattern to help the LTX M/S grip the road better than most A/S tires. In addition, the tread design soaks up road vibrations and deflects road noise, giving you a plush ride quality on the highway.
The LTX M/S also has a low rolling resistance for an all-season tire. This is great news for you, regardless of whether you’re driving the gas-powered F150 or the newly released Lightning trim. Low rolling resistance means this tire will improve your pickup truck’s fuel economy.
Both of these – the F150 and LTX M/S – do not come cheap. Just as the F150 costs more than many of its competitors, especially those made inside the US. Similarly, the Defender LTX M/S will require you to spend more money than you’d on a standard all-season tire.
Which is something you should do. Mainly because this tire offers a comfortable ride quality, lowers the pickup truck’s fuel consumption and offers year-round grip. But also because this model’s 70,000-mile warranty helps it justify the higher initial asking price with a long road life.
- Available in a large number of sizes
- Offers excellent levels of grip in dry and wet conditions
- Comes with an excellent 70,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Doesn’t come cheap
#2. Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus – Best Highway Tire
The Dueler H/L Alenza Plus shows why some F150 owners pick highway tires. This model offers a decent ride experience, is stable at higher speeds, and comes with an 80,000-mile warranty. And its superb hydroplaning resistance makes it a reliable companion on wet roads.
Similar to our top pick, the H/L Alenza Plus also features a symmetric tread pattern. One that absorbs road vibrations and deflects road noise for a comfortable driving experience. Having said that, its design means the tread pattern won’t cut it in flinty conditions.
Parallel grooves are on offer to quickly and effectively evacuate water from the tread area. In doing so, they reduce the risk of hydroplaning and keep this tire’s contact patch dry. The dryness of the contact patch, in turn, enhances the tire’s traction on wet roads.
Knurled shoulder blocks ensure that the H/L Alenza Plus stays stable at higher speeds, something that you expect from highway tires. A continuous center frame ensures even distribution of the pressures your F150 will put on this vehicle, reducing the risk of blow-ups.
Unfortunately, the H/L Alenza Plus is unreliable in snow. The near total absence of sipes means this model doesn’t have what is required to withstand wintry conditions, harsh or otherwise. For this reason, it would be best if you remove this tire when there’s snow outside.
- 80,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Quiet and vibration-free driving experience
- Negligible risk of hydroplaning
- Isn’t reliable in snow
#3. Hankook DynaPro AT-M – Best All-Terrain Tire
The Hankook DynaPro AT-M is a reliable option for serious off-roading. At the same time, this tire has what it takes to offer a comfortable driving experience on the highway. This means you won’t have to replace it with its all-season siblings once you’re back on paved roads.
To make sure this tire performs reliably off-the-road, Hankook strengthened the gauge under its tread, added a few inches to an already thick sidewall, and inserted a jointless bead wire inside the carcass. The result? A tire that can take serious beating in extreme off-road scenarios.
For better traction in mud, slush and wet conditions, Hankook provided this tire with scallop grooves. These are channels between the tread blocks of this tire that help it dig into the surface it’s driving on. As a result, you can expect the DynaPro AT-M to grip the road consistently.
Hankook’s unique Stone Ejector Technology has made this tire a reliable rock crawler. In doing what its name implies – ejecting stones from the tread area – this technology minimizes the chances of stone drilling. This, in turn, minimizes the risks of cuts, chips and punctures.
A sturdy rim protector is also on offer to protect the wheels from curb damage. Throw into the mix its 50,000-mile treadwear warranty, which is not unheard of but still pretty decent for an A/T tire, and it gets easier to see why the DynaPro AT-M is one of our top picks for Ford F-150.
- Marvelous off-road performance
- Superb aquaplaning resistance
- Plenty of grip on wet and dry surfaces
- Ride comfort is just average
#4. Goodyear Wrangler TrailRunner AT – Best for Light Off-Roading
The Goodyear Wrangler TrailRunner AT is an excellent option for light off-roading.
An all-season, all-terrain tread compound helps this tire offer the best of both worlds. The ‘all-season’ half enables the tread compound to keep things comfortable inside the cabin. The ‘all-terrain’ part gives the tire the ruggedness needed to withstand light off-roading.
The same thing can be said about the computer-optimized tread pattern. However, while the tread compound does all the heavy-lifting on its own. The tread pattern takes help from interlocking tread blocks to lower road noise and help the tire wear evenly.
A combination of lateral grooves and saw-tooth block edges helps this model perform reliably in wet conditions. Lateral grooves disperse water quickly and effectively to resist hydroplaning. Saw-tooth block edges, meanwhile, enhance traction on waterlogged roads.
Snow performance is pretty good too. The same set of saw-tooth edges that enhances this tire’s wet traction brings the best out of it in mild wintry conditions. Their edges give the tire the traction needed to safely carry you from point A to point B on snow.
- Excellent choice for light off-roading
- Generous warranty (55,000 miles) for an AT tire
- Superb performance in light snow
- Will struggle in deep mud
#5. Cooper Discoverer SRX – Best Touring Tire
Most touring tires you see on the market cost a fortune. The Cooper Discoverer SRX is different. This all-season touring tire comes at a price that won’t blow a hole in your pocket. At the same time, it offers a reliable and safe driving experience, even at higher speeds.
A high-silica tread compound made with competition-grade resin help this model grip the road reliably in extreme summer conditions. The combination also improves the SRX’s traction on wet roads, while silica’s flexibility also keeps this tire useful in light snow.
Cooper’s decision to equip this model with a slightly stiffer sidewall for a touring tire is both good and bad. It is good because you’ll get more responsiveness than you’d from a standard touring tire. And it is bad because a stiffer sidewall means more vibrations inside the cabin.
The StabiliEdge Technology all but guarantees high-speed stability. It does that by forcing this tire’s otherwise disparate tread blocks to come together during hard acceleration, sudden braking and aggressive cornering, thereby ensuring increased traction and grip.
All of this is not to say that the SRX doesn’t have any flaws. Its relatively stiff sidewall means the ride quality won’t be as comfortable as you’d get from a premium touring tire. Having said that, most premium touring tires aren’t this budget-friendly either.
- Competitively priced for an all-season touring tire
- Exceptional responsiveness and straight-line tracking
- Superb high-speed stability
- Ride quality could have been better
#6. BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 – Best Off-Road
The BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 is a must-have for those of you who own the off-road-oriented Tremor and Raptor models. Both these trims have the ruggedness needed to perform in challenging conditions, something the T/A KO2 is also designed to do.
Much of the credit for this tire’s excellent off-road performance goes to its double-thick tread compound and Tri-Gard sidewall design. The tread compound is the reason why this tire has the toughness needed to excel on hard, soft and even loose surfaces.
The Tri-Gard sidewall, meanwhile, is doubly thick than the one used in this tire’s predecessor. It is also stiffer than what was used in the T/A KO. As you might guess, its sidewall’s added thickness and stiffness have made this tire incredibly resistant to cuts and punctures.
Mud-buster bars and side biter lugs give this model all the traction it needs to excel in mud and snow, respectively. But the side-biter lugs don’t just settle for this. They also enhance the All-Terrain T/A KO2’s rock crawling abilities when it is aired down.
Tests conducted by BFGoodrich show the impact of all these features. The T/A KO2 has a 19 percent higher traction on its snow than its predecessors. Unsurprisingly, this model’s mud traction has also improved by 10 percent. So, this tire is reliable for extreme off-roading.
- 19% higher traction on snow than its predecessors
- Performs reliably on mud, rock, and slush
- Very, very impressive treadlife for an A/T tire
- Tends to get noisy at high speeds on gravel
#7. Dick Cepek Extreme Country – Best for Mud Terrain
The Dick Cepek Extreme Country is one of the best mud-terrain tires on the market. Its extremely flexible tread compound, multiple mud-buster bars and M+S rating are reasons why. You might also be pleased to note that this model is less pricey than its rivals.
To justify its reputation as one of the most reliable mud-terrain tires out there, this model comes with larger voids between treads that help it grip solid ground underneath the sludge. This means that your car won’t just keep spinning once caught in the mud.
Another special feature of this tire is kick-out bars or rock ejectors. These self-cleaning devices make sure that anything caught within the voids is immediately dispelled. In doing so, they make for a maneuverable and controlled approach in muddy areas.
Specially designed chamfers and notches inner and outer lugs ensure added stability and more responsive grip, not only on mud but also on uneven surfaces like limbs and rocks. Unsurprisingly for an M/T tire, side-biters are on offer to give extra sidewall protection.
The biggest surprise is this model’s excellent on-road manners. The Extreme Country rides way too comfortably for a mud-terrain tire. Sure, its ride comfort isn’t Lexus-like. But it’s nowhere near the bone-jarring experience you get from most MT tires, either.
- Affordably priced for an MT tire
- Outstanding performance in mud
- Surprisingly quiet and comfortable
- Lackluster traction on hard-packed snow
#8. General Grabber UHP – Best Ultra-High-Performance
The General Grabber UHP isn’t your average ultra-high-performance tire. Mainly because your standard UPH tire isn’t as reasonably priced as this model. Neither are most UHP tires available in 50+ sizes in the 16 – 24 inches size range. And nor do they come in four speed ratings.
General has provided this tire with its 2nd generation silica tread compound. It then went on to match the tread compound with a directional tread pattern. All of this was done to produce a tire that could deliver outstanding dry and wet traction. Guess what? That’s what this model does.
Yet the area this tire really excels in is cornering grip. Its unique V-shaped grooves and wide shoulder blocks combine with each other to let you attack corners with a vengeance. The combination also enhances this model’s already excellent dry pavement traction.
The V-shaped grooves don’t just settle for helping you enter and exit turns at speed. They also perform an admirable job of evacuating water from underneath the tread. The result? Higher hydroplaning resistance and better traction, especially in wet conditions where most UHP tires struggle.
All of this is not to say that the Grabber UHP doesn’t have any flaws. Some of its drivers have complained that this model’s noise levels tend to get louder as its tread wears down. There has also been a few complaints about the total lack of traction in wintry conditions.
- Aggressive and sure-footed cornering performance
- Superb steering response and feedback
- Offers excellent value for the money
- Not suited for wintry conditions
#9. Yokohama Parada Spec X – Best Street/Sport Tires
Yokohama tires are famous for their pocket-friendly asking prices, superb road manners, excellent high-speed stability, and aggressive cornering power. Fortunately for you, the Parada Spec X isn’t an anomaly. As such, it’s one of the best street/sport tires for Ford F150.
A stiff sidewall allows this tire to rival its premium (and pricey) counterparts in terms of cornering performance and steering feedback. It also enables you to attack corners with a vengeance, something many people think is only possible with Michelins or Bridgestones.
Even for an ultra-high-performance tire, the Parada Spec X features an aggressive tread pattern. This is very good news. For, not only will this tread pattern keep the tire glued to the road in summer conditions. But it will also enable the Spec X to plow through snow and ice.
Speaking of wet conditions, this tire has one central groove and multiple additional grooves to raise its guard against aquaplaning. Deep and angled sipes are also on offer to enhance its wet traction, taking advantage of the contact patch kept dry by the grooves’ action.
Unfortunately, this tire suffers from one glaring shortcoming: it doesn’t come with any treadwear warranty. This flaw might prove to be a deal-breaker for those who look at the treadwear warranty as assurance that the tire they’re buying will stay useful for quite some time.
- A tad cheaper than other premium street/sport tires
- Superb cornering performance
- Great steering responsiveness and feel
- Zero treadwear warranty
#10. Michelin Agilis CrossClimate – Best All-Season
Ford F150 owners aren’t always on the lookout for some beefy off-road tires. Since most of them drive this pickup truck on paved roads, a standard set of tires that could carry them from point A to point B is what they need. The Michelin Agilis CrossClimate is one such tire.
The fact that this model was released in 2015 and we’re still talking about it all these years after it first hit the market should be reason enough to give it its due respect. The Agilis is one of those evergreen tires that have always got an audience, no matter the number of their successors.
This light truck tire comes with the Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake or 3PMSF symbol, indicating its utility in mild-to-moderate snow. A flexible tread compound and a unique tread pattern make it even more clear that this model has what it takes to withstand wintry conditions.
Michelin has reinforced this tire with more nylon than other models in its light truck fleet. The result is enhanced protection against premature deformation. The French tire manufacturer has also provided this tire with a CurbGuard, a protector that shields the wheels from curb damage.
Make sure to note that the Agilis CrossClimate comes in two versions. The first one comes with a directional tread design and is designed for trucks like the F150. So make sure to go for it, and not for the other version (the one with a non-directional tread design).
- Reliable performance on dry and wet roads
- Can perform decently in light snow
- Comes with a built-in curb protector
- Doesn’t come with a treadwear warranty
#11. Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2 – Best Winter Tires
The Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2 is one of the best snow tires on the market. Its special rubber compound, aggressive and deep biting edges, and MultiCell Technology are the reasons why.
Start with the special rubber compound. A unique rubber compound has been used in the DM-V2’s construction that won’t let this tire’s rubber stiffen up in sub-zero temperatures. That means you can count on this tire to perform reliably in harsh wintry conditions.
Next come the deep biting edges. Their pointed sides allow the sipes to dig into snow and keep going until they have landed on the solid, dry tarmac underneath. But, as good as the biting edges are at what they do, they aren’t alone. Bridgestone’s MultiCell Technology also helps them out.
This technology ensures that some of the snow that has already entered the tread area stays trapped there. This is done because the resulting snow-on-snow traction would improve this tire’s traction, making it a reliable performer on hardpacked snow and ice.
Unfortunately, the MultiCell Technology covers only the first 55% of the tread area. As soon as this tire’s tread’s half-life is over, you’ll see a marked decrease in snow traction.
- Best in class braking power
- Great traction on snow and ice
- Excellent hydroplaning resistance
- MultiCell structure features only the first 55% of the tread depth
Best Tires for Ford F150
Most people don’t know that highway is just a designation for all-season touring tires designed for light truck use. Another thing that distinguishes them from their touring counterparts is a higher load rating – highway tires can haul or tow heavier loads.
This makes them the perfect choice for the majority of Ford F150 owners who would be using this pickup truck for everyday driving and nothing else.
Touring tires strike the perfect balance between road comfort, fuel consumption, and noise. These models are also backed with generous treadwear warranties, which, in the case of premium touring tires, might be as high as 80,000 or even 90,000 miles.
Despite offering all these features, touring tires cost less than highway tires. They are also much more durable and thus won’t require frequent replacement.
All-terrain tires are designed to offer a reliable driving experience in dry, wet and light snowy conditions. Depending on the tread compound being used and the stiffness of their sidewall, you may also use A/T tires on mud, slush, and in some cases for rock crawling.
If you’re in the mood to pick A/T tires for your Ford F150, make sure to pick the model that has an all-season, all-terrain tread compound. This will allow the tire to offer reliable traction for off-roading, while also having decent road manners.
Scroll through our list of the best tires for Ford F150, and you’d realize that only reputed manufacturers’ models have made the cut. That is because we know that premium tires, though costly up front, will save you a lot of headaches in the long run.