Looking to upgrade your Dodge Durango tires? Make sure the radials you select enhance this SUV’s qualities while complementing how you drive.
All-season tires are the first choice of most owners. These tires could help improve the Durango’s pitiful fuel economy while making its ride even more comfortable. Plus, since they last year-round, you don’t have to buy an additional set for driving in winter.
For those impressed with the Durango’s sportiness, high-performance tires can offer the required thrills. These tires won’t just help you make the most of this SUV’s muscular engine. They will also make its ride even perkier, thereby letting you enjoy its ride.
If you intend to make the most of its impressive towing capacity, all-terrain tires, especially those with an above-average load rating, are a better bet. However, if you are seeking a smoother ride on paved roads, highway tires can meet your requirements.
Best All-Season Tires
All-season tires can be a good choice for the Durango if you’re looking for a tire that can make the ride smoother and more fuel efficient. Also, since they have a longer tread life than other types of tires, you won’t have to replace them as often.
#1. Pirelli Scorpion Zero All Season Plus
The Scorpion Zero All-Season Plus gives you multiple reasons to install it on your Durango.
The first of which is that you won’t have to replace it in harsh weather. Thanks to a silica-containing tread compound, this tire offers superior traction and grip on wet and dry roads. As such, you can count on it to perform reliably 365 days a year.
Next comes its ability to make your ride uber-responsive. Unlike your average all-season tire, the Scorpion Zero All Season Plus delivers plenty of feedback to the steering. This means you would get an excellent sense of what is going down on the road.
High-speed cornering is another area where this tire shines. You can enter and exit bends at speeds without a hint of oversteering (when the rear tire slips more than the front tire) or understeering (when the rear tire slips less than the front tire).
At the same time, this model is super quiet. A 50,000-mile treadwear warranty further underlines its all-season credentials, even though it is smaller than what you get on rivals.
- Superb dry and wet performance
- Feels pretty secure in the rain
- Offers a higher feedback than rival all-season tires
- Below-average 50,000-mile treadwear warranty
#2. Michelin Defender LTX M/S
The Michelin Defender LTX M/S aren’t your average all-season tires.
Your standard all-season tires can’t improve every aspect of your Durango’s drive. Think of drive quality, fuel economy, road grip and traction, and high-speed stability. There aren’t many areas of this SUV’s drive that this SUV won’t take to the next level.
Need proof? Then you must read what your fellow drivers have to say about this tire.
Public opinion backs what I said above, indicating that these tires are quiet, last great in snow and rain, and offer excellent MPG. Also, despite being all-season tires, the LTX MS do one thing their counterparts can only dream of – not getting stuck off-road.
Also, while they come with a 70,000 mile guarantee, you can get twice as many miles out of these tires, especially if you only clock highway miles. How could you do that? By rotating them ever 3k miles (or with your oil change) and dressing them on every wash.
Regular rotation will help these tires wear evenly, extending their overall lifespan. Tire dressing, or applying tire gloss at every wash, will shield them from harmful effects of UV rays, one of which is premature cracking, which ultimate ruins the tire.
- Very comfortable and quiet
- High aquaplaning resistance
- High levels of grip on wet roads
#3. Nokian WR G4 SUV
Mainly because it tire possesses all the attributes you may expect from a leading all-weather tire.
Think of short stopping distances on wet pavements. A reliable performance on snow-covered roads. The ability to accelerate and brake smoothly when the roads are dry.
At the same time, this tire offers features you don’t really get from its counterparts.
The first of which is excellent fuel economy (for an all-weather tire), especially during the first few years of use. Then there’s the reduced risk of cuts, chips, and punctures. An aramid-reinforced sidewall sees to it that your journey only stops when you decide.
To further sweeten the deal, Nokian has slapped this tire with a 50,000-mile treadwear warranty.
Such an extended guarantee – it indicates up to four years of road life for this tire – doesn’t only help this tire compete with its all-season counterparts. It also dispels the myth that all-weather tires last less long than all-season tires, despite offering better wet grip.
- Carries the 3PMSF symbol
- Short stopping distances on wet roads
- Comes with a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Isn’t the most responsive
#4. Sumitomo Encounter HT2
The Sumitomo Encounter HT2 is an excellent option for Dodge Durango owners who want quality all-season performance at an affordable price.
On dry roads, its stopping distances are as short as of all-season tires costing twice as much. Its dry handling and feedback are equally price-defying. You get a greater sense of control and confidence from the Encounter HT2 than from many other similarly priced models.
The good news continue on wet roads. While it’s not quite one of the best tires for driving in the rain, the Encounter HT2 ticks all the boxes you may want it to tick. Its aquaplaning resistance is high, braking distances are short, and lets you tackle turns with minimal fuss.
Its ride quality is also pretty high for a mid-tier model. Just like its predecessor, the Encounter HT2 can absorb all but the harshest bumps with relative ease.
Unfortunately, there are areas where corners have been cut. The Encounter HT2’s cornering grip is below-average for tires in this category, requiring you to exercise careful throttle control on bends.
- Comes at a pocket-friendly price
- Offers good dry and wet performance
- 60,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Cornering grip could be better
#5. Bridgestone Ecopia HL 422 Plus
The Ecopia HL 422 Plus is one of Bridgestone’s leading highway terrain tires. As such, it should be on your list if you regularly embark on cross-country trips.
This tire delivers the kind of ride comfort typical of Bridgestone tires, thanks to its symmetric tread pattern which does an excellent job of deflecting road noise and absorbing vibrations. That’s why it’s one of our top picks for the quietest tires on the market.
Its dry performance is equally brilliant. This tire accelerates from a halt without any hint of slip, and also offers decent grip on the corners. Handling is also on the higher side, with the responsiveness levels almost as good as you get from rival Michelin tires.
At the same time, it doesn’t struggle in rainy conditions. This tire provides enough traction on wet roads to convince you to keep pressing the accelerator. Likewise, it’s easy to control at the limit, with the kind of aquaplaning resistance you expect from similar tires.
Unluckily, while it does many things right, performance on snow isn’t one of them. Many drivers I have spoken to claim that it struggles even when the snow is shallow and unpacked. This means you can forget about any kind of stability in harsher weather like deep snow.
- One of the quietest tires on the market
- Performs reliably on wet roads
- Decent dry and wet cornering grip
- May struggle on snow
Best All-Terrain Tires
Looking to pair your Dodge Durango with quality all-terrain tires? Luckily for you, we have put together some of the leading all-terrain tires for this SUV.
#6. Firestone Destination AT2
There are four myths popular about all-terrain tires. The Firestone Destination AT2 demolishes all of them.
Myth # 1: All-terrain tires are only for off-road driving. Where, in reality, the Destination AT2 strikes an ideal balance between on- and off-road performance. This tire is as suitable for driving on gravel roads as it’s for a daily drive round the neighborhood.
Myth # 2: All-terrain tires are always noisy. Ask people who have driven this tire, and you’d feel that its ride is as quiet and comfortable as of leading all-season tires. In fact, the Destination AT2 is much quieter than most mid-tier tires belonging to the A/S category.
Myth # 3: All-Terrain Tires are always more expensive. While some A/T tires do blow a hole in your pocket, the Destination AT2 isn’t one of them. Its starting prices are much more reasonable than those of rival models from Bridgestone and BFGoodrich.
Myth # 4: All-terrain tires do not come with a treadwear warranty. The fact that this model is backed to last 55,000 miles should be enough to put this myth to rest once and forever.
- Costs reasonably for a leading all-terrain tire
- Ideal for on- and off-road driving
- 55,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Only comes in P-Metric models
#7. Falken Wildpeak AT3W
Several qualities make the Falken Wildpeak AT3W an excellent pick for off-roaders.
Start with the fact that its sidewall is almost cut-, chip- and puncture-proof. If that quality wasn’t enough to convince you to buy this tire, the fact that the sidewall has pores should. Why? Pores helps minimize the likelihood of heat build-up and, by extension, blow-outs.
Next quality of this tire is that it features step-down etching. These are small, raised features on the rubber that dig into loose ground, such as dirt, sand, and mud. In doing so, they boost this tire’s grip, making it one of the most reliable tires for off-roading.
You can also count on this tire to boost your Durango’s impressive towing capacity. How is that so? This tire has support ramps on the sides to evenly distribute whatever load you put onto it. These wedges also prevent flat spots if the tire remains parked for long periods.
The Three Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF) symbol on the tread delivers more good news. This symbol indicates that the Wildpeak AT3W is rated for severe snow.
Best of all, Falken backs this tire with a 55,000-mile treadwear warranty.
- Superior traction on snow and ice
- Equally useful on and off the road
- Superior traction on loose terrain
- Tread growl becomes noticeable at higher speeds on the highway
Best High-Performance Tires
Despite being a three-row family hauling SUV, the Durango exudes bravado in a manner most of its rivals can only dream off. Throw its muscular V-6 engine into the mix, and speed-loving drivers have every reason to pair this crossover with performance tires.
#8. General Grabber UHP
The General Grabber UHP relies on combinations to offer superior high-speed performance.
A combination of silica tread compound and directional tread pattern offers the first proof. It does that by boosting this tire’s traction on not only dry roads (where almost every UHP tire worth its salt shines) but also on wet surfaces (where most tires of this category falter).
On its own, the directional tread pattern provides this model with superb high-speed stability. Additionally, it shortens this model’s braking distances on dry and wet surfaces.
Then comes the partnership of wide shoulder blocks and V-shaped grooves. Working together, they enhance this model’s cornering grip. You can thus thank them for letting you attack bends without a hint of oversteering or understeering.
Independently, the V-shaped grooves help with water evacuation. In doing so, they make the Grabber UHP as reliable as any other high performance tire on slippery surfaces.
- Sure-footed cornering performance
- Superb steering response and feedback
- Isn’t as expensive as rival UHP tires
- May get loud at higher speeds
#9. Bridgestone Dueler HP Sport
Just as the Dodge Durango isn’t your average family hauling SUV, the Dueler HP Sport isn’t your average ultra-high-performance tire.
Mainly because its dry grip dwarves that of many competitors. A trio of features – UNI-T Technology, L.L Carbon black tread compound, symmetric tread pattern – are responsible for that. Additionally, they help its rubber absorb vibrations for a quiet driving experience.
Superb cornering grip is another distinguishing factor. Made possible by two ribs that run continuously from top to bottom, it lets you exit and enter corners at breakneck speeds.
A sure-footed performance in the rain is another quality you don’t usually expect – or get – from many UHP tires. Yet that is precisely what this tire offers, thanks to a quarter of circumferential and almost as many lateral grooves (water evacuating channels).
Some of you may object that it doesn’t come with a treadwear warranty. Sadly, that is the only thing it has common with rival UHP tires, most of whom don’t come with a mileage guarantee either.
- Exciting driving dynamics
- Class-leading dry grip
- Superb wet traction
- Doesn’t come with a treadwear warranty
Best Winter Tires
Do you live in an area with harsh winters? If so, all-season tires carrying the 3PMSF emblem won’t cut it. You’d need dedicated winter tires (like the ones recommended below) to go safely from point A to point B.
#10. Michelin X-Ice Snow SUV
The Michelin X-Ice Snow SUV possesses three qualities its rivals cannot claim to have.
The first of which is that it boasts class-leading braking distances. Regardless of whether the road is buried under layers of snow or a thick sheet of ice has engulfed the tarmac, this model will accelerate, brake, and stop reliably. You won’t have to drive slow down to stay safe.
Next comes its ability to run studded or studless. As you may already know, almost every other winter tire either comes with pre-installed studs or it doesn’t let you insert those. The X-Ice Snow SUV is an exception, indicating its utility for both snow- and ice-laden roads.
How is that so? Studded tires offer excellent traction on icy surfaces because the metal inserts in their tread latch onto the tarmac. However, if the roads in your area are buried under layers of snow during the winter months, studless tires are a far better bet.
Another quality of this tire – that its rivals lack – is that it comes with a treadwear warranty. And not just any mileage guarantee. The 40,000-mile guarantee that Michelin offers on this tire is equal to what you get on mid-tier all-season tires.
- Comes with a 40,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Can be run studded or studless
- Offers amazing traction in harsh weather
- Doesn’t come cheap
Although Dodge has decided to discontinue Durango from the next year, there are many drivers I know who are in no hurry to sell off this SUV. If you count yourself in the same category, make sure to install premium tires to help this crossover perform at its best.