The Rivian R1T is one of the most capable EVs on the market. A combination of excellent range, quiet ride and superb off-road capabilities is the reason why. Yet all these plus points would quickly fade into the background if you don’t pair it with the right set of tires.
That shouldn’t be surprising if you have picked tires for electric vehicles before. As owners of EVs are well aware, these vehicles subject their tires to greater abuse than gas cars. Only premium tires made of high-end construction materials should be selected for them.
Or else? The risks of pairing the Rivian R1T with cheap tires are too many to name here. Yet, if you insist, we could name the few that are the most obvious. Think of an extremely short tread life, a high risk of blowouts, and poor ride quality on and off the highway.
Don’t think you can put up with these risks? Then you’re at the right place. This comprehensive guide will provide you with the 10 best tires for Rivian R1T that won’t pose the above risks. Additionally, the below tires will enhance almost every aspect of the R1T’s ride.
Best All-Terrain Tires
Most people who opt for the Rivian R1T do so because they want a vehicle that can handle both everyday driving as well as weekend adventures. Rivian is well aware of this, which is why the stock tires that come on this pickup truck are all-terrain tires.
#1. Pirelli Scorpion All-Terrain Plus
Given the fact that Pirelli has developed an entire lineup of tires specifically for R1T, it shouldn’t be surprising that it’s one of Pirelli’s tires that are our top pick for this pickup truck.
A combination of a tough tread compound and a high-void tread pattern has made this tire a superb performer on and off the road. It has also improved its grip and traction across different weather conditions. As such, you won’t have to replace it when winter comes around.
This tire also has what it takes to handle rough roads. Besides offering high resistance to cuts, chips, and punctures, it also boasts excellent self-cleaning capabilities. You can thus count on it to automatically eject rocks, mud, and other off-road debris from the tread area.
Another thing we like about this tire is that it comes with the Three Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF) symbol. Awarded to tires that have met the rater’s strict criteria for harsh snow performance, this emblem is proof that the Scorpion All-Terrain Plus can rival winter tires.
To further sweeten the deal, Pirelli backs this tire with a 50,000-mile limited treadwear warranty, a pretty solid backing for an all-terrain tire.
- Offers superb performance on and off the road
- Carries the Three Peak Mountain Snowflake emblem
- Comes with a 50,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Not the quietest all-terrain tire
#2. Goodyear Wrangler UltraTerrain AT
The Goodyear Wrangler UltraTerrain AT cannot handle off-roads as seamlessly as our top pick. But it can rival the Scorpion All-Terrain Plus on pretty much every other count.
Start with highway driving. Despite having a tread compound that is almost impregnable to rocks, stones, and other sharp objects, this tire offers a decent comfort level. You can expect its ride to be almost as free of vibrations and road noise as that of our top pick’s.
Next comes its on-road handling. A computer-optimized tread pattern makes sure that this tire remains stable even when pushed to its limits on the highway. That means that this tire won’t feel excessively loose at speed, helping you maintain a straight line.
Then there is winter driving. A 3PMSF symbol that cannot be more visible on the sidewall indicates that this model is rated for extreme winter use. As such, it shouldn’t have any problems maintaining its grip in freezing temperatures, another similarity to our top pick.
Yet there is one major reason why this model isn’t even further on our list – it doesn’t come with a factory treadwear or mileage guarantee. So, if you want some assurance that a tire will last as long as its manufacturer claims, go for the Scorpion All-Terrain Plus.
- Pocket-friendly all-terrain tire
- Offers superb handling characteristics
- Slightly better aquaplaning resistance
- Doesn’t come with a treadwear warranty
#3. Cooper Discoverer ATP II
The Cooper Discoverer ATP II is one of those all-terrain tires that hit the ideal spot between on-road manners and off-road dependability. Small wonder, then, that it is a great buy for anyone who wants a tire that can perform in every road condition.
A mere glance at its tread design would assure you of this tire’s excellent road manners. That is because the tread has been completely optimized to absorb vibrations and dissipate road noise, thereby helping this tire offer a quiet drive on paved roads.
Which is surprising given that this model features innumerable biting edges (which help improve its wet traction) and large voids (that boost its self-cleaning capabilities). In most other tires, both these design elements would have hurt the ride quality.
On top of everything else, the ATP II delivers a safe driving experience on snow-laden roads. The credit for this goes to the jagged edges on its blocks. These edges trap snow within the treads to generate friction, boosting this tire’s braking power on snow.
Yet there is one area where this model could do better. Unlike the first two models on this list, the ATP II isn’t 3PMSF rated, which, in theory, kneecaps its snow performance.
- Provides a calm and comfortable driving experience
- Maintains a strong grip in mud, dirt, or any type of terrain
- Delivers fast and precise handling
- Isn’t 3PMSF rated
Best All-Season Tires
All-season tires can be an excellent option if you regularly drive on paved roads and want tires that can perform in a variety of weather conditions. Bear in mind, though, that premium A/S tires cost an arm and a leg and aren’t designed for harsh winters.
#4. Pirelli Scorpion Zero All-Season Plus
Are you one of those drivers who need no invitation to push their vehicle to its limits? If so, the Pirelli Scorpion Zero All-Season Plus is a no-brainer.
A rubber compound infused with silica helps this tire in more ways than one. Besides improving the tire’s dry grip and high-speed stability, it gives a boost to its wet traction. In doing so, the combination makes the Scorpion Zero a reliable performer year-round.
Another thing you’d like about this tire is that it makes minimal noise at high speeds. Additionally, with inner blocks equipped with winter siping technology, there’s minimal risk of slippage on snow, though I still have my doubts about its lateral grip on ice.
Best of all, you could expect this model to age gracefully. Sure, you may come across traces of wear upon close inspection, but that will only be the case if you push this tire to its limits. With normal driving, it might not show any signs of aging for months.
- Excellent performance in dry conditions
- Superb handling and steering response
- Backed by a 50,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Could do with more steering feedback
#5. Michelin Agilis CrossClimate
The Michelin Agilis CrossClimate is one of the few all-weather tires that would help you make the most of the R1T’s excellent pick that sees this pickup truck go from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds.
An all-season tread compound leaves no doubt what this tire is set out to do. The tread compound makes this model as reliable a performer on dry roads as wet ones. As such, there is next to zero chance of the CrossClimate struggling on any terrain besides thick snow.
Speaking of snow, the 3PMSF symbol indicates that this model can perform reliably in harsh, wintry conditions. However, it also means that this model may wear more quickly than all-weather tires, which aren’t 3PMSF rated, which also deliver better dry performance.
Durability is another box this model checks with aplomb. Two internal steel belts make full use of their nylon reinforcements to reduce the risk of premature deformation. Next, a rim protector makes sure that the wheels don’t suffer much damage in the event of curb collision.
Yet that isn’t to say that this model is faultless. Having driven this tire, I feel that its noise levels are a few decibels higher than rival all-season touring tires. Another area where this tire could have done better is the treadwear warranty, considering that it comes with none.
- Comes with the 3PMSF symbol
- Performs reliably on dry and wet roads
- Equipped with a built-in rim protector
- A little noisier than rival all-season tires
#6. Pirelli Scorpion Verde All-Season Plus II
The Pirelli Scorpion Verde All-Season Plus II is one of the best tires for rainy weather.
A higher-than-average silica content is one of the major reasons or its excellent wet performance. Silica is renowned for keeping the rubber pliable on slippery surfaces. However, it isn’t alone to credit for this model’s short braking distances on slippery surfaces.
Four longitudinal grooves are also to credit for this tire’s assured handling in the rain. These channels ensure quick and effective water evacuation to lower the risk of aquaplaning. In doing so, they make sure that the risk of slippage remains next to negligible.
The result of all these features? Much improved braking distances on damp surfaces vis-à-vis its predecessor as well as leading all-season tires from rival brands. Another consequence of these features is a lesser risk of accidents in rainy weather.
Want to hear more good news? Pirelli backs this tire to last 65,000 miles, meaning an average American driver can expect to get up to 5 years out of this model.
- Provides superior traction on wet surfaces
- Delivers a noise-free driving experience
- Backed by a 65,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Not ideal for use in moderate to severe winter weather conditions
Best Winter Tires
If you live in an area that receives more than its fair share of snow, all-season tires aren’t probably going to keep your R1T stable on the road. Only dedicated winter tires will be able to ensure your safety and your vehicle’s stability.
#7. Nokian Hakkapeliitta R5 SUV
If you’re in the market for studless winter tires, the Hakkapeliitta R5 SUV is a no-brainer.
Independent testing reveals that this tire leads its category on almost every count. Think of snow and ice traction (3% better than rivals), stopping distances (5.6 meters shorter than competitors), and hydroplaning resistance (among the best in this category).
Another thing you may want to note about this tire is that its tread pattern features 10% more sipes than rival models. Such detailed siping means excellent news if you’re a fan of steering response. It also guarantees superb performance in the handling department.
Surprisingly, despite having so many sipes, the R5 SUV isn’t loud, thanks mainly to the tread blocks, which all but eliminate road noise before it could enter the cabin. Also, thanks to studs that only emerge as the tread has worn down, it will perform consistently over a longer period than rivals.
- Carries the Three Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol
- Delivers superb fuel economy for a dedicated snow tire
- Offers superb, long-lasting ice and snow grip
- Doesn’t come with a treadwear warranty
#8. Nokian Hakkapeliitta 10
The Nokian Hakkapeliitta 10 is currently one of the best studded tires on the market.
That shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that this model features 16% more studs than its predecessor. Having so many studs is the primary reason why the Hakkapeliitta 10 boasts 2% higher ice traction than its predecessor.
Also, unlike rival winter tires, this model’s studs won’t need replacement anytime soon. That is because this tire has extra rubber at its base to allow the studs to latch onto. As such, the risk of rough or speedy driving resulting in stud separation is pretty non-existent.
Yet another area where this tire has improved over its rivals is ice grip. Independent reviewers have given it category-leading numbers for braking grip, cornering power, and handling. All these are indicators that the Hakka 10 wouldn’t let its drivers down in wintry conditions.
Best of all, the EV-oriented versions of this tire come with Silent Drive Technology. One which has reduced road noise inside the cabin by as much as 6 decibels.
- Offers remarkable snow and ice traction
- Incredibly quiet for a studded snow tire
- Comes with pre-installed and long-lasting studs
- Not ideal for use in moderate to severe winter weather conditions
Ultimately, the best tires for Rivian R1T are those that can meet your driving requirements. If you mainly drive on paved roads, all-season tires are a no-brainer, with all-terrain tires a better bet for those who do a mix of highway and off-road driving.