Chevy Colorado is one of the most versatile midsize SUVs. On the one end, it has an upscale interior, the latest infotainment and connectivity features, and high-end driver-assistance tech that could convince anyone to drive it to work.
On the other end, this SUV has the features needed to tackle off-roads. Think of 8.1 to 10.7 inches of ground clearance, up to 7,700 pounds of maximum towing capacity, and the hydraulic front and rear bump stops to soften landings from, yes, jumps.
In this article, we’ll review some of the best tires for Chevy Colorado. Depending on your needs, you’ll find models that offer a comfortable drive in city traffic. You’ll also come across tires that will enhance this SUV’s already formidable off-road capabilities.
Best All-Season Tires
Although the Chevy Colorado’s ride quality is pretty good for a midsize truck, a set of premium all-season tires can still enhance it. Additionally, the below all-season tires may help improve this vehicle’s fuel economy, which is also high to begin with.
#1. Michelin Defender LTX M/S
The Michelin Defender LTX M/S is a no-nonsense pick for Chevy Colorado drivers who use this pickup truck for driving to work.
This all-season touring tire won’t just deliver a quiet and comfortable ride on paved roads. Instead, thanks to its ability to absorb minor road imperfections, it will improve ride quality on bad surfaces, too, something most all-season tires cannot do.
A wider-than-usual contact patch helps this tire deliver short braking distances on wet roads. It also enhances its fuel economy and road grip. Plus, thanks to a cut- and chip-resistant tread compound, this tire is less likely to suffer cuts and punctures.
To further sweeten the deal, Michelin backs this model to last 70,000 miles. This means that an average American driver (who drives around 15,000 miles per year) can expect this model to last 4 to 5 years, indicating an excellent return on investment.
- Exceptional dry and wet performance
- Comes with a 70,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Offers superb fuel economy
#2. Firestone Destination LE3
The Firestone Destination LE3 is another exciting all-season tire pick for Chevy Colorado.
This all-season tire delivers as comfortable and quiet a ride as our top pick, despite a significant price difference (the Michelin Defender LTX M/S costs more). Even when you drive over rough patches, its tread growl remains minimal and unobtrusive.
On dry roads, this tire surprises you (in a good way). It is very stable at high speeds and shows no signs of wobbling. Steering response is pretty quick, too, meaning you can execute quick lane changes. You can safely push it to its limits on dry patches of road.
The stability stays intact in the rain. You can push this model pretty hard on slippery surfaces, and it still won’t spiral out of control. Also, thanks to the circumferential grooves inside its tread, water evacuation isn’t a big issue. So, the risk of aquaplaning is slim.
Plus, with a rubber compound that remains flexible in low temperatures, it can easily navigate snow and ice. Throw its 70,000-mile treadwear warranty and 90-day money-back guarantee into the mix, and it gets easier to see why we rate this tire so highly.
- Very quiet, even at higher speeds
- Excellent handling on dry and wet roads
- Shortest braking distance in its class
- Could do with more comfort refinement
#3. General Grabber HTS 60
Put off by the high asking prices of the above two models? If so, the reasonably-priced General Grabber HTS 60 might seem a better option.
Before moving ahead, here’s a note for anyone who believes that its low price makes the Grabber HTS 60 inferior to the above tires: IT DOES NOT. In fact, barring one shortcoming, this tire can rival its pricier counterparts in pretty much everything else.
Take bad roads. A cut- and chip-resistant tread compound (yes, it’s similar to the one you get on our top pick) helps the Grabber HTS 60 easily navigate uneven surfaces. Additionally, it lends this tire the ruggedness needed to tackle mild off-road terrains.
Furthermore, this model is as quiet and comfortable on the highway as the above two. It is equally stable in the rain, too, meaning you can expect short braking distances. And thanks to multiple water-evacuating channels, it’s almost slippage-free in the rain.
Yet there’s one area where our top two tire picks are clear winners. While both are backed to last 70,000 miles, some of the HTS 60’s models come with a meager 50,000-mile guarantee. If you end up buying them, the replacement date may come much sooner.
- Outstanding dry and wet performance
- Offers a super-comfortable ride quality
- Excellent handling and steering responsiveness
- Average treadwear warranty on some models
Best All-Terrain Tires
With a ground clearance of 8.1 to 10.7 inches, several underbody protection features, and a suspension tuned for off-road driving, the Chevy Colorado is a great choice for off-road driving. Here are the all-terrain tires that will ensure a smooth drive over rough terrain:
#4. BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2
The BFG All-Terrain T/A KO2 ticks several boxes for off-road enthusiasts.
As one of the market’s best all-terrain tires, it can easily handle rough surfaces such as gravel, slush, mud, and even rocks. The risk of puncturing is negligible as its rubber is doubly reinforced. If you’re looking for a hardcore off-road tire, this model is indeed the one.
Side biter lugs help this tire provide adequate traction on snow and ice. They also enhance its rock-climbing abilities, provided you have aired down the tire beforehand. In mud and slush, mud-buster bars ensure self-cleaning to keep this tire from getting stuck.
Best of all, you can drive this tire without worrying about its sidewall coming apart. Mainly because its tread is thicker than most all-terrain tires out there. But also because the shoulders extend down the sidewall, helping the rubber take on the roughest job sites.
Unfortunately, that is where the good news ends. The T/A KO2 isn’t as quiet as some drivers may like it to be, mainly because of the spacing between its lugs. Any time you drive this model on the pavement, it will make more noise than highway-oriented all-terrain tires.
- Highly resistant to cuts, chips, and punctures
- Performs reliably on mud, slush, and even rock
- Backed by a 50,000-mile treadwear warranty
- May get loud on the highway
#5. Cooper Discoverer AT3
The Cooper Discoverer AT3 is an all-terrain tire that works great on the highway.
Part of the credit for that goes to its silica-enhanced tread compound. The compound helps boost this model’s dry grip while also giving a helping hand to its wet traction. The result? An all-terrain tire that remains useful 365 days a year.
Unlike most all-terrain tires, this model’s high-speed stability is inspiring. You can push it to its limits on the highway and still won’t feel the tread squirming. Also, due to the lack of lugs in its tread, this model will keep things quiet inside the cabin.
Short braking distances on wet roads and a 65,000-mile treadwear warranty are other highlights of this tire. As are the circumferential grooves inside its tread. The grooves ensure quick water evacuation to minimize the risk of aquaplaning in the rain.
Bear in mind, though, that the AT3 isn’t for hardcore off-roading. If you’re looking for a tire that can take the roughest terrains and still come out smiling, the T/A KO2 is a better option. However, for daily driving on the highway, the AT3’s is a far better choice.
- Offers outstanding grip on dry and wet roads
- Boasts excellent stability at high speeds on the highway
- Comes with a 65,000-mile treadwear warranty
- Isn’t the best option for hardcore off-roading
Best Mud-Terrain Tires
While some may use Colorado for driving to work, this midsize SUV can drive as reliably through mud, especially if you drive the Trail Boss and ZR2 trims. If you want to engage in some mud-flinging fun, here are the tires you must consider.
#6. BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM3
If you want tires that deliver excellent traction on loose surfaces without compromising on performance, the BFG Mud-Terrain KM3 is a no-brainer.
The latest installment of BFG’s highly famous mud-specific KM series, the KM3 is superior to its predecessors in several key areas. Think of higher traction through mud, better self-cleaning capabilities, and superior resistance to punctures.
BFG backs the above claims with numbers. The Michelin-owned tire brand states that the T/A KM3 offers 30% higher puncture resistance than the T/A KM2. At the company’s tire testing facility, it also offered 5 percent improved traction in the mud.
Like other premium mud-terrain tires, this tire doesn’t just work in the sticky substance. It’s also an efficient rock crawler, thanks mainly to the reinforced sidewalls and a tough rubber compound. You can think of it as a tire that can take on all kinds of off-road.
- Provides outstanding traction in deep mud
- Is an efficient rock crawler
- Decent traction on loose and hard-packed snow
- Isn’t made for highway driving
#7. Firestone Destination MT2
According to our tire experts, the Firestone Destination MT2 is one of the best mud-terrain tires on the market, capable of handling everything off-roads can send its way.
A cut- and tear-resistant tread compound (one of the toughest in the business) enables this tire to cover long distances on some very challenging terrains. The same could be said about the aggressive, high-void tread pattern that Firestone has equipped this tire with.
Tread blocks set at a 23-degree attack angle and upper sidewall lugs boost this model’s pulling power through mud, slush, and dirt. Plus, thanks to mud and stone ejectors, the tread remains clean of road debris, and the risk of punctures and reduced traction stays slim.
To further sweeten the deal, Firestone has left gaps in this tire’s treads for studs. You can thus safely use this model in harsh wintry conditions. That, combined with its competitive asking price (for an MT tire) and 1/32” of uniformity warranty, further enhances this tire’s appeal.
- Exceptional off-road traction on all surfaces
- Tough 3-ply casing can withstand a lot of abuse
- Good ride quality over broken and smooth pavement
- No treadwear warranty
Best Snow Tires
Since it lacks a Snow Mode feature, the Colorado needs its tires to supply the traction its rivals get from their engine to ensure vehicle stability and control in snowy terrains. Which is precisely what the below snow tires have to offer.
#8. General Grabber Arctic
Although not as famous as some other SUV snow tires, the General Grabber Arctic has what it takes to safely carry your Colorado from point A to point B in harsh wintry conditions.
If General is to be believed, this tire has a cut- and chip-resistant tread compound that keeps the rubber flexible in sub-zero temperatures. If true, and there are many people who claim that it is, this would make the Grabber Arctic capable of handling Scandinavian winters.
An interlocking tread pattern delivers more good news. Besides helping this model dig reliably through snow, ice, and slush for enhanced traction, it reduces tread squirm. The result? Enhanced stability in harsh wintry conditions and extended tread life.
Despite being a studdable tire, the Grabber Arctic is almost as quiet as its studless counterparts. The credit for the lack of noise goes to the symmetric tread pattern. As it’s the tread design that deflects noise and absorbs vibrations for a comfortable drive.
- Enhances vehicle stability in snowy terrain
- Delivers a quiet and comfortable ride for a studdable tire
- Boasts an extended tread life
- May struggle on ice-glazed hard-packed snow
#9. Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2
If you don’t mind paying the big bucks and won’t settle for anything but the best, then we highly recommend the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2.
A multi-cell tread compound is one of the major reasons why people buy this tire, even though it costs up to 20% more than some rivals. The compound enables the trapping of snow between treads for enhanced friction and, in turn, traction on snow.
Another reason we love this tire is because it doesn’t skid on ice. Thanks to a hydrophilic coating (which ensures the contact patch remains dry no matter what), it can plow through layers of snow. So, no need to slow down when it’s slippery out there.
Need another reason to bite the bullet that is this tire’s asking price? Look no further than the Three Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF) symbol on its tread. The 3PMSF symbol indicates that this tire has what it takes to keep your vehicle safe in a snowstorm.
- Delivers excellent snow and ice traction
- Carries Three Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol
- Puts up excellent resistance to hydroplaning
- Zero treadwear warranty
Frequently Asked Questions
What tires fit a Chevy Colorado?
Depending on the model year and trim, multiple sizes of tires can fit on a Chevy Colorado, including:
How long do Chevy Colorado tires last?
According to drivers, Original Equipment (OE) Chevy Colorado tires can last anywhere between 25,000 and 50,000 miles. Premium aftermarket tires may last longer, depending on your driving style, road conditions, and weather.
Whether you use your Chevy Colorado to drive to work, navigate snow-laden roads, or conquer the harshest off-road terrains, we have a tire in this review for you. Thus, as long as you know what your driving requirements are or will be, this guide has you covered.