What are the best tires for Arizona?

By: Discount Tire

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Common vehicles: The most popular vehicle bounces between the Ford F-150 and the Ram 1500 pickup, though crossovers and fuel-efficient sedans are most common overall.
Major regions: Phoenix metropolitan area, Tucson, Prescott, Yuma, Flagstaff
Road conditions: Most areas see little precipitation throughout the year. Higher elevations experience snow in the winter, but lower elevations must contend with excessive heat in the summer.
Discount Tire locations: 78 Discount Tire stores are in Arizona (and more are on the way). Plus, Scottsdale, Arizona, is the home of our corporate headquarters.
First Discount Tire location in AZ: 1970

Arizona has as much diversity in its land and people as any state in the union. Not just the home of several national forests, parks, monuments and the settings for the most popular tales of the wild west, the “Grand Canyon State” has heavily populated cities and huge universities.

With life so spread out in the sixth largest state, even the cities have wide-open spaces. It’s not uncommon to see regular folks on horseback traveling the greenbelts and trails throughout the Phoenix metro area or suburban bicyclists riding past solar farms adjacent to Arizona State University in Tempe.

Driving in Arizona

You can barely go anywhere in the “Copper State” without traversing a highway of one or more designations. And there are endless new sights to see as you go, natural or man-made.

Of course, the warm winters attract thousands of retirees from across the country (and beyond) to reside in Arizona for half of the year. The large annual influx of seasonal residents adds to traffic congestion from the interstate highways to the city streets. This situation fine-tunes the driving skills of many of the year-round urban and suburban residents to be ready for anything on the road, like Sunday drivers amid a hump-day rush-hour.

What are the best tires for Arizona? Phoenix rush hour

But just because they get the snowbirds doesn’t mean Arizonans never see snow. A few hours’ drive from any of the hot valleys throughout the state can have you in higher elevations, cooler climates, and potentially harsh driving conditions. Even the best drivers need a vehicle with tires up for the challenge.

The best tires for Arizona

It’s not surprising that Arizonans, like residents throughout the southwestern U.S., favor pickup trucks (especially those with some off-roading capabilities) and economical cars and crossovers for traveling those long highways.

What are the best tires for Arizona? Arizona open road

The state’s average age for its vehicles is 12.4 years, which is higher than the national average (11.6 years). Considering that Arizonans tend to get a nice long life out of their vehicles, replacing tires at some point is a near certainty.

Best truck tires for Arizona

If you’ve got a truck in AZ, chances are you’re partial to all-terrain tires to not limit yourself to the road. A good choice to start with is the Laufenn X Fit AT. Though maybe not a household name brand, this tire is highly affordable and gets great customer reviews. Whether towing your boat to one of Arizona’s many lakes or making a trip to the grocery store, this tire can handle it all.

If you keep your truck on the streets and highways—whether for work or fuel-efficiency—consider the General Grabber HTS60. Also with stellar customer reviews, this tire keeps it quiet in all Arizona road conditions. It’s designed to have a long tread life and, though not an all-terrain tire, can handle heavy loads and some rugged terrain.

On the other end of the all-terrain spectrum is the Mickey Thompson Baja ATZP3. This tire is designed to meet all the capabilities of the best all-terrain tires while also providing the off-road grip of a mud terrain tire. It can perform as aggressive as it looks and has a high customer rating fitting of the Mickey Thompson brand.

Best crossover tires for Arizona

Crossover SUVs are hugely popular in AZ; their roomy yet efficient features make them great for suburban families. Models like the Nissan Rogue and Honda CR-V are ubiquitous throughout Arizona neighborhoods.

If you’re looking to invest in a safe tire for your crossover that stands the test of time, the Michelin Premier LTX never disappoints. Its comfort and traction are built to last for the life of the tire with Michelin’s Evergrip Technology, and you can count on it with Michelin’s 60,000-mile warranty.

For a more budget-friendly all-season crossover tire, check out the Falken Ziex CT60 A/S. Arizonans can be confident taking their crossover up to the high country with this tire, as it was designed crossover-specific for handling and stability in any weather condition.

Best car tires for Arizona

Traveling Arizona’s highways in your sedan or coupe can be loads of fun but can also burn a lot of fuel. Pairing your car with the right tires can strike the balance of performance and efficiency over the life of your vehicle.

Considering efficiency first, the Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max is all about saving money at the pump. It has all you could want from an all-season tire, plus Goodyear’s 65,000-mile warranty. With sizes ranging up to crossovers and SUVs, this tire is a safe choice.

If you want to go for budget-minded performance, find a winding road and enjoy the Barum Bravuris 3HM. It’s all-season and performance characteristics don’t disappoint, but at heart, it’s a high-mileage tire, great for long excursions across the Arizona desert.

For an all-season touring performance tire, discover the Yokohama YK740 GTX exclusively at Discount Tire. It keeps quiet on the road and can handle all the conditions Arizona’s highways serve up—even some snow and low temps—thanks to its specialized orange oil rubber compound. Plus, it’s long-lasting with a 60,000-mile warranty.

Arizona chooses Discount Tire

We’re proud to headquarter our national operations in Arizona’s Valley of the Sun. Discount Tire is here for Arizona drivers wherever they live or drive throughout the state. The tire choices above are just a few of the Grand-Canyon-sized inventory we carry.

If you need help with tires or wheels on your vehicle, we are always a click or phone call away. If you live in Arizona, feel free to stop by your neighborhood Discount Tire store—let’s get you taken care of.