What are the best tires for east and central Texas?
By: Discount Tire
Instead of one Texas-sized post to cover our recommendations for tires in the Lone Star State, we’re breaking this one up by the major climate differences across Texas. (Read the companion post for West Texas …)
Common vehicles: Full-size pickup trucks, fuel-efficient cars and SUVs
Major regions: Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, San Antonio, Austin
Road conditions: Mild winters and hot and humid summers keep roads fairly predictable, except in some instances of extreme heat or flash flooding.
Discount Tire locations: Over 200 Discount Tire stores operate in Eastern and Central Texas out of more than 250 for the entire state (and more are on the way)!
First Discount Tire locations in eastern Texas: We opened five locations in Houston in 1982 and had six locations in the DFW area by the end of 1983.
If we’re talking Texas, we’re usually talking big numbers. It’s ranked second (to Alaska) in state land area and second (to California) in population and economy. Lots of land, lots of people, lots of vehicles and lots of Discount Tire stores to keep drivers safe.
Even though we’re handling Texas in pieces, we’re not messing around. Due to the climate and geographic similarities of eastern and central Texas (not to mention their major metro areas and huge populations), we’re about to cover a lot of ground with our picks of some great tires.
Texans in the coastal swamps, piney woods and prairies rarely see snow, let alone any that would stick to the ground. With the exception of extreme seasonal storms that come from the Gulf of Mexico, the biggest concern for most drivers is whether the roads are wet or dry.
Best truck tires for east and central Texas
The most popular vehicle in Texas by sales in the past several years is the Ford F-150. Not surprising, as full-size pickup trucks are a staple vehicle across the state. So much so that manufacturers make trim packages geared specifically for Texans, like the Chevy Silverado Texas Edition and the Ram 1500 Lone Star Edition.
We’ll start our list of truck tires with our Treadwell™ #1 pick for many regions of Texas: the Michelin Defender LTX M/S. This all-season tire is awesome on the road, comfortable and quiet from the highway to the city, and there are thousands of reviews to back that up. And when the Texas weather gets rough, the Defender LTX M/S is ready.
If you’re looking to take your truck back and forth from on-road to off-road, check out the Goodyear Wrangler UltraTerrain AT. Exclusive to Discount Tire, this all-terrain tire is engineered to perform comfortably on the road, but plenty rugged for unpaved trails and the wide-open spaces.
Then again, if your 4x4 pickup (or other four-wheel-drive vehicle) is used exclusively for Texas off-roading, consider a mud terrain tire like the Toyo Open Country M/T. The tread is designed for off-road adventure and the durable three-ply construction ensures that it’s built to last.
Best car tires for East and Central Texas
Texas’ long open roads can burn a lot of gasoline, so when Texans aren’t driving trucks, they’re driving fuel-efficient cars like the Toyota Camry, Kia Soul, and Ford Focus. To help keep them efficient, we have several long-lasting all-season tires to choose from.
First on our list for Texas cars is our exclusive Yokohama YK740 GTX. This quiet tire has a 60,000-mile limited treadwear warranty. Its tread can easily handle wet roads and is also designed to react like a performance tire on dry roads.
If you’re all about comfort on the road, look into the Falken Pro Touring A/S. Also a Discount Tire exclusive, this tire is highly rated by our customers and remarkable for its ride comfort and longevity (60,000-mile warranty).
Lastly, for those on a budget, we have the Ohtsu FP0612 A/S. This tire provides ample handling and traction for a fraction of the cost of many other all-season tires, and even includes a 40,000-mile warranty.
Discount Tire across Central and East Texas
Considering the average age of a vehicle in Texas is just over 10 years, it’s safe to assume that sooner or later every driver in eastern or central Texas will need to replace their tires.
If you need help picking tires in your Texas neighborhood, call or stop by your nearest Discount Tire store. Let’s get you taken care of.