Ford Ranger tires – our picks

By: Discount Tire

Ford Ranger Trims: XL, XLT, Lariat, FX2, FX4, (Raptor?)

The Ford Ranger. Here one day, gone the next, then back again.

Here to stay? It’s starting to look that way!

While the fifth generation Ford Ranger has been back on the road in the U.S. for over a year now, it has remained one of the more beloved small pickup trucks as the overall pickup truck popularity and market has reached something of a golden age. Even the new Ford Bronco is being based on the Ranger’s body-on-frame platform, likely sharing its combination of 2.3 liter EcoBoost inline-four and 10-speed automatic transmission among a host of other components.

(But will we see a Ranger Raptor here in the U.S.? Signs are pointing to “yes,” and rest assured that we’ll have the perfect tires for this hotly-anticipated little brother to the F-150 Raptor if and when it does arrive.)

In a time where trucks of all makes and models are getting bigger, more powerful, better-equipped and even more fuel-efficient, Ford decided it was time to revive what historically has been the smallest pickup in its entire product line of trucks.

Except now even the newest Ranger is pretty big—and especially so by historical Ranger standards!

A saying around here at Discount Tire is: “big trucks need big tires.”

The Ranger got bigger, and now it needs bigger tires. Bet we have an answer for you if you’re asking yourself something along the lines of “what are the best tires for a Ford Ranger?”.

The fifth generation Ford Ranger wears anything from LT 265/65 R17’s on its XLT FX4 4x4 trim to more road-oriented 255/70 R16 tires on its 2WD variants. It’s not what we call a huge range of sizes, especially when the Ranger’s OE wheels only vary by two inches in diameter across its spectrum of options.

Ford Ranger Tire Recommendations

Yokohama Geolandar X-AT

No matter which trim (or version) of Ranger you drive, the following tire recommendations provide a good mix of off-road capability and highway reliability, as well as an overall blend of affordability and manufacturer warranty coverage.

The same tire as the image above the title of this page, the Yokohama Geolandar X-AT makes its case as a top performer in the all-terrain tire segment despite being relatively unknown. (We love the way it looks on that black Ranger with those Black Rhino Roku’s. And you, too, can build this exact Ford Ranger wheel and tire package!)

With sizes to cover any XL, XLT, Lariat and FX4 Ranger, the Geolandar X-AT has a 45,000-mile warranty, an extra-thick sidewall and a tread design that includes the perfect mix of blocky shoulder blocks for enhanced traction on all terrain types combined with rutted grooves that are sure to put an exclamation point on your next off-road adventure in your Ranger.

Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S

If there’s one thing the Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S can be called, it’s solid.

With a 65,000-mile warranty, it packs in the around-town grip and ride quality of an all-season while riding on an all-terrain style of tread design. This makes for an incredibly capable set of tires for the Ford Ranger that should last well into numerous years of ownership.

But here’s a cool thing about the AT3 4S: it has what Cooper calls “Snow-Groove” technology that’s seamlessly incorporated into the tread design of this dynamo of a light truck tire. What this does is bring out the best of your Ranger in severe winter weather by laying down enhanced traction in snow and ice-covered roads.

For a do-it-all tire for your Ford Ranger, there’s a winner in the Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S.

Nitto Dura Grappler

The Nitto Dura Grappler is maybe the least known member of the Grappler family of tires, but believe us when we tell you this thing is a horse.

It’s been giving truck drivers of all makes peace of mind and reliable performance since long before the Ranger was resurrected and makes for a pound-for-pound contender for the best highway-focused truck tire out there by quality and price.

With a bold-looking tread and shoulder design (you can pick from two designs by flipping between which side of the tire faces outward) the construction of the Dura Grappler combines technologies that reduce road noise and wear while promoting grip both on and off the roads you’ll take your fifth-generation Ranger down.

While we’re already hearing rumors about the sixth-generation Ford Ranger not being far away (fingers still crossed for a Ranger Raptor!) we hope that these recommendations are helpful in your search for the best set of tires for the smallest stalwart in Ford’s pickup truck lineup.

In the meantime, make an appointment at your nearest Discount Tire and we’ll be sure to get you and your Ford Ranger taken care of!