Top 5 Best Tires For Chevy 2500HD [2022 Review]

By Tire Expert, Ryan Nichols
By Tire Expert, Ryan Nichols

The 2022 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD with the Cajun Red paint job and Duramax diesel engine is one of the most attractive and capable trucks I’ve ever laid eyes on.

36,000 LBS of towing force this truck has under the hood requires the right set of tires to support the weight.

The Silverado 2500 High Country, LS, WT, LT, and LTZ all have different size tires, but you’ll notice that tires like the five sets I listed below fit most Silveardo trim packages.

Which are the best tires for Chevy 2500 HD? Check my top 5 tire review:

Our Top Pick
Toyo Open Country AT3
Toyo Open Country AT III
4.0/5
4.0
Best Budget
Sumitomo Encounter AT
Sumitomo Encounter AT
3.5/5
3.5
Best High End
Michelin Defender LTX
Michelin Defender LTX M/S
4.5/5
4.5
Most Economical
Vredestein Pinza AT
Vredestein Pinza AT
4.5/5
4.5
Best Tread Life
General Grabbers A/TX
General Grabber A/TX
4.0/5
4.0

Updated as of December 2, 2022

Toyo Open Country AT III

Toyo Open Country AT3
Our rating:
4.0/5
4.0/5

Pros and Cons

Ratings

Wet Traction:
3.5/5
Ride Handling:
4.0/5
Dry Traction:
4.5/5
Ride Noise:
4.0/5
Snow Traction:
4.0/5
Ride Comfort:
4.0/5
Tread Life:
3.5/5
Value For Money:
4.0/5

Toyo Open Country tires are my favorite choice for a few different reasons. The first and main reason I prefer Toyo Open Country on trucks like the Chevy 2500HD is for the offroad and light snow traction.

These tires have lateral tread grooves and 3D multi-wave sipes that make driving in the snow easy, and their cut and chip resistance is noticeable when driving on gravel and mountainous terrain.

The next reason why these are the right tire for Chevy Silverados is that they still perform on paved roads. Unlike other all-terrain tires, these Toyos produce little ride noise and don’t vibrate when you take them on a road trip.

You’ll be sacrificing a bit of wet surface/hydroplaning performance compared to an all-season tire, but let me remind you that there is an all-season version of this tire as well (Open Country A31) if you’re set on the Toyo brand.

Yes, they might be slightly more difficult to balance because of their beefy treads, but I can also guarantee you based on previous backcountry trips that these won’t leave you high and dry should you decide to go far off the beaten path.

Click to read more about Toyo Open Country AT3 tires, and don’t forget to also check out Yokohama Geolandars (a similar set).

Sumitomo Encounter AT

Sumitomo Encounter AT
Our rating:
3.5/5
3.5/5

Pros and Cons

Ratings

Wet Traction:
3.5/5
Ride Handling:
3.5/5
Dry Traction:
3.5/5
Ride Noise:
4.0/5
Snow Traction:
2.0/5
Ride Comfort:
3.5/5
Tread Life:
3.5/5
Value For Money:
4.0/5

Looking for the cheapest best Chevy 2500 HD tire? Check out these Sumitomo Encounter AT treads.

For around $200 per tire, these all-season treads come with a 5-year/60 thousand mile treadwear warranty plus 2 years of road hazard protection when you buy them from Tire Rack.

I wouldn’t buy these for heavy loads or rugged terrain, but they’re a perfect choice for those of you who drive your Silverados mostly to the car wash and back. They’re also good tires for a smooth road trip because they’ll perform in wet conditions and ride a bit smoother than most other tires on this list.

For the price and quality, these are your best bet for saving money in the long run. For example, if you buy some cheap off-brand set from Amazon, they’re not likely to hold up for 2 years when mounted up onto a heavy-duty truck like the Chevy 2500.

They’re not the nicest tires on the market, and they don’t shine in the offroading category. However, Sumitomo is a trusted brand, so if you’re going to buy cheap truck tires, these are the best option by far.

Falken Wildpeak tires are a higher-end tire option for the Silverado 2500 that are also made by Sumitomo.

Michelin Defender LTX M/S

Michelin Defender LTX
Our rating:
4.5/5
4.5/5

Pros and Cons

Ratings

Wet Traction:
4.0/5
Ride Handling:
4.0/5
Dry Traction:
4.5/5
Ride Noise:
4.5/5
Snow Traction:
3.5/5
Ride Comfort:
4.0/5
Tread Life:
4.5/5
Value For Money:
4.0/5

You might notice that these are among the most expensive set of tires for the Chevrolet Silverado 2500, but they also last the longest and require less maintenance than all-terrain tires.

You won’t find a smoother and sturdier set of highway tires for the Silverado 2500 than these right here. Defenders wear evenly when properly inflated (I prefer to use nitrogen), they’re reliable, easy to balance, and they have great wet traction at high speeds compared to most other tires.

Their 6-year/70 thousand-mile treadwear warranty proves that rubber technology like Michelin’s Evertread Compound, high-density 3-D active sipes, and Maxtouch construction holds up to high heat and long hours of driving.

It is, however slightly disappointing that these aren’t rated for blizzards or snow at all. Yes, you could get away with using snow chains/snow socks with these tires.

If you’re looking for a reliable road tire for hauling trailers and driving long distances, these are your best option all day. Don’t buy these tires if you plan to do a lot of driving in the dirt, sand, and snow as these aren’t purposed for those environments.

You might also try Michelin LTX AT/2 as a solid off-road tire option for the Chevy 2500 HD—I’ve seen a lot of Silverados with LTX AT/2s mounted up.

Might I add that these tires are the perfect choice for commercial Chevy vans.

Vredestein Pinza AT

Vredestein Pinza AT
Our rating:
4.5/5
4.5/5

Pros and Cons

Ratings

Wet Traction:
4.0/5
Ride Handling:
4.0/5
Dry Traction:
4.0/5
Ride Noise:
4.0/5
Snow Traction:
3.5/5
Ride Comfort:
4.0/5
Tread Life:
4.5/5
Value For Money:
4.0/5

Vredestein Pinza tires are the definition of an economical choice for your Chevy because they have an unbeatable warranty and they outperform most other A/T tires in almost all categories according to Tire Rack’s testing.

Pinzas have an optimized design with zig-zag circumferential grooves that help evacuate water and a multi-pitched tread pattern that helps them stop quicker on wet roads and grip better on loose surfaces. In other words, these might be the new best all-terrain tires for Chevy 2500HD or any other pickup truck.

Based out of Amsterdam, Vredestein is a fresh new brand in the USA worth mounting up to your 2500 HD wheels.

The only real downsides I see to these tires is that they’re not as reputable of a brand compared to Toyos, BFGoodrich, Michelin, etc—that and of course the fact that these aren’t dedicated snow tires (although they are rated for severe snow).

These won’t be quite as smooth as all-season tires, but you might also try out Vredestein Pinza HT designed mostly for highway driving.

The best part? Vredestein’s 8-year/70 thousand mile mileage warranty which is pretty unbeatable compared to other all-terrain tires. My opinion and experience tell me these are the best choice for your Chevy 2500 HD.

General Grabber A/TX

General Grabbers A/TX
Our rating:
4.0/5
4.0/5

Pros and Cons

Ratings

Wet Traction:
4.0/5
Ride Handling:
4.0/5
Dry Traction:
4.5/5
Ride Noise:
3.5/5
Snow Traction:
3.5/5
Ride Comfort:
4.0/5
Tread Life:
4.0/5
Value For Money:
4.0/5

Although General Grabbers are a tad bit short of Michelin Defender’s mileage warranty, they cost less and perform just as well in my opinion.

For the price, General tires typically last the longest. That’s why they’re one of the most-sold tires across the US.

General Grabbers are also typically the OEM brand mounted on Chevy 2500 vehicles when shopping at the dealership.

Choose between all-terrain and highway-terrain (all-season) versions of the General Grabbers—you can’t go wrong. Here are a few other General Grabber submodels compatible with the Silverado 2500:

Quite the list of different tire submodels, eh? As you can see, the General Grabber name has a lot to offer. Aside from their recommendable everything, I’m a big fan of their sidewalls and apparel.

I personally would mount up the Grabber X3s because I currently rally hard on lots of bumpy roads and dirt/sand down here where I’m from in the mountainous desert.

However, if I lived in the Pacific Northwest, I’d be more about the HD, HTS 60 or APT. And of course, if I lived back in Colorado I would most definitely have a separate set of wheels with some General Grabber Arctic LTs mounted up for the worst winter months.

It’s amazing how thorough General tires is with their selection for one single vehicle.

And hey, if you’re not a fan of the General Brand, I might also recommend Pirelli Scorpions as a similar set for your Chevy 2500.

What To Look For When Buying The Best Tires For Chevy 2500HD?

Aside from existing alignment and suspension issues on your truck, here are a few different checkpoints to make before clicking the checkout button:

Treadwear warranty

Read the fine print before buying. You’ll notice that all-season road tires have a better mileage warranty than all-terrain/mudding tires.

Also, keep and eye out for tire rebates.

Road hazard protection

When dumping a chunk of change on a set of tires, it’s nice to know that they’re protected against nail punctures, and that’s where you benefit from buying the tires from the right place.

You’ll notice that sites like Tire Rack offer 2-year hazard protection on Chevy 2500 tires to help relieve you of unwanted costs.

Type of tire/Tread pattern

Double check that the tread pattern you’re buying matches your driving style. I’m typically always looking for a great mix of on-road/offroad performance when buying for a truck.

One of the biggest mistakes I see from pickup truck owners is buying mudding or offroading tires when they do only 10% of their driving offroad.

The best tires, like Toyo Open Country listed above, have versatile performance. Regardless, here are a few different types of tires to be aware of before buying the right new set:

  • All-terrain tires
  • Mud-terrain tires
  • All-season tires
  • High-performance road tires
  • Snow tires
  • …etc

Be selective about which tires you pick for your Chevy.

Load rating

Don’t mount up some random tires on your Chevy 2500 HD before checking the load rating. One time I bought a truck and drove it home and one of the tires popped on the way.

Turns out the owner had mounted some rancid looking tires that weren’t made for the weight of a 2500 truck… needless to say, it’s not fun losing a tire at 75 MPH on a scorching hot 100-degree summer day.

These Chevy 2500 HD trucks deserve the best when it comes to tires because they’re literally the best truck you could have in this size range, in my humble opinion.

How Much Do Tires For Chevy 2500HD Cost?

Spending less than $200 per tire for your Chevy 2500HD will likely result in premature tire blowouts and spending more money in the long run.

Then again, spending more than $300/tire is a bit overkill. Keep it right between that $200-$300 price range if you’re on a budget but still want quality.

Four New Tires

Between $900-$1800 installed and ready to rally.

Two New Tires

Between $450-$900 installed and ready to rally.

Single Tire

You might pay anything from $200 per tire for Sumitomo Encounters all the way up to $450 for a set of 20-inch Toyo Open Country R/T.

The Chevy 2500 HD 4×4 must have tires replaced in pairs.

What Tire Size Is Best For A Chevy 2500HD?

Stock wheel sizes for newer Chevy 2500 HD come in 17, 18, and 20-inch diameters. From my experience, smaller wheels may not look as cool, but they ride smoother and allow for a larger sidewall aspect ratio (more suspension from the tire).

Smaller tire sizes also cost less I’ve noticed. You might pay as much as $500+ more if your Silverado has 20-inch wheels mounted up compared to a 17-inch diameter size.

How Long Should Your Chevy 2500HD Tires Last?

It all depends on how aggressively you like to drive your Silverado.

Silverado tires should at least last 30-40 thousand miles of driving, if not something more like 60 thousand when well maintained and driven on conservatively.

Hey kids, if you want to waste money, I suggest you buy a really nice set of tires and then go smash them up at high speeds on the gnarliest roads possible!

When To Replace Tires On Your Chevy 2500HD?

Check the tread depths from inner, middle, to out on all four tires. If one of the tires is down to 2/32” (1.6 mm) tread depth, I’d say it’s time for new tires.

Most Silverado owners replace tires when the treads start to chunk off or wear unevenly.

I always encourage properly recycling your old tires.

Does The Brand Matter For A Chevy 2500HD When Replacing Tires?

Tightening up the lug nuts with a torque wrench matters more, but from my experience, brand doesn’t matter if you’re being recommended tires from someone who knows what they’re doing. Tire Rack, for example, doesn’t typically list crappy tires, which is why I like their selection and pricing.

You might also go for tire brands like Goodyear Wrangler, Cooper Discoverer, Firestone Destination, BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2, Nitto Grappler, Bridgestone etc.

There are plenty of tire brands out there that make decent tires.

What you don’t want is off brand tires that don’t meet the specs of the vehicle. I’m not going to bash Chinese tires, but they don’t have a good track record.

There are some Chinese tires that rock for sedans, but I personally don’t go with anything other than American, Japanese, or European-made brands for trucks.

Does the Year of Your Chevy 2500HD Matter When Buying New Tires?

Both the year and trim package matter when buying new tires. The surefire way to buy the correct set of tires is by knowing how to read the tire size info on the sidewall printed on your existing tires.

The easiest way is to plug in your Chevy year and model into reliable tires sites.

What Are The Biggest Tires I Can Put On A chevy 2500 HD?

The Duramax forum references 35 inches as the biggest tire you can put on a Chevy or GMC without a suspension upgrade.

My answer is that 275/65/-20 is the largest stock wheel and tire size.

Frequently Asked Questions
HD stands for heavy-duty, and Chevy Silverado 2500 HDs are built to haul a bit more weight.
Yes, the Allison transmission in these Chevy 2500 are one of the most reliable transmissions among the boys, trust me.
Me too bro. Search Chevy 2500 HD at your local Chevy dealership, used car lot, Facebook market, craig’s list, your local classifieds section, etc.

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