Top 5 Best Tires For Jeep Wranglers [2022 Review]

By Tire Expert, Joe Steffen
By Tire Expert, Joe Steffen

Are you looking for new tires on your Jeep Wrangler, recommended by a true tire expert?

Look no further. I have been in the tire industry for over nine years and know exactly what drivers like yourself are looking for in tires. Not to mention I also used to own a Wrangler Unlimited.

You will find out why these five tires are the best Jeep Wrangler tires, and I will give you a buying and use guide at the end of the list.

Buckle up, and let’s get started!

Our Top Pick
Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac
Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac
3.0/5
3.0
Best Budget
Milestar Patagonia M/T
Milestar Patagonia M/T
2.5/5
2.5
Best High End
BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2
BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2
3.5/5
3.5
Most Economical
Falken WildPeak A/T3W Tire Review
Falken Wildpeak AT3W
3.5/5
3.5
Best Tread Life
Cooper Discoverer AT3 XLT/4S
Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S
3.5/5
3.5

Updated as of December 2, 2022

Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac

Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac
Our rating:
3.0/5
3.0/5

Pros and Cons

Ratings

Wet Traction:
3.0/5
Ride Handling:
3.0/5
Dry Traction:
3.0/5
Ride Noise:
2.5/5
Snow Traction:
4.0/5
Ride Comfort:
3.0/5
Tread Life:
3.5/5
Value For Money:
3.0/5

Goodyear makes some really aggressive tread designs, and the Duratrac is a perfect example. Utilizing a pattern that combines an all-terrain and mud-terrain tire provides one tough tire ready to take your Jeep down any path.

This is the perfect tire for Jeeps because it has Wrangler right in the name! Okay, that’s not the real reason, but it is a bonus.

I chose the Duratrac as the top pick because it has a stylish tread design, excellent off-road traction, and long tread life. I had a set of the Duratracs on my Toyota 4Runner and was very impressed with how well they handled in the dirt and mud.

What made them even better was the traction in the snow. When they have the three-peak mountain snowflake rating, they feel just as safe as winter tires. In select sizes, they are studdable to offer even better ice traction.

Once you stud a tire, it can not be unstudded by a tire center. Keep that in mind.

Watch out in wet weather at high speeds. I did experience slight hydroplaning at eighty miles an hour. This could have been more my fault for going so fast in heavy rain, but it is something that happened, and I want to make sure I mention it.

When looking for the best all-terrain tire for a Jeep Wrangler, I recommend the Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac.

The Wrangler MTR W/Kevlar will be the way to go for a proper Mud terrain option from Goodyear.

Milestar Patagonia M/T

Milestar Patagonia M/T
Our rating:
2.5/5
2.5/5

Pros and Cons

Ratings

Wet Traction:
3.0/5
Ride Handling:
3.0/5
Dry Traction:
2.5/5
Ride Noise:
2.0/5
Snow Traction:
2.0/5
Ride Comfort:
2.0/5
Tread Life:
2.5/5
Value For Money:
4.0/5

If you want the lowest priced, best off-road performing tire, the Milestar Patagonia M/T is for you. Milestar is an off-brand tire made by Nankang Rubber Tire Corporation, known for producing some of the lowest-priced tire options on the market.

I have many customers swear by these tires, and the rest regret ever putting them on.

An important thing to remember is that this is a budget mud-terrain, so don’t expect it to ride like a Mickey Thompson Baja Boss A/T.

The Milestar will provide excellent traction and durability if you go on frequent trail runs. It has a 3-ply sidewall which helps it be puncture resistant from rocks and off-road debris. The angled biting edges of the tread blocks make it capable on trails.

It will come with a Q speed rating in all sizes, which makes the rubber compound softer and better at flexing to grab onto big rocks and uneven terrain. Sure is a good thing the Wrangler doesn’t top out at high speeds because a Q rating is only safe up to 99 MPH.

Surprisingly, wet weather traction is a strength of this mudder. Typically with mud terrains, you will see them have terrible wet road capability. But the form of siping used is some that you won’t see in many tires, allowing this tire to cut through wet surfaces.

I said that some customers regret making this purchase, and I want to address why. Most people can’t stand the Patagonia M/T because of the road noise and vibrations it produces.

You should expect some degree of noise from a mud tire, but when these tires start to wear out, they do not wear evenly. This uneven wear causes the tires to slap the ground so loud your neighbors will hear you coming from around the block. Jeeps are not the best vehicles for a quiet ride, so you best believe you will listen to their noise level inside the cab too.

Ride vibrations are caused by the same problem of uneven treadwear. Once irregular wear patterns have set in, the tire’s weight is displaced unevenly. Erratic weight displacement will cause the tire to shake all over the place.

There are some decent benefits to going with the Milestar Patagonia M/T, especially the price. So if you can look past the loud ride and vibrations, this would be a perfect option for you.

BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2

BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2
Our rating:
3.5/5
3.5/5

Pros and Cons

Ratings

Wet Traction:
4.0/5
Ride Handling:
4.0/5
Dry Traction:
4.0/5
Ride Noise:
3.0/5
Snow Traction:
3.0/5
Ride Comfort:
4.0/5
Tread Life:
3.0/5
Value For Money:
3.0/5

The BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 is hands down one of the most well-known all terrains in the tire industry. This tire has a rich history of being dependable and durable.

BFGoodrich is owned by Michelin, one of the tire industry’s highest quality manufacturers. The only manufacturer that comes close in standards is Bridgestone.

This tire was a no-brainer for the high-end option on a Jeep Wrangler as it is one of the highest-end tires out there and offers an exceptionally smooth ride. For a tire that has a tread design that has been used for over twenty years with aggressive tread lugs, I’m shocked at how comfortable they ride.

BFGoodrich uses coregard technology in the silica tread compound of the KO2, which makes the sidewalls twenty percent stronger than the KO1. Such a durable rubber compound makes it more puncture resistant and have a longer tread life.

If you think manufacturers like Nitto will offer the same high-end quality, you are crazy. Just look at the warranty the KO2s have compared to the no coverage the Nitto Trail Grappler MT offers.

It comes with a fifty thousand-mile treadwear warranty, and you also get a sixty-day satisfaction guarantee. If you don’t love them, take the tires back to the retailer you bought them from.

Snow traction is the one aspect of this tire that might make you reconsider it as an option for your Wrangler. Since it has great wet road conditions traction, I expect the same for the snow. The elongated horizontal tread blocks act like skates in the snow and ice.

For the price of the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2, it is an excellent option for Wranglers but doesn’t have the same value as the Duratrac for the cost.

BFG also makes the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 which is the mud-terrain version of the KO2.

Falken Wildpeak AT3W

Falken WildPeak A/T3W Tire Review
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:
4.0/5
Ride Comfort:
4.0/5
Tread Life:
3.5/5
Value For Money:
4.0/5

How much value you will receive for every dollar spent makes a tire an economical option. The Falken Wildpeak AT3W is the most well-rounded option out there that doesn’t sacrifice one category for another.

Falken is a tire manufacturer based in Japan that has slowly become a flagship tire in the all-terrain community.

The tread design may not be the most aggressive, but what it lacks in the tread, it makes up for in sidewall design. It has sizeable biting edge shoulder blocks that make thick terrain a breeze to go through.

The most effective part of this tire is the snow traction. This tire has the best snow traction in severe winter storms and comes with a three-peak mountain snowflake rating, jagged-edged tread blocks, and built-in ice ejectors.

I had a customer tell me that he wanted to buy these Falkens because his son had to drive over black ice in Montana, and the tires didn’t even hesitate.

These Falkens are very tricky to balance out, and I have seen them come with flat spots. Something you may want to have the installers look out for if you decide to put them on your Wrangler.

I had replaced my Duratracs with the Wildpeak AT3W on my 4runner and found them to be much quieter. They still have the hum that accompanies all terrains, but it is not nearly as loud.

The longevity factor of this tire makes it the economical choice for Wranglers. It comes with a fifty-five thousand-mile treadwear warranty. Still, I have seen this tire receive over seventy thousand miles.

If you want to come close to receiving that kind of mileage out of these Falkens, you must keep up on proper tire maintenance.

The Falken Wildpeak AT3W is an option I recommend for anyone looking to get high value out of a tire.

Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S

Cooper Discoverer AT3 XLT/4S
Our rating:
3.5/5
3.5/5

Pros and Cons

Ratings

Wet Traction:
4.0/5
Ride Handling:
3.0/5
Dry Traction:
4.0/5
Ride Noise:
4.5/5
Snow Traction:
3.5/5
Ride Comfort:
3.5/5
Tread Life:
4.0/5
Value For Money:
4.0/5

Some owners of Jeep Wranglers drive them daily as a commuter, and when that’s the case, you want a tire that can provide you lots of miles. That’s why the Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S is a perfect option.

The Discover AT3 comes in two options, the 4S for P-metric sizes and the XLT for light truck sizing. The tread design is the same on both tires and will offer similar performance. However, the XLT has a deeper tread and a shorter mileage warranty than the 4S.

The AT3 4S will have a sixty-five thousand mile treadwear warranty, while the XLT will have a sixty-thousand-mile warranty.

Both options are great for Wranglers, but the 4S will have better tread life. The XLT might be a better option if you like to off-road more frequently.

On wet roads, you will feel confident that it can evacuate water. Cooper uses aquavac channels to help water pass through the tread and keep moisture out from under the tread.

The setback with the Discoverer AT3 4S is the off-road traction. Since it doesn’t have beefy tread blocks, it fails to have a solid grip on dirt and light mud. It’s good that this pick was for tread life because it would not have been picked so high in an off-road category.

If you need a tire to offer long tread life on your Jeep Wrangler, the Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S is my recommendation.

What To Look For When Buying The Best Tires For Jeep Wranglers?

Buying tires is not as straightforward as one would think, especially when looking for your Wrangler. Whether your jeep is the Rubicon, Sahara, or even base Sport model, these are four things you want to consider and keep in mind when buying new tires.

Light Truck or P-Metric?

Light truck tires are not only meant for towing heavy loads. The other benefit to an LT metric tire is the stronger sidewalls which are intended to support more weight. You can run them at lower air pressure to get a better grip on trails without sacrificing safety.

P-metric tires will be lighter and have better fuel economy but are not as exceptionally suited for off-road travels.

Depending on what you mainly use the Wrangler for will determine which option to go with.

Size

You probably already know that the stock-size tire doesn’t stay on anyone’s Jeep for very long. So it’s up to you if you want to join the cool kids club and upgrade your tire size or stay with a factory fitment.

When we bought my wife her Wrangler, one of the first things she said was, “the tires look too small.” You can already imagine what happened after that comment.

To find out what the largest tire you can put on your Wrangler is, keep reading. I cover this below.

Tread Pattern

How aggressive the tread pattern is will determine the quality of ride on roads and the capability it will have off-road.

More aggressive treads that consist of large, jagged tread blocks will have a much easier time grabbing onto boulders and uneven surfaces. The downfall here is that your ride quality will be pretty poor. It will consist of high vibrations, loud road noise, and decreased handling.

If those are three things important to you in a tire, maybe don’t opt for the biggest baddest tires you can find. You will want to look for tires with a higher number of smaller tread blocks to provide better ride quality.

Off Road or Highway Tires

What do you do with your Jeep?

If yours is mainly on highways and city streets, an all-terrain may not be necessary for your needs. If you consistently like to go off-grid or take frequent trail runs, a highway terrain wouldn’t be the best option for you.

Think about what you do with your car before pulling the trigger.

Looks VS Performance

Most Wrangler owners don’t use them for their intended purpose of being off-road machines. I am guilty of this as my wife’s Wrangler only saw dirt four times when we had it.

I can tell you if you care about how your car handles and the quality of ride, please don’t go and buy the knobbiest tire. You will save yourself the headache and trouble of returning to the tire store with complaints of, “these are too loud” or, “it feels like I’m driving on boulders for tires.”

I have seen it first hand when someone demands the most badass tire they can find and then puts it on just to have them return to complain. Be aware of the cons that come with off-road tires before making a decision based on how “cool” a tire looks.

How Much Do Tires For Jeep Wranglers Cost?

I went ahead and shopped for prices to give you an expectation of what to pay when buying new tires. The prices I found below are based on shopping at retailers like Discount Tire, TireRack, SimpleTire, and Amazon.

Five New Tires

Everyone knows Wranglers come with full-size spares, and it looks silly when your tire on the back doesn’t match the ones on the ground. Five new tires for your wrangler will cost you between $750 and $2100.

Plus, when all your tires match, you can do five tire rotations to get longer tread life.

Four New Tires

Buying four new tires on a Jeep Wrangler will cost you between $600 and $1800, depending on the size you need.

Two New Tires

Jeeps are four-wheel drive vehicles, and replacing only two tires on 4WD is never advised.

However, If you only need two new tires, you will be looking at between $400 and $900.

Single Tire

If you need only one new tire, you should expect a price of $200 to $500.

When only replacing one tire, I recommend using the full-size spare. Rather than putting a new tire on the ground, you can install the new one as the spare and buy three more later.

What Tire Size Is Best For A Wrangler?

The best tire size will be the factory size (found on the door placard sticker) for daily drivers and on-road performance. The factory size is meant to give a Wrangler the best handling and being able to take corners without risking rollover.

Going to a plus-size fitment option will increase off-road capability and provide excellent traction on treacherous terrains.

How Long Should Your Jeep Wrangler Tires Last?

Tire life will vary depending on the type of tire you go with. Most all-terrains will get between forty and fifty thousand miles, while a highway terrain will have a much longer life of sixty to eighty thousand miles.

Don’t expect this kind of mileage if you don’t maintain your tires by rotating them every five to eight thousand miles, air pressure checks once a month, and annual wheel alignments.

When To Replace Tires On Your Jeep Wrangler?

It is recommended to replace your tires at either 4/32nds of the tread or at six years of age. If you are running all-terrain tires, I recommend replacing them before 5/32nds since they suffer from huge traction loss at this depth.

Six years is how long the average rubber compound is designed to last before drying out and becoming prone to failure. Dried-out rubber becomes brittle and can blow out from something like hitting a pothole or rock.

Does The Brand Matter For A Jeep Wrangler When Replacing Tires?

The Wrangler can take any tire that meets the weight carrying capacity. The brand won’t matter for the safety of the vehicle. The brand will, however, matter for ride quality and longevity.

Lesser known brands tend to have a lower construction quality, leading to vibrations, poor handling, and road noise.

The brand might not matter for the vehicle, but it could be an essential factor to the car’s driver.

Does the Year of Your Wrangler Matter When Buying New Tires?

Older Wranglers will have smaller tire sizes since thirty-five-inch tires weren’t popular back in the day. I have seen plenty of old Jeeps that have been heavily modified to fit larger tires.

The year of your car might be a factor in the type of tire you purchase. You want to consider how much longer you will keep the car before making a final decision on what tires to put on.

Most consumers won’t put the most expensive option on a car they know they aren’t keeping for the long haul.

What Are The Biggest Tires I Can Put On A Wrangler?

You can fit up to thirty-three-inch tires on a stock Jeep Wrangler without lifting them. However, if you’re willing to put a three-inch lift kit on, you can squeeze thirty fives on them.

NOTE: Thirty-five-inch tires will not fit on stock wranglers without modifications!

Frequently Asked Questions
Going to a bigger tire size will slightly raise the height of your Jeep depending on how much bigger of a tire you put on. For example, if you have a 33-inch tire and go to 40s, the height will be raised by about 3.5 inches.
A 285/70R17 will be very close in height to a 33-inch tire. The 285 is less than a tenth of an inch smaller than a 33.
Yes, stock Jeep rims can support up to a 35-inch tire size. However, you will need to modify the car by lifting it to achieve a bigger size.

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