Top 5 Best Tires For Toyota 4Runner [2022 Review]

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

Hey Toyota 4Runner, you look sexy passing me at 100 MPH. In the right-hand shoulder lane. Crazy Californian drivers.

Come on, the Toyota 4Runner is the dream vehicle for Overlanding, cowboy camping, road tripping—you name it. This is what you pile your friends and family inside to go make some fun happen.

Because the 4Runner is such a tough vehicle, it requires some tough tires. Don’t go putting just any set of tires for your next offroading adventure.

The best tires for the Toyota 4Runner perform well both on and off the road. Granted, if you’re a hardcore mudder, rock crawler, or dune junky, then you’re going to need to select specific tires with the responsiveness for the job.

I’ve mounted up plenty of tires on Toyota 4Runners, and I’ve seen my fair share of issues with people who use crappy tires. Use the recommendations from my tire reviews, and you can’t go wrong with your gut feelings.

Let’s take a look:

Our Top Pick
Yokohama Geolandar HT G056
Yokohama Geolandar
4.5/5
4.5
Best Budget
Goodyear Wrangler SR/A
Goodyear Wrangler SR/A
3.5/5
3.5
Best High End
Toyo Open Country M/T
Toyo Open Country
3.5/5
3.5
Most Economical
Nitto Terra Grappler G2
Nitto Grappler
3.0/5
3.0
Best Tread Life
Michelin Defender LTX
Michelin Defender LTX M/S Radial Tire
4.5/5
4.5

Updated as of December 2, 2022

Yokohama Geolandar

Yokohama Geolandar HT G056
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

These Yokohama Geolandar are by far my favorite because they’re the best quality and the best price. They also provide solid options between off-road and all-season submodels.

There are a few things that I just love about Yokohama Geolandar tires. First, is the tread compound. When you pick up a new set of Yokohama tires before mounting them, their rubber compound has a distinct feel that is both durable and flexible. You’ll also notice how grippy and smooth these tires grip on the road, and the improvement will most likely be drastic when swapping out the tires on your 4Runner.

Don’t forget: offroading tires like Yokohama Geolandar, Falken Wildpeak AT3W, Toyo Open Country, etc. have different submodels like mud-terrain, all-terrain, all-season tires, etc. So it’s your job to pick the specific tire treads that coincide with your driving habits.

For example, here are three Yokohama Geolandar treads that are completely worth the cash:

Yokohama Geolandar A/T tires have an aggressive all-terrain design that still rolls incredibly smooth on highway roads.

You don’t see 60 thousand-mile treadwear warranties very often (awesome) with all-terrain tires, so that means these are built to last no matter what road you take them on.

The tread pattern on these Yokohama Geolandar A/T tires is the most advanced I’ve seen on a mud tire. These have pitch variation technology for sound reduction for less noise on the highway, and they’re brutal on virtually any terrain you put them up against because of their GEO-SHIELD technology.

Yokohama Geolandar H/T tires are built mostly for the highway while maintaining the durability necessary for taking you to that place you couldn’t get to before because of tough road conditions. I recommend the Geolandar H/T for those of you who like to send it on long highway camping trips because you can quickly exit the highway and be ready for the gnarliest of dirt terrain.

Goodyear Wrangler SR/A

Goodyear Wrangler SR/A
Our rating:
3.5/5
3.5/5

Pros and Cons

Ratings

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

I would use these Goodyear Wranglers compared to some cheap off-brand tires for my Toyota 4Runner. These Goodyear Wranglers happen to be one of the most inexpensive options, but they’re not cheap tires.

Goodyear is a name brand, and these Wrangler SR/A are reliable all-season tires made for light trucks and SUVs. I have to warn you that 50 thousand miles aren’t a very good mileage warranty for all-season tires. Michelin Defenders go for 80 thousand miles, and they don’t cost that much more.

Even if this is Grandma’s 4Runner for driving around town, remember that the crazy grandson might borrow it at any moment to rally, and you want him to be safe with quality tires—that’s where these Goodyear Wranglers will do the job nicely.

And for the record, other Goodyear Wrangler tires work great on the Toyota 4Runner. Here are a few:

Wrangler Duratrac tires are for rugged terrain and might reduce fuel efficiency, but they’ll also eat up the bumps without many failures happening in the equation.

These all-terrain beasts are an awesome set for the 4Runner. Granted, they’re ultra-expensive and not practical for most consumers.

These Goodyear Wrangler Fortitudes are incredibly smooth on the highway and in wet conditions/light snow, but I wouldn’t personally buy them for the 4Runner or any other offroading SUV—only if you want to go fast and stay on road.

Toyo Open Country

Toyo Open Country M/T
Our rating:
3.5/5
3.5/5

Pros and Cons

Ratings

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

Toyo Open Country is hands down the best tire model you’ll find for your Toyota 4Runner because the aesthetic and quality is simply on point. I’ve ventured deep into the backcountry many a time with Toyo Open Country tires mounted up and never had a flat or lost traction.

Have you seen the treads on these Toyo Open Country R/T? They’re way ahead of their time. These tires are ultra attractive, they’re extremely reliable for offroading, and they’re also a great highway tire. Believe me, I took a 15-hour road trip in a Toyota Tacoma with these tires mounted up. It was a dream.

The high void tread pattern of these rugged terrains is aggressive. I mean, one look at these treads and you can see which is the best all-terrain tire you’ve ever seen. Flip back and forth between the dual sidewall designs of these Toyo open Country R/T to decide which look you like best. Or if you’re like me, you’ll mix and match the sidewall designs for the best of both worlds.

Want highway tires for your Toyota 4Runner that still beat up the trails nicely? Try out these Toyo Open Country A31 for size. One con of these all-seasons is that they get stuck in the sand easier than the rugged terrain or mud terrain. At any rate, if you do 80% of your driving on paved roads, then these are a sturdy and smooth option.

Are you looking for unbeatable mud-terrain tires for your Toyota 4Runner? These Toyo Open Country M/Ts are the answer. Well, these or the Yokohama Geolandar M/T I linked above. These babies are quite a bit heavier than the A31 and R/T listed above, but they’ll give you the best traction during some of the worst conditions.

I would personally go with Yokohama’s M/T treads for aesthetic reasons, but these are on par.

Toyo tires come with prorated warranties based on treadwear percentage which I think is pretty reasonable. These are worth the extra money.

Nitto Grappler

Nitto Terra Grappler G2
Our rating:
3.0/5
3.0/5

Pros and Cons

Ratings

Wet Traction:
3.0/5
Ride Handling:
3.5/5
Dry Traction:
4.0/5
Ride Noise:
4.0/5
Snow Traction:
1.5/5
Ride Comfort:
3.0/5
Tread Life:
2.5/5
Value For Money:
3.0/5

Nitto Grapplers are worth checking out because of their rugged hybrid terrain style tread patterns. When shopping Nitto Grapplers for your Toyota 4Runerr, there are two different submodels to choose from:

Nitto Terra Grapplers have a sort of checkered zig-zag tread pattern designed more for the highway than the dirt. Honestly, I don’t see any flow pattern for evacuating water from these tires. They’re terrible for wet conditions, but a decent option for fluffy dirt driving.

The Nitto Terra Grapplers aren’t my ‘choice for the Toyota 4Runner because to me they’re more of a crossover SUV tire. It seems like tires like these that get ridden hard in 4Runners wear unevenly.

Nitto Ridge Grapplers have slightly more aggressive tread patterns for offroading compared to the Nitto Terra Grapplers, but again, they’re nothing special compared to Yokohama and Toyo offroading and all-season tires.

The Nitto Ridge Grapplers, on the other hand, I might be down to put on a 4Runner or Highlander to take up country roads with reasonable performance.

All in all though, it seems like the tread blocks are a bit too close together to be effective on anything other than smooth dirt roads and maybe hard-pack surfaces. These will rot in the sand, and they’re no match for mud.

Michelin Defender LTX M/S Radial Tire

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:
4.5/5
Tread Life:
4.5/5
Value For Money:
4.5/5

Michelin Defenders are the defenders of quality and longevity for all-season tires in the tire industry. Are you looking for the smoothest ride and the best gas mileage in your Toyota 4Runner? These are what I would go with because of their whopping 80-thousand-mile treadwear warranty.

The LTX stands for ‘light truck’, so you can buy these with the confidence that you can load up a heavy overlander camping setup and pack the whole family inside without losing much steering control.

I like these tires for construction contractors who need to get around town to many different jobs because they don’t heat up and wear inconsistently like other tires do when driven for long distances. The only downside to Michelin Defenders is that they won’t give you awesome offroad traction.

One of my favorite things about Michelin Defenders is how well they hydroplane when you go blasting into a puddle because of their Intellisipe technology. The MaxTouch construction that Michelin also boasts is also noticeable. When properly inflated, you can really tell how well these grip the road, and the even treadwear is also noticeable as it seems that I rarely see Michelin Defenders with funky uneven treadwear issues.

Read my complete review of Michelin Defender LTX M/S to learn more.

What To Look For When Buying The Best Tires For Toyota 4Runner?

You can’t buy cheap Chinese tires for your 4Runner and expect them to win the Baja 500. Here are a few major details to look for when buying new tires for your Toyota 4Runner:

Tire Type—Tread patterns

You need to figure out what type of treads fit your driving style. For example, all-season tires built for light trucks are a great choice for your Toyota 4Runner if you mostly drive on the highway.

At the same time, Yokohama A/T and Toyo A/T tires masterfully navigate both offroad terrain and highways. Mud terrain or rugged terrain tires are ultra heavy duty and meant for mostly offroad conditions.

Fix suspension and alignment problems before mounting

Many tire shops recommend a four-wheel-drive alignment after mounting up a set of tires to help prevent premature treadwear. Because nice tires aren’t cheap.

One of the biggest conflicts I’ve seen in the tire shop is when the technician passionately wants the customer to have a 4WD alignment service before mounting the new tires.

The reason why we mechanics want you to have an alignment before new tires is because we see how uneven your old treads are, and we want the customers to get their money’s worth out of the tires. For your own sake, fix your suspension first if there are underlying issues.

Speed Rating/Load Rating

Compare speed ratings because some rugged terrain tires have pitiful speed capability (like 50 MPH limit bad). BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires have a slow speed rating but they’re more reliable in the sand.

You’ll also notice that tires with faster speed ratings have harder rubber, a firmer feel, and middle-range speed all-season tires typically last the longest. It never hurts to talk to someone who knows a lot about tires.

UTQG ratings are also another way to compare tires. And don’t forget about load rating.

3-Peak Mountain Snowflake

Tires with the 3 Peak Mountain Snowflake are rated well for the powdery snow, and they’ll run in harsh conditions as long as you didn’t forget your snow chains/snow socks. But I recommend driving with dedicated winter tires for the best consistent results on icy roads.

How Much Do Tires For A Toyota 4Runner Cost?

4Runner owners, you shouldn’t spend less than one hundred fifty bones a tire on a vehicle that will be put to the road performance test. This is an offroading vehicle that deserves durable and capable treads. Here’s a quick estimate of the cost for Toyota 4Runner tires in different quantities:

Four New Tires

Say you get lucky and find a full set of tires for one hundred bucks a pop. A full set of tires for the Toyota 4Runner will cost at least $500 in total with installation costs, and that’s being generous.

If you buy Yokohama or Toyo tires for your 4Runner (which you should), you’re looking at around three hundred bucks a tire. That’s $1200 plus mount & balance for a high-end set of tires for your 4Runner.

Two New Tires

You’ll pay anywhere from $200-$600+ for two new 4Runner tires. Don’t forget to pencil in shipping and installation costs.

Single Tire

I recommend spending anywhere from $150-$300 for a single tire for your Toyota 4Runner. Anything cheaper isn’t very safe, and anything over $300 a tire isn’t necessary.

Please remember that the 4Runner is a four-wheel drive vehicle that requires the tires to be replaced in pairs.

What Tire Size Is Best For A Toyota 4Runner?

The stock tire size for many Toyota 4Runners is 265/70/R17, but tire sizes change from model to model and year to year.

You might notice that 4Runner TRD Pro/TRD Off-Road and Tacoma TRD Pro have the same rims and wheels with matching lug patterns.

How Long Should Your Toyota 4Runner Tires Last?

Any of these Toyota 4Runner tires should last at least 50 thousand miles when properly inflated and rotated.

Luckily, it’s super easy to inspect the tires on a 4Runner for uneven treadwear. Try drawing on your treads with a piece of chalk turned sideways to check for premature treadwear when you buy née tires. Try to identify parts of the tire that don’t get covered with chalk when you covered an entire section of the tire.

When To Replace Tires On Your Toyota 4Runner?

If you do a lot of off-road driving, you’ll be replacing your 4Runner tires around the 50-thousand-mile mark or below. On the other hand, if you only drive on the highway with quality all-season treads, your tires could last 80+ thousand miles.

The general rule for mechanics is to replace the tires once the tread depths are below 2/32” (1.6 mm).

Does The Brand Matter For A Toyota 4Runner When Replacing Tires?

Yes, brand matters. For example, if you’re going to sell your Toyota 4Runner, the buyer is going to have a lot more confidence in the purchase if you’re running Toyo, Yokohama, or any other name brand tire compared to a cheaper brand.

Other tire brands to check out for your Toyota 4Runner are General Grabbers, Bridgestone Dueler H, Firestone Destination, Cooper Discoverers, Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus, Michelin Latitude X-Ice.

Does the Year of Your Toyota 4Runner Matter When Buying New Tires?

Sure, the older Toyotas had smaller wheels. Older Toyota trucks and SUVs had 15 and 16-inch diameter wheels while newer models have anywhere from 17 to 20-inch wheel sizes.

Always plug your 4Runner information into Tire Rack’s website for a complete list of tire sizes that will fit your stock wheels.

What Are The Biggest Tires I Can Put On A Toyota 4Runner?

I wouldn’t go bigger than 32-inch tires for any wheel size. I don’t ever recommend drastic suspension lifts and bigger than stock tires because it puts unnecessary strain on the 4Runner’s all-wheel-drive and suspension system.

Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, replace all four tires on your 4Runner for the best driving experience. If you’re in a pinch, replacing them in sets of two is acceptable as long as they are on the same axle.
It depends on which dealership. Expect to pay anywhere from $100-$250 for tire installation at a Toyota dealer.
Japanese brands like Toyo Open Country, Yokohama Geolandar, Falken Wildpeak, etc. are the best 4Runner tires.

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