What To Look For When Buying The Best Tires For Toyota Tacoma?
I’ve driven in a lot of Tacomas. The tires are the only part of the suspension that comes in contact with the road. Here’s what to look for when buying new tires for the Tacoma:
The best tires for the Tacoma should be versatile both on and off the paved road. Life is about going off the beaten path, and the Tacoma is what makes it happen for many people.
Sometimes the best tires for your Toyota Tacoma are the ones that are on sale. Check Tire Rack and Amazon for the cheapest tires and other rebates that might save you money.
Speed Rating/Load Rating
Off-road tires don’t ride as fast (or as smooth) as all-season tires on the highway, so just a heads up.
Another common mistake people make is buying tires for their truck that don’t have the correct load rating— this results in tire blowouts when weight is added and/or the road temp heats up.
How Much Do Tires For Toyota Tacoma Cost?
The cheapest Tacoma tires (Starfire Solarus) cost about a buck-twenty a pop(no pun intended).
The most expensive tires (Goodyear Wrangler) run around $220 per tire, so you’re looking at about a four hundred dollar difference total from the cheapest to the most expensive Tacoma tires.
Don’t forget to pencil in the shipping and installation costs.
Four New Tires
$480 is the cheapest you’ll pay for four new Tacoma tires.
On the other hand, you’ll pay about $900 for a full new set of some beefy, higher-end tires.
Two New Tires
Two new Tacoma tires cost around $240, and two expensive Tacoma tires will run about $480.
Buying a single tire isn’t a normal occurrence since 4×4 vehicles like the Tacoma must have the tires replaced in pairs to prevent damage to the four-wheel-drive system.
Okay, I’ve replaced just one tire on a 2004 Tacoma, and nothing happened. But hey, it didn’t have much life left in it anyway.
What Tire Size Is Best For A Toyota Tacoma?
P245/75R16, P265/70R16, and P265/65R17 are three of the most common tire sizes for the Tacoma.
I always recommend stock tires and wheels, so I recommend either exact matching the existing three-number tire size from your existing tires or you could also plug in your Tacoma’s exact model and year into Tire Rack’s website for a complete set of tire options for your Taco.
How Long Should Your Toyota Tacoma Tires Last?
Your Tacoma tires will last for as long as the manufacturer warranty promises as long as:
- You keep the tires inflated to spec
- You rotate the tires from front to back every 3-5 thousand miles
- Your Tacoma has perfect steering alignment
- There are no suspension issues
- You don’t run over a nail! (might be covered depending on the warranty)
Treat your tires right, and they’ll last a long time. Warning though, if you buy beefy offroading tires, and you only drive them on the highway, then they’re not going to last more than 30,000 miles. Buy the correct tires for your driving habits.
Over/underinflation is also very efficient at quickly eating away your Tacoma’s treads before you even notice what’s happening. I recommend filling your Tacoma’s tires with Nitrogen, and checking your tire pressures regularly, both visually and with a tire pressure gauge.
When To Replace Tires On Your Toyota Tacoma?
You should replace your Tacoma tires if:
- The tread depths are below 2/32” (1.6 mm)
Don’t peel out in the dirt. Buy new tires instead.
- You have extremely uneven treadwear
Uneven tread wear is a common problem, and the shitty part is that if you continue to drive on lopsided tires, your suspension system will suffer.
Does The Brand Matter For A Toyota Tacoma When Replacing Tires?
You might also want to check out Firestone Destination as those come in stock from the factory. Other brands that will work at Kumho, Hankook DynaPro, Pirelli, etc.
Does the Year of Your Toyota Tacoma Matter When Buying New Tires?
Yes. Don’t spend a thousand dollars on tires for an old Tacoma. Put some Starfire Solarus or General Grabbers on there and call it good.
On the other hand, treat your new Tacoma TRD Pro to the best tires out there. Toyo, Yokohama, Bridgestone, Goodyear, and Falken are my favorite picks for Toyota Tacoma tires.
What Are The Biggest Tires I Can Put On A Toyota Tacoma?
32.5-inch tires (17-inch rims or 285/70/R17) are the biggest you can do without a lift. Then again, if you decide to upgrade to some Bilstein shocks, Eibach pro, or any other type of lift kit, then you could potentially get some 20-inch tires to fit.