What To Look For When Buying The Best Tires For Toyota Tundra?
Don’t forget to factor these points into consideration when going ahead with the purchase of your new tires:
Type of tire
Don’t forget that each of these brands recommended above has different submodels designed to maximize either highway or mud/dirt performance depending on what suits your driving habits.
Let’s face it, the 20 MPH (at best) gas mileage of your Toyota Tundra isn’t nice on your wallet. Come on, the newer American diesel engines are pushing 30 MPG already. Get your full-size truck game together, Toyota USA.
A common and sometimes dangerous mistake that Tundra owners make is installing tires with a lower than necessary load rating. Don’t put light truck tires on your Tundra!
Sometimes the best set of Tundra tires is conditional. Always check for deals and rebate options.
Buying Tundra tires already mounted and balanced with a proper set of wheels is a plus because you can quickly change them out in the garage once they arrive. Don’t forget to torque the lugs!
How Much Do Tires For Toyota Tundra Cost?
Don’t spend under two hundred dollars a tire unless you plan on blowing out hard. Here’s a quick ballpark estimate for what you should be spending on Toyota Tundra tires:
Four New Tires
Expect to pay at least $800 for the lowest-end Tundra tires plus mount and balance. There are cases where you might be able to shave some of the price lower, but I’m not ever going to recommend bunk tires for your full-sized pickup truck because towing is a serious business.
$1200 + mount and balance is about what you’ll pay for a nice set of full-sized truck tires for your Tundra.
Two New Tires
I’ll confidently tell you that if you pay $400 for two new tires, then that’s a steal. $600+ is a more realistic price range for two decent/higher-end Tundra tires.
Again, I wouldn’t spend below two hundy for a single Tundra tire. And FYI, you’re gonna need two tires if one blows out. This is a four-wheel drive vehicle, don’t mess up the drivetrain by running a lopsided tire setup.
Metal Stud Options
Some offroading tires sell metal studs that can be optionally installed after the fact for a quick transformation into snow tires.
What Tire Size Is Best For A Toyota Tundra?
Match the stock size for your specific Tundra submodel and year (i.e., TRD Pro, SR5, Limited, Platinum, etc.). Just plug in your Tundra’s info on Tire Rack’s website for the best results.
Tundras started in the early 2000s with 16-inch wheels, but you’ll notice that 2022 Tundras can have anywhere from 18 to 20-inch stock wheel setups.
How Long Should Your Toyota Tundra Tires Last?
Check the treadwear guarantee on the specific tires before buying.
Truck tires unfortunately don’t last quite as long as car tires because the suspension sits higher and there is more play in tread contact. That said, if you buy and properly maintain quality tires for your Tundra, they’ll last you 50+ thousand miles for sure.
I recommend filling Tundra tires with nitrogen to prolong longevity.
When To Replace Tires On Your Toyota Tundra?
The rule of thumb is to replace tires when the tread depths get down to 2/32” (1.6 mm), but I’m from the wild west, so I say replace them when you damn well please.
If you don’t care about offroading performance and aren’t towing anything, just make sure that the tire threads don’t show through—that’s when a dangerous blowout can happen. Oh, and believe me, blowing out full-sized truck tires is not like blowing out a tire on your Camry. The loss of control is quite a bit more drastic when it’s a Tundra.
Does The Brand Matter For A Toyota Tundra When Replacing Tires?
Yes! I’m a big fan of pairing Japanese vehicles with Japanese-made tires. Any of the brands listed above are your best bet. Chinese or other off-brand tires for a full-sized pickup truck? Yeah, don’t even think about it.
Other tire brands to consider for your Tundra include Nitto Grappler, Firestone Destination, Bridgestone Dueler, Michelin LTX M/S2, Cooper Discoverer, etc.
Does the Year of Your Toyota Tundra Matter When Buying New Tires?
Yes, the Tundra has changed drastically since its first model year in 1999. Don’t let your Tundra tires age past 6 years without replacing them.
Also, don’t spend a bunch of money on a Tundra that’s pushing 250+ thousand miles on the odometer unless you plan on performing an engine swap. Toyota’s aluminum engine blocks are great, but they’re not good for more than 300 thousand miles.
What Are The Biggest Tires I Can Put On A Toyota Tundra?
You can pack some pretty big rubbers onto a Tundra if you add a suspension lift. For example, if you put a 3-inch Bilstein lift on your Tundra, you could likely get 22-inch rims on there just fine.