LT Tires vs. Passenger Tires

I have taken calls from people that want to use a standard load tire on their truck or sport utility when a higher load range is required. Based on the specs they read, they assumed they would carry the load. That was not the case.   

LT (light truck) tires are designed around the same basic rules as commercial tires. They have sufficient reserve capacity factored into the formulas used to designate their max load capacity.

P-metric and Euro metric tires, however, are not designed using the same set of rules. Their sizing system is designed for use on personal use vehicles which are normally less likely to be overloaded compared to a truck or commercial vehicle.

When looking at the max load of P-metric or Euro metric tires being used on light truck type applications (full size van, SUV, pickup truck, minivan, etc) the tire's max load must be reduced by 9%. 

It is always best to stay with the vehicle manufacturer's recommended load range even if you don't plan to carry a lot of weight. Our website will filter out the incorrect load range options when you enter your vehicle prior to searching. 

More info can be found here.

Comments

Friday, August 19, 2011 by claude st-onge

can i put LT tire on my Jeep 2011 Grand Cherokee
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 by lnal

I have the same question, I own a Diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee and I damaged a rear tire (Goodyear Fortera HL) while towing a Uhaul auto transport with a VW Jetta on it.
I dont think a LT would be overkill on my truck but I can't find any info about it.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 by colin

Hello,

You can use LT rated tires on your vehicle. They will offer more stability when towing but your ride quality will decrease due to the reinforced design of the tires. They are also heavier. Depending on your size there may not be LT (C, D or E) load range tires available.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by Rad

I have a 2010 Chevy Silverado 1500 crew cab, should I get LT or P rated tires for my truck?
Thursday, March 14, 2013 by colin

Hello

You don't need to use an LT tire. A LT tire won't offer as comfortable ride quality but it will have better durability against damage and stability for towing.
Thursday, August 21, 2014 by josh

i currently have tires that have are "P235/75R15 108S" and i am looking to buy tires that are "33x12.50R15LT".

will the tires i am looking to buy fit on my stock rims? since they are both 15". i have a 98 4wd dodge dakota
Friday, August 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

Josh, while both of these tires share a needed wheel diameter of 15", a 33x12x15 will require a wider wheel than what came factory on the 1998 Dodge Dakota. Also, the additional height and width of the 33x12x15 will likely require a lift kit for proper clearance. With aftermarket wheels that have additional width, it is possible to run a 31x10.50x15 without any rubbing issues.
Sunday, September 7, 2014 by Josh

Hi, I have an 09 Sierra 1500 SL. Stock tires on it now are p265/70/17. I do light off roading and would like some beefier tires, should I go with LT or stick to P. I don't tow or put it under excessive load.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

LT tires are thicker and are commonly used for off-road use because they are more durable. The down side to running an LT tire is cost and sacrifice to ride comfort due to the heavier constructed sidewall. -- marshall@tirerack.com
Thursday, October 23, 2014 by Ian

Im going to order winter tires for my Toyota Tacoma Access Cab 4x4. I will be hauling a snowmobile with single sled deck on the back of the truck. (about 600 lbs. Can I use passenger tires or do I need LT tires? THanks
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by john

I have a fj cruiser 4wd base. Im looking for a c-load rated tire. Is this acceptable? I'd like to have the mountain snowflake symbol.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

Ian, standard P-Metric tires should be able to support this vehicle and payload without any load carrying issue. While LT tires can be used, they may be a bit overkill for the application and typically ride stiffer due to the thicker sidewall. -- marshall@tirerack.com
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

John, P-Metric or C-Load Range LT tires are sufficient for this model. It does not have a gross axle weight that mandates the use of an 8 or 10 ply tire, although these can be used if additional load carrying capacity or durability is desired. -- marshall@tirerack.com
Monday, November 3, 2014 by Jim

I currently have P365/60R18 tires on my 2007 Dodge Durango SLT 4 wheel drive with the 5.7 hemi. I tow a 28ft. travel trailer during the spring/summer/fall camping season. The tires are due to be replaced. Would an LT tire be better suited for my vehicle? Would they last longer and give better handling when I am towing?
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 by Pierce

I have a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4 V8. It is standard with no lifts. It is OEM P235/65/17 and I would like to plus size 1. What difference will it make, what tire options do I have within plus 1-2.
I travel 75% - 80% Highway (+-)and 20% (+-) as a defensive shooting instructor, wilderness survival instructor, SAR Ground team leader and Scout leader.
Thursday, December 25, 2014 by Jim Mol

Been looking at Firestone Destination A/T (for ride/ noise ratings) for the used 2000 Ford F350. While it has the towing/camper package, the most I'll use it for is moving firewood. In this case, are LT tires necessary?
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Team

Pierce, When sized appropriately, tires in 18" or larger sizes can work just fine on the Jeep Grand Cherokee. If you wish to plus one and move to a larger wheel size, the appropriate size is 255/55R18.
Monday, January 5, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Jim, Regardless of the truck's use, LT tires are required for your 2000 Ford F350 due to its weight and load carrying abilities. -- marshall@tirerack.com
Thursday, January 22, 2015 by Dave

I just replaced my 2005 Durango's 245/7017 tires with LT265/70/17. The Durango is very light in the tail and thought the extra weight might help. Will this extra weight strain my brakes, wheel bearings, and other parts and make them wear faster? Thanks
Saturday, January 31, 2015 by Larry

I have a 2012 Nissan Armada with 265/70-18 Conti's. I tow a travel trailer, weight approx 6500#. Conti's squat a good bit even with weight distribution hitch. LT tires sound like a good idea? I figure they wouldn't bulge as bad. Not concerned about the stiffness in ride - have plenty of wheel well clearance.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Larry, LT tires will reduce the amount of squat you are seeing and also allow a higher amount of load carrying capacity. The downside with doing this is ride comfort (which you have already addressed) and the increased purchase price of the product. -- marshall@tirerack.com
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 by ray

Hi there. I got few different answers for this question. i'm looking to buy 31x10.50x15 tires to put on my stock 15x6.5 wheels. i noticed in one of the answers, a person was advised to run a 31x10.50x15 without any rubbing issues. the rubbing part is not the issue for me, but is 6.5 width ok. I realize that 7 inches width is the minumum size of wheel required for such tire. just dont want to spend extra money on wheels. but if i have to ,i gues iwill. thanks.
Thursday, February 12, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Ray, The 31x10.50R15 does require a minimum of 7” on the rim width, so you may need to purchase new wheels to accommodate the tire size you’re interested in for proper fitment. -- Tanner@tirerack.com
Sunday, February 15, 2015 by Austin

Hello, I have a 2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer. The tires it currently has on it are 245/65/17. I am having a leveling kit installed on it that raises it 2.5" in the front and 1.25" in the rear. Would 265/70/17 tires fit without rubbing and would I need a P or LT tire?
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Austin, P-Metric tires are best suited for the Explorer. Your request seems reasonable give the slight lift/level, however we cannot gaurantee the fitment of larger tires on modified vehicles. -- marshall@tirerack.com
Thursday, February 26, 2015 by Art

I have a 2013 Ford F-150 STX with P265/60-18 tires on 18x7.5 rims. I will be towing a gooseneck (bed mount) trailer that when loaded will be just under the max towing limit for the vehicle. Should I go to an LT tire? If so, what size? Also, the stock tires result in the speedometer reading 64mph when true speed is 65.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 by Ray

I have a 73 gmc 3/4 ton, it has LT tires on it now. I lowered it and would like to put 245/ 75r16 p tires on it. Would that be ok if I don't plan on towing or carrying a heavy load..
Friday, February 27, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Art, An LT tire is appropriate when hauling a gooseneck trailer. Many people have good success using a 275/65/18 tire size which allows for a bit more tire selection and additional load carrying capacity. -- marshall@tirerack.com
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Ray, For safety and liability reasons we cannot support the use of a P-Metric tire on a 3/4-ton truck.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by Erik

I have a 2015 AWD nissan rouge. I know it is an crossover not a suv. Can I put the light truck tires on it when they are due? I can get 225/65R17 in either. I get the stiffer ride. That is not an issue. It is mostly for the better wet/snow all season tires. Road noise would be the tread. I had BFG long trails on other SUVs in the past with no issues. Was thinking the same for this one later on.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Erik, We do not see an issue with using a highway all-season truck tire on this model as long as the tires selected meet the speed rating requirement for the vehicle. In this size, there is a mix of selection that is appropriate in both the Highway All-Season and Crossover/SUV categories. -- marshall@tirerack.com
Friday, March 6, 2015 by Andy

Can i use p tires on my 99 yukon?
Friday, March 6, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Andy, P-Metric or Eurometric tires are most appropriate for a Yukon or any 1/2-ton truck based application. The use of LT tires will result in superior load carrying capacity, but decreased fuel efficiency and a stiffer ride. -- marshall@tirerack.com
Monday, April 6, 2015 by Charles

I have a 2012 Ford F150 eco-boost with the max tow package. I tow a 9000 pound travel trailer with a weight distribution hitch. The factory tires are P265/60R18 and are soon due for replacement. I am not satisfied with the OEM Michelins - they seem "squishey" when towing. I would like to keep tire noise down. Any suggestions?
Friday, April 10, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Charles, Many customers have found good success using a 275/65/18 on this truck. The additional height and width allows for additional load carrying capacity and also introduces the opportunity to run LT tires should you deem them necessary for the loads you pull. -- marshall@tirerack.com
Thursday, April 23, 2015 by John

Can I put p rated on a 2003 2500hd? I do no towing or heavy loads! I like to ride on the beach and it easier to let air out !
Friday, April 24, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

John, We cannot sell a P-Metric tire for any 3/4 ton due to their excessive weight and capabilities.
Saturday, April 25, 2015 by Alfred

If I switch from a P-rated tire to LT-rated tire, should I increase tire pressure, or just follow what's on the door jamb (the sticker that says the recommended tire pressures, but that was for P-rated tires).
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Alfred, You should stick with your factory pressure to insure TPMS sensors continue to function correctly and to preserve ride comfort. Running an LT tire at higher pressures will increase load carrying capacity, but will also stiffen the ride considerably.
Monday, May 18, 2015 by Kyle

Okay, so I'm running stock P245/75R16's on my '02 Chevy 1500. Was wondering if I could fit on LT295/75R16's?
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by Gary

I'm considering replacing the current P-metric tires on my 2006 Nissan Frontier. Other than reduced fuel mileage and maybe reduced ride quality/comfort, are there any other potential negatives to moving to LT tires? For example, does the extra tire weight and stiffness of an LT tire introduce handling or safety issues in particular situations? Thanks very much.
Thursday, May 21, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Kyle, 295/75R16 is a bit big for use on a stock Chevy 1500.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 by Tom

I have a 2004 f150 4x4, screw. Will be pulling a TT with a gvwr of 7678 (truck rated for 9200). Should I replace passenger tires with a LT ?
Monday, June 22, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Tom, While P-Metric tires should still work, with a trailer this heavy you may find benefit with an LT tire. The LT tires will carry more load and reduce the amount of sway felt when towing. -- marshall@tirerack.com
Monday, September 28, 2015 by Tom

I have a 2008 dodge caravan with p225 65 r16. I have a chance at a set of LT 235 65 R16. I know the ride will be a bit stiffer but is there any other issues. thanks...tom
Friday, October 23, 2015 by Tom

I have 2010 MDX can I use Bridgestone DM-V1 on it? It is rated SUV but is 20mm narrower 235x55x18 instead of 255x55x18
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Tom, That tire would be short resulting in lower load carrying capacity and incorrect readings from the odometer or speedometer. We would suggest sticking with the factory size. If you wish to go narrower and remain roughly the same overall height, you may take a look at a 235/60R18. -- marshall@tirerack.com
Friday, November 20, 2015 by Zachary

I have 225/60r16 tires on 6.5x16 rims would I be able to put on 215/65/16 tires on these rims, it's for a 2006 impala lt
Monday, November 23, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Zachary, Yes, 215/65R16 is an acceptable size for the 2006 Impala LT and will fit fine on a 6.5" wide wheel.-- sonny@tirerack.com
Thursday, November 26, 2015 by Kevin

07'Silverado1500Classic. Bought with new BFG AT LT 265/70/R17. Hard, slick on ice, noisy. I pull 2 place enclosed snowmachine trailer dual axle, loaded @ 4600 lbs. Can I go to P 265/70's and still tow ok. 90% use Min. load 1 passenger. Thanks!
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Kevin, If you have the standard model Silverado, not the HD, you can technically switch to a P-metric tire, however you will sacrifice some stability when towing. This being said, if you are wanting to stick with the BF Goodrich, it is not available in your size as a P-metric. -- sonny@tirerack.com
Friday, December 11, 2015 by RallyDogRacing

Vehicle: VW Touareg v10 TDI with empty curb weight of approx 6,000lbs

I've tried many different tires and pressures to get more than 30k miles out of a set. I am wondering as I look at the NEXT set is it time to try and LT-class tire.

My thinking is that the base-weight of the vehicle mimics very closely that of the F-250 class, and the ride-harshness of the LT-tire could be offset by the air-suspension settings.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Rally Dog, Certainly the added sidewall reinforcement could help increase your miles per set of tires. We are not certain however to what extent the air suspension will mitigate to notable stiffness of an LT tire.
Thursday, December 31, 2015 by Michael

I have a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland with stock P265-60-R18 tires. I'm looking for something better for off-road. I understand LT tires are stiffer. But is there a difference in outer dimension between an LT and P tire of the same size? In other words, as long as I stick to 265-60-R18, switching to an LT tire won't affect wheelwell clearance, right?
Monday, January 4, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Michael, All tires of the same size can have some variance in overall diameter, not just P versus LT. That being said we are generally not looking at more than a couple tenths of an inch. -- sonny@tirerack.com
Friday, January 15, 2016 by Jack

I infer from previous comments that I don't need a light truck tire for a '14 Subaru Forester XT. But the "crossover" tire category seems marketed towards such a vehicle. What's the difference between that and passenger tires, i.e. is there any benefit to crossover tires? I'm inclined to pick up some Michelin Premier A/S passenger tires, since there's little selection in the crossover category. Once a year I might need to punch through deep snow, but usually it's just dry or wet.
Monday, January 18, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Jack, You are correct, an "LT" tire would not be needed for your Subaru. The Crossover category does match your vehicle the best in terms of description, but it does not mean you are limited to that category alone. Carcass construction may be a bit more robust on a Crossover tire, but I would not be concerned with using a passenger tire like the Premier A/S. -- sonny@tirerack.com
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 by Pat

I have a 2012 Tacoma access cab 4x4 with P245/75R16 original tires on it. I have a pop-up pickup camper, pull trailers on occasion, and take it in the woods often and deal with Michigan winters. However I also put a lot of unloaded highway miles on it. I'm leaning toward an LT, but was wondering if a C or D load tire would be a good compromise vs. the very common E's. Is there an acceptable Michelin C or D LT that would work? Thanks.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Pat, Unfortunately there are not going to be any Michelin tires in a C or D load range in your size. Please keep in mind you will need an increased tire pressure over your door placard specs with an LT tire. Please give me a call at 1-888-428-8355 ext# 4789 to discuss in further depth as it can be a bit complicated. -- Sonny
Thursday, January 28, 2016 by crystal

I need to buy tires for a 1995 Toyota t-100 4x4. The tires that are on there now are 265/70 17. I am thinking about buying 31x10.50R15LT/C this time. No towing and hauling heavy equipment is done with the truck. What are the pros and cons?
Monday, February 1, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Crystal, Since you don't do any heavy towing or hauling, the pros would be limited. With more sidewall, you will have more protection from impact damage (potholes etc…). As a con with 31x10.5R15 would be that there is a more limited selection of tire options. -- sonny@tirerack.com
Thursday, February 25, 2016 by Susanna Kim

I have 2013 F-150 4x4, Supercrew cab I believe. It has P275/55R20 111S currently. But I want a tire that is more tougher and hold more load. It is used for residential construction, and this tire is always flat.. I carry a lot of loads time to times, and tow medium size trailers.
Any good recommendation? I'm searching all over the internet but not sure which one to choose. Is it possible to get LT tires on this car? tough and able to bear heavy load is priority
Monday, February 29, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Susanna, In your stock size there is an LT tire you could use that would work quite well, the BF Goodrich All Terrain TA KO 2. The KO2 has 2680 lbs. of load capacity per tire at 65 PSI. http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=BFGoodrich&tireModel=All-Terrain+T%2FA+KO2&partnum=755SR0KO2&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=GF3
Monday, March 7, 2016 by Walter

I have a 2015 Mercedes Benz Sprinter 2500 4x4 with stock Continental LT tires. I would like to get a better A/T tire and lose the ultra stiff ride of the LT tires as well if possible and am wondering if I need to stay with VERY stiff riding LT tires? The extent of our load are 2 adults, 2 bikes, 2 dogs & camping gear, a long way from the 2400+ lbs of this van's capacity.
Monday, March 7, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Walter, Unfortunately your vehicle does require the stiff riding LT tires. Most every 3/4- and 1-ton vehicles will require the E load range/ten ply rated tires. -- sonny@tirerack.com
Sunday, April 10, 2016 by walter

I own an 2000 F350 diesel with the towing axle and transmission which gears the truck for heavy loads and low speed on interstates. I currently have the 235/85/16 tires installed and a guy who "knows about tires" said if I change the tire size I could get a few mph better and lower my rpm. As of now I have a top speed of 65mph at about 2400 rpm. Is this possible? Also what tires offer best ride for comfort and silence or does that not exist in the LT tire realm?
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Walter, A taller tire will spin at a lower RPM, thus reading lower on the tachometer. In LT sizing, the Highway All Season category will provide the best/quietest ride (a relative term with LT tires). -- sonny@tirerack.com
Sunday, May 22, 2016 by nathan

Hey guys, I work in a tire shop and I always have a problem when a customer brings in a 2500 or something similar and wants to put a tire on it that is not E rated. I was wondering if going down to a D or C rated tire would be a problem. I feel like you should stick with what the truck calls for but I also do what my mrg tells me to do.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Nathan, Load capacity is one of the most important things to keep in mind when changing tires. The only time it is acceptable to go with a C or D load range on a 3/4 ton truck is if the door placard calls for it (come older models can take lower load range tires) or if they are oversized tires. Please note that the oversized tires will need to carry a load capacity that is 110% of the GAWR.
Saturday, June 4, 2016 by Jeremy

I have an old town and country van thinking of putting LT tires on it. I have a big family and we need to drive 8 hrs on interstate to see grandparents would LT tires last longer on this van after all of use and stuff we pack that van full
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Jeremy, Under heavy loads, an LT tire should wear better. -- sonny@tirerack.com
Thursday, June 16, 2016 by Carrie Rose

Hi I need to get new tires for my 1991 Isuzu Trooper SUV. The tires now are 30x9.50 R15. I do not do any off-roading. I do use the car for work and am generally hauling a lot of boxes around(nothing crazy heavy though). I was hoping I could get cheaper passenger tires, which I think would also be a more comfortable ride and better gas mileage. Can I put something like a 275/60 R15 tire on it?
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Carrie Rose, Unfortunately the 275/60R15 is not a recommended tire size for your vehicle. Our recommended passenger sizes for your vehicle are 235/75R15 or 225/75R15.

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