Testing Steet/Sport Truck All-Season Tires

Test 1: Street Drive

Weather: 
Sunny

Today I tested the following Street/Sport Truck All-Season tires:

firestone destination st
kumho ecsta stx
pirelli  scorpion zero







I found the ride quality and noise level of the Kumho and Pirelli to be much better than the Firestone. The on-road handling of all three was similar.

Overall the Pirelli was my favorite for this test. 

Official results will be online soon but here is more information on our testing program.

Comments

Monday, February 27, 2017 by Jack Fawcett

I have a Ford Expedition 2011 XLT with tow package and a 9200 LB towing capacity. Vehicle weight is and has a payload of . Tire size 275/65/18. I'll be towing a Travel Trailer weighing max at about 6000 lbs. The trailer has a light tongue weight, about 500 Lbs and will be using a quality weight distribution hitch, no off road and quiet.
What tires do you recommend? Are there any light truck tires that are not so hard on the ride comfort?
Monday, February 27, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Jack, I would recommend the Michelin Defender LTX M/S. The tire comes in both an LT and non-LT version in this size. This will provide you with great all season traction, nice ride quality, durability and long tread life. https://www.tirerack.com/a.jsp?a=EA9&url=/tires/tires.jsp&tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Defender+LTX+M%2FS&partnum=765R8DLTX&tab=Survey&affiliate=FK8
Friday, March 10, 2017 by Gord

I own a 2002 Sport Trac 4door, currently I have LT245/75/16, Bridgestone M/S, load range=E. These were on it when I bought it a year ago, I find them real hard (poor ride) and not real responsive steering. Manufacturer size is 255/70/16 SL according to the door plate.
I am looking at 4 General Grabber AT2 All Weather 255/70/16.
Can I get away from the hard LT Tire?
I pull a small 10 foot trailer for camping, that is all.
Thanks
Gord
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by Tire Rack Team

Gord, For the Sport Trac I would not recommend an E load tire. The E load is overkill for what the vehicle can handle. The General Grabber AT2 will be a much better option for you. I have included a link to the tire if you would like to place an order. https://www.tirerack.com/a.jsp?a=EA9&url=/tires/tires.jsp&tireMake=General&tireModel=Grabber+AT+2&partnum=57SR6GRAT2OWL&vehicleSearch=true&fromCompare1=yes&autoMake=Ford&autoYear=2002&autoModel=Explorer+Sport+Trac&autoModClar=4wd&affiliate=FK8

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