275/65-18 Tires for Your 2009 Ford F-150

Friday, May 25, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Although rising gas prices have pushed many buyers towards cars, SUVs and compact trucks, it's hard to beat the versatility of a 1/2 ton truck. Despite the high prices at the pump, the Ford F-150 still reigns as one of the best-selling vehicles in America.

Even though the F-150 has the capability to haul, tow and work off-road, many F-150 drivers are simply using their trucks for everyday driving and occasional trips to their local home improvement store. If you have racked up a lot of commuting miles on your truck, it may be time for new tires.

Focusing on the 275/65-18 size commonly found on many 2009 Ford F-150s, the following options provide good wet grip, improved overall handling, increased tire efficiency and decent treadwear:  

  1. Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
  2. Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza
  3. Michelin LTX M/S2
275/65-18 Continental Crosscontact LX20 $199*
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology $199*
275/65-18 Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza $218*
Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza $218*
275/65-18 Michelin LTX MS2 $244*
Michelin LTX M/S2

The Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology tested well across the board and was particularly impressive during the wet session. Bridgestone's H/L Alenza has comparable strengths but we saw it trail the CrossContact LX20 in wet grip and tire efficiency. With a proven record of combining great treadwear with decent wet and dry grip, the LTX M/S2 is also a good option to consider.

2009 Ford F150 275/65-18 FAQ:

  1. I tow moderate loads twice a month, shouldn't I get a LT Load Range E tire? Both standard Original Equipment tires - the P275/65-18 BFGoodrich Rugged Trail T/A and P275/65-18 Goodyear Wrangler SR-A - are Standard Load P-Metric tires. With each of these tires carrying 2,365 lbs. per tire, a P-Metric Standard Load tire has more than enough capacity.  
  2. Will an LT Load Range D (8 ply) or Load Range E (10 ply) tire provide any benefit? No, the LT tire will hurt ride quality with its reinforced carcass, lower fuel economy and its heavier rotational weight. As an example, each 275/65-18 LT Load Range E Michelin LTX M/S2 weighs 8 lbs. more than the P-Metric 275/65-18 version.

Comments on 275/65-18 Tires for Your 2009 Ford F-150

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by Gus:
Does the Kumho kl78 in 285/65 18 have a good rolling resistance? I tow a 30 foot travel trailer once in a while. Moving up from Wrangler sr a to said tire or considering 275/70/18 which is best for fuel consumption? 2012 Ford 150 5.0 sc 4x4
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by cy:

Keep in mind that there are no Federal or state minimums that a tire manufacturer has to meet before calling a tire a Low Rolling Resistance tire (LRR) tires. That being said, Kumho doesn't consider the 285/65-18 Load Range D Kumho KL78 to be a Low Rolling Resistance (LRR) tire.

If efficiency (fuel economy) is an important priority avoid and Load Range D or Load Range E tire because the heavier tire will hurt fuel economy without any major benefit. The 285/65-18 Kumho KL78's weigh 54 lbs, your Original Equipment 275/65-18 Goodyear Wrangler SRA's weigh 39 lbs. Obviously any all-terrain tire will have higher rolling resistance then a highway all-season tire

The 275/70-18 (33.1" diameter) will hurt efficiency because the truck will sit higher and I would except the poorer aerodynamics to hurt more then any gearing advantage.

Since you seem to be interested in an all-terrain look, I would look at the Firestone Destination A/T and Bridgestone Dueler D695 AT has 2 non-LT all-terrain options that balance looks with efficiency. See:

275/65-18 Firestone Destination A/T:

www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Firestone&tireModel=Destination+A%2FT&partnum=765TR8DESTATOWL&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=H >> www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Firestone&tireModel=Destination+A/T&partnum=765TR8DESTATOWL&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes&affiliate=HK8

275/65-18 Bridgestone Dueler D695 AT:


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