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:
- Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
- Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza
- Michelin LTX M/S2
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology $199*
Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza $218*
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:
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.
- 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.