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

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.


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:

Monday, September 1, 2014 by JOHN

I am searching for a 275 65r 18 10ply. Talk all the rolling resistance gas milage mumbo jumbo you want. I have a 2013 f150 eco 4x4 with this size in a wrangler sra. I pull a 3500lb travel trailer. At 17000 miles they are half gone, what is worse today I had my 2nd blow out, without the trailer. Both were on good smooth gravel roads. The first happened 15 miles from pavement 85 miles from a 2000 person town being the closest. Today going 2 directions I was 100 miles from the nearest town 50 miles from pavement. Neither time did I see another living sole, no cell service. Thanks for the spare. See where I am going. This week these junk tires will be scrapped and replaced with something I can trust. Maybe some of you folks driving big bad 4x4's never leave the city so you do not care. But if you ever tow these weak tires wear faster, and if so help you, you leave the beaten path, I hope you are lucky, and you better be able to change them in very uncomfortable conditions.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 by cy

John, best 10 Ply (Load Range E) tire choice for treadwear emphasis would the LT275/65-18 Michelin LTX MS2, see:

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=LTX M/S2&partnum=765R8LTXMS2OWL&tab=Survey&affiliate=HK8

Thanks. Cy.
Friday, June 3, 2016 by Chris

I have a 2013 F150 with P27565R18. We use the truck to pull our 28' travel trailer. When under full load (and tires fully inflated), I tend to get sway in the truck of which I believe are due to the 4 ply tires. My question is, in lieu of going to a 10 ply tire, of which I have been told the ride will be very harsh, are their tires in the load level C or D that I would benefit from?
Monday, June 6, 2016 by cy

Chris, there will be a trade-off in ride compliance and fuel economy with any LT tire - Load Range C, D, or E so if you're decided to go with LT tire I would recommend getting the one that best suits the weather you normally encounter and your typical use.
If you go with a C or D Load Rated tire you'll won't have a many tire choices. In 275/65-18 for example, there are 4 C Load Range tires ,0 D Load Range tires and 25 Load Range E tires.
Thanks. Cy.

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