After a quarter-century, the iconic Ford Bronco has made its return, ready to be taken to new heights. But what tires will be the ones to get it there?

This is a comprehensive guide to provide you with everything you need to know about the best tires for the new Ford Bronco. The best ones will differ from person to person, but we’re here to offer the best options for everyone, no matter what they’re looking to get out of their tires.

The new Ford Bronco might just be coming out, but people are already looking into the OEM tires and how they can make them better. Well, we’re here to help with that, offering suggestions and recommendations for the best all-season, highway, winter, all-terrain, and mud-terrain tires on the market that will fit on the new Bronco. It can be hard to search through the tire market, but this guide will make it as simple as possible.

The tire recommendations in this article from a combination of research, interviews with professionals, and customer reviews and comments about each tire listed. The specs are all provided by the tire manufacturers themselves, so you can have confidence that everything you’re reading is as accurate as possible!

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8 Best Tires For Ford Bronco

The Ford Bronco is an iconic SUV (or light truck as many consider it) that was first produced from 1965 through 1996. Now after a 25-year hiatus, the Ford Bronco is making its return in 2021.

With this new breed of Bronco comes all new options for people to modify and make it their own. And one of the best ways to increase the look and performance of the new Bronco is to swap out the OEM tires for something a little better.

To make that process easier, we’ve compiled the following list of the 8 best tires available for the new Bronco, including two of the OEM options that come from the factory. Each tire on this list has been reviewed and critiqued to ensure all the recommendations are high-quality.

So regardless of if a new Ford Bronco owner is in the market for all-season, highway, winter, all-terrain, or mud-terrain tires, they will find a recommendation below that fits their needs.

Without further ado, here are the 8 best tires on the market for the new Ford Bronco:

Michelin Defender LTX M/S — Best All-Season

Typically our recommendation for the best highway tire on most crossovers, SUVs, and light trucks, in the tire sizes that come on the Ford Bronco, the Michelin Defender LTX M/S is the best all-season option on the market.

Michelin utilizes their proprietary Evertread compound in the Defender LTX M/S, which provides longer-lasting tread even in tough conditions. The symmetric tread pattern design on the Defender LTX offers great traction on wet and dry roads year-round, and even during light snow and other severe weather conditions.

The aforementioned Evertread technology is designed to provide consistent, even wear throughout the life of the tires, while also offering a quiet and comfortable ride for the entirety of the 70,000-mile life expectancy, if not more.

Michelin also uses their MaxTouch Construction to reduce road noise and lessen the vibrations caused by the road, further enhancing the comfort that they offer. As one of the best tires on the market for crossovers, SUVs, and light trucks, the Defender LTX is offered in all sizes from 15” wheels up through 22” diameters, perfect for the Ford Bronco.

Specifications

Some specifications may vary based on the exact tire size selected.

  • Warranty: 70,000 miles
  • Max Load Capacity: 2,403 lbs
  • Max Inflation Pressure: 44 psi
  • Tread Depth: 12/32”
  • Tire Weight: 35 lbs
  • UTQG Treadwear: 800
  • UTQG Traction: A
  • UTQG Temperature: A
  • Improved longevity to meet torque demands of modern trucks and SUVs
  • Evertread compound offers all-season traction on dry and wet roads

FAQ

What is the tread life warranty?

The Michelin Defender LTX M/S comes with a 70,000-mile tread life warranty. But if you maintain them as directed, you could easily get upwards of 80,000 miles or more out of a set.

What size goes on my Bronco?

The base model Ford Bronco will come with 255/70R16 tires from the factory, but the other models and trims will have different sizes. Check the table at the end of this article to see which size comes on your Bronco!

Can this tire be used off-road?

The Michelin Defender LTX M/S can be used to drive down a dirt road on occasion if needed, but it’s much more of a highway tire. For off-road use, we suggest taking a look at our all-terrain or mud-terrain recommendations below.

Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus — Best Highway

When searching for the best highway tires, one of the most important things to keep in mind is the life expectancy, or tread life warranty, of the tire. Ford the Ford Bronco owners who plan on driving mostly on the highway and racking up the miles, the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus is going to be the best option available.

Designed for use on crossovers, SUVs, and light trucks, the Dueler H/L Alenza Plus has become a popular choice for its extended life and additional features to enhance comfort.

With its class-leading 80,000-mile tread life warranty, the Dueler H/L Alenza Plus is built to last, offering new Ford Bronco owners the chance to really drive their new Bronco. This long-lasting compound works in conjunction with Variable Tread Pitch Technology to increase comfort while reducing road noise.

As an all-season tire with an asymmetric tread pattern, the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus also offers great traction and handling in all road conditions including wet, dry, and even light snow.

Offered in all major sizes from 15” diameters up through 22” diameters, the Dueler H/L Alenza is the perfect choice for the road warrior looking to get the most out of their new Bronco.

Specifications

Some specifications may vary based on the exact tire size selected.

  • Warranty: 80,000 miles
  • Max Load Capacity: 2,271 lbs
  • Max Inflation Pressure: 44 psi
  • Tread Depth: 12/32”
  • Tire Weight: 37 lbs
  • UTQG Treadwear: 800
  • UTQG Traction: A
  • UTQG Temperature: B
  • Touring all-season tire lasts long and offers traction in all conditions
  • Noise tuned to enhance comfort and reduce road noise and vibrations

FAQ

How does this compare to the Michelin Defender M/S?

When it comes to touring and all-season tires for the Bronco, these are really the only two options. These have a longer tread life warranty but lose out on just a little bit of comfort that the Defender LTX M/S from Michelin does better.

What sizes are offered?

The Dueler H/L Alenza Plus is one of the most popular touring tires offered for crossovers/SUVs/light trucks, so it’s offered in just about every size from 15” through 22” wheels. The base model Bronco will come with 255/70R16 tires, which is an option for these.

Can I drive on this in the snow?

The Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus is an all-season tire that provides traction year-round, even in light snow. So you should have no problems most of the time. But if you want a dedicated snow tire for your Bronco, we suggest the Blizzak DM-V2 from Bridgestone.

Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2 — Best Winter

As the industry leader in winter tires for just about any vehicle on the road, the Bridgestone Blizzak line has become the most popular choice of winter tires in the world. So it’s only right that the crossover, SUV, and light truck version — the Blizzak DM-V2 — is the best option for the new Ford Bronco.

Designed specifically for use in winter to offer the best possible traction and braking of any tire on the market, the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2 excels on snow and ice. What more could anyone ask for out of a winter tire?

With its NanoPro Tech Multicell Technology, the DM-V2 pulls the top layer of water away from the ice and snow below, sort of like a sponge. This allows for the tire to use its biting edges to really dig into the snow and ice and offer unparalleled winter performance.

The Blizzak line of winter tires from Bridgestone are offered for just about any vehicle on the market. The DM-V2 tire of this lineup is produced in all major tire sizes from 15” through 22” wheel diameters. So it’s the best option for a couple of the different Ford Bronco models being released.

Specifications

Some specifications may vary based on the exact tire size selected.

  • Warranty: None
  • Max Load Capacity: 2,403 lbs
  • Max Inflation Pressure: 44 psi
  • Tread Depth: 14/32”
  • Tire Weight: 38 lbs
  • UTQG Treadwear: N/A
  • UTQG Traction: N/A
  • UTQG Temperature: N/A
  • More biting edges and stronger shoulder blocks dig into the snow and enhance traction
  • Multicell technology pulls water off the ice like a sponge to let the tires dig in

FAQ

Can I drive on these all year?

While you could drive on them all year if you wanted to, the tread would wear out extremely quickly during the warm months and you’ll have a bit more road noise than normal. They should really only be used in the winter for maximum performance.

What is the tread life warranty?

There is no tread life warranty on the Blizzak DM-V2 or any other tire that’s part of the Blizzak line. This is because they’re designed to only be used in the winter. But you can easily expect to get 3-4 winters out of them if used properly.

Can these be used off-road?

People think that snow tires will work off-road because it’s the same thing, right? Not really, snow tires are designed for exactly that — snow. These tires are actually too stiff to be viable for off-road rugged terrain, so we suggest an all-terrain or mud-terrain instead.

BFGoodrich T/A KO2 — Best All-Terrain

BFGoodrich created the world’s first all-terrain tire many years ago, and has been improving on the design and construction ever since. And today the latest iteration — the BFGoodrich T/A KO2 — is the best all-terrain on the market for true off-road vehicles like the new Bronco.

The T/A KO2 is the successor of the popular T/A KO (often referred to as the KO1) that is no longer in production. Due to the KO2’s ability to offer uncompromising off-road performance while still offering great highway driving capabilities, it has become one of the most popular all-terrain options on the market for SUVs and trucks.

With its labyrinth of interconnected grooves and sipes working in combination with BFGoodrich’s proprietary Serrated Shoulder Design, the T/A KO2 provides traction and grip in mud, rain, and even snow.

When the air pressure is dropped for rock climbing and the most rugged terrain, the T/A KO2 is able to flex and grip rocks like no other all-terrain on the market. But when aired up as normal, a stabilized tread offers incredible highway driving as well.

To top it all off, the aesthetics of the tire are second to none in its class. People buy the T/A KO2 not only for its performance but also for how great it looks on the vehicle. Transform the look and ability of a Ford Bronco by swapping on a set of BFGoodrich T/A KO2s.

Specifications

Some specifications may vary based on the exact tire size selected.

  • Warranty: 50,000 miles
  • Max Load Capacity: 2,755 lbs
  • Max Inflation Pressure: 50 psi (80 psi for LT sizes)
  • Tread Depth: 15/32”
  • Tire Weight: 51 lbs
  • UTQG Treadwear: N/A
  • UTQG Traction: N/A
  • UTQG Temperature: N/A
  • All-terrain tire capable of handling on- and off-road driving
  • Serrated Shoulder Design offers increased traction and better handling

FAQ

What is the tread life warranty?

The BFGoodrich T/A KO2 comes with a 50,000-mile tread life warranty. These tires used to come with only a 40,000-mile warranty, but it has increased in recent years due to the extraordinary performance that customers have been getting out of them.

Can I have white letters on the sidewall?

Although it will depend on certain sizes, almost every size that is offered will include one side with black lettering and one side with white lettering. And since they’re non-directional, you can choose whichever one you think will look better on your Ford Bronco!

Are these mud-terrain tires?

Many people take a look at the aggressive nature of the T/A KO2 and think that they are a mud-terrain tire, but they’re not! They just happen to have a more aggressive look than most all-terrains, adding to reasons why they’re so popular. They simply look the best on your truck.

Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S — Honorable Mention All-Terrain

Coming in as a very close second to the KO2 as the best all-terrain tire for the new Ford Bronco is the Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S. In many cases, the Discoverer AT3 would be our top choice for an all-terrain tire, but for the Ford Bronco, the KO2 nudged ahead with its slightly better off-road performance.

But that should take nothing away from the Discoverer AT3 4S. With its class-leading 65,000-mile tread life warranty, the AT3 4S is designed to offer long-lasting life both on the highway and during off-road driving.

With its Secure-Grip tread design, the AT3 4S includes five ribs that allow it to be aired down as needed and flex around rocks and rugged terrain to get a Ford Bronco over just about any terrain.

For normal driving, the Discoverer AT3 4S offers a more quiet and comfortable ride while using technologies to make it more reliable in harsh conditions.

Micro-Gauge sipes and Aqua Vac Channels direct water away from the tire’s contact patch to improve traction on wet roads. The tread of the AT3 4S is designed to trap snow in its grooves and provide traction in snow and ice better than most other all-terrains on the market.

Offered in all sizes from 15” through 22” wheel diameters, the AT3 4S is one of the best options to put on the new Ford Bronco.

Specifications

Some specifications may vary based on the exact tire size selected.

  • Warranty: 65,000 miles
  • Max Load Capacity: 2,833 lbs
  • Max Inflation Pressure: 44 psi (80 psi for LT sizes)
  • Tread Depth: 14/32”
  • Tire Weight: 45 lbs
  • UTQG Treadwear: 620
  • UTQG Traction: A
  • UTQG Temperature: B
  • Secure-Grip all-terrain tread patterns provides traction in all road conditions
  • Snow Groove Technology traps snow in its grooves to increase traction on other snow

FAQ

Where do these outperform the BFGoodrich KO2?

The AT3 4S will usually last longer and stop faster on the roadway (especially when it’s wet) than the KO2 from BFGoodrich will. But the KO2 will usually outperform the Discoverer AT3 4S in a strictly off-road competition. It comes down to where the bulk of the performance is desired.

What sizes are offered?

The Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S is one of the most popular all-terrain truck tire options out there. That said, it’s offered in just about every size for wheels ranging from 15” to 22” in diameter. Any model Ford Bronco will be able to easily have a set of Discoverer AT3 4S tires put on.

Can I drive on the highway with these?

Absolutely! The Discoverer AT3 4S from Cooper is arguably the best all-terrain tire on the market when it comes to highway driving. With reduced road noise and a 65,000-mile tread life warranty, you’ll wonder if you’re even on an all-terrain tire at times.

BFGoodrich T/A KM2 — Best Mud-Terrain

For the best possible traction and off-road performance for the new Ford Bronco, there’s really only one clear choice — the BFGoodrich T/A KM2 mud-terrain tire.

Mud-terrain tires are known as maximum traction tires in the tire industry because manufacturers don’t want customers to think that their tires are only good for use in the mud. They just provide the best traction of any tire on the market and have earned the moniker mud-terrain.

The T/A KM2 certainly provides outstanding off-road performance though, allowing Ford Bronco drivers to power through any conditions. Mud, rocks, dirt roads. Whatever is out there to be driven over, the T/A KM2 will handle it.

Increased durability and puncture resistance combined with a self-cleaning tread design allows the KM2 to handle any conditions while simultaneously offering one of the smoothest rides imaginable on a mud-terrain tire.

That said, the BFGoodrich KO2 can also be driven on the highway and during normal commutes, although it does make a bit of noise at highway speeds. These would be a great replacement for Ford Broncos with the OEM 35” mud tires, or for any other model looking for more off-road capabilities.

Specifications

Some specifications may vary based on the exact tire size selected.

  • Warranty: None
  • Max Load Capacity: 3,195 lbs
  • Max Inflation Pressure: 80 psi
  • Tread Depth: 18/32”
  • Tire Weight: 54 lbs
  • UTQG Treadwear: N/A
  • UTQG Traction: N/A
  • UTQG Temperature: N/A
  • Self-cleaning tread blocks keep the grooves clear of dirt, mud, and debris
  • Elasticity allows the tire to deform as needed to handle the most rugged terrain

FAQ

How are these different from the KO2 from BFGoodrich?

The KO2, as described above, is the all-terrain tire that’s part of the same tire line. That said, the KM2 is just far more aggressive in terms of tread block sizing, groove depth, and off-road capabilities. The KO2 can handle off-road use but is more suitable for highway driving as well.

What is the tread life warranty?

The BFGoodrich T/A KM2, like just about any other mud-terrain tire out there, has no tread life warranty from the factory. This is because they are designed with off-road use in mind and are expected to take a beating much more severe than standard highway or all-terrain tires.

Are these noisy to drive on?

Mud-terrain tires in general are typically fairly noisy to drive on while on the highway due to the large tread blocks and deep grooves. The T/A KM2 is no exception. So expect some road noise while driving, with it growing louder as speed increases.

Bridgestone Dueler A/T RH-S — OEM All-Terrain

The OEM all-terrain tires that come on certain models of the new Ford Bronco are actually a pretty decent option as far as OEM tires go. The Bridgestone Dueler A/T RH-S is a solid tire designed to provide traction and grip both on- and off-road.

The aggressive tread pattern of the Dueler A/T RH-S provides capable off-road traction, allowing the Ford Bronco to head straight to the mud and dirt right off the lot. Getting there will be no problem either since the Dueler A/T RH-S is also a great option for standard highway driving as well.

Designed to be a versatile tire capable of handling all sorts of driving conditions, the Dueler A/T RH-S is a good OEM tire that new Bronco owners will not be disappointed with. It’s a jack of all trades in the all-terrain tire class, doing a few things well but not being great at any one thing.

Since it is OEM equipment, finding a set of Dueler A/T RH-S tires for the new Bronco after the stock ones wear out would be straightforward, but we recommend taking a look at our two all-terrain recommendations above as replacements once these wear out.

Specifications

Some specifications may vary based on the exact tire size selected.

  • Warranty: None
  • Max Load Capacity: 2,679 lbs
  • Max Inflation Pressure: 51 psi
  • Tread Depth: 14/32”
  • Tire Weight: 35 lbs
  • UTQG Treadwear: 400
  • UTQG Traction: B
  • UTQG Temperature: B
  • All-season design provides traction in all conditions including light snow
  • OEM equipment on many vehicles, a popular choice among manufacturers

FAQ

Should I swap these out when I buy a new Bronco?

As far as OEM tires go, the Bridgestone Dueler A/T RH-S is an above-average option. It’s a solid all-terrain tire that will last far longer than its zero-mile tread life warranty might lead you to believe. We wouldn’t suggest just swapping them out for another all-terrain right away, they will do just fine!

How long will the OEM tires last?

Although there is not a tread life warranty on the Dueler A/T RH-S, you can expect to get roughly 60,000 miles or more out of them under normal circumstances. With more off-roading, their life will decrease due to the added stress, just like any other tire.

What about replacing the spare?

With a 5th-wheel spare tire coming factory on the back of the Bronco, you should be rotating it with the rest of the tires any time you have a rotation done. So when it’s time for new tires, you’ll be getting all five to also replace the one that’s on the extra wheel at that time.

Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT — OEM Mud-Terrain

For anyone buying a new Ford Bronco, you’ve likely seen the commercials and advertisements of the Bronco taking on the most rugged terrain possible with some big, beefy mud-terrain tires. The tires that you’ve seen in the advertisements were these Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT.

Provided as an OE tire on the Bronco and a few other light trucks out there, the Wrangler Territory MT offers solid performance off-road while also providing Bronco owners with the ability to hop on the highway and cruise on them. Albeit with a bit more noise coming from the tires.

Mud-terrain tires, or mud tires, are more accurately referred to as Maximum Traction tires. This means that they provide the maximum amount of traction possible off-road (even in light snow and ice) while still being suitable to drive on the highway.

These Wrangler Territory MTs from Goodyear come with no tread life warranty, but they aren’t a bad tire as far as OEM tires go. So anyone with a new Bronco can expect to get some decent life out of them, but we suggest checking out our other mud-terrain suggestions before going back to these.

Specifications

Some specifications may vary based on the exact tire size selected.

  • Warranty: None
  • Max Load Capacity: 2,337 lbs
  • Max Inflation Pressure: 80 psi
  • Tread Depth: 16/32”
  • Tire Weight: 54 lbs
  • UTQG Treadwear: N/A
  • UTQG Traction: N/A
  • UTQG Temperature: N/A
  • Maximum traction construction provides the best possible off-road capabilities
  • M+S Rated, meaning they perform well in both mud and snow

FAQ

What Bronco models do these come on?

The massive LT315/70R17 (35-inch) mud-terrain Goodyear Wrangler Territory tires only come on the First Edition and Wildtrak models of the new Ford Bronco which are equipped with the additional Sasquatch Package.

What is the tread life warranty?

Like most other mud-terrain tires on the market, there is no tread life warranty on this option from Goodyear. They aren’t designed to last as long as most other tires on the road and really take a beating out there as an off-road truck tire.

Can I drive on the highway with these?

These tires are perfectly fine to drive on the highway! Being a big mud tire, however, they will be louder at higher speeds. So highway driving might be a bit louder than you’re expecting from a brand new truck.

Ford Bronco Tire Sizes

After a 25-year hiatus, the popular Ford Bronco has been reinvented and will be released once again in 2021. Including the various models available, the Ford Bronco will have 6 different OEM tire sizes to keep in mind:

  • 255/70R16
  • 255/75R17
  • LT265/70R17
  • LT285/70R17
  • LT315/70R17
  • 255/70R18

When Ford decided to recreate the Ford Bronco, they didn’t just bring it back as it was. They went all out. With seven different models all offering something different — including different tire sizes — there is a Bronco for everyone. To help you keep track of which tire sizes are offered on which model Bronco, you can use the table below

Year Model Tire Size
2021 First Edition LT315/70R17*
2021 Wildtrak LT315/70R17*
2021 Badlands LT285/70R17
2021 Black Diamond LT265/70R17
2021 Outer Banks 255/70R18
2021 Big Bend 255/75R17
2021 Base 255/70R16

*The 35” mud-terrain tires (LT315/70R17) are offered on these models when equipped with the Sasquatch Package.

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