When trucks first launched, they were specifically aimed at farmers, commercial buyers, or anyone that needed a reliable working vehicle. However, people buy trucks today for different reasons. Sure, most of them still buy trucks for work, but some buyers simply want the status symbol they bring. That is especially true for buyers of the GMC Sierra 1500, the most luxurious truck on the market.
Yes, the GMC Sierra 1500 is a premium truck, but it is still very competitive to its counterparts when it comes to hauling a lot of stuff or towing big trailers. As a matter of fact, I find it to be the best truck for towing big luxurious trailers – they simply go together very well. Whatever you use your GMC Sierra 1500 for, you will need a good set of tires.
The best tires for GMC Sierra should be able to do a lot of stuff, like providing the driver with ample traction and grip on the road in dry and wet conditions, and high levels of traction on gravel roads. Specifically for the GMC Sierra 1500, the same tires should be very quiet and comfortable – you really don’t want to ruin the already serene driving experience of this luxurious truck.
But what about off-road driving? I mean, this is still a full-size truck available with an all-wheel-drive system, isn’t it? If you’re one of the few that takes his premium truck in off-road conditions, there are tires for you too.
Of course, the same set of tires won’t work in every condition you encounter. Some will work better on the road while others will work better out of it. To help you choose the best tires for GMC Sierra 1500, I’ve created a Top 10 list. There, you will able to find all types of tires that the average GMC Sierra 1500 might want or need.
Before we jump to the list, I recommend reading the short buying guide so you can figure out what is the best tire type for you and your needs. Choosing the wrong set of tires can be really bad and seriously hamper the safety of your vehicle.
What to look out for when choosing best tires for GMC Sierra 1500?
Even though the GMC Sierra 1500 is aimed at buyers with taste, it is still a truck that can do everything you ask from it. Hell, it shares the platform with the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, which is known for excellent towing and hauling capabilities and off-road prowess. In other words, the GMC Sierra 1500 will have no qualms if you put it on mud-terrain, which means that with a good set of off-road tires, it can be pretty powerful in demanding conditions. On the other hand, the Sierra 1500 can also haul a lot of stuff with ease, which means that tires with load range E rating (10 ply) are almost a necessity for buyers who do that.
That said, most GMC Sierra owners don’t use their trucks for driving in serious off-road conditions, which is why the most popular tire type for this vehicle is highway tires. These tires are specifically designed to offer high levels of grip and traction in dry and wet conditions. Most of them are of the all-season variety, which also means that they will work in different temperatures – from hot summer days to chilly winter days. The best premium highway tires also offer traction in light snow, which is another plus. Highway tires are also very quiet and comfortable, which naturally makes them a great fit for the GMC Sierra 1500. On top of that, highway tires are also extremely durable – some of them come with 70,000-mile tread wear warranty. And while we are talking about durability, most manufacturers offer highway tires in load range E forms (10 ply rating) for those who plan to tow or haul with their GMC Sierra 1500 trucks.
That said, if you drive your Sierra 1500 on more serious terrain, you will need a set of all-terrain tires. These tires are specifically designed to offer good traction in off-road conditions and very good comfort and stability on the road. Consider them to be a compromise in both scenarios, but not in a bad way. The best all terrain tires for GMC Sierra 1500 offer off-road traction that’s even better than what the average driver needs or wants. They also have high levels of grip and traction on the street and offer pretty good comfort and quietness. When compared to highway tires you should expect worse comfort though, so keep that in mind before buying a set. On the positive side, all-terrain tires are built to be tough and have generally better resistance to punctures, but on the negative, the tread wear warranty is often shorter than that of highway tires.
On the other hand, if you mostly drive in off-road conditions, you may want to install real off-road tires on your Sierra 1500. I know, most owners of this truck may never venture on serious off-road terrain, but there are still some people that do that with this particular vehicle. Off-road tires are often specialized for one type of terrain, like mud-terrain tires of rock-crawling tires, but there are models that work on every terrain imaginable. When compared to all-terrain tires, off-road tires offer much better traction on slippery surfaces and are even tougher (better puncture resistance). However, they also have worse tread life when compared to all-terrain and especially to highway tires. Most importantly, though, off-road tires can be cumbersome to drive on the street. Generally, you should expect much worse responsiveness in the corners, lower levels of traction and especially worse grip in the corners. On top of that, off-road tires can be very loud on the highway, so keep that in mind before installing them on your luxurious truck.
Right up until now, the tires we covered were divided by the type of surface they are designed to tackle. But what about the weather? Luckily, most highway, all-terrain and off-road tires on the road are of the all-season variety, which means that they work in all seasons. This means that they should be equally good in the summer and in the winter. In reality, though, all-season tires aren’t the best choice for harsh winter conditions, and especially when there is snow or ice. If you insist on driving with one set of tires throughout the year, then I recommend buying tires with the 3PMSF (Three Peak Mountain Snowflake), that can tackle deeper snow.
However, the best choice for winter driving is winter tires. These tires offer much better traction in snow and on ice than 3PMSF tires, shorter braking distances and overall better drivability in the winter. Sure, you will need to pay for another set of tires, but if you care about safety, I recommend investing in one.
I think that by now you know what type of tires you want or need for your GMC Sierra 1500. I will include all types of tires that I’ve mentioned in the list, including highway, all-terrain, off-road, and winter tires so that every Sierra 1500 owner can find one that suits best.
Top 10 Best Tires for GMC Sierra 1500
Michelin LTX M/S2
Best highway tires for GMC Sierra 1500
The first set of tires on this list are naturally highway tires because they suit the refined and luxurious side of the Sierra 1500. And what manufacturer to trust more than Michelin for a set of highway tires? Their LTX M/S2 model is an heir to the Defender LTX, which was the most popular light truck tire on the market before. The new model is specifically designed to offer high levels of traction and grip on the road for light trucks, both in dry and wet conditions and in all seasons. According to Michelin, the LTX M/S2 also works in light snow, and it is even available in load range E configuration for those who plan to tow or haul with their Sierra’s. Thanks to its tough construction and advanced compound, the LTX M/S2 can be safely used on gravel roads, which is the most demanding surface most Sierra owners ever tackle.
On the road, this Michelin tire offers a very high level of stability on the highway, paired with responsive handling, excellent traction, and reliable grip in the corners. Thanks to that, your Sierra will accelerate quickly without too much wheel spin, it will keep high speeds in the corners, and it sill brake with higher force. All of this was achieved thanks to the thanks to Michelin MaxTouch Construction that promotes reliable traction on the road by distributing the force evenly over the entire tire. On top of that, the LTX M/S2 is also extremely quiet and comfortable, which means that it is a great fit for the luxurious GMC Sierra 1500 in that department.
The LTX M/S2 is made of long-wearing silica-enhances all-season compound that not only helps with performance, but it also makes the tire one of the most durable of all light truck tires. The 70,000-mile tread wear warranty only confirms that (50,000-mile tread wear warranty for LT models). Without a doubt, the Michelin LTX M/S2 can certainly last for 4-5 seasons between replacement.
Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus
Best durable tires for GMC Sierra 1500 / best quiet tires for GMC Sierra 1500
Designed to be a direct competitor to the Michelin LTX M/S2, the Dueler H/L Alenza Plus is another outstanding highway tire that has excellent performance across the board. According to Bridgestone, this tire was designed with comfort and quietness in mind – the symmetric tread pattern and polyester cords that stabilize the sidewalls are specifically aimed at making your GMC Sierra 1500 even smoother and more peaceful on the road. Right now, I think that the Dueler is the quietest highway tire for light trucks, even though the LTX comes a close second.
On the road, the Bridgestone is very stable at higher speeds thanks to the notched shoulder blocks and the continuous center rib, and it also offers excellent traction in wet conditions thanks to the wide circumferential grooves, lateral notches, and sipes. The Dueler is also very good in light snow, but still not a proper replacement for a set of winter tires.
The best thing about the Dueler Alenza Plus is durability though. This is the only tire on the list with 80,000-mile tread wear warranty (55,000-mile for W-Speed rated models), and also the one that owners around the world are most consistently satisfied with how long it lasts. This fact alone makes it a serious contender to the Michelin LTX for drivers who don’t use their Sierra’s for towing and hauling. Unfortunately, the Dueler is not offered in load range E form.
Cooper Discoverer HTP
Best budget highway tires for GMC Sierra 1500
While the Michelin and Bridgestone are certainly great tires, they can be expensive for some people. The Cooper Discoverer HTP is an excellent option for people that don’t plan on spending too much on tires, but still want a safe and reliable driving experience. This tire is designed to offer high levels of traction in most conditions – it is an all-season tire, but it is also designed to be quiet and comfortable.
On the road, the Discoverer HTP offers high levels of traction and grip, and surprisingly responsive handling in the corners, thanks to the asymmetrical tread design. Wet handling and snow traction are also on a very high level, thanks to the serpentine sipes and biting edges. On top of that, the Cooper Discoverer HTP is supremely quiet and comfortable on the highway, which makes it a great choice for the Sierra 1500.
And while the 65,000-mile tread wear warranty may seem shorter than its direct competitors, it is actually very good for the price this tire is offered. On top of that, the Discoverer HTP is also offered in load range E form, which is something the Bridgestone Dueler lacks.
Continental TerrainContact A/T
Best all-terrain tires for GMC Sierra 1500
While I almost always recommend the BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 as the best all-terrain tire, for the GMC Sierra 1500 I find the Continental TerrainContact A/T to be a much better option. The reason for that is that the Continental is more focused on on-road performance than off-road traction. This means that the TerrainContact is not only safer on the road, but also much more comfortable and quieter. Great fit for the Sierra 1500, in other words.
On the road, the Continental is closer to a highway tire than you can imagine. Traction, grip and high-speed stability are on-point, while wet traction is outstanding. The TerrainContact can also be used in light snow. On top of that, it is still very usable in off-road conditions. For the average Sierra 1500 driver, I think that it offers more than enough traction and toughness. It also comes with 60,000-mile tread wear warranty, which is an excellent result for an all-terrain tire.
Firestone Transforce HT
Best GMC Sierra 1500 tires for towing
Due to its price to performance ratio, especially when it comes to towing and hauling, I find the commercial-grade Firestone Transforce HT to be the best choice for people that drive their Sierra 1500 with big trailers attached in the back. Offered in load range E for (10 ply rating), the Transforce HT is one of the most durable tires out there, and certainly one that can withstand a lot of weight. The secret behind this toughness is the Long Link Carbon tread compound, which helps your Sierra keep being stable on the highway even with a big trailer in the back.
Don’t worry, the Transforce HT is usable even when you are not towing, with a high level of grip and traction in both dry and wet conditions. The symmetric tread design with notched shoulders, independent intermediate tread blocks and a continuous center rib also improves handling in foul weather and straight-line tracking. On top of that, the Transforce HT is also pretty quiet and comfortable for a commercial tire.
Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2
Best winter tires for GMC Sierra 1500 / best snow tires for GMC Sierra 1500
While most premium highway tires work in light snow, they are still not the best solution for harsh winter weather. If you want a consistently good performance, then you need the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2, a tire that is good in all measurable winter categories. In other words, a set of these tires will give you the best possible traction and braking performance on cold and dry pavement, cold and wet pavement, snow, and ice.
The secret behind the Blizzak DM-V2 is the NanoPro Tech Multicell compound with a hydrophilic coating that, according to Bridgestone, takes water out of snow or ice, improving traction in the process. Trust me; it really works in real life. That said, the NanoPro Tech Multicell compound takes only 55% of the tread – the other 45% are normal winter compound. Not that you should care much – this is still a very durable tire with excellent tread life.
BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2
Best off-road focused all-terrain tires for GMC Sierra 1500
If you’re seeking a set of all-terrain tires for more demanding off-road scenarios, then the BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires are the best choice. Thanks to the Sidewall Armor and Serrated Shoulder Design, the KO2 is much tougher than its all-terrain competitors, while the racing-derived cut, chip, and tear resistant tread compound molded into aggressive tread pattern give it an advantage when it comes to traction in most conditions.
For a tire that is more focused on off-road driving, the All-Terrain T/A KO2 offers surprisingly good handling and stability on the road, and on top of that, it is pretty comfortable and quiet. On top of that, the 50,000-mile tread wear warranty is one of the best for tires aimed at off-road enthusiasts.
BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3
Best mud tires for GMC Sierra 1500 / best off-road tires for GMC Sierra 1500
Even though the GMC Sierra 1500 is a luxurious full-size SUV, it is still very capable in off-road conditions, especially if paired with all-wheel drive. The best tires for people that seek the best possible off-road traction is the BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3. Made from the Krawl-Tek compound that the company consistently uses on its racing tires for races like Dakar Rally, a set of these tires will give you outstanding traction in mud and on other off-road surfaces. The KM3 is also extremely tough and durable, even when driven over rough rocks. That said, even though it has an extremely aggressive tread pattern, it is not the best choice for snow.
Yokohama YK HTX
Best all-season tires for GMC Sierra 1500
Yokohama is almost always on our lists for the best tires, and the YK HTX is a great example of why. Designed to offer quiet and safe driving experience on the road, this all-season highway tire is one of the best in its category. In my testing, I also liked how responsive it is, especially for a truck tire, which is probably due to the advanced compound with high silica content and orange oil. The same compound helps the tire remain pliable in the winter, which helps with traction in freezing conditions. The Yokohama also comes with 70,000-mile tread wear warranty, which is one of the best in the category.
Kumho Road Venture APT KL51
Excellent budget highway tires GMC Sierra 1500
We finish this list with another excellent budget choice – the Kumho Road Venture APT KL51. Very quiet and comfortable, a set of these tires is very well-suited to the luxurious nature of your Sierra 1500. Despite the focus on comfort, the Kumho also offers very good traction and grip in dry and wet conditions, paired with very short braking distances. On top of that, the Kumho is also very good in light snow, unlike other highway tires. In the end, the Kumho comes with very good 60,000-mile tread wear warranty for the price, but sadly it isn’t available in load range E trim.
I am sure that by choosing a set of tires from the list above, your GMC Sierra 1500 will be safe on the road and you won’t need to replace the tires for seasons to come. However, in order to have the best driving experience possible, you will need to choose tires according to your needs – only then you will be completely satisfied with the purchase.