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Which 4x4 Truck Tires and Wheels will Survive our Four Wheeler of the Year 2020 Test?

Plus Pros and cons of the Four Wheeler and Pickup Truck of the Year tires and wheels

We've often said that tires and wheels make the 4x4 truck or SUV. This is true both in terms of looks as well as performance on-road and off-road. Our 2020 Four Wheeler and Pickup Truck of the Year (OTY) contenders feature just as wide a range of 4x4 truck tire diameters and treads as they do wheel designs and dimensions. In most cases, these factory stock truck tires and wheels are chosen by the engineers for their looks and performance in a variety of conditions that a 4x4 owner might encounter, which may not necessarily be the conditions you drive in most. If you are tire savvy, you'll likely recognize many of the tire manufacturers used under these 4x4 trucks and SUVs. Some of the tire model names may sound familiar and you may even recognize some of the tread and sidewall designs. However, it's not unusual for 4x4 truck and SUV manufacturers to request some slight changes to meet specific performance needs they encounter during the engineering and testing phase of the new 4x4s. See if you can spot some of those changes that have been made to your favorite tire models.

Of course, as off-road enthusiasts one of the first things we want to do is install better aftermarket 4x4 truck tires and wheels, but wouldn't it be nice if the factory offerings could at least take care of your tire and wheel needs while your pocketbook recovers from the initial shock and awe of a new 4x4 purchase? We certainly think so. In reality, you probably wouldn't decide which 4x4 to purchase based on the tires and factory stock truck wheels it comes with, but the rolling stock could sway you one way or another when vehicle shopping. Here's a closer look at what our factory 2020 4x4 truck and SUV contenders are rolling on, as well as the pros and cons of each tire design.

Don't forget to regularly check in at fourwheeler.com and on our social media platforms for even more 2020 Four Wheeler SUV of the Year and Pickup Truck OTY component comparisons, video, and other info about each competing 4x4.

Jeep Wrangler Sahara - 255/70R18 Bridgestone Dueler A/T
Pros: The light-duty all-terrains roll smooth on the road and offer better on-road snow and ice performance than most mud-terrain tires.
Cons: The less aggressive tread will pack up in mud and the sidewalls are less protected than on more luggy tires.

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon - 285/70R17 BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2
Pros: The BFG A/T is an industry staple when it comes to all-around on- and off-road performance.
Cons: The more aggressive tread won't last as long as a street tread. Really thick clay could pack the all-terrain tread.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport HSE P360 - 255/55R20 Goodyear Eagle F1
Pros: Smooth-rolling, speed-rated tire that performs on the street.
Cons: Short sidewall and mild tread are vulnerable to damage off-road.

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon - 285/70R17 Falken Wild Peak M/T
Pros: Aggressive mud-terrain that performs in the dirt.
Cons: Luggy tread wears faster, creates more noise, and increases rolling resistance on the street.

Ram 1500 Rebel - 275/70R18 Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac
Pros: Tweener tire that has admirable features found on both all-terrain and mud-terrain tires.
Cons: The more aggressive all-terrain tread will wear quicker and make more noise on the road than less aggressive tires.

Chevy Silverado 1500 - 275/60R20 Bridgestone Dueler A/T
Pros: Smooth-rolling mild all-terrain tire.
Cons: Short sidewall and mild tread are vulnerable to damage off-road.

Chevy Silverado 2500 HD - 275/65R20 Goodyear Wrangler Trail Runner AT
Pros: All-terrain tread that will perform in a variety of conditions.
Cons: Short sidewall is vulnerable to off-road damage.

Chevy Silverado 2500 HD Custom - 275/65R20 Goodyear Wrangler Trail Runner AT
Pros: All-terrain tread that will perform in a variety of conditions.
Cons: Short sidewall is vulnerable to off-road damage.

GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 - 275/65R18 Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac
Pros: Tweener tire that has admirable features found on both all-terrain and mud-terrain tires.
Cons: The more aggressive all-terrain tread will wear quicker and make more noise on the road than less aggressive tires.

GMC Sierra 2500 HD - 275/65R20 Goodyear Wrangler Trail Runner AT
Pros: All-terrain tread that will perform in a variety of conditions.
Cons: Short sidewall is vulnerable to off-road damage.

GMC Sierra 3500 HD - 235/80R17 Michelin Energy Saver AS
Pros: High load capacity and low rolling resistance on-road.
Cons: Narrow, mild tread is not desirable off-road and can pack up in mud.

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