Types of Tires

Types of Tires 

There are a ton of different types of tires to choose from, so it's easy to feel like you're at a loss when narrowing down your options. If you aren't sure what you need, this list should serve as a starting point to help you make your decision.

Passenger Tires

Here, passenger refers specifically to cars, crossovers, and minivans. Passenger tires are designed for all-around drive quality, quieter rides, and the most comfortable handling. Performance tires offer higher speed ratings and are designed for those who value excitement over comfort.


At the expense of some resistance to wet road conditions, summer tires are often entirely performance-focused to provide the best grip and handling on dry roads. Responsive handling is the primary goal for summer tires.


All-season tires, as the name suggests, can be used for all 12 months of the year. All-season tires have a good blend of wet and dry traction, providing good handling rain or shine, and are made to provide optimal comfort and quietness.


Winter tires offer good traction and handling in even snowy and icy conditions. These tires come with or without studs, which enhance traction on ice but can damage roads after the snow has melted.

Truck & SUV Tires

Unlike passenger tires, truck & SUV tires are often categorized by their use instead of by season.


The all-season tire of the truck work, highway tires offer a good mix of traction regardless of weather conditions. These tires handle the heavier weight and larger load of a pickup truck or SUV easier, making them ideal for work purposes.


Ribbed tires provide enhanced wet-weather traction, good handling on the highway, and better fuel economy. They're often used on commercial trucks.


For a more athletic look and performance, sport tires provide trucks with year-round, wet or dry traction and handling without taking away from the vehicle's smooth, fun performance.


Many trucks and SUVs are designed to go off-road, and off-road tires help by providing tough handling and traction on all terrain types. If you like to get down and dirty on the weekends, keep a set of these handy.

Still not sure what kind of tires are right for you? Bring your ride into Mountaineer Ford and we'll make sure you don't just get the best type for your needs, but the best brands at the best prices.


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