The Right Tire For Your New 2021 Ford Bronco
The new 2021 Ford Bronco takes customization to the next level. Starting out with different models, the Bronco has seven of them. Then you can pick between two engine options, and two transmission options. It goes a step further with choosing what wheels you want, and then it brings us to tire choices. Some may be well versed in tire terminology and knowledge, but there are also those who are buying a new 2021 Ford Bronco and will be getting into off-roading for the first time. So from the get go, no, it’s not as simple as closing your eyes and picking whatever tire you think will work well on your new 2021 Ford Bronco. Let’s take a dive into the options Ford is giving and what will work well for what you are going to use them for.
Base - P225/75R17 | 32” | All-Season
Big Bend - P225/75R17 | 32” | All-Terrain
Black Diamond - LT265/70R17 | 32” | All-Terrain
Outer Banks - P255/70R18 | 32” | All-Terrain
Badlands - LT285/70R17 | 33” | All-Terrain
Wildtrak - LT315/70R17 | 35” | Mud-Terrain
First Edition - LT315/70R17 | 35” | Mud-Terrain
P Vs LT
In the simplest form, p-metric tires, ‘p’ standing for passenger vehicle, are preferred for better fuel economy and a smoother ride. You may be wondering why the new 2021 Ford Bronco has a passenger vehicle tire on it. The reason Ford has the Base, Big Bend, and Outer Banks models equipped with them is because the p-metric tires are designed to haul less of a load, and focus more on drivability. If you are looking to keep your new 2021 Ford Bronco on road more than off, passenger vehicle tires can be the perfect fit. P tires, in general, are going to greatly enhance your driving experience on road versus an LT tire, especially if your new 2021 Ford Bronco is going to be used as a daily driver, rarely seeing the dirt.
LT Tires, standing for Light Truck tires, which can be found on the new 2021 Ford Bronco models such as the Black Diamond, Badlands, Wildtrak, and First Edition, are there to do the heavy lifting. LT tires are designed for heavier loads because of their beefier build and ability to hold a higher pressure. They feature extra material under the tread and in the sidewalls that give the tire a stronger structure, and also protect the tire from damage. For this reason, they are the preferred tires for off-road applications, where rough terrain can easily be handled.
All-Terrain vs Mud-Terrain
The easiest way to know whether you’ll need an all-terrain tire, or a mud-terrain tire, is calculating the amount of time you spend on road vs off-road. The reason being, all-terrain tires are going to be the preferred tire if you spend the majority of your time on-road. All-Terrain tires, aside from being a bit cheaper than mud-terrains, generally outperform when it comes to combining on and off-road usefulness. They offer improved traction off-road and during inclimate weather, have a much longer lifespan than MTs, and are significantly quieter. However, if you find yourself wanting to hit the back roads more than the pavement in your new 2021 Ford Bronco, then mud-terrains are the direction in which you want to go. Mud-terrains have unparalleled performance when it comes to harsh off-road terrain. They are designed with large tread blocks and wider channels. This helps the tire dig through mud and rocks, but also gives them the ability to eject anything that gets caught in the channels, otherwise they would just get caked in mud and spin when you give your Bronco some gas.
The engineers at Ford did extensive research deciding on what tires should go on each model of the new 2021 Ford Bronco. There is a middle ground that needs to be found for each application, because a tall tire equals greater ground clearance, but also greater weight. Ground clearance is incredibly important, especially when talking about an off-road ready rig like the new 2021 Ford Bronco. When you have more ground clearance, you are able to clear bigger obstacles. Bigger tires also equate to a larger rolling diameter. To put this into perspective, if you’re on a skateboard bombing a hill, and a little rock turns up in front of you, there is a great chance that the board is going to stop, and you are going to continue down the hill. If you were on a bike, the bigger wheels are going to float over the rock with ease. The same goes for the tires on your new 2021 Ford Bronco getting over obstacles.