A good set of tires provides a smooth ride and ensure you can stop when needed while helping increase the aesthetic of your car. There are many similarities between the 245 and 265 tires but then again they have their differences.
Here we’ll compare the two to help you make an informed buying decision.
245 tires: Pros and cons
- Lowest noise level
- Good fuel economy from lower rolling resistance
- More affordable than the 265
- Great traction on dry road, in snow and wintery conditions
- Slightly slower than the 265
- Ride comfort is not as good as the 265
265 tires: Pros and cons
- Aesthetically pleasing
- Great ride on gravel and small obstacles
- Better traction on turns and corners
- Better safety with shorter stopping distances
- Improved traction on wet and dry roads
- Poorer fuel economy
- More expensive than the 245
245 vs 265 Tires: How Do They Differ?
1. Load capacity
The load capacity of both the 245 and 265 is 2469 pounds.
The same load capacity makes this contest a tie.
2. Gripping the road
The 245 offers excellent traction all around.
While the 265 offers good traction, it grips better on wet and dry roads.
The 245 with excellent traction in all conditions is the winner.
3. Stopping the vehicle
When considering stopping distance, it is important to consider that many factors affect how the vehicle stops. Things like tire pressure, road conditions, the condition of your brakes, and the distance you start braking affect how the car stops.
The 245 offers a standard stopping distance as good as the 265 without the added safety claim.
The 265 claims to have added safety that translates into a shorter stopping distance.
The 265’s enhanced safety gives it an edge over the 245 – the winner in this round.
The 245 offers good stability but not so well as the 265.
The 265s ability to interlock each shoulder creates better stability.
The 265 wins with its superb stability.
While the 245 provides good maneuverability, the smaller tire width of the two offers slightly less maneuverability.
The increased width of the 265 ensures better maneuverability over the 245.
The width of the 265 offers better maneuverability.
6. Driving in wet conditions
The 245 offers excellent traction on wet roads.
265s offer good traction but stand out in snowy weather.
The 245 drives away with this in wet conditions.
7. Driving in snow
The 245s excellent traction on wet pavement does not crossover into snow conditions. While they drive well in the snow, they are not as good as the 265.
The 265 offers superior driving in snowy conditions.
The 265s superior driving in snow conditions is the clear winner.
Traction is the key to better acceleration. The 245 offers smaller width that causes less traction and thus less acceleration.
The wider of the two tires, the 265 offers more contact grip for better acceleration.
The 265 offers a slightly wider tire, and the better grip provides better acceleration for the win.
9. Cab noise
Both tires offer a little cab noise, and it could be considered a tie. The 265 is slightly wider, so you could say the 265 has a very slight edge in noise reduction.
10. How it clears the ground
While the difference in ground clearance is not significant, the 245 offers less ground clearance than the 265.
The ground clearance is higher on the 265 vs. the 245.
The 265 offers a slight distance in ground clearance.
11. Handling of road conditions
The 25.5-inch width of the 245 offers good contact with the pavement. The enhanced grip on the road makes handling much easier.
The 265 provides 26.5-inches of road-gripping tire that offers easy road handling.
The 265, with its slightly larger road grip of 1-inch, is the winning road-handling tire.
12. Comfort of the ride
Both tires offer a comfortable ride. You need to look at the tire application to get a real winner.
In the comfort category the 245 and 265 tires are tied.
13. Fuel economy
Smaller width and lower rolling resistance make the 245 the more fuel economic tire option.
The 265’s width goes against them in fuel economy with its larger rolling resistance.
The 245’s lower rolling resistance is the clear winner in fuel economy.
14. Tire options by size
There are no winners or losers in tire options. It is all about what you like and need!
20-inch is the largest rim unless you are looking for a specialty tire which is much harder to find.
- 245 30 R20
- 245 35 R20
- 245 40 R20
- 245 45 R20
- 245 50 R20
- 245 60 R20
- 265 30 R20
- 265 35 R20
- 265 40 R20
- 265 45 R20
- 265 50 R20
- 265 60 R20
Both 245s and 265s have six options in a 19-inch rim
- 245 30 R19
- 245 35 R19
- 245 40 R19
- 245 45 R19
- 245 50 R19
- 245 55 R19
- 265 30 R19
- 265 35 R19
- 265 40 R19
- 265 45 R19
- 265 50 R19
- 265 55 R19
The 245 offers one more option than the 265 in an 18-inch rim.
- 245 35 R18
- 245 40 R18
- 245 45 R18
- 245 50 R18
- 245 55 R18
- 245 60 R18
- 245 65 R18
- 265 35 R18
- 265 40 R18
- 265 45 R18
- 265 60 R18
- 265 65 R18
The 17-inch rim provides an aesthetically pleasing tire choice.
The 245 offers many more options than the 265 in a 17-inch choice.
- 245 35 R17
- 245 40 R17
- 245 45 R17
- 245 50 R17
- 245 55 R17
- 245 60 R17
- 245 65 R17
- 245 70 R17
- 245 75 R17
- 265 40 R17
- 265 60 R17
- 265 65 R17
Since the tire height and width of the 245 and 265 remain the same, the rim will only be an inch larger.
- 245 45 R16
- 245 50 R16
- 245 70 R16
- 245 75 R16
- 265 70 R16
- 265 75 R16
In the 15” options there is no real difference in the tires.
- 245 40 R15
- 245 50 R15
- 245 60 R15
- 245 40 R15
- 245 50 R15
- 245 60 R15
The tread wear on the 245 provides a ride free of vibration and noise. Most consumers say the ride is comfortable. With regular tire maintenance, the treads hold up for a long time.
The 265 tire treads are excellent for off-road and muddy conditions. With a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty, they are great for throwing gravel and rocks from the tires.
The 265, with its 60,000-mile treadwear warranty, is the winner.
16. Weight of tire
The 245 weighs about 44 pounds.
The 265 weighs about 53.6 pounds. So if you put a new set of four tires on your vehicle, that is 50 pounds more than the 245, which will definitely affect your gas consumption.
The 245 with its lighter tires is the winner.
The 245 is the more affordable of these two tires. The difference can be as much as $100 to $150 in price.
While the price difference can be significant, the 265 is the more expensive tire.
The 245 and its affordable price drives away the winner.
When 245 tires are best for you?
The most common use for the 245 is on cars, though you may occasionally see them on a truck. They are made for road and pavement driving and not off-roading. The 245s made for trucks are an exception manufactured for off-roading.
When 265 tires are best for you?
You will usually see a 265 on medium to light-duty trucks. They are a premium tire for off-roading when used on 4-wheelers and offer excellent traction, especially in snowy road conditions.