2019 Toyota 4Runner on a trail in the desert

Are underinflated tires better for off roading?

We talk a lot on the Ackerman Toyota blog about proper tire pressure. Having the correct tire pressure increases safety and traction, reduces tire damage, and even helps drivers get better fuel economy. However, the correct tire pressure for driving on smooth pavement may not be the same as the best tire pressure when off roading on rough and rocky terrain. What should your tire pressure be when venturing off of the beaten path? We break it down below.

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What Should My Tire Pressure Be When Off Roading?

Deflating or airing down your tires for off roading can help to improve comfort and traction in extreme conditions. The amount you should deflate your tires for off roading depends on your vehicle, how much weight you have stored in the cabin, the current driving conditions, and more. It’s also important to keep in mind that deflating your tires even a little will decreasing your ground clearance.

If you are planning on airing down your tires for an off-road excursion, first make sure your vehicle is outfitted with the correct kind of tires that are suited to the task and then make sure that you have a reliable way to fill the tires back up before you head back out on to smooth pavement. Driving underinflated tires on the streets is dangerous not only for you but also for the people around you.

Which Toyota Models Are Best Suited To Off Roading?

2019 Toyota 4Runner in red kicking up dirt

Toyota 4Runner

Arguably the best Toyota model for navigating tough trails or rocky terrain, the Toyota 4Runner has everything you need to get you to your final destination and back again safely. If you plan on doing a lot of adventurous off-roading, we highly suggest upgrading to a higher trim level with more performance equipment like something from the TRD lineup.

2019 Toyota Tacoma driving in the dusty desert

Toyota Tacoma

The Toyota Tacoma carries a little less weight and is a little smaller than the full-size Toyota Tundra pickup making it an excellent choice for an off-road warrior. Like with the Toyota 4Runner, if you purchase a Tacoma with the intent to take it off road, be thoughtful in your trim selection and opt for a model that’s specifically tailored to off-road performance.