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I am having difficulty deciding between two of the load ratings available in this tire and am looking for sage advice from someone with experience, possibly not with this brand but otherwise. I realize there is a weight penalty with the LT , resulting in lower MPG, but to what degree? Also, is there a noticable handling benefit with the stiffer sidewall of the LT? And finally, is there a noticable ride quality loss with the LT?

Any insight would be appreciated?
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Don't buy "P" load rated tires for your X!!!

The Cooper Discoverer AT3 LT265/75R16 C-load rated tires will be perfect
 

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You will take an mpg hit, but not much with the stock size in LT. Handling will improve slightly from the stiffer tire, and you will feel the road a little more.

Do you plan on wheeling or towing? If not a P-rated tire will suffice. Most people here choose to go with LT tires for the heavier construction.
 

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I have them in the c-load and love them.
 

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C load is perfect. I would not do D or E.

Don't buy "P" load rated tires for your X!!!

The Cooper Discoverer AT3 LT265/75R16 C-load rated tires will be perfect
To each their own. I wheeled for four yrs all over CO with P rated A/Ts and never had a flat. I just about wore the white letters of of my Dest A/Ts, but never had a flat. Three yrs of wheeling with P rated Dest A/Ts and one yr with Cooper ATPs. If available, I would have bought C load, but given the choice between P and E load, I picked P and didn't regret it.
 

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Don't buy "P" load rated tires for your X!!!

The Cooper Discoverer AT3 LT265/75R16 C-load rated tires will be perfect
The difference in max rated capacity between the P265/75/16 and the LT265/75/16 is 1 lb. Personally if I was not wheeling my truck or towing I would probably go for the slightly better ride quality of the P-rated.

Not sure why you needed to post that in red
 

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Thanks for the quick replies. I rarely tow a trailer, but do occasionally go off road though not to the degree that many here do. Also plan to do a cross country trip in 2015 in the X and will likely be heavily loaded. I am teetering towards the LT more so for handling than anything as there are many twisty roads in this part of Appalachia, but don't want to lose more than 1 mpg. I have to make up my mind soon as I want to catch the $80 rebate offer.
 

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Check the Discount Tire Direct eBay page before you buy - there were screaming deals on the Cooper AT3 and ST/Maxx with a coupon code a few weeks ago and Discount Tire/America's Tire matched the price. Adding the $80 prepaid Visa rebate from Cooper for the AT3 and it woiuld have been a hell of a deal, but I had my heart set on the ST/Maxx.

Don't know if your tire shop price matches, but its worth a try.
 

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Don't buy "P" load rated tires for your X!!!

The Cooper Discoverer AT3 LT265/75R16 C-load rated tires will be perfect
technically he's mostly right. p rated tires are ok if they are extra load rated. they are the stock tires. regular p rated tire sidewalls aren't designed for a consistent load of our vehicle weight. You'd probably be fine either way. I upgraded to Lt265/75 in a d rating and might have lost 1 mpg, but not really notice, you do get better response on highway and they can withstand lowered pressure longer. C would be optimal. but really its all your preference
 

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Our Xterras only weigh roughly 4k lbs. I wouldn't buy passenger car tires for it, but any quality P rated A/T is more than capable of supporting our weight and payload. Most are even fine for a half ton truck.


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P is fine for highway only -C is ideal for mixed highway and off-road and will notice little difference - E is heavy and tough and will notice rough ride and lower mileage
 

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Just Bought 4 Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max

Got about 800 miles on them. So Far so good. Seem like good tires. quiet and good handling. Good traction in rain and wet conditions.

I got 57314 on the last set of OEM tires. Hoping to get 60K on these here tires.

I'll post back in a year and let you know how they do.

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