Nexen Nfera RU5 Tire Review & Rating

The Nexen Nfera RU5 tire is built to deliver ultra-high performance all-season traction and handling for drivers of light trucks and sporty SUVs. With an aim toward providing year-round drivability, this tire has a number of design features that have been created for increased performance in dry, wet, or winter weather road conditions, at a lower budget-friendly price.

An all-season tread compound combines with a tread pattern that features wavy and straight lateral grooves, as well as four circumferential grooves to cut through water and improve hydroplaning resistance. Micro-grooves are designed to help in improving performance in snow, slush, and ice. More on that below in our overall thoughts on this tire.

Nexen Nfera RU5 Tire Review

Reinforced center block stiffness is added to enhance handling and steering response for spirited driving at higher speeds, while a secondary outer rib increases stiffness further for increased cornering grip.

The Nexen RU5 is available in sizes ranging from 16-20 inches, and come with either a V or W-speed rating. There is also up to a 65K mile tread warranty included on this tire as well.


  • Dry traction and handling
  • Reasonably priced


  • Bump up wet grip
  • Rapid tread wear
  • Winter performance is nearly non-existent

Overall Thoughts

As a tire designed exclusively for high performance SUV’s and pickups, we expected to see better results than we have. Yes, this tire offers good dry traction and handling, and comes in at a lower price than many in this class. But that’s about it.

The RU5 could use a big bump in grip on wet road surfaces. Beyond that, although this is an all-season UHP model, traction on snow and ice is abysmal. Anything more than a dusting of snow could be problematic. In addition, tread life is another area of concern as evidenced by reviews from other drivers.

Overall, if your typical driving scenario involves a high-speed commute during non-severe weather conditions-that is to say, dry roads-this tire isn’t a bad choice if you are on a tight budget and can’t afford better performing tires. If you’re able to raise your budget, you can find a number of models that make for better tires.

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What Vehicles Will The Nexen Nfera RU5 Fit?

(This is not a complete list of ALL vehicles this tire will fit)

  • Chevrolet Silverado, Tahoe, Avalanche, S10, Suburban, K2500,
    Colorado, Blazer
  • Dodge Ram, Durango, Dakota
  • Ford Expedition, Escape, Ranger, Bronco, F-150, Excursion, Explorer
  • GMC Yukon, Sierra, Canyon
  • Honda Element, CR-V
  • Hummer H3, H2
  • Isuzu Trooper
  • Jeep Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Liberty
  • Land Rover Discovery
  • Lexus GX470
  • Mazda B4000
  • Mercury Mountaineer
  • Mitsubishi Montero
  • Nissan Titan, Xterra, Frontier, Armada, Pathfinder
  • Toyota Tacoma, Tundra, FJ Cruiser, Sequoia, 4Runner, Land Cruiser, Highlander

Tire Sizes


255/65R16 109V BSW


235/55R17 XL 103V BSW
225/60R17 XL 103V BSW
P235/60R17 XL 103V BSW
225/65R17 XL 106V BSW
235/65R17 XL 108V BSW


225/55R18 98V BSW
P235/55R18 99V BSW
255/55R18 XL 109V BSW
235/60R18 XL 107V BSW
P245/60R18 104V BSW
255/60R18 108V BSW
P265/60R18 109V BSW
235/65R18 XL 110V BSW


285/45R19 XL 111V BSW
235/50R19 XL 103V BSW
255/50ZR19 103W BSW
235/55ZR19 XL 105W BSW
245/55R19 103V BSW
275/55R19 111V BSW


275/40ZR20 XL 106W BSW
255/45R20 XL 105V BSW
265/45R20 XL 108V BSW
275/45R20 XL 110V BSW
245/50R20 102V BSW
255/50ZR20 XL 109W BSW

Price Range

Nexen Nfera RU5 prices range from approximately $110 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discount prices, coupons and special offers on this tire.

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Nexen provides a 50,000 mile tread warranty on 17″ sizes and below with the Nfera RU5. There is a 65,000 mile tread warranty on 18″ sizes and above. Tire uniformity is guaranteed for the first year or first 2/32 inch of wear.

Materials and workmanship are warranted for 6-years and include free replacement during the first year or first 2/32 inch of wear. A prorated amount is given for the remaining time period or down to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth.

Nexen Tires also provides a 3-yr tire changing and towing warranty on this model as well.

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