Nexen Roadian 542 Tire Review & Rating

Designed for today’s light trucks and SUV’s, the Nexen Roadian 542 is built to deliver a high performance and consistent driving experience. They can also hold heavy loads without compromising on quality.

Four wide straight grooves in addition to a straight lateral groove help with braking and coping with wet weather conditions while avoiding hydroplaning and ensuring water is evacuated efficiently.

Nexen Roadian 542 Tire Review

Cornering and overall handling is improved through the dual pitch type shoulder design that stiffens the shoulder block, while a straight center rib adds more stability even at higher speeds and on uneven road surfaces.

The Nexen 542 incorporates a five random variable pitch sequence to reduce the amount of noise on the road while maintaining comfort and performance. The tires are available in sizes ranging from 17 to 19 inches, and come in either an H or V speed rating.


  • Good dry and wet traction
  • Very quiet on the road
  • Comfortable and dependable


  • Winter traction in deep snow
  • No mileage warranty

Overall Thoughts

Essentially the tires get solid marks in virtually all categories from driving in wet and dry conditions to handling light snow in the winter. Not a winter specific tire by any means but one which won’t perform badly in most cases.

Stability, cornering and steering are all very good and Nexen has learned a lot from the Roadian 541’s. While the previous incarnation was not a bad tire by any means, this model takes them to a whole new level of driving dependability and high performance.

Overall, the Nexen 542 is a well made tire that delivers good value and performance for the money.

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What Vehicles Will The Nexen Roadian 542 Fit?

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

  • Chevrolet Silverado, Tahoe, Avalanche, Suburban, Traverse
  • Dodge Durango, Ram, Dakota
  • Ford Expedition, F-150, F-250, F-350, Explorer
  • GMC Yukon, Sierra
  • Honda Pilot
  • Hyundai Veracruz, Santa Fe
  • Isuzu Rodeo, Trooper
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
  • Nissan Murano, Titan, Pathfinder, Armada, Xterra
  • Toyota Sequoia, Tundra, 4Runner, Tacoma

Tire Sizes


P255/60R17 106H BSW
235/60R17 XL 106H BSW
245/70R17 110H BSW


P255/65R18 109H BSW
265/60R18 110H BSW
255/60R18 108H BSW


P255/55R19 XL 111V BSW
P255/60R19 108H BSW

Price Range

Nexen Roadian 542 prices range from approximately $120 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discount prices, coupons and special offers on this tire.

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Nexen provides a limited tread warranty on the Roadian 542. Tire uniformity is guaranteed for the first 2/32 inch of tread wear. Materials and workmanship are warranted for 6-years and include free replacement during the 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.

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