Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

2010 Toyota RAV4 4wd V6
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
June 10, 2014

Tire racks review of this tire was bang on. Very happy with the tire like driving a new SUV. Handling and steering and drive comfort are great. Toyo tires which came with the vehicle never handle properly and in wet weather did not have confident in them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.29
 
 

2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Charlotte, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
July 10, 2014

When first installed were a bit squirrely at Interstate speeds, disappeared in a few hundred miles. In very cold weather and after sitting for days, need a short distance to warm up and smooth out. Very solid ride and stick really well. Difficult to cite any harshness directly attributable to the tires and not characteristic of the car. These are great tires for the price, far better than Michelin for value with no loss of performance. Treadwear rating is higher than Michelin, speed rating is same. Notes: Size given is rears only, this car takes a different size on front. Also, tires are Ventus V12 evo (not evo2). J.Wilkie, Charlotte,NC

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus

Friday, July 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

2005 Honda Accord Sedan EX 4cyl
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Miles driven on tires: 700
Location: Rockaway, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 700 Miles on Tires
June 09, 2014

Gas mileage up 3 miles/gallon! I had two sets of General Altimax which were very good. I now have the P7's an found them to be excellent. Great handling, quiet, and my gas mileage has improve. Very good in wet weather.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII

Friday, July 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza ZII Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.5
 
 

1994 Mazda Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
June 22, 2014

I have these on my supercharged and coilover'd '94 Miata that is strictly a nice-weather car, thus why I can't rate wet characteristics. I have had Potenza RE750s and the set before buying the ZIIs were Potenza RE-11s. The RE-11s were way above the RE750s, and I wore the RE-11s clear down to the rears being completely smooth and looking like go-cart tires... I don't put many miles on this car and those tires lasted 5 years, and due to lack of a garage at the time, they were subjected to very low temps, so the compound was not the best - I decided to destroy them at a local drift event to give me a reason to buy new tires.

That said, I mainly use my Miata as a driver but also I do a lot of very spirited backroading, tarmac rally stages, if you will. I was going to just throw another set of RE-11s on it, but a few friends that autocross suggested I take a look at the ZIIs. After reading reviews, I chose them. Got them from TireRack within 24 hours of ordering!

Now that they're worn in a bit, I'll say, THESE TIRES ARE GREAT! The grip... all the grip. Taking clover-leaf exit ramps with only scrubbing off a few MPH is fantastic! On the backroads, they do work and instill confidence. Very predictable tire. Ride quality is great, very smooth. There is a bit of a howl from these, not sure if it'll worsen or get better as my Miata has some camber from being lowered... but at the end of the day, it's a sports car, sacrifices have to be made. These do feel a bit squishy at times compared to the RE-11s, and I miss the RE-11s appearance - those are much wider tires and the sidewall with a 205/50 on a 6" wide wheel looked awesome... the ZIIs look like a 'normal' tire in comparison, but this also explains the ride quality improvement over bumps.

I'd definitely buy these again. I'm going to take care of these as far as temperature goes and I expect many years out of them. -MazKid

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38
 
 

2012 Ford Focus 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 48,000
Location: Weston, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 48,000 Miles on Tires
July 05, 2014

This is my 3rd review of this tire and I was compelled to write. At 48,000 miles, I still have 5/32 tread left of the original 10/32. The "S" in the DWS system is still visible and it rides and handles like the first day I bought them. I have absolutely no doubt this tire will reach or surpass the claimed 70,000 mile tread life. It is the best tire I have ever owned and is a perfect match for my Ford Focus in the 215/55-17 size. A truly incredible tire, it continues to be outstanding in wet weather and more than holds its own in the dry. South Florida is subject to extremes in weather with torrential rains and blistering heat and the Pure Contact inspires driving confidence no matter the conditions. Get a set-you won't be disappointed.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Monday, July 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.8
 
 

2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
July 05, 2014

Purchased these continental tires to replace the fading 3 yr old factory installed Hankook H431 tires. I could tell the difference the minute I drove off the dealership lot. These tires are like riding on clouds, even comparing to the Hankook's when new. The road noise is minimal. The ride comfort exceeded expectations. I decided to purchase the pure contact over the extreme contact's because of the eco tech on these. I drive mostly highway, approximately 70 miles a day and I haven't noticed a significant difference in MPG. Too early to comment on tread wear and handling in inclement weather, minimal in southern California. Thus far, I would recommend these tires.

Michelin Replaces Primacy MXV4 with the New Premier A/S

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Michelin is known in the tire industry and by drivers worldwide for their technology and innovation. In 1946, Michelin produced the first radial tire. In 1992, Michelin introduced high silica rubber compounds and Green X technology. Continuing to develop new and exciting products, this year Michelin released the first tire with Evergrip Technology, the Premier A/S.  

What is Evergrip Technology? Simply stated, it reduces the rate of decline in wet traction. The Michelin Premier A/S retains more of its outstanding wet traction as it wears down. 

There are three main components to how this helps the tire perform:

  • Sunflower oil additive in the rubber compound maintains wet traction even in lower temperatures. 
  • Extreme silica acts to further improve wet traction throughout the life of the tire.
  • Emerging Grooves widen as the tire wears, reducing hydroplaning.  
 Michelin Primacy MXV4
Michelin Primacy MXV4
 Michelin Premier A/S
Michelin Premier A/S


This technology is so effective that Michelin is choosing the Premier A/S as the replacement tire for its top-of-the-line Grand Touring All-Season option, the Primacy MXV4. Already an outstanding tire, I installed the Primacy MXV4 on one of my own vehicles. You can read about my experience with this tire in a post titled, "Best All-Weather Tires for Mazda CX-7."

Why did Michelin place such a focus on wet traction? Keep in mind that accidents are more likely to happen on wet roads compared to dry. Drivers rank the ability to stop when a tire when is worn compared to when new as a top consideration when they're purchasing a new set of tires. The Michelin Premier A/S delivers that additional margin of safety when you need it the most!  

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Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/T D684 II

Friday, June 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/T D684 II Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.27
 
 

2011 Infiniti QX56
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Miles driven on tires: 42,000
Location: Parkland, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 42,000 Miles on Tires
June 02, 2014

These are exceptionally strong tires. Changed my first set after 42,000 miles. Driven up into the Rocky Mountains and they handled great going up a and down the hills and breaking was good all the way through the life of the tires. Wet weather traction decreased over time but the traction control system took care of any sudden attempts to spin the wheels. These tires give you confidence on the highway even on uneven surfaces.

Top-Rated Highway All-Season Truck and SUV Tires

Friday, June 13, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

In the United States, the truck and SUV market is extremely popular with drivers. It should come as no surprise that the tire market for this growing market share has become increasingly competitive. In total, 33 tires in the Highway All-Season performance category are examined by our customers, and two of the most popular are the Michelin LTX M/S2 and Firestone Destination LE 2.

The Michelin LTX M/S2's symmetric tread design of stable independent tread blocks featuring high-density 3-D Active Sipes delivers all-season traction on dry roads and in inclement weather. Four wide circumferential channels, multiple lateral grooves and open shoulder slots promote lateral water evacuation to enhance wet traction and stopping performance.

Firestone's Destination LE 2 is designed to combine long wear, a comfortable ride and all-season traction, even in light snow. It features twin steel belts reinforced with spirally wrapped nylon to provide strength, uniformity and durability on top of a polyester cord body that helps cushion the ride for truck and sport utility vehicle drivers.


Firestone Destination LE 2

Michelin LTX M/S2


Michelin LTX M/S2:

  • Highest-rated tire in the category
  • Available in a large number of sizes
  • 70,000-mile treadlife warranty
  • Large number of D/E load range options

Firestone Destination LE 2:

  • Outstanding value
  • 60,000-mile treadlife warranty
  • Highest score in category for light snow traction
  • Outstanding ride quality

To view all options available for your truck or SUV, shop by vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.64
 
 

2005 Audi A6 3.2 Quattro Base Model
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Coralville, IA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
June 04, 2014

Fantastic tire!!! Replaced a set of Cont DWS - nice tire but started getting really noisy about 35,000 miles. This tire goes through all kinds of weather with no difficulty - snow is no problem at all. Noise is low, ride is fantastic and they are wearing like iron. I do drive mostly highway but they have already out performed the DWS, Goodyear F1 allseason, and Altimax I had previously. I think the XL makes a difference on the Audi - Highly recommend.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29

2008 Ford F150 Lariat Super Crew 4wd
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Miles driven on tires: 2,500
Location: Munster, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
September 19, 2010

PRO’s these are probably the best highway tire I have ever had. I’ve made several 600+ mile trips and am impressed with the highway manners of these tires. They are quite on all road surfaces, the wet traction is excellent (starting, stopping & turning) and these tires will go straight on the highway regardless of the crown. This past weekend we were driving in the middle of nowhere IA in a thunder storm. As we crested a hill, we spotted an accident that required emergency braking. I was looking for a bailout path however didn’t need it because these tires gripped so well, in the rain, we safely came to a stop with room to spare. These tires are slightly larger than the BFG’s that were on the truck which makes them look good. If you drive mostly on the highway or don’t mind a very firm ride, these tires should be on the top of your list.



CON’s, these tires are stiff. I drive on several streets that are more akin to a series of patches than a paved road. These tires will beat up both you and your truck. On roads that are rough you will feel every dip, bump & crack. I have aired my tires down to 34 lbs on all corners hoping to get some cushion from the bad roads. I am worried when the cold weather sets in, these tires will be too hard. If you drive in conditions where a softer or more forgiving tire are preferred, these tires should go at the bottom of your list. The BFG Rugged Trails were better on these roads.



TEST’s, installed the tires had 34.7 lbs front & 37.5 rear. I wasn't happy so I aired up to 40, it was worse it felt as if the axles were welded to the frame and my speedo was off 1.5 mph compared to my gps. I lowered the pressure down (in increments) to 35 (Ford's Recommended Pressure). Now I'm at 34.5. This gives me the best ride for both highway & city driving. This is also the pressure we had when the emergency stop was required. I’ll update after we get some snow and cold.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36
 
 

2012 Audi A4 2.0T quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 4,500
Location: Littleton, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,500 Miles on Tires
June 05, 2014

These are a great 3 season tire. If you live in areas of frequent and prolonged snow/ice and I would pair these with snow tires.

I was down to getting either this tire, the Continental Extremecontact DWS or the Michelin Pilot A/S 3. At the time of purchase the Michelin had a lot or reports of a harsher ride and increased noise. The Continental had reports on the audizine forum of a weak side wall and multiple members experiencing a blown side wall. The biggest complaint on the Bridgestone was poor performance in the winter.

I have a separate winter tire for use from November to April here in Colorado. However, I did not want to use a summer only tire due to our occasional late spring snow storms and the occasional summer snow storm in the mountains. I also wanted a tire that would have better tread wear then a summer only tire.

I am very happy with this tire. The steering response is very crisp. Road noise is minimal or at least not beyond a normal level the degrades from your drive. Cornering is great when I am aggressive in the corners, off/on ramps or around the roundabouts. I have never felt more connected to the road in wet weather then I do with with this tire.

I only have two bad comments on this tire.
1) yes the winter/snow/ice ability is poor to average on this tire. If you are cautious you will do fine, but coming from snow tires and using these in one of our recent spring snowstorms and I was reminded quickly that you can't be aggressive in the snow with these.
2) I get flat spots on these when I park overnight. Its less evident when the weather is above 80 degrees F. It takes about 1 mile till the tires round out again.

Overall a great tire that I would buy again. I took off a set of Pirelli P6 all seasons with only 10,000 miles on them because they were so loud and harsh. These tires are so much better.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Direzza ZII

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Direzza ZII Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12
 
 

2005 Honda Civic DX Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Edmonds, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
June 03, 2014

"Kenny the dentist" may not be thinking about his tires while doing autocross, but I certainly am and I am amazed how much more fun these tires add to playtime. They make me look better than I am as well as giving me the confidence to try for a little more. Monday-Friday errands and commuting: No worse than my winter tires in standing water; good to very good on normal wet pavement; more smiles on every curve in good weather. A little noisy, but not out of line for this type of tire. Very sensitive to seams and crowns in the road, but I appreciate feeling what is going on. Though not an off-road tire, it is not bad on my gravel road that the city no longer has funds to properly maintain; very poor on a tiny piece of tree roots and rocks I had to go through in a parking lot. My only complaint is that I had to keep waiting to put them on this past spring--there was always one more morning with frost. I never knew a little old lady could fall in love with tires!!