Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.43
 
 

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,500 Miles on Tires
May 05, 2014

Purchased these tires to replace the OE Bridgestone Turanza EL 400-2 marginally worn tires, because of their poor wet handling performance in standing water at highway speeds. In my first 2500 miles with the Continental Pure Contacts, they performed flawlessly in heavy downpours at 70 MPH, and in dry conditions are smoother and quieter-riding than the OE Bridgestones, confirming what others had reported in spite of an agressive tread pattern. Fuel economy so far appears slightly better as well based on a 2500 mile road trip for which I kept detailed records. I was also considering the Pirelli Cinturato P7 A/S Plus, but was concerned that the treadpattern didn't appear to have as significant lateral grooves to evacuate water as the Continentals. I find they are notably more responsive than the OE tires, and would recommend them to anyone who appreciates a quiet, smooth riding tire that also has a high performance capability. My performance reference is based on many years of driving BMWs with high performance tires, and while the Passat does not have the balance and suspension of a BMW, these tires make it a much better car.
I cannot comment on treadware or winter driving characteristics at this point. I have snow tires on dedicated rims, but the "shoulder" seasons give us early or late snow events that are a reality where we live, and I have interrupted a return home trip, stopping overnight at a hotel when an early Fall snowstorm of only 2" made continuing with the OE Turanzas, a hazardous undertaking. From other reviewers' comments respecting snow performance of the Continental Pure Contacts, I would likely have been able to safely continue in a moderate to light snowfall. Extremely pleased so far.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.14
 
 

2011 Ford Crown Victoria
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Aurora, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
April 18, 2014

I normally only buy Michelin or Yokohama tires, but I went out on a limb with these Bridgestones and I'm glad I did.

These tires are one of the best I've ever owned. They have excellent dry and wet traction as well as fantastic cornering and steering response. Driving a powerful rear wheel drive sedan, I can't break the tires loose when it's dry. Even when it's wet, they still grab the road.

I couldn't believe how well these tires corner. Taking an on ramp at 90mph and I felt nothing but in control. Highly recommended for spirited drivers.

They ride nice and the noise levels are above average. They are not as quiet as a lot of my other tires I've owned, but I'll take a little noise to have a secure feeling.

I can't speak for tread life since I've only done a little over 1,000 miles.

These are my summer tires only, so I can't comment on snow/ice traction.

Bottom line; if you're looking for a grippy tire with great handling, these are for you!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.55
 
 

2002 Chevrolet Suburban 4wd
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Location: Tualatin, OR
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 33,500 Miles on Tires
April 26, 2014

My Suburban has the Z-71 off-road option, but since very little time is spent off road, I wanted a highway tire. Overall I am very pleased with this tire (disclaimer, it's the previous version of the Alenza with the 700 treadwear rating). It provides a very comfortable ride and the wear is very even. It did fine in the snow storms we had in the NW this winter, even with 1/4 tread left. The new version may last longer but I predict 40-42k miles from this set. Yes, I will be getting the new version of this tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza G 019 Grid

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza G 019 GridReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.8

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Chicago, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
November 12, 2009

G 009's preceded these latest Bridgestones. So far, excellent in all aspects. Dry Handling, cornering and braking are excellent. Wet handling is phenomenal--We drove 6 hours in varying degrees of rain and never a question about control. In fact, the further we drove the more I realized how indiscernible wet and dry traction compared with each other. Slightly noisy when dry, but then again this is a very heavy car when measured against the footprint of the tire.



I'm looking forward to winter to test the snow performance. Considering the G 009's winter performance on this wagon with rear drive and traction control were near unstoppable, I'm expecting the G 019's should out do their predecessors.



More later!



We've experience none of the owner related problems the folks from MN with the Passat can't seem to get sorted.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38
 
 

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 38,000
Location: Pitman, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 38,000 Miles on Tires
December 20, 2013

These tires are well suited for day to day driving. Not a tire for track events but a great tire that makes you feel safe in virtually all road conditions ... Excluding snow of course.
I have found that traction is very predictable and only at the very extremes of the vehicles abilities will this tire break traction.
I will most likely put these on my daughters accord as well since we both have dedicated snow tires as well.
 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82
 
 

2014 Subaru Impreza WRX 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 2,600
Location: Juneau, AK
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,600 Miles on Tires
May 14, 2014

So I ran this tire this last winter up here in Juneau, AK. When I bought my car it came with summer performance tires that they would not switch out at the dealership for an all season tire. So when I got these put on it was a night and day difference! I was glued to the ice, snow, and slush! They where great no matter the road conditions. The sidewalls where a little soft in cornering but they are winter tires not summer street tires so I can't really complain there. These tires are loud due to all the siping they have on the tread blocks. They also pick up every piece of gravel on the road. But if you are looking for a performance studless winter tire these are the tire for you. Just remember not to run them year road. They need to be switched during the warmer summer months.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25
 
 

2009 Acura RDX
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Location: Woodbury, NY
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
May 08, 2014

I only have about 1,000 miles on these tires so far, but I can say without a doubt that, of the three sets I've had on my car, these are the best. I'm coming off of a set of Yokohama Parada Spec-X that had good dry traction but were noisy, bad at cushioning impacts, and hydroplaned like crazy in the slightest bit of wet weather.

I wanted to wait until the winter to post a review, but I've actually experienced every condition so far except for deep snow since I put these tires on. I live in the New York City Metro area and commute heavily, so traffic and weather conditions can be as insane as they come.

On the whole, these tires are a pleasure to drive. Dry traction is excellent, wet traction is responsive and sturdy, and it handles light snow with no problems whatsoever. Road noise is pretty quiet (compared to the other tires I've had on this car, at least), and impacts are cushioned very nicely. Emergency responsiveness is very good as well. Don't have enough miles on them to rate treadwear, though.

Now, as far as the tire's claim of improved fuel consumption - I was more than a little skeptical that a tire could have any sort of impact on gas mileage, and I was right to have my doubts (in fact, I've actually seen my fuel efficiency go DOWN a little, if anything). 90% of my total driving is highways. Before these tires, I was averaging about 325 miles to the tank with predominantly highway driving and about 275 miles with mixed city/highway. Now my highway average is closer to 300 while my mixed average has remained unchanged.

All things considered, these tires are perfect for my needs. They're quiet, responsive, and stick to the road in all conditions. However, if you're buying them for improved fuel economy, you'll be disappointed (but really, that should be the last thing you concern yourself with when purchasing new tires). Would definitely purchase again and highly recommend.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone DriveGuard

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone DriveGuardReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.75

2012 Honda Civic Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Anoka, MN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
May 18, 2014

I realize that tires are the only thing between me and my family and the road! So with that being said the tires are fantastic and give me a true peace of mind, I know that no matter where my family or I am I will be able to drive on the tires if air loss occurs for 50 miles at 50 mph, and get this tire repaired, and if it cannot be repaired Bridgestone has a warrenty on the tire for a free tire for 12 months/12,000 miles. I don't have to get out of my car to put on the spare. My wife usually drives this vehicle which to me is another peace of mind. These are an awesome idea from Bridgestone! They also ride very smooth and handle excellent and are very quiet tire. I won't be able to tell you how they ride in the winter, because I was smart enough to invest in snow tires. But I would highly recommend these tires to anyone who would like an extra layer of safety built into them, Run-Flat technology.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2005 Mazda MAZDA3 s 4-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Calgary, AB
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
May 12, 2014

These tires are incredible. We had some pretty bad snow this last winter in Calgary and these tires allowed my car to travel down roads it had no business going down. Been through a few seasons on them now and they've never failed me. Solid solid winter tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Monday, July 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

2012 Volkswagen Golf TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 7,500
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 7,500 Miles on Tires
April 18, 2014

These things murder snowy, slushy, and icy roads. Obviously you have to drive to conditions but these tires make winter driving safe and easy. When no one else is on the road, I sometimes try to make my car spin out on snow covered roads and I've never been able to do it unless I pull the e-brake and turn off traction control. The only time I had trouble is going up a steep grade at a stoplight when the road was a sheet of ice. I still got up, but it was a pretty slow start.

This is a snow tire, so they'll feel a bit clunkier on dry roads but this is not what they were made for. However, they are not at all dangerous on dry or rainy roads as long as you drive smart. Keep in mind the review rating is for a snow tire and is not compared to all seasons or summer tires. I don't know why people bash all season tires on their snow traction. Of course they are going to ----!

If winter weather is a concern to your travels, get blizzaks especially if you have a family. Keep yourself right side up in the winter. These transform a snowstorm from a headache into a smile.
 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64
 
 

2006 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 6,500
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Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 6,500 Miles on Tires
May 01, 2014

Purchased a set of these for my ap2 s2000. Well michigan had the most snowfall record in history this year, and these tires were incredible. I daily drive my s2000, and travel on completely unplowed backroads, city streets, and lots of highway, and didn't have one single issue all winter. I also live on a very steep driveway that can be tricky to drive up when snow covered, but never once had an issue with these tires.

I expected the traction to be good, but my expectations were far exceeded these tires are a must have for heavy snowfall.

I kept them on through March and April as well, as we had light snowfalls throughout those months and the tires preformed very well on dry and wet pavement as well.

The only negative was the noise, they can be a bit loud, but I have owned louder tires, and I would glady compromise some noise for how well they preform.

Greatly recommend these to anyone.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated)

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H- or V-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid
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San Diego, CA

Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
May 23, 2014

I am a licensed mechanic and car dealer for over 25 years and now an RV dealer and am very impressed with this tire. My 2012 Camry Hybrid XLE came with Bridgestones and barely got 31000 miles before wear bars showed. I researched all tires available with low rolling resistance and the Yokohama was rated 1st above all the others and ended up being the lease expensive since Toyota offered buy 3 and get one free special. Upon driving out of the dealership these tires transformed my Toyota into a Lexus with fantasic ride comfort, handling and ZERO noise factor compared to the Bridgestones!
I thought my 2 year old car was better than brand new.
I would caution that if you review the compounds of these tires the snow and ice things would not be ideal. I also think some of the negative comments I read were a result of not looking at the best tires for your car and your driving conditions.
Other than these subjective issues...IF you want the best tire at the best price and value....THIS IS THE ONE!
Sincerely
MLS

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, June 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.89
 
 

2001 Lexus IS300
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Pittsboro, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
May 17, 2014

I run a dedicated winter tire on this car, so deep snow rating is not applicable. These tires replaced a set of Bridgestone Potenzas, And I was impressed enough with the performance to install a set on my 1985 Porsche 944. They will also be the next set of tires on my 2009 Lexus RX350. Tread wear has been FANTASTIC. After 15,000 miles D W ans S wear indicators are all still clearly visible. I highly recommend these tires!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza S-02 A

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-02 A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.62
 
 

2003 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Inverness, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
June 04, 2014

Replaced original rear tires with same tires from Bridgestone. Only drive on dry days, never in snow and rarely in the rain. Solid tires, responsive, minimal traction loss. Does wear as expected. Thought of trying a different set, but was recommended by my porsche mechanic to stick to the originals. No regrets. As always, hassle free shopping and delivery from tire rack.

Continental TrueContact Replaces ProContact with EcoPlus Technology

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 by Gary Stanley

Continental has been on a roll! First, they introduced the ExtremeContact DWS which quickly became a customer favorite in our customer survey data. This Ultra High Performance All-Season tire set the bar for winter snow traction in its category while still being competitive with good wet and dry traction.  

Next, Continental released another winner with the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology. This tire is currently ranked number one in our Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category. It's praised by customers for its outstanding combination of ride, wear and traction in a variety of weather conditions.  

Recently, the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology equaled or bested the top Grand Touring All-Season tires from Michelin and Bridgestone while coming in at a lower price-point. For more information on this tire, read "Continental's PureContact with EcoPlus Technology vs. ContiProContact."

Now, Continental is set to have another big winner, this time in the Standard Touring All-Season category, with the new TrueContact. This new tire is replacing the ProContact with EcoPlus Technology. The ProContact with EcoPlus Technology is ranked second in the category. Will the new TrueContact be able to claim the top spot?  

 Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology
Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology
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TrueContact tires have vertical ridges in the circumferential grooves to improve snow traction, as well as Continental's Comfort Ride Technology to provide an even smoother ride. These features and other improvements include a treadlife warranty of 90,000 miles. Is the TrueContact right for you? Search by vehicle and find out!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContactReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.63

2001 Saab 9-5 2.3T Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: La Crescent, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
December 17, 2010

Impressed with Winter Contact. Only had tires for several months but snow and ice storms hit very suddenly and early in Southern Minnesota this December. Prior to install noted very impressive heavy sidewall. Thick and beefy which is why tire may corner and handle so well. Extremely comfortable tire. After owing many Blizzacks and other snow tires on various cars I was tired of “floaty” feel and wanted good snow and ice traction without giving up sporty road feel when driving in dry or wet. Switched from Nokian WR G2 this time which had been quite good but was very curious to test highly rated ContiExtreme Winter Contact on wagon this time. This is also my first Conti in a long time. Tire is surprisingly smooth, quiet and outstanding in dry. Confidence inspiring in wet and demonstrates great overall handling. Conti has obviously worked hard to keep a performance feel built into this tire. We believe a winter tire should be reliable and inspiring over ice and snow, but also once the roads are clear, give you back your sporty, comfortable near silent ride. There are tradeoffs in this regard I understand -- yet Conti seems to have done well in expanding the envelope. First few snows dumped two feet in the past ten days with -10 below zero Fahrenheit temps and the tire has not skipped a beat. We drive with caution yet when safe and permissible wife and I drive very aggressively. Hard cornering over ice and snow is more than adequate for a modern snow tire. The only slight concern may be if under very hard acceleration from stop if heading up a very steep grade with heavy icy slush you may see some minor traction control system intervention. This was solved instantly by reducing throttle. Hoping Tirerack gets the tests going for snow--not just ice-- between the Conti, Bridgestone and Michelins. A lot more winter to come so we will report back on further tests and reviews from MN & WI. Will buy again for my BMW 5 Series next. Thanks again for good service TireRack!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.36
 
 

2003 Honda Odyssey
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 18, 2014

This is strictly a comfort tire, and does not strike a suitable balance between comfort and performance. The tires are extremely comfortable and quiet, providing a luxurious experience for passengers. For the driver, it is a different experience. If you are in touch with your car's performance, you will notice that they 'squish' or flex a lot during turns, numbing the response through the steering wheel. If you value steering feedback, this is not the tire for you.

These tires do fairly well in snow and rain, but still have a numb feeling that makes you second-guess when control matters most. I recommend Pirelli's P7 instead.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Destination LE 2

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Destination LE 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.56
 
 

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Itasca, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
April 14, 2014

Chicago had a brutal 2013/14 winter, so these tires hit the full gamut from light to deep snow, packed to fluffy and ice. Compared to the OEM Bridgestone tires, these blew them out of the water. They are a little louder, but not that much. Gas mileage stayed about the same. Compared to other tires for this vehicle, these didn't break the bank and have performed better than expected.
Beware, Firestone dealers will try to get you to do everything under the sun whether your vehicle needs it or not. Just get the tires. If you get the credit card, you have 6 months to pay it off in full. Really good deal.
 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.88
 
 

2014 Toyota Highlander
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Cranston, RI
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 30, 2014

The tire is pretty average all around. Decent handling on dry pavement and steering responsiveness and good stability cornering. Everything else is just average and uninspiring. THe snow and ice handling is below average for an all season. Plenty of slipping and the TRAC control and VSC come on regularly due to what seems like a hard compound, a tread design with no siping and smaller spacing in the tread blocks. It does not compare to the Michelin LTX I had on my older Highlander in terms of all season performance. I will likely purchase those again before next winter or maybe the Continental Cross Contact LX 20.

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

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
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Miles driven on tires: 400
Location: Fairfield, OH
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 400 Miles on Tires
January 09, 2014

My first 400 miles have seen a lot of snow. These tires have decent traction--the tires will dig the snow and propel you forward pretty well without invoking the traction control too much, as opposed to just spinning and struggling to move. In straight lines accelerating and braking, these tires are pretty good. I drove on a nasty, snow-covered Chicago expressway and felt confident. I merged lanes through a lot of messy snow without losing any control. These tires did pretty well on hard-packed rural roads too. In the snow, my primary complaint was turning corners and driving on on-ramps/off-ramps like a cloverleaf. It tended to push the car forward rather than navigate cleanly through the turn. You really have to watch that with these tires. Overall, I'd rate these tires as good in snow. Not great, but for an all-season tire the Cinturatos are above average.

On dry surfaces, I felt connected with the road, like the tires gripped really well. However, these are not the smoothest tires I've ever driven. They're better than the OE Bridgestone Turanza EL-400-02 tires that came on my car and these Cinturatos are as quiet as any tire I've experienced. The Cinturatos reduced the harshness on unsmooth surfaces the EL-400s really struggled with, and the Cinturatos go over pot holes and gaps surprisingly well, but you definitely feel bumps and ridges in the road surface. It can be a little unsettling on highways that have heaved a lot. These tires are good with regard to smoothness, but I expected more.

I have had minimal experience on wet surfaces at this point--always snow and ice or dry roads--so I really can't comment on that yet. Nor have I driven them enough to comment on treadwear.