Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin LTX M/S2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.92
 
 

2009 Lexus GX470
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Groveland, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
February 16, 2014

Car came with Dunlop tires. I cannot believe Lexus put those tires on this car. I got rid of them at 25K. I have a 2000 LX 470 and have always been happy with the LTX M/S. These tires are even better. There is nothing bad about this tire. Bought at Tire Rack. Had dealer mount 'em. Better everything: handling, ride, traction and even gas mileage. I hunt, so in addition to city/highway, I do cornfields, creeks and every other type of off-road driving that can be found in the Midwest. The only thing that keeps me from buying a Range Rover Sport is that I cannot find these tires for that truck. I still have my LX 470 and still use the LTX M/S on that truck (it has 287K). I'm not necessarily a Michelin freak. My wife has a Lexus RX and I'm putting Continentals on that. But for the larger SUVs, the LTX M/S is fantastic tire. I like the M/S 2 better than the M/S, but they don't make it for the '00 LX470. When my friends are stuck in their Range Rovers, I'm going strong, mainly because of the traction these tires afford. On the highway, rain, snow, and sun, the tires handle well and are quiet. I'm 63 and have driven a car/truck farther in reverse than most have driven in forward. These tires are simply the best. If they make 'em to fit your vehicle, buy them. You will thank me. I promise. And I don't work for Michelin or anybody else in any auto related industry.

Choosing Between Performance Winter / Snow Tires and Studless Ice & Snow Tires

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Gary Stanley

As a moderator of several forums, I have received many questions on snow tires this winter. Recently, a customer had a question about choosing between Studless Ice & Snow tires and Performance Winter / Snow tires:

I’m getting ready to order winter tires and wheels. My concern is that here in Denver, we can have big changes in temperatures. It’s not uncommon to be able to wear short sleeves during February and March, while the ski resorts are getting pounded less than 80 miles away. Given the temperature range, are there any brands I should stay away from that get squirmy when it gets warmer? 95% of my driving is in the Denver area. I only have two clients in the foothills just west of town.

Here was my response to his question:

Most of the tires in the Studless Ice & Snow category like the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70, Continental ExtremeWinterContact and Michelin X-Ice Xi3 will have slower steering response in warmer temperatures, and thus, feel a little squirmy. Of these choices, the Michelin X-Ice Xi3 feels the least squirmy, but would still give you outstanding snow and ice traction for the times you have to drive on snow-covered roads. 

If you move to a Performance Winter / Snow tire like the Bridgestone Blizzak LM-32 or Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D, you'll find that these tires have more responsive handling even in warmer temperatures. Unfortunately, there's a noticeable step down in snow and ice traction when compared to Studless Ice & Snow tires.

Are you trying to make a similar decision? You may want to lean towards one of the more aggressive snow tires like those listed above if one or more of the following are true :

  • Your geographical area gets heavy snowfall and/or lake-effect snow.
  • You are often driving on packed snow and ice.
  • You are willing to give up some dry grip and steering response for maximum winter traction.
  • You are a newer driver or want more confidence when driving in winter conditions. 

Choosing between these two performance categories may be difficult and is mostly a personal preference choice for the trade-off between snow traction and dry road handling. When making your decision, keep in mind what are the worst conditions you'll experience. This is the time when you will need traction the most!  You can read about my experience with winter tires by reading, "My Story on Winter Tires."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64
 
 

2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Olyphant, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
February 19, 2014

I drive on mostly highways and country roads in the mountains. My all season Continentals were getting worn down and I had a few scary episodes with them on steep mountain roads while driving on snow and ice. I decided to try dedicated winter tires for the first time ever and purchased studded General Altimax Arctics for my Jeep. I'm glad I did too, they are the best tires I ever had for winter driving. They really grip the ice and snow especially while braking. Hopefully no more scary experiences on the icy hills for me.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric All-Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4
 
 

2006 Mazda RX-8 6-Speed Manual
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Miles driven on tires: 5,700
Location: Knoxville, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,700 Miles on Tires
February 13, 2014

Follow up from my last post. Great tires. Light snow traction is actually good. Suprised actually. As all my other "all-season" ultra high performance tires weren't that great in snow except the Continental DWS. These are like them in the snow and much better than them in the corners.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DW Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.71
 
 

2003 Mercedes-Benz E320 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: San Jose, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
March 11, 2014

You can pay more, but you can't get more----Outstanding tire if you do not drive in snow.

iON Air Pro Camera or $70 Rebate With Purchase of Continental Tires

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Lately it seems that Continental has been on a roll when it comes to manufacturing class-leading tires. The company is known for producing tires with a moderate price point with excellent characteristics. While often there are faster times recorded on other brands in the dry, many Continental tires seem to excel in the wet and light snow (all-season tires).

A few of Continental's most popular models for passenger cars include the ExtremeContact DW, ExtremeContact DWS and the new PureContact with EcoPlus Technology with its 70,000-mile treadlife warranty. If you own a crossover, SUV or light truck, you will want to take a look at the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology. The tire is designed to enhance driving pleasure, save fuel and maintain grip when braking on wet surfaces while providing long wear and all-season traction, even in light snow.

With the purchase of a set of four Continental brand passenger or light truck/SUV tires for a total value of $440 or more through April 4, 2014, you can receive a free iON Air Pro™ Wi-Fi Lite HD Camera or a $70 Visa® Prepaid Card.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2006 BMW 325i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Grandville, MI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 28, 2014

I bought these tires a couple months ago, based on the test ratings on this website. As usual, the Tire Rack ratings were dead on! I drive (on average) about 2,000 miles per week, and live in west Michigan. Due to the unpredictable nature of Michigan weather, I needed a tire that performed well in all weather conditions. These tires do everything they say they do, and at a good price.

I was concerned, having a rear-wheel drive car, that an all-season tire would not perform well enough for winter driving. Acceleration at times can be a struggle, but I've never had an issue with traction, when every other vehicle on the road didn't have the same problems. Stopping on icy, slushy, and snow covered roads is NEVER a problem. I've never had a set of tires that allows me to stop like these tires do.

In dry conditions, I don't think there is an UHP-tire available that out-perfoms these. I'm sure there are others that perform as well, but it would be a stretch to say they are better. The tires that are as good, are generally more than twice the price. The only tires that I would consider relatively equal both in performance and price, would be the Continental Extreme Contact DWS'. I think the tread wear is a little better on the Hankook tires though.

Road noise (on good roads) is all but non-existant. My car runs 40 series up front, with 35 series in the rear. I expected these tires to have a very harsh ride, but they are surprisingly comfortable. As anticipated, corner roll doesn't happen, but it shouldn't with such a low-profile tire. Heat disipation is good. I've only had them in weather up to 65 F at this point, but they have never felt surprisingly warm, even after several miles of spirited curved road driving.

The only complaint I have, is these tires "track" pretty bad on grooved roads. It may be due to the 225 front, and 255 rear widths, but I didn't notice this issue with the Goodyear tires my car came with.

Overall, Exceptional Tires

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

2011 Nissan Altima Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Wheeling, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
February 20, 2014

2013-2014 Chicago winter! record snow fall and cold. The OEM Continental tires with 7/32
of life remaining were so bad in wet and any snow, it felt like I was on slicks.
Spent a month doing research to find the best tire.
I have to say for what these tires cost and the performance they give, you CAN"T go wrong. You get the best of all worlds, traction, handling, grip and style. Stop looking and get a set today!
I'll be ordering another set for my wife's 2007 Volvo S40 next month.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.7
 
 

2009 Volvo XC70
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Williamsburg, VA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
March 06, 2014

My car came with a set of the equivalent Continentals when I got my 2009 Volvo XC70 T6. The Pirellis are superior in every respect. First off, the Continentals only lasted 25,000 miles. I now have the same mileage on the Pirellis and have MUCH tread left on them. The Pirellis are also MUCH, MUCH better than the Continentals on light snow, slush, and ice. PLUS, the Pirellis are quieter and ride better.

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

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2008 Mazda MAZDA3 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Reno, NV
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
February 19, 2014

We only have about 2000 miles on these tires but they are a huge improvement over the previous Continental Extreme contact DWS. The biggest improvement is the decrease in road noise. The Mazda 3 is a loud car on the highway, I believe, due to a lack of sound deadening but these new Pirelli tires make the it far better than before. The traction in the dry is great and we have yet to test them in snow. Stand by for an update., but very happy so far and we will be putting these tires on the Subaru Outback too!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.5
 
 

2011 Porsche Cayenne
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Sterling, IL
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
March 02, 2014

This is definitely not a tire for winter driving conditions. The Cayenne handled very well in the snow with the OEM Goodyears. As soon as there is a little slush on the road the Continentals get squirrely. In snowy conditions it's difficult to keep the car on the road without going slower than all of the other traffic. Would definitely not recommend for regions that experience much / any snow.

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

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.45
 
 

2009 Mazda Mazda6 Sport Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Bloomington, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 19, 2014

Replaced the oem Michelins at 44,000 miles. I put on the Continental Extreme ContactDWS tires which were good, but only lasted 35,000 miles and were rotated every 7,000 miles and became loud after 30,000 miles. I now have the Pirelli's and they are far superior to the Continentals and Michelins. We had a bad winter with a lot of snow and some ice, best tire I have ever had for an all season tire, I am thrilled. I expect them to last better than the Continentals. These tires are very quiet so far and handling is fine, these are not for racers, but these are the best commuter tires I have owned. I have had 90 cars in my lifetime, and these tires truly impress me. I have not seen any fuel economy benefit relative to the other tires I have had on this car, but the car now has some miles and age to it. Strongly recommend these tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.7
 
 

2009 Audi A4 2.0 Quattro
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Ambler, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
March 02, 2014

It is a decent tire with predictable traction and supple ride however its traction ability goes down quite a bit as the temperature drops below 30. My tires maybe about half worn now and during this crazy winter we are having in the Northeast of the US the tires on my normally very well behaved car would slide a bit in turns when it got cold + snow/icy.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ProContact GX

Friday, February 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ProContact GX Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2012 Subaru Outback
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Miles driven on tires: 27,000
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 27,000 Miles on Tires
February 20, 2014

Stock Tire, silent, good tread wear, stable in light snow and ice. My wife drove this during Feb 2014 winter storm in Virginia and she said it wobbled a little bit when she's driving downhill but corrected with gentle braking. Will definitely buy 4 same stock tire from Continental when it's time to replace the tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Friday, February 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.09
 
 

2013 Mazda MAZDA5
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Ellisville, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 25, 2014

Has been a great tire so far. I have had extreme contacts before and did not hesitate to try a new conti on my wife mazda. Made a huge difference compared to the crap OEM. Actutally took those Bridgestones off at 30k because they just didn't feel safe in the wet and could not move in the snow. Highly recommend the conti's!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

2008 Infiniti G35X Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Potomac Falls, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
February 18, 2014

Hands down the best winter/snow tire you can purchase if your car can mount 17' wheels. I just traveled up the east coast during this past week's major snow storm that hit the south/mid-atlantic (2/13/14) and I never had a moment where the car felt out of control or that I could not traverse a patch of snow or ice. My experience is that of a car with AWD so that being the case these tires made it feel as though I was on a regular surface when trouncing through half a foot of powdery snow.

These tires can give a sense of over confidence though, because they're so good at stopping you and at getting traction specifically. This doesn't mean you're impervious to very deep snow or won't get your car stuck doing something stupid. What it means is that you're more capable of getting around in heavy snow with these tires then arguably any other set here on Tire Rack. Yes, they are that good.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: American Fork, UT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
February 18, 2014

Not a bad tire, I replaced the stock Pirelli P Zeros with these because of the reviews I read concerning their good all season traction, and specifically winter capabilities. They definitely aren't as sticky as the Pirelli's in dry weather, but they still stick pretty good, a great trade off for me considering how horribly the P Zeros handle in snow.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2008 Dodge Charger SRT-8
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Miles driven on tires: 66,500
Location: Glenn Dale, MD
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 66,500 Miles on Tires
February 17, 2014

This is my second review on this tire. The reason why I'm doing another review is to give an update and to hopefully help someone who may be in the market for getting new tires. I've currently put over 65,000 miles on these tires and they're still holding up. I have been very impressed with these tires given the fact that I've put a lot of miles on them and that I drive a Charger SRT8 which has a lot of horsepower and torque. I live in Maryland so I have driven through all four seasons (rain, snow, sleet, dry, ice, etc). They have performed extremely well through all four seasons. I've had these set of tires since December of 2010 and I'm just now about to replace them (bought two new ones yesterday). Don't get me wrong the tires I'm replacing are still drivable it's just that I feel its time to have them replaced. Also, they ride smooth (you have to break them in though). At times I cruise and at times I drive hard, but on average I drive on the highway, through the suburbs, and through the city. These tires have been through it all and I can't emphasize it enough just how well they've held up. These tires are worth every penny and I'll continue to keep buying them. These tires are the best I've ever had. If your in the market to buy tires do yourself a favor and buy these tires (at least one time) and see for yourself just how good these tires are. They won't disappoint.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.64
 
 

2009 Pontiac G6 Sedan GT
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Miles driven on tires: 35,000
Location: Zelienople, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 35,000 Miles on Tires
February 17, 2014

These are the only tires I will put on my car, great handling, wet and snow traction, and wear is great, 1.5 years on my steering tires, and at 2 years on my rear tires. At 25,000 miles a year usage. Car has 127,000 miles on it.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.75
 
 

2011 Volvo XC70
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Miles driven on tires: 800
Location: Leesburg, VA
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 800 Miles on Tires
February 17, 2014

This is an initial review and first impression. I'll post more detail when we rack up more miles. Most initial reviews tend to be relative, meaning the first impression tends to be based on comparison to the previous tires. These PureContacts (235/50/18 97V) replaced OEM Michelin Latitude Tour HP tires, which performed well with good tread life, even tread wear, and quiet ride. Their primary downfall was less than secure handling in winter conditions.

Out of the gate, these Continentals are very good. The ride is quiet, at least as quite or more so than the Michelins. They ride firm as a new tire, but not excessively so. We've driven them in light snow and wet conditions with no problems. Steering response is noticeably improved, but this is a Volvo with the comfort chassis and it's never going to be sporty.

I researched tires in great detail for weeks and went back and forth before choosing these tires. In the end, there were two tie breakers: the 60-day buy and try guarantee plus the consistent reviews and tests showing this tire has excellent handling in wet and light snow. It didn't hurt that these also were the least expensive of the top rated grand touring all season tires. For a family car, it's important for a tire to earn its keep when you need it most, which is during poor weather conditions and emergency braking. This has been a great choice so far.