Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.7

2010 Ford F150 XLT 4x4
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Niles, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
January 18, 2013

Unbelievable! Thank you Bridgestone for creating this tire. For summer, I use the Continental LX20 - 20" set up for my truck - I tried them in the first snow fall of the year and they were VERY scary - truck wandered driving straight and slide while turning - had to engage 4WD the whole trip. I took my stock wheels, threw on some DM-V1's, and POOF - magic happened! I turned off 4WD to test the response to slush and ice. The truck DID NOT MOVE! My road is one of those where the city cleans off the snow with a Zamboni and leaves the ice nice and shiny underneath. So I figured I would test the tires and see if I could break them loose... you can't! In 2WD you can get a bit of slide just for a moment and then the tire reminds you they are winter tires and they got this! Re grip engaged and on I went, frustrated in my inability to do a donut for the first winter in 10 years. The responsible side of me came out and let my wife try them out - she admitted she could feel a big difference in this tire when compared to the Continental all-season tires. This is the first winter on these tires, so I will follow up with tread wear scores when I measure them this spring.

Best All-Season Tires for Winter

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Believe it or not, winter's just around the corner. With the change in weather comes the change of tires. If you're a driver who faces the challenges of winter driving, you're going to want the best tire for your vehicle. A dedicated winter / snow tire will be your best route for handling the elements, but if you opt for using an all-season tire year-round, consider the following options.

When it comes to high performance, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS consistently ranks among the top all-season tires, particularly as it relates to winter traction. A visible "DWS" indicates the tire has sufficient tread depth for dry conditions, as well as wet roads and light snow. After the "S" has worn away, the remaining "DW" indicates the tire only has sufficient tread depth for dry and most wet road conditions. And after the "W" and "S" have both worn away, the remaining "D" indicates the tire has appropriate tread depth for dry conditions only. Along with good winter traction, this performance tire will hug the road and give your sports car the confidence you're looking for.

Are you looking for more of a touring tire, something that will ride exceptionally well? Then take a look at Pirelli's Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. Designed to to be driven in America's diverse weather conditions, the tire features lower weight, less rolling resistance and reduced noise while enhancing wet braking and year-round traction, even in light snow.

Finally, if you're in need of a tire for your SUV or light truck, one of the top choices with winter in mind is the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology. This 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.

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Continental ExtremeContact
DWS
Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus
Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season
Plus
Continental CrossContact LX20 with Ecoplus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology


Shop by vehicle to find the tire that's best for how and where you drive this winter.

Continental's Best Tire for Your SUV is the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Friday, August 16, 2013 by Doc Horvath

With larger SUVs still in high demand, tire manufacturers continue to fine tune their lines to offer quiet and comfortable options, but now with an added improvement in fuel economy. In an effort to minimize the pain most SUV owners feel at the gas pump, Continental has integrated their EcoPlus Technology found in the ProContact passenger car tire into the popular CrossContact LX SUV and light truck model to give us the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology.

The CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology uses an all-season tread compound and a symmetric tread design to combine precise steering response with reduced tread noise and good ride comfort. Continental’s Traction Grooves promote three-dimensional snow-to-snow grip in wintry conditions. All these benefits combine with a focus on fuel efficiency to create a winning package!

With just over one million miles reported, our customers have rated the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology near the top of the Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category with a high number of favorable reviews, too.

In our most recent test, the CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology proved to be the best with a superior rating for handling and traction, especially in wet conditions. For a complete recap of our testing, read "Testing Eco-Focused Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires."

Are You Looking to Graduate from Your BMW Run-Flat Tires?

Friday, August 9, 2013 by Hunter Leffel

BMW has a long standing preference of equipping their vehicles with run-flat tires. The benefit of not being stuck on the side of the road with a flat is attractive to a few people. However, the majority feel there may be a compromise in ride quality, noise levels and performance.

Is moving away from run-flats right for you? Since most vehicles with run-flats do not have spares, you must be comfortable with the possibility of having to call a tow truck in the event of a flat tire. If this is beyond your comfort level, you must stay with the run-flat solution. In this case, you should check to see if the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT is available for your vehicle. I believe this tire to be the best run-flat option in the marketplace today.

When talking with customers, many will ask if their original wheels can still be used with non-run-flat tires. They most certainly can!  With some exceptions, such as the PAX system from Honda, your factory original wheel will safely accept a non-run-flat tire. If making the switch to non-run-flats, the installer will need run-flat capable equipment to remove the original tires.

If you decide switching from run-flat tires is the route you'd like to go, consider the following three options.


Michelin Pilot Super
Sport

Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position

Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology


Shop by vehicle to view all options available for your BMW.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d Sport Activity
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Toney, AL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
April 13, 2013

I have had these tires now for about 2 months and replaced the Dunlop Sport Max RFT that came with the car and were showing too much wear for 15K miles. The truck is for the wife and baby so the Sport Max was a bit of overkill, but what a difference these tires have made. Quiet and smooth and stick like glue. We have been having our spring rains, toad chokers, and have had lots of standing water on the road several times already this year, no problem, goes straight through. I am very impressed and will definately use these tires again, in 50K miles it looks like.
The delivery process to the installation facility was as smooth as it could have been. The installers called when the tires arrived and I just made my appointment, stopped by and drove away a little bit later, very nice and very reasonable. A local "discount" tire company came within $350 installed out the door. Tire Rack is great.
I will follow up as I put more miles on these beauties.

 

Road Trip Season

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by Ben Rooney

Summer is here, which for many of us means a vacation, often in the form of a road trip. If you're heading out by car, make sure your tires and other essential systems of your vehicle are ready for the road. Feel free to take a look at our handy road trip maintenance checklist. It gives a short list of things to check to make sure your car or truck is ready to carry you as far as you want to go.

In addition to the basics, here are a couple other items that might help prepare you for your travels:

Continental's ContiComfortKit - A spare tire is the preferred solution to a flat tire for most people, but there are situations where changing a flat may be uncomfortable, impractical or dangerous. Some vehicles may not have space to carry a spare, especially when packed with gear for your adventures. For a quick solution to minor punctures, seal and re-inflate your tire with this handy compressor and sealant kit. The compressor runs off of the vehicle's 12 volt power supply and can be used for inflation with or without activating the sealant cartridge. The compact (9"x 7"x 4") dimensions occupy a minimum amount of cargo space.

Are those tires worn out? Do they look like they have the right pressure? Exactly how much tread is left? Take the guesswork out of your answers with the new digital Tread Depth/ Air Gauge from Accutire. Reads your pressure from 5-99 psi in 1/2 lb. units and measures tread depth in 1/32" increments. Make sure to check the tread depth on the inside, middle and outside areas of the tread; sometimes alignment settings can lead to uneven wear. A car with too much negative camber may have a tire that looks fairly new on the outside shoulder and is down to the cords on the inside edge.

View our accessories to find the products you'll need for safe travels this summer.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.82
 
 

2012 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
April 12, 2013

Excellent winter tires for my truck. They performed well in all conditions (dry, wet, snow, ice and slush, as well as cornering, acceleration and stopping). In deep snow, my truck did some fish-tailing as I had no weight on bed and I could feel it pushes the front wheels through the snow. Once I turned the 4x4 on, the truck went like a charm through the snow and didn't flinch a bit. After one winter with 10k miles, there is a noticeable tread wear on rear wheels compared to front wheels which still looks like new. Will have to rotate them after 5k miles next winter.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Thursday, January 31, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContactReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.55

2012 Fiat 500
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Central, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 29, 2013

I purchased a new 2012 Fiat 500 Sport Automatic this last summer. I thought that the weight and stature of the car might constitute some winter tires for safety sake. After many hours of research, I decided that these tires were the ones to get.

I had no intentions of writing a review, but after some of the conditions I've driven in, I figured they deserve a review.

I live in MN, where the winter can turn from mild to severe in just a couple hours.

A few weeks back we had freezing rain that turned into 2" of solid ice on the streets and highways, and travel was not advised. I figured what the heck, it would be a good test of my investment in winter tires. Needless to say, these tires handled 2" of solid ice as if it were pavement.

Last night we had around 10" of snow. The roads hadn't been plowed yet, but I headed to work anyways. I basically plowed the road with my little Fiat. These tires didn't even spin out. Nothing but traction.

I am extremely impressed with this tire, and will be purchasing another set for our truck as well.

Quietest Tires Available for 2013

Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

While I will not go over every facet of tire construction in one post, there are several traits that I look for that are more likely to lead to a pleasant and quiet driving experience. When looking for a quiet tire, I try to avoid tires that have large tread blocks with spacing far apart. This pattern, which is commonly seen in aggressive all-terrain and off-road truck tires, offers a huge amount of biting edges. It also tends to produce a roar as the tire travels along the road surface. A tire doesn't have to be overly aggressive to be an effective all-season option. In most cases, finding a tire with balance is best. 

Even though directional tires serve their purpose at evacuating water effectively, they also tend to have a negative effect on noise quality. This type of tread pattern also reduces your ability to effectively rotate the tire. With symmetrical or asymmetric tires, you're able to rotate front-to-back and side-to-side. With a directional tire, you may only rotate front-to-back.

Consider the following options when looking for a tire that provides a quiet ride.

Michelin Defender
Michelin Defender
Bridgestone Ecopia EP422
Bridgestone Ecopia EP422
Kumho Ecsta 4X
Kumho Ecsta 4X


Passenger All-Season and Standard Touring All-Season:

Grand Touring All-Season:

Ultra High Performance All-Season:

Take a look at our Tire Survey Results to compare options and find the tire that's right for you.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.2

2009 Volkswagen CC
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Miles driven on tires: 470
Location: Missoula, MT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 470 Miles on Tires
December 10, 2012

OK, Im sure you're saying "why is this guy writing a review with only 470 miles on his set of tires?", I will tell you why. Totally impressed with these tires! Yes, I have just purchased them and I may still be on my honeymoon post purchase but, thus far these tires are fantastic. I drove all the miles on the highway with almost every road condition except extreme heat and they performed like rockstars. I did notice a little more push in the corners as compared to the Continental Conti-pro-Contact tires I just replaced but not enough to warrant spending another $60-90 dollars per tire. Since my tires are wider than a normal passenger tire, the slushy junk tended to pull the car a bit but not enough to give you the feeling like "I just lost control". I drove in 6" of light (powder) snow up hill at 65 MPH and had no problem over taking trucks and AWD vehicles. They performed great on the ice and hard-pack as well. They are not a "winter only tire" but thus far have worked almost as well as my wife's studded Bridgestone Blizzack tires in winter conditions. If you are looking for an All-Season tire like me, this is the one I'd tell you to look at. Also the purchase went smooth as silk. Ordered on a Tuesday and installed on a Thursday. Customer service was great (thanks Tucker, I think thats the name) and the price was a full $130 less than anyone would match for the same tire installed. Im a fan of Tire Rack and the tires I just got.

Longer-Lasting Tires for Your Audi Q7

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

It seems the Audi Q7 is a vehicle that has issues with tire wear. Like most heavier vehicles, it'll tend to wear tires faster than a lighter car. While we can't change this or promise any treadlife miracles, the problem can be remedied to a degree.

The Q7's Original Equipment was made available with several different sizes and brands of tires, however most of the options had one thing in common: very soft tread compounds. Typically, the tires used on the Q7 were sport truck tires or performance tires featuring relatively soft compounds and correspondingly low UTQG treadwear numbers. This type of tire combined with the weight of the vehicle usually leads to poor tire mileage. From my own personal estimate, most Q7 owners usually see about 20,000 miles before needing to replace their tires. When looking for replacement tires, I find it often makes sense to move away from the Original Equipment and take a look at more proven options with the propensity for longer life.

Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season
Pirelli Scorpion Verde
All Season
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact
DWS
Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza
Bridgestone Dueler H/L
Alenza


The following are a few of my favorite tires that come with pleasing mileage warranties from the manufacturer:

Pirelli's Scorpion Verde All Season is their eco-friendly Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire that combines dry and wet road handling, comfort and year-round capabilities. Ecoimpact icons on the sidewall highlight its environmental compatibility where it reduces rolling resistance and tire weight to increase fuel economy and lower the vehicle's CO2 emissions.

Continental's ExtremeContact DWS satisfies drivers' year-round driving needs by blending dry and wet road performance with light snow and slush traction. A visible "DWS" indicates the tire has sufficient tread depth for dry conditions, as well as wet roads and light snow. After the "S" wears away, the remaining "DW" indicates the tire only has sufficient tread depth for dry and most wet road conditions. And after the "W" and "S" wear away, the remaining "D" lets drivers know the tire has appropriate tread depth for dry conditions only.

The Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza provides elegance with an edge. Featuring Bridgestone's UNI-T technology, the tire takes behavior to a higher level by increasing comfort and control, in order to further enhance wet traction over the life of the tire. In our Tire Survey Results, the Dueler H/L Alenza receives high marks for dry traction, steering response and cornering stability. It's important to note that this tire is only available in an 18" size for your Q7.

To ensure you find the right tire for your Audi Q7, shop by vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.82
 
 

2007 Chevrolet Avalanche
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Andover, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 14, 2013

They don't have too many miles on them, but so far, they ride and handle great for being on a truck. So far I have to say they are outperforming the original Bridgestones, which I was very happy with.

 

Tires for 19.5" Wheels

Thursday, December 20, 2012 by Ben Rooney

For the most part, Tire Rack carries tires for passenger cars and light trucks. However, we do offer some options for heavier vehicles that require 19.5" wheels.

The Michelin XRV is aimed primarily at the recreational vehicle market. Featuring heavy-duty construction and a smooth, stable, straight-rib tread pattern, this tire is ideal for RVs used on the highway. It uses a cool-running tread compound molded into a shallow, stable tread design to reduce heat for greater durability and reduced squirm for enhanced handling. Currently, this Highway Rib Summer tire is available in a 225/70R19.5 and 245/70R19.5 size.

Continental's HSR is designed to be used on the steer (generally front) axle of medium-duty commercial vehicles. They can be used in conjunction with the Continental HDR which is designed for use on the drive axle. These Continental tires feature a rugged steel internal construction and a damage-resistant compound to accommodate use off of the pavement. Both Continentals are available in 225/70R19.5. The HDR is also offered in a 245/70R19.5 size. 

Michelin XRV
Michelin XRV
Continental HSR
Continental HSR
Bridgestone R187
Bridgestone R187


In size 8R19.5, we offer the Bridgestone R187. This tire is designed with a smooth-rolling highway tread that provides good wet and dry traction. It also features an all-steel construction and a deep 16/32" tread depth. 

Whether you're looking for a tire for a 19.5" wheel or a different size, shopping by size will give you the options that are a match for your application.

All-Season Tires for a BMW X5 with 20" Wheels

Monday, December 17, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

The BMW X5 is a sleek, sophisticated and high-powered SUV, which meets today's needs of sports car like performance with truck like versatility and cargo space. With the optional Sports Package, the BMW X5 boosts large 20" staggered wheels and run-flat tires. While the package offers a more aggressive stance with wider tires than the standard X5, it also complicates tire shopping when looking for a tire that can perform in all seasons. The 275/40R20 front and 315/35R20 rear tires equipped on the BMW X5 offers a pretty slim selection of all-season tires.

Unbeknownst to many BMW X5 owners, most of these SUVs have been equipped with high performance summer tires. These tires are designed for temperatures above 45 degrees Fahrenheit and do not provide traction in the snow or on ice. If you decide to stay with run-flat tires, the only current option is to use a dedicated set of summer tires in the summer, spring and fall and a dedicated set of winter / snow tires during the winter months.

 Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
 Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact DWS


However, if you've done your research and want a non-run-flat tire, there's an all-season option to consider, Continental's ExtremeContact DWS. I have had many customers opt out of a run-flat tire for this Ultra High Performance All-Season tire with great results. The ExtremeContact DWS will maintain the high level of performance feel you're used to while adding the ability to use the same tire all year long. Keep in mind there are some drawbacks to switching to a non-run-flat tire and you can find those details by reading "Do I Need to Put Run-Flat Winter Tires On My BMW".

Search by vehicle to see if the Continental ExtremeContact DWS is available for your car.

Best Affordable Winter / Snow Tires

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by Gary Stanley

The latest and greatest technology in winter / snow tires is found in options such as the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 and Michelin X-Ice Xi3. However, they can be priced higher than other winter tires with different technology. Even the most inexpensive winter tires will offer a noticeable improvement in snow and ice traction compared to all-season tires.  

 

 

 

 

 


During our testing at a local ice rink, we wanted to see how much of a difference winter tires make in winter conditions. As illustrated in the photo above, you can see winter / snow tires allow you to stop sooner when braking on ice. It could be the difference between rear ending another car at an intersection or stopping safely with room to spare. You'll also feel much more confident and in control of your vehicle when driving on snow- and ice-covered roads. To see the difference winter tires made at the ice rink compared to summer and all-season tires, read "Testing on Ice: Winter / Snow vs. All-Season vs. Summer Tires."

When looking for a value-priced winter / snow tire, consider the following three options:

Continental Extreme Winter Contact
Continental
ExtremeWinterContact
Dunlop Graspic DS3
Dunlop Graspic
DS-3
General Altimax Arctic
General AltiMAX
Arctic


The Dunlop Graspic DS-3 is a Studless Ice & Snow tire that delivers maximum winter traction without using metal studs. It uses Dunlop's Digital Rolling Simulation II technology (computer-enhanced design) and premium tread compounding to deliver wintertime traction in snow and on ice.

Continental's ExtremeWinterContact tire is developed for the drivers of coupes, sedans, minivans and crossovers, as well as, passenger-oriented light-duty trucks and SUVs looking for traction on winter's slushy, snow-covered and icy roads. This tire delivers serious performance in winter weather conditions.

AltiMAX Arctic tires from General are a Studdable Winter / Snow option that receives high marks from our customers in the light snow traction, deep snow traction and ice traction categories. Molded to accommodate the use of optional metal studs, AltiMAX Arctic tires meet the industry's severe snow service requirements and are branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol.

Don't wait too long to order. Many value-priced winter / snow tires sell out quickly. 

Best Tire Options for Tahoes, Yukons and Escalades

Friday, November 9, 2012 by Steve Huffman

General Motors' best-selling full-size SUVs are all based from the same platform. These vehicles include the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon and the Cadillac Escalade. There are many basic similarities between these three vehicles, including tires. The current generation of these three SUVs either came with a 17", 18" or 20" tire. Given the popularity of these vehicles, many owners are looking for the best tire selection for their vehicle. Take a look at the following options when considering tire replacements for your Tahoe, Yukon or Escalade:

Bridgestone's Dueler H/L Alenza is the Original Equipment tire on most of these SUVs. This Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tire is a very good option and I would continue to recommend it as a replacement option. It rides very nicely, offers good all-season traction and provides good treadlife. Designed to provide elegance with an edge, the tire has been ride and noise tuned to enhance comfort.

Another good option for these trucks is the new Michelin LTX M/S2. If you consider yourself a "Michelin Man", than this is your tire. This latest Highway All-Season radial from the French tire maker offers a very smooth ride and has the best all-season traction according to our most recent survey results. The LTX M/S2 molds a long wearing, silica-enhanced, all-season compound into a tread profile featuring Michelin's MaxTouch Construction to produce a contact patch that promotes reliable traction and long wear by evenly distributing acceleration, braking and cornering forces. Compared to the original LTX M/S, the LTX M/S2 is an evolution in looks and a leap forward in performance.

Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza
Bridgestone Dueler
H/L Alenza
Michelin LTX M/S 2
Michelin LTX
M/S2
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20
with EcoPlus Technology


If you're looking for a tire with good value, then consider the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology. The tire is a favorite among our customers as it is currently ranked number one in our Tire Survey Results for Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season tires. It's also engineered to help you improve your fuel efficiency and maintain grip when braking on wet surfaces while providing long wear and all-season traction, even in light snow. For more information about EcoPlus Technology, read "Continental Tire EcoPlus+ Technology, EcoPlus or 'E' Symbol."

When your Tahoe, Yukon or Escalade is in need of new tires, consider these options or shop by vehicle to find the tire that's best for your driving style.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, November 5, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.43

2005 Acura TL
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: St. Louis, MO
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
September 24, 2012

I spent the last 35,000 miles enduring noisy Eagle GT's that rode like a truck. These Conti ExtremeContact DWS's are like heaven in comparison. Fantastically responsive and quiet as a mouse. Fold in the extremely reasonable price and this was definitely a winning choice. It has made my Acura TL (124,000 miles) drive like it did when it was new...and more. Can't recommend these highly enough. Haven't driven in snow yet, but it sounds like that won't be a problem, if other reviewers are any indication.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Friday, October 19, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.43

2008 BMW 328i Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: New York, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
October 02, 2011

I have an '08 BMW 328i w/ sport pkg and 6-speed manual. I drive this car hard. The original Bridgestone RE050A RFTs were the absolute WORST tires I have ever had: deafeningly loud, horrible tramlining, terrible in rain, and they made the car ride like a cement truck. For the first time after 3 BMWs, I began to regret getting a Bimmer. At 20,000 miles, I'd had enough of the Bridgestones. Tire Rack highly recommends the Conti DWS's for the 3-series, but I was nervous about getting them after reading reviews saying that they ruined the handling and steering response. DO NOT BELIEVE THESE REVIEWS! The Conti DWS's have simply transformed my car...bringing out the best of the 3-series. The ride is still taut...but now creamy smooth...the handling and steering response: still sharp and direct...but no more deafening noise...I can actually hear my radio now! Since dumping the RFT's, my car feels like it's 500 pounds lighter. The Conti DWS tires should be standard equipment on all 3-series. They're perfect for 99.9% of drivers, on 99.9% of roads. If you autocross your car, get Michelin Pilot PS 2's. I've only driven 1000 miles so far...so will report back at 20,000 miles to see if I still love these tires!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2010 Ford F150 Lariat 4x4
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: West Chester, PA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
September 16, 2012

So far I am pleased. During the initial break in period the tires felt sluggish and a bit sloppy, they have now broken in and settled down. I can now say that I am pleased with these tires and my purchase. Could not comment on snow handling at this tim, but all around these tires are working well with my year and make truck. Can;t say that I have seen a dramatic increase in fuel economy at this time. Only time will tell.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Rugged Trail T/A

Thursday, September 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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BFGoodrich Rugged Trail T/AReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.67

2007 Toyota Tundra Double Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 50,200
Location: Fayetteville, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 50,200 Miles on Tires
September 05, 2012

These trucks were on my Tundra when I bought it. I was very happy with the tires on a regular day. The wet and snow traction wasnt quite the best but considering its not a true offroad tire or a snow tire I really cant complain. I got 17.1 MPG on my Tundra with these tires. I bought Continental tires to replace these because I was hoping to get more than 50k miles (although 50k on a pair of tires is nothing to complain about). The Continental tires get 16.1 MPG, so the BFGs score better in that aspect. Overall, I would definitely buy these BFGs again, and probably should've in my recent buy.