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.

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.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Solus KH25

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Solus KH25Reviewer's Overall Rating: 3.6

2012 Hyundai Veloster
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Coquitlam, BC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
August 23, 2012

These came stock on my Veloster. I really think this is a sales tactic - radius put unbelievably loud tires on a new car to try and sell the under coating package to 'quiet the ride'. I've driven dozens of vehicles from compacts to HD trucks and these tires are louder than anything I can remember. It was embarrassing to show off my new car when I couldn't even hear the passengers over the road noise. Even on perfectly smooth, new asphalt they are still very loud. I will be getting Continental DWS or Yoko Acids next - radius these would be on my car already if I could get someone to buy these tires from me...

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

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus TechnologyReviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2007 Chevrolet Tahoe
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Miles driven on tires: 400
Location: Garden City, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 400 Miles on Tires
September 04, 2012

Already put 400 miles on these tire. Very quiet and handles great. Much better than the OEM that came with the truck. A very noticeable difference and all for the better.

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

Thursday, August 16, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus TechnologyReviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2008 Chevrolet Avalanche
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Charleton, SC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
August 15, 2012

Absoutely awesome tires. Just completed a 1500 mile trip through the East Coast of the US. Lots of mountain driving going up and down with sharp turns. As well as driving in rain in the mountains and interstate that had many drivers pulling over to wait out the rain. I-77 S just as leaving Virginia is 6 miles of extreme downhill, truck run offs, interstate turns back and forth. The last 3 miles were in very heavy rain. I maintained a speed of 60mph (couldn't go faster because of visibility with the rain) over the last 3 miles and never had a tire slip or slide. The Goodyear tires from the factory would be all over the road when wet.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G051

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G051Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.77

2003 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 78,000
Location: Atlanta, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 78,000 Miles on Tires
July 09, 2012

Man, it's been a good run. Thanks Yokohama for making a good tire. From the noise to the sliding under hard braking, the Continentals the truck came with made driving a chore; I detested having to go on long trips and actually feared for my life when it rained with the Contitracs. After I got my set of Yokohama G051's, I will never go back. The Yoko's have lasted me for FIVE years and 78,000 miles. I have worn them down to the exposed CORDS (waaaay past the wear bars) and they still drive better, and with no noise, than the Continentals. I've dodged potholes and had 2 accidents on this same set; in one accident, the Hero unit actually PUSHED the Expedition off the freeway - tires squealing and all. They've pulled the 2.5 ton behemoth out of beach sand, and they have jumped more than their share of curbs (my wife helped on this tremendously). As long as you keep them rotated, they stay up to par. The wet traction is great, but what gets me is being able to take curves at up to 50-60 mph without them breaking loose or squealing (I did say I drive 'spirited'). And the really good part? I've only had to patch one of these tires once. I am really hoping my next set gets another five years, but I don't think the truck will hold together that long!

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

Thursday, July 5, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.62
 
 

2010 Mazda Mazda3 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: San Francisco, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
July 05, 2012

I replaced a NEW set of Continental DWS tires as I had the feeling that they were just a bit to soft for the suspension set-up on the Mazda3 GT which for anybody out there that dosent know Mazda -this suspension is very very firm .in 2010 it was revised to be more ameniable to regular driving yet still has its roots in a performance setup .
Given that the DWS are great tires but fro the right car/ and proabably Truck/ Minivan even better . They were all-around dry-wet-snow hence DWS so I saw that Bridgestone had a new tire the S-04 and the metamorphisis was immediatly noticeable and I cringed while waiting to hit my first road imperfection or pothole because the car is unforgiving with performance tires , alas --I hit road damage and it ate it up without a jarring hit as if I had rolled over a small grenade . My pervious experience with some Yokos that were very hard gave me to blowouts from pothole hits while relatively new ......but these S-04s have been prerforming far beyond my expectations ---gripping like a cat in panic mode and forgiving enough to let you drive in urban enviroments without constant fear of that imminent pothole from -------- that leaves you wondering how much damage that did to the bushings , alignment or tires? These hold like glue and make me pine to get out and just drive even to work ---It makes the car handle like I believe it was engineered to by the Mazda techs . Many may laugh that have thier "bmws" or audis or other cars that people just assume are the best handling cars out there , but those that know Mazda know what I talking about .
I had a chase thru a nasty set of chacanes near the ocean with a Lambo G and the guy could not shake me as he clearly forced me to yield and let him pass as I did --but he never got away from me til we hit the straights where the extra 450hp made the diffirence ,,,but in the twistys he was sweating bullets in amazment or shock ? great tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiSportContact 2 SSR

Monday, June 25, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiSportContact 2 SSR Reviewer's Overall Rating: 2.62
 
 

2010 BMW 328i xDrive Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 7,000
Location: Port Huron, MI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 7,000 Miles on Tires
June 22, 2012

On my second set (OEM) BMW 328 ix. Dealer replaced first set after only 9,000 miles, so noisey I thought I was driving a old truck. Well second set is worse, don't buy these tires, they are so bad I will be dealing my BMW since I cannot find ZP tires of quality that fit.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, June 25, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.64

2000 Saab 9-3 Viggen Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 23,000
Location: Keene, NH
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 23,000 Miles on Tires
June 21, 2012

Best all round tires I have ever owned... replacing at 32k due to a slight increase in hydroplaning. In DWS mode these tires have snow tire like tenacity in light to heavy snows, even after the front spoiler began to plow (6in of snow) and excellent grip on icy roads. On cold dry roads they can handle aggressive cornering and are quick to get to temperature due to the more aggressive tread pattern in DWS or DW mode. On gravel they are smooth and the lug side of the pattern migrates mud almost as good as an all terrain truck tire in DWS mode and still very well in DW mode. On hot dry roads they have a very sticky compound in all modes. By far the best feature of these tires though, is how they handle the rain. In DWS and DW mode you can chuck your car through corners or blast down the highway without a second thought, the hashmark lug side of the tires does an excellent job of mitigating water pressure in corners and the deep rain grooves make highway speeds in pouring rain easy. In D mode they begin to have difficulty mitigating water pressure at highway speeds, but this only began to happen in the last 3k miles of a 23k lifespan, which speaks for itself. I have recommended these tires to everyone I can get a hold of, if your car takes them and you are looking for an all season performance tire, this is the one to pick, especially for performance vehicles. I did have to replace one tire right after installation due to a major, major pothole causing a sidewall breach, but even then, Continental warranty covered it, best warranty service I've received.

I will not be buying these tires this time round only because I will be trying the DW summer version and the winter version on my car this time round.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

Monday, June 18, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeContact DWSReviewer's Overall Rating: 9

2001 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg
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Miles driven on tires: 4,500
Location: Charlotte, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 4,500 Miles on Tires
May 31, 2012

Replace Bridgestones with the DWS and WOW!!! what a difference! hitting a puddle of water on the edge of the road used to almost pull the steering wheel out of my hands. Now you don't even realize you hit the water until you see the wake. My Wife even noticed the difference and that's saying something. Now when we know it's going to rain, she alway wants me to drive my truck so she can have the Jetta.
The sidewalls can give a little roll when cornering so they could be a little stiffer but I understand that this is not a Summer-UHP tire.

Great Tire!! Highly recommend!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiProContact

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ContiProContactReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4

2010 Subaru Outback
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Miles driven on tires: 18,000
Location: Braselton, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 18,000 Miles on Tires
May 23, 2012

These Continental Pro Contacts were o.e. and have been great so far. Just good all around. I can drive 70 on the highway in the pouring rain and the grip feels very secure. Had a good snowstorm a couple years ago and I was driving around suv's, trucks and cars. I had to try to get them to spin, although the awd helps greatly. They are wearing at a rate to be expected. Looking like I should be able to get about 40k+. If buying again, I might try the Eco plus that Consumer Reports and people on here rate so high.

275/65-18 Tires for Your 2009 Ford F-150

Friday, May 25, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Although rising gas prices have pushed many buyers towards cars, SUVs and compact trucks, it's hard to beat the versatility of a 1/2 ton truck. Despite the high prices at the pump, the Ford F-150 still reigns as one of the best-selling vehicles in America.

Even though the F-150 has the capability to haul, tow and work off-road, many F-150 drivers are simply using their trucks for everyday driving and occasional trips to their local home improvement store. If you have racked up a lot of commuting miles on your truck, it may be time for new tires.

Focusing on the 275/65-18 size commonly found on many 2009 Ford F-150s, the following options provide good wet grip, improved overall handling, increased tire efficiency and decent treadwear:  

  1. Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
  2. Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza
  3. Michelin LTX M/S2
275/65-18 Continental Crosscontact LX20 $199*
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology $199*
275/65-18 Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza $218*
Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza $218*
275/65-18 Michelin LTX MS2 $244*
Michelin LTX M/S2
$244


The Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology tested well across the board and was particularly impressive during the wet session. Bridgestone's H/L Alenza has comparable strengths but we saw it trail the CrossContact LX20 in wet grip and tire efficiency. With a proven record of combining great treadwear with decent wet and dry grip, the LTX M/S2 is also a good option to consider.

2009 Ford F150 275/65-18 FAQ:

  1. I tow moderate loads twice a month, shouldn't I get a LT Load Range E tire? Both standard Original Equipment tires - the P275/65-18 BFGoodrich Rugged Trail T/A and P275/65-18 Goodyear Wrangler SR-A - are Standard Load P-Metric tires. With each of these tires carrying 2,365 lbs. per tire, a P-Metric Standard Load tire has more than enough capacity.  
     
  2. Will an LT Load Range D (8 ply) or Load Range E (10 ply) tire provide any benefit? No, the LT tire will hurt ride quality with its reinforced carcass, lower fuel economy and its heavier rotational weight. As an example, each 275/65-18 LT Load Range E Michelin LTX M/S2 weighs 8 lbs. more than the P-Metric 275/65-18 version.