With ever increasing fuel costs, more and more SUV and light truck owners are feeling the pinch on their wallets. In an effort to improve fuel economy, Bridgestone, Continental and Goodyear have all developed all-season tires with specialized rubber compounds with lower rolling resistance than the standard offerings.
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Bridgestone Dueler H/L
CS Fuel Max
During our tests we found that the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology provided the best handling and above average traction in wet conditions, while providing a quiet and comfortable ride. The fuel efficiency test did show a slight deficiency in the Conti's fuel economy compared to the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia and the Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max, which may have been why the LX20 with EcoPlus Technology's rubber compound proved more responsive in the wet.
To further see how CUVs and SUVs can benefit from riding on more fuel-efficient tires, watch "Testing Eco-Focused Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires."