Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental ExtremeWinterContactReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.91

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: London, ON
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
March 22, 2014

We needed affordable yet excellent performing winter tires for my wifey's SUV. In Canada these tires are almost twice the price, so we drive over the boarder and have them installed by one of Tire Racks suggested garages to save serious $$$. The tires do very well in our snowy winters in Southern Ontario. The best attribute of these tires are the communication it gives you. In the situation that it is loosing it's traction it is very progressive and predictable. The most surprising aspect of this tire is it's traction on ice, it's very very good. Road noise is surprisingly minimal given it's thick block tread design. Handsome looking, aggressive tire as well. One of it's only downfalls is it's cornering ability, it was very noticeably decreased in comparison to the OEM All Seasons. This is very negative is very forgivable given that it is a winter tire and it's aspect ratio is much higher on the 17" rim versus the 20" OEM All Season tires. I would highly recommend this tire to anyone who demands a excellent performer with a value price in mind.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Winter Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.67
 
 

2008 Hyundai Accent GS Hatchback
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Miles driven on tires: 17,000
Location: Confluence, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 17,000 Miles on Tires
March 02, 2014

These Tires Are Awesome on a small car for winter driving !!I live at the highest point in Pennsylvania - We get snow when most everyone else gets rain or sleet. I got all 4 tires studded and have had a very good experience with these tires. Overall in the last 25 years of driving in heavy snow and winter conditions; THESE TIRES HAVE BEEN THE BEST on a small car. I have tried numerous, many different types of treads, manufacturers and even some different sizes IN THE LAST 25 YEARS BY FAR THESE TIRES OUTPERFORMED THEM ALL. Granted these tires last for one season only for my car, but well worth the investment. On dry pavement with the studs you have to use your head- they will not corner and hug the road they were not intended for that but when the snow comes that's when you will see the payoff. As long as Goodyear offers these tires, I will buy them every year. I would recommend anyone that has a small car to try these tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Precision Touring

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Precision Touring Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.57
 
 

2012 Hyundai Elantra Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: South Bend, IN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
March 07, 2014

So far I am very impressed with these Firestone Precision Touring tires. If you live in a climate that experiences ice and snow on a regular basis, these tires are a very good choice! Wet and dry traction is also very good. The ride is smooth and the noise level is also quite good. They are a little noisy at first but after a few hundred miles they quiet down. For the price these tires are an excellent value. I can`t attest for the tire wear yet but will update later on after I put more miles on them.

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

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.1
 
 

2012 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Wilmette, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

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

Excellent tire. I threw away a set of Hankooks with only 20,000 miles on them, which were worthless in snow or ice, noisy, and harsh. It was worth the $1000 it cost me, and I don't regret it. The Cinturatos are superior in every department.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.91
 
 

2013 Hyundai Elantra Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Rolling Prairie, IN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
March 08, 2014

For a light car with small tires, it did very well this snowy NW Indiana winter. My third vehicle with Blizzaks, one set on my 4 wheel drive pick-up and the other on wife's Hyundai Tucson. Lose a little agility over regular tires, but that is to be expected.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H431

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H431 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 3.29
 
 

2013 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T
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Miles driven on tires: 150
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 150 Miles on Tires
January 30, 2014

I purchased a new Sonata Turbo that come with these tires. I kept them for 3 days and 150 miles. After the first rainstorm, they went in the trash. I could not pull away from a stop sign or light in the rain without the traction control having a seizure. If I turned it off, the car just sat there and spun. Braking was just as bad. There was no way to stop without the ABS going crazy in the rain. Only a very gentle stop would keep the ABS out of the loop. I have to say that in 41 years of driving, these are the absolutely worse tires I have ever tried to drive on. I have no clue what the snow traction is like. I couldn't live with them long enough to find out. So yes, I bought new tires for a three day old new car.

In case you think it was me or the car, the replacement tires were Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3's. All of the above problems disappeared. Only in the snow has the traction control and ABS intervened. And I've now been through 12.5 inches of unplowed snow to get to work.

So if your thinking of putting these on your car, you'd be better off going to a junkyard and picking up a set of completely bald tires with the cords hanging out - they will give you just as good wet weather performance as this pitiful excuse of a tire.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Friday, February 28, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.12
 
 

2011 Hyundai Tucson
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Chalan Pago, GU
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
February 27, 2014

Out here in Guam it rains 300 plus days a year and stays above 80 degrees year round so I needed a good wet weather tire that could handle potholes, wet corral based asphalt, algae covered asphalt and standing water as well as dry roads unkempt by blind road workers.

These tires do the job of handling my digital throttled right foot as well as the road conditions thrown at them.

The only complaint I have is a hum at 50-57mph that cane be heard over conversations and the radio, at first I thought it was an alignment issue, but everything checks out. In all other speed ranges these tires are near silent and soak up bumps and cracks like a champ. Wet traction from a standstill is good and the tires are stable and predictable in turns even on wet roads at speed.

Lanes changes are crisp and smooth without any feeling of mushiness and the tires feel like they settle into center point very quickly without assistance.

I would definitely put these on a passenger vehicle again or even a small SUV such as my wife's Tuscon. These are not performance tires and I would not put them on my AMG or my GT350 and expect to be happy with the performance. These are definitely touring tires that perform like they should.

I have no way of knowing their performance in snow, so I can not speak of cold weather performance.

If you are looking for a comfortable, all weather ride with outstanding wet traction and a predictable, secure, and quiet ride then I highly recommend these tires.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.27
 
 

2009 Hyundai Sonata
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Miles driven on tires: 20,000
Location: Palmer, AK
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 20,000 Miles on Tires
December 21, 2013

I grew up in Alaska, and have driven every year since my 15th birthday. I drive +-100 miles per day, 85 of those on the highway. I've never been more inspired by the reliability and predictability of a tire than I am with these.

Usually tires are pretty close in performance, in-class. These tires BOLDLY stand alone in their snow and ice handling. I have used 3 other top brand and technology competitors, and they are in a class of their own WELL BELOW these Altimax Arctic tires.

There is not a lot more that I can say, you simply have to trust that they truly are that much better. Now, the ONLY thing that I would say, others may give differing reviews because their "winter conditions" are occasional snow and ice. This review is quite specifically referring to an environment where there is snow and or ice for 5+ months of the year. Other tires are better suited for 'occasional' snow and ice due to their dry performance, but I stand very firmly behind the superiority of these tires on snow and ice, with decades of aggressive driving experience in winter conditions.

Cheers

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.78
 
 

2011 Hyundai Accent Hatchback
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Louisville, KY
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 04, 2014

Don't be mislead by the low price: this is a top tire. One of the best ones I used. So don't let a tire shop talk you into a more expensive one. I was a bit worried but I have not regretted getting it for a second.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 10
 
 

2011 Hyundai Sonata
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Miles driven on tires: 100
Location: Canton, TX
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 100 Miles on Tires
December 30, 2013

Just had these tires put on, and all I can say is wow. These tires are great compared to the Kumho stock tires on my Hyundai. I am very happy with them. Extremely quite, ride is very smooth, handling is terrific. No issues whatsoever. I have only put a 100 miles on them so I can't comment on treadwear and wet conditions yet. But I was compelled to leave a review because these tires are wonderful. Very happy I decided on the Cont. Pure Contacts.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.44
 
 

2011 Hyundai Genesis Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Saint Peters, MO
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
December 14, 2013

Bought these tires last september. This is my third set. Originals were Dunlap and were ok in the dry and rain but dangerous in the snow. Got rid of those and bought General GMax. They were good in the rain but that was it. Very noisy not good at all in the snow.
First impression. Transformed the car. Very quiet.Did not wander and just as good as the GMaxin the rain. I was waiting to do this review until it snowed. We just got snowmageddon.Started as rain went to sleet, then 7 inches of snow. I had to go out so the first comparison was whether I would make it up the incline out of our subdivision. The city only plows the main roads and gets to the side roads days later. Last year in better conditions I only made it half way out. This year no problem. When I got to the market people were skidding and having problems getting going from a stoplight. Once again no problem. It was a tossup whether I was going to get these Conti's or the Perelli tires. Opted for these when Tire Rack came out with the Winter test.
These tires are clearly superior to the Generals and Dunlops. If you live where you get ice and snow seriously consider these tires. The Genesis is big heavy rear drive and relatively wide tires, not a good combination for winter driving. On my son's subaru they are magic. On the Genesis they make it so you can safely navigate the bad weather. HIGHLY RECOMMEND

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Monday, February 3, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.1
 
 

2012 Hyundai Santa Fe
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
January 11, 2014

Having an ice storm here in New Hampshire, wife needed to get to hospital, roads were a sheet of ice.Told her to wait, she went through the ice like a hot knife in butter. Awesome never would have thought they would perform as they did.
Will be buying for all vehicles next year. If studs are available they will be on my truck also.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.64
 
 

2012 Hyundai Tucson
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Miles driven on tires: 8,000
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Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
January 13, 2014

Excellent tire...I don't feel much difference In handling ability over my all seasons but the grip and stability are impressive. This winter has been a horrible one so far and I was wondering if my stability control was not working on my car because the light never comes on. I had to test it in an empty parking lot making very aggressive turns to finally see the TCS light come on. This absolutely confirms that the x-ice3's are superb at keeping my car in control under severe winter conditions which is important to me and my family's safety.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Solus KH25

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Kumho Solus KH25 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.73
 
 

2013 Hyundai Sonata
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Miles driven on tires: 28,000
Location: Clifton, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 28,000 Miles on Tires
January 17, 2014

Worst tires you can possibly use in snow/ice. Does not have any traction and the car won't come to stop, every time you press brakes ABS kicks inn and the car will just slide. Trend wear is not good either, had to change these tires out at 28,000 miles. Went with continental pure contact and they are much better in snow. Hyundai, start using better tires in your cars.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated)

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 (W- or Y-Speed Rated) Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2012 Hyundai Elantra Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Maryville, TN
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 16, 2014

What a difference! Replaced Continentals that were good performing tires. This little Elantra now feels like a German car. Excellent steering feedback, great stability. This may sound weird, but the car feels like a "heavier" vehicle...a good thing. LOVE these tires! Have not driven in snow/ice.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2008 Hyundai Veracruz
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
January 22, 2014

I rarely take the trouble to write positive reviews, but after my experience yesterday I had to give these tires a nod. I drove about 250 miles in a snow storm in temps below 15degF, highway and local driving. Roads were a mix of wet where salt had melted snow, packed snow, slushy snow, probably some ice underneath. Virtually every possible condition. Combined with AWD on my Hyundai, these tires performed flawlessly. Cars were spun out, drivers were crawling along with their hazard lights on. I was able to drive up 55 mph, in the lanes that hadn't been well-plowed, passing trucks and cars, with confidence. Never lost control, car remained stable, tracked steering input very well. I had wondered if it was worth the money for dedicated snow tires...I'm not wondering anymore. These are killer snow tires.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General AltiMAX RT43

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General AltiMAX RT43 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.8
 
 

2013 Hyundai Sonata
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Miles driven on tires: 800
Location: Rutherford, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 800 Miles on Tires
January 25, 2014

Fantastic Tire! The Khumo KH25's that came on my Sonata were lasted only 22,000 miles, absolute junk. I had these Generals put on the day I was going to Vermont because I was so nervous about having the original tires still on. Along with being a great deal, these tires are fantastic on wet surfaces and in moderate snow. We hit several snow squalls while climbing over 2,000 feet into the mountains on frozen roads.
The tires performed better than I could have ever expected. Shockingly good grip in almost any road condition, like snow tires! We felt very safe and confident with these tires on. I only have 800 miles on these tires but the first 600 were put on within 3 days of installing them and in mostly terrible weather. A great test that this tire past with flying colors.
I look forward to many happy miles with these things on my car.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.9
 
 

2011 Hyundai Sonata
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Huntington, NY
Driving Condition: Easy Going

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 22, 2014

I did a lot of reading before selecting these tires. I needed to replace the Kumho's that came standard on my Sonata. The original tires were the worst I've ever encountered in snow. I was afraid that all my research on buying the Sonata was wrong. I live in New York and although we don't get a lot of snow, the past two years have been above average. The new Continental tires on my car made a world of difference. We just got 14" of snow and my car went everywhere I asked, without spinning and sliding. I was not driving through 14" of snow, but the plowing still left a lot of snow on the ground and did not cause me any problems. I would not recommending these tires, or buying them again. The only thing that I cannot comment on is the tread-life and I've only put about 5,000 miles on them so far. I hope this has been beneficial.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus S1 noble2

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus S1 noble2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.09
 
 

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
January 25, 2014

Bought as All-Season tires since the OEMs were worn and unsafe in the current snow, but I don't want to change out for summer. I needed a tire that will support my car's acceleration, handling, and top speed while providing acceptable snow traction and treadlife value for the dollar. These are THE exact fit for the bill. Dry handling is more predictable near limits than the stock RE92As, snow handling is confidence-inspiring and TRC handles any stepping out. Ride quality is quiet and comfy, though a little "thumpy" over road snakes and seams. Treadlife warranty doesn't have small print about mismatched section size, so I'm not worried about them not making it to their promised 50K, I'd be happy to get a new set for a discount/free. Makes owning a powerful RWD car in Michigan a lot more sane.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4
 
 

2009 Hyundai Sonata
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Homewood, IL
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
January 07, 2014

I do not notice the noise levels claimed by other drivers. Given winter has now hit the Midwest hard I wanted to see how these tires performed. I gave them high marks for light and deep snow traction.