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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.86

2003 Cadillac Escalade AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Seattle, WA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
May 25, 2014

I'm impressed: I raced automobiles, and am sensitive to everything from the engine to tires. Since I wanted the softest, quietest riding tire for the Escalade (opposite of the track), I ended up going with these. They are super quiet, reduced noise by at least 30 per cent and are very comfortable. It is even quieter than when new. Also, the guys at Tru-Line in Bellevue, WA did the best alignment I've seen on any vehicle. Amazing what a difference that makes.

Yokohama's AVID Ascend Built with Orange Peels?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 by Doc Horvath

Yokohama introduced the AVID Ascend in a variety of popular sizes for most passenger car and minivan applications. The AVID Ascend is Yokohama's first mass-produced Grand Touring Touring All-Season tire in the United States to feature their Orange Oil technology which uses oil extracted from renewable orange peels to improve treadlife, fuel efficiency and traction in dry, wet and light snow conditions. 

AVID Ascend tires feature a mildly asymmetric tread design that allows for criss-cross tire rotation and a quiet ride. With a 75,000 mile warranty for the H-speed rated tire and an 80,000 mile warranty for the T-speed rated option to go along with a 30-day test drive guarantee, customers are sure to love this latest offering from Yokohama. We are in the process of wrapping up our testing for this tire, however customer reviews are already pouring in with positive feedback.

"Best tires I have ever bought in my 50 years of buying tires! After buying the Yokohama AVID Ascend, my Hyundai Genesis rides like a true luxury automobile like I expected when I bought it. As a bonus, because they are LRR (Low Rolling Resistance) tires, my mileage improved." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2011 Hyundai  Genesis Sedan 3.8

"I got the tires installed just 3 days before driving a 2,000 miler to Florida from Ohio and back with family and luggage in tow. I was immediately glad I had these new tires, as it poured rain and hailed along most of the drive to Florida. The tires felt firm and sure the entire time, which was a great experience in comparison to the Kumhos which were previously on our van. The tires handled remarkably well in cornering, stopping and under quick acceleration. While in Florida we did a good but of driving under dry conditions and was equally impressed with the Ascend. My wife and I both noticed how solid and sure these tires felt. We are very impressed with this tire!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT




Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Continental ProContact with EcoPlus TechnologyReviewer's Overall Rating: 8.71

2004 Toyota Sienna LE FWD
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Miles driven on tires: 6,000
Location: West Memphis, AR
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 6,000 Miles on Tires
May 09, 2012

After installing these tires on my wife's 2004 Toyota Sienna it felt like a new van again. The tires ride better than anything we've had on before and they're quiet. It was definately an amazing change in the automobile.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop Grandtrek WT M3

Thursday, January 5, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Dunlop Grandtrek WT M3Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.67

2008 Mercedes-Benz ML550 Standard Suspension
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Miles driven on tires: 1000
Location: Billings, MT
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 1000 Miles on Tires
December 22, 2011

Spent considerable time researching best winter tire for my heavy weight ml550. The WT M3 is new and not many reviews, so it was a leap of faith based on what I did find. The tire is just plain exceptional! Grip is excellent, yet I have not experienced deep snow yet. The stability and steering response is considerably better than the OEM Conti 4x4 tires that came on the car (shame on Mercedes for putting "junk" tires on a $75,000 automobile!!) Cornering control is 80% better and the tires are not one bit noisier than the Conti driving at sustained speeds of 65 to 85 miles per hour-- a very real surprise. The sidewalls are stiffer, so the ride will not be as cushy as the Conti; the trade off is worth it, believe me. I am not easily impressed (by something as mundane as tires) ,but these tires feel safe, sturdy and worth the cost, in my opinion. Heartily recommend the WT M3 for any heavy, mechanically-sophisticated SUV. Dunlop did it right this time.

recommend them for any heavy, mechanically -sophisticated SUV. Dunlop did it right this time.

General AltiMAX Arctic vs. Firestone Winterforce

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 by Cy Chowattukunnel
Are you still researching winter / snow tires? Well, Thanksgiving has just passed us by and it's time to pare down your list and decide what tires are right for your vehicle. And to help you with your decision, take a look at two options available in the Studdable Winter/Snow category: the Firestone Winterforce and General AltiMAX Arctic.

Firestone Winterforce
Firestone Winterforce
General AltiMAX Arctic
General AltiMAX Arctic

While a set of these Firestone auto tires and General winter tires can be studded ($15 per tire), most drivers are better off running them unstudded. Our testing found that driving without studs gives most drivers a better balance of snow traction, dry and wet road performance and ice grip.

Both tires are good choices but the General AltiMAX Arctic outperforms the Winterforce in many areas. The Firestone and General tires are comparable in moderate and deep snow, however the AltiMAX Arctic performs better in dry road handling, packed snow, ice and wet grip. Although all winter tires have tread noise, the AltiMAX Arctic has the added bonus of being significantly quieter. Customers agree with our test results as well, as this winter / snow tire is currently the top-rated tire in our Tire Survey Results.

General is owned by German tire manufacturer Continental, who supplies Original Equipment tires to many automobile manufacturers including Audi, BMW, Porsche and Volkswagen. So it's really no surprise that the AltiMAX Arctic is engineered so well to be a set of General truck tires for light duty applications, as well as a set of winter / snow tires for your SUV, coupe, sedan, minivan or crossover.

And whether you decide to purchase a new set of General AltiMAX Arctic tires or are looking for a set of Firestone tires for sale, use our Upgrade Garage to help you make an informed decision.

Value All-Season Car Tire Options

Friday, November 11, 2011 by Alex Mouroulis
Tires in the Standard Touring All-Season category offer lower speed ratings like S (112 mph) and T (118 mph). These tires are known for longer mileage - usually greater than 50,000 miles of service life. They are not an aggressive handling group of tires due to their lower speed rating. However, you'll receive the benefit of a smoother and more comfortable ride.

Pirelli P4 Four Seasons
Pirelli P4 Four Seasons
Kumho Solus KR21
Kumho Solus KR21

Take a look at what consumers are saying about their experiences with these Standard Touring All-Season tires, starting with a Pirelli review of the P4 Four Seasons:

"I have waited nearly two years and 47,000 miles to give this review. These are hands down the best overall tires I have ever owned. The mileage speaks for itself, the lack of noise, hum, harmonic sound was as quiet as the day I bought them, and they were near silent on that day. Snow traction was good even last winter here in New England and we had a long hard winter. Unbelievable tire. I have driven over 1 million miles and have owned 24 vehicles, foreign and domestic, had Michelins, other Pirellis, Goodyears, Bridgestone, Goodrich, Toyo, Kumho, Hankook, Brand X's claiming to be just as good as a Michelin and these Pirellis eclipsed all of those to the very end."
-- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2008 Ford Taurus SEL FWD (Pirelli P4 Four Seasons)

"I have put 45,000 miles on this set of tires, and still have almost half the tread left! Ride has been smooth and comfortable since day one. For the money, could not honestly purchase a better set of tires. Will definitely buy again, whenever these finally wear out."
-- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2008 Mitsubishi Galant DE (Yokohama AVID TOURING-S)

"7000 ft in the foothills of the Rockies in Colorado with winter temps sometimes 20 below zero with substantial snow and ice has been a great testing ground. We live 3 miles off of pavement and put on approx. 125 miles a week in these conditions on rock and dirt/mud. Both vehicle and tires have been totally reliable and have never been stuck with them in the AWD even in all wheel lock. Winter is almost here and I'm putting on a new set this week...great tires!!!"
-- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2009 Nissan Murano S (Kumho Solus KR21)

And since choosing the right tire for your vehicle is such an important decision, read "Selecting the Right Tires" to help ensure you enjoy your driving experience over the life of your new automobile tires.

When is The Right Time to Replace Tires?

Thursday, July 28, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Tech ArticleWhile the legal minimum of 2/32" of remaining tread depth indicates a need to replace tires, should you buy tires even if part of Lincoln's head is covered when using a penny to measure your tire's tread depth? Take a look at "Measuring Tire Tread Depth with a Coin" to see how U.S. coins can be used in place of a tire tread depth gauge.

If you live in an area where you drive on snow-covered roads part of the year, then you may want to consider performance winter tires for your vehicle or replacing your current tires when less than 6/32" of tread depth remains. If snow is not an issue but rainy days are, then new automobile tires are recommended when you have approximately 4/32" of remaining tread depth.

To see how tread depth makes a difference in your vehicle's stopping distance, watch "Panic Stopping: How Much Tread Depth Do You Need?"

How to improve your ride quality. Lexus IS250 and OE tires.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 by Brandon Lorenc
Tires are designed for different uses and with different features and benefits. Occasionally, I will talk to a customer with a brand new vehicle, who after driving it for a while realizes he/she isn't thrilled with the ride quality of the O.E. tires. Usually the complaint is that the ride is too harsh, especially when going over bumps.

There is a post right now in the Club Lexus forum that is a good example of this common complaint. The owner of a 2007 Lexus IS250 with the optional 18-inch performance tires and wheels soon realized that the ride was too harsh. Why was it so harsh? The large performance tires and wheels gave the car a stiffer ride quality because of the lower profile. If keeping the wheels is preferred, I would recommend selecting a tire that is more ride-oriented. But the surest way to solve the problem is to downsize to a 17-inch Tire & Wheel Package AND pick a nice riding tire. This would increase the profile of the tires, and with more profile, the end result is a better ride.

And besides, this person likes her car. It would be a shame to get rid of such a nice automobile when there is a relatively simple solution to the problem.

Tires. Wheels. How about a package?

Friday, May 21, 2010 by Gill Gilmer
Planning to buy tires and wheels? Why not form them into a package?

Tire Rack has automobile-specific exact fitments. It's a look optimized to your style preference. Tire and wheel packages arrive mounted and balanced, ready to be bolted right on. It couldn't be easier.

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Under Pressure

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 by Jonas Paeplow

Most vehicle owners do not check tire pressure nearly enough. An American Automobile Association (AAA) poll suggests that 85 percent of motorists do not even know how to check tire pressure.

The most important job a tire has is to support the load to which it is attached. Tires are rated to handle specific loads but only at a predetermined air pressure. By keeping the air pressure set correctly, tire performance, longevity and fuel economy are optimized.

According to tire industry data, 85 percent of all tire air pressure losses are the result of slow leaks that occur over a period of time. Tires typically lose air pressure through natural leakage (permeation) at a rate of about 1 psi per month. In addition, tire manufacturers say that seasonal climatic changes result in air pressure losses of 1 psi for every 10 degrees F decrease in the ambient temperature.

Here in the Midwest, differences between summer and winter temperatures average about 50 degrees F, resulting in a net loss or gain of approximately 5 psi in air pressure. This variation is enough to drastically affect handling, traction and durability of the average tire if the pressure is not adjusted. Even temperature fluctuations during an average day can make a difference. Variations between nighttime and daytime temperatures in this part of the country can average 20 degrees F and result in pressure changes of more than 2 psi.

A tire pressure survey of more than 5,400 vehicles’ conducted in March-May 2009, by the Rubber Manufacturers of America found:

  • Only 9% of vehicles had four properly inflated tires.
  • 50% of vehicles had at least one under inflated tire.
  • 19% of vehicles had at least one tire under inflated by 8 psi

According to government statistics, in the United States, 660 lives are lost and 33,000 are injured every year due to tire pressure related accidents. Improper tire pressure costs an extra $3.7 billion in fuel annually and every year, 4.5 million tires need to be replaced before reaching the end of their designed lifespan. A 10 psi loss of air pressure could result in a corresponding reduction in tire load capacity of 1,000 lbs. Overloading of tires combined with highway speeds will cause tires to overheat and lead to them to fail, prematurely.

Tire inflation pressure should be checked every month and before long trips. To properly check pressure, check tires when cold – before the vehicle is driven. Use the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure found on a label located on the driver’s door or door pillar or check the owner’s manual.

The most accurate way to check your tire pressure economically is with a digital tire pressure gauge. Two of the finest examples available at Tire Rack are:

The Accutire ABS Coated Air Gauge features heavy-duty construction to withstand shifting around in your glove compartment. Designed to last, it has an angled head and rubber coated handle for easy gripping. The LCD display is large and easy-to-read. If you forget to turn the gauge off, don't worry, it is equipped with automatic shut off. The tire gauge will read within 0.05 psi. The lithium battery will never need to be recharged or replaced. This digital gauge measures air pressure from 5-150 psi in 0.5-pound increments.


ABS Coated Air Gauge 

Accutire Digital Set Point Programmable Air Gauge w/Light is an easy-to-use, multi-featured gauge with an extra large, blue, backlit LCD screen and ergonomic styling. It measures psi from 5-99 pounds in 0.5-pound units, and includes the patent-protected Set Point programmable feature which allows for recording the factory-recommended tire pressure for both front and rear tires. Other helpful features include a white LED flashlight to make checking tire pressure at night or in the garage a cinch; an audible pressure signal; auto off; and a five-year manufacturer warranty.

Digital Set Point Programmable Air Gauge w/Light

But my car came equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, why do I still need to check pressures, why not just wait until the light comes on?

The system of computer and sensors to monitor tire pressure is known as Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). A major concern is that drivers of vehicles equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system will become over confident in the capabilities of their system and will be even less likely to confirm their vehicle's cold tire pressure

In the fall of 2000, following several fatal accidents involving tire inflation, tire failure and vehicle rollover, a bill called the Transportation Recall, Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation Act (TREAD) was signed into law. This law mandates the use of a suitable TPMS technology in order to alert drivers of a severe under-inflation condition of their tires. All new models produced after September 2007 are required to have the system.

There are two types of systems on the market today — indirect and direct. As a tire loses pressure its rotational speed changes relative to the properly inflated tires. Indirect systems use algorithms to interpret signals from wheel speed sensors to detect a deflated tire.

Direct systems use separate pressure transducers mounted in each wheel that detect deflation and then transmit a frequency signal to a control unit which triggers an information lamp on the instrument panel. Both systems still require manual correction of the tire’s air pressure.

So why should you still check your tire pressure manually? Well, its a little like waiting until your oil light comes on before you check your oil, in other words, it could be too late.

A passenger car tire that requires 35 psi on a vehicle with TPMS may not trigger the lamp and warn the driver about pressure loss until it drops to 26 psi depending on the type of system used. Under the same circumstances, a driver of a light truck that calls for 80 psi won't be warned until just 60 psi remains. In both of these cases, significant load capacity has been sacrificed before the driver is warned.

Regardless of what type of vehicle you drive or what type of tires you ride, spending a few minutes every month checking your tires is time well spent. You'll save fuel dollars, premature tire replacement costs and who knows, perhaps you might save someone's life in the process. Isn't that worth it?

Don't forget to break in those new tires.

Monday, May 10, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Whether you purchased S2000 tires or Camaro tires, or performance SUV tires—in fact, it doesn't really matter what kind of automobile tires you buy, they'll all need to be broken in before you push the pedal to the metal.

During the manufacturing process, a release lubricant is applied which prevents the tire from sticking to the mold in which it was created. Unfortunately, some of that lubricant remains on the tire upon installation. It reduces traction for a bit, but wears off after use. Going easy on your tires and driving cautiously for the first 500 miles should eliminate this lubricant and allow the other layers of the tire (the rubber, steel and fabric) to work as they should.

Even then, you'll want to go easy on your tires until you feel totally comfortable controlling them. Odds are good that your old tires didn't have much traction, which means your new tires will handle a little differently at first. Even if they are the same make and model.

To read more tire tech articles from Tire Rack, just click here. And if you actually need to purchase some new tires, shop according to vehicle for a customized list of options.

C6 Corvette Tires and Wheels (Part 1: Tires)

Friday, May 7, 2010 by Brandon Lorenc
I was talking to one of my Corvette customers the other day and he told me that in his Corvette club most members buy their Corvette Rims and New Automobile Tires from Tire Rack. By far the most popular tires I sell for this car personally are the Firestone Auto Tires, we are also one of the largest Goodyear Tire Dealers and I often sell the Original Equipment Goodyears for this car as well. But for people who don't want the O.E. Corvette Goodyear tires the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Run Flat tires are the most popular. People tend to like them because they are very high performance tires comparable to the Goodyears and usually less expensive.

FH Wide Oval Run Flat

Check back next week for my post on Corvette Rims to go with these tires!

Tire reviews for our new automobile tires are rolling in!

Friday, April 16, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Your peers are sharing their opinions on the new automobile tires we added to our inventory. If you've been considering a set for your own vehicle, you'll want to take advantage of this first-hand information. Here's a look at what's being said.

Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

"What a tire! These were the first Firestones I ever purchased and I was impressed beyond expectations, wet, dry traction, cornering, noise, performance....it's all there." — Tire Rack Consumer Review, Chevrolet Corvette, MI

Goodyear Assurance ComforTread Touring
"Waited for these tires to come out for a few months. So far, so good. A little noisier than I anticipated though, but handling is pretty, pretty good." — Tire Rack Consumer Review, Toyota Avalon, NJ

Kumho eco Solus HM KR22
"I bought these knowing that driver comfort and long wear were my primary motivating factors. I use my car as a dedicated commuter car that spends the majority of time at highway speeds and these tires have been a pleasure in terms of taming road noise. They also provide a comfortable ride and help quell bumps/shocks from entering the cabin." — Tire Rack Consumer Review, Toyota Corolla, CT

Kumho Solus KL21
"I have only driven 300 miles with these tires and I have been trying to take it easy during the break in period. Occasionally, I have had to corner, brake or swerve quickly because of road situations and these tires responded admirably. I held the road well and came to secure quick stop with no tire squeal." — Tire Rack Consumer Review, Chevrolet Blazer, NJ

Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (H&V)
"Sumitomo HTR tires are excellent at highway speeds (70 mph) changing lanes through 2" piles of slush and wet conditions. No hydroplaning noticeable. Car has much better cross wind and strong gusting wind stability now." — Tire Rack Consumer Review, Nissan Versa, Canada

Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W)
"We have recently had a "Nor'easter" here in PA with 6 inches of rain in 24 hours, and I have been putting the Sumis to the test. I only have 200 miles on the tires, but I have been very impressed so far. I have plowed through small lakes with ease, the tires cutting through the standing water like a hot knife through butter. I have pushed the car around corners in a downpour, and the tires held well. I like the overall performance of the tire." — Tire Rack Consumer Review, Acura TL, PA

Yokohama AVID ENVigor (H&V)
"I have only driven 100 miles on these, but they have my unqualified endorsement. They are as quiet and smooth as my old V4S tires, but seem to have more responsiveness and 3-4 mpgs better than the prior tires, as compared to when they were both new. Great tire." — Tire Rack Consumer Review, Toyota Camry, OH

Yokohama AVID ENVigor (W)
"HEAVEN!!! Very little road noise and living in NYC with the thousands of pot holes from recent storms was a easy way to quickly gauge the reaction and feel of the tires. I'm very satisfied with the results. When quickly moving to avoid a crater of a pothole the tires carried the weight of the car without any need to overcompensate the steering to maintain lane position. LOVE THESE TIRES!!!" — Tire Rack Consumer Review, Acura TL, NY

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Tire Rack: A Top Stop for New Automobile Tires

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
At Tire Rack, we take pride in our higher standards because it means we can continually offer you new automobile tires of excellent quality.

Our team of Performance Tire and Wheel Specialists is formed by individuals who are trained to provide fitment and performance advice. And by training, we mean approximately 80 hours a year in a classroom or in a test vehicle on our on-site test track. At Tire Rack, it's the experience that counts—and it helps us help you choose new auto tires. On the phone or online.

Contact us today, or use one of our online search tools. A detailed list of new auto tire options awaits you.

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