Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422

Thursday, July 24, 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.

Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29
 
 

2002 Ford Taurus SE Sedan
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: San Antonio, TX
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
July 23, 2014

My wife and daughter believed I put shocks on their car because of the varying texture consistency of the ride! Highly recommended to any who rides on highways for extended periods. Fuel economy was enhanced by two miles per gallon. Go for the purchase and save valuable time by going to purchase this product.

Low Dust Brake Pad Options

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by Marshall Wisler

Does your vehicle have squeaking brakes or pads that produce too much dust? You may want to consider a move to a ceramic pad. Ceramic pads leave a lighter trail of dust than traditional pads with a higher metallic content and are typically very quiet. While ceramic pads do not have the necessary heat range to be used effectively in a track environment, they are still appropriate for some spirited drivers.

Ceramic pads meet or exceed all Original Equipment standards for durability, stopping distance and noise. According to durability tests, ceramic compounds extend brake life compared to most other semi-metallic and organic materials and outlast other premium pad materials by a significant margin - with no sacrifice in noise control, pad life or braking performance.

As mentioned earlier, another characteristic that makes ceramic pads attractive is the absence of noticeable dust. All brake pads produce dust as they wear. The ingredients in ceramic compounds produce a light-colored dust that is much less noticeable and less likely to stick to your vehicle's wheels. Consequently, wheels and tires maintain a cleaner appearance longer.

If you're considering a ceramic brake pad for your vehicle, take a look at the following options:

For more information on using a ceramic brake pad on your application, read "Why Ceramic Brake Pads?"

Best Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires in Size 275/55R20

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by Gary Stanley

On-/Off-Road All-Terrain tires are common for those looking for aggressive tread patterns and some off-road traction. However, many drivers aren't looking for off-road traction and instead drive mostly on the street. These drivers would rather have a tire with a smoother and quieter ride with longer wear. This is what makes tires in the Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category so appealing to them. The best two options in this category for tire size 275/55R20 are the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology and Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza.

CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza
Bridgestone Dueler
H/L Alenza


If winter traction isn't a priority for you based on the area you live in, I'd suggest the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza for its smooth, quiet ride and outstanding wet traction. Are you going to experience winter conditions while on the road? Are you concerned about snow traction? You don't have to sacrifice much in the way of snow traction when you purchase the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology. It provides very good snow traction for an all-season tire, even better than some all-terrain tires.

The CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology is currently ranked first in our tire survey results. It has the highest ratings in the following areas compared to other options in the Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season category:

  • Hydroplaning resistance
  • Wet traction
  • Light snow traction
  • Ride comfort

Curious to see what other drivers are saying about their experience with the Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology? Take a look at some of our customer reviews

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: 9
 
 

2009 Chevrolet Traverse LT
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 11,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 11,000 Miles on Tires
April 05, 2014

These tires replaced to OEM Goodyears. Overall these Continentals are quieter and far smoother riding. As we use Bridgestone Blizzaks in winter on this vehicle I cannot speak to how the Continentals perform in truly snowy conditions but overall they are an excellent tire and a good value. I'd definitely buy them again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

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 ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.91
 
 

2007 Mini Cooper S
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 30,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 30,000 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2014

These tires are a much softer compound than most tires. If you have any issues with alignment or bearings going, fix them immediately otherwise these tires are prone to uneven wear quickly. After 30000 miles on them within 4 seasons, these tires show definite wear and might not make 50000 before I replace them. They did great in the winter on my small car, but wont make the next winter unfortunately. If you have a small car with tight suspension, these tires might not be a good fit for you.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

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 ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36
 
 

2004 Acura TL
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Warren, NJ
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
April 25, 2014

Purchased the Conti's after a set of Bridgestone RE 970's. The Bridgestone's handled great, but always had too much vibration, even with road force balancing, and wore out after 20k miles. Overall, much prefer the Conti's. They are smoother, quieter, and deliver better gas mileage (+10-15% better highway). They don't handle corners as well as the Bridgestone's--they have a softer sidewall--but are better in so many other ways that I prefer them overall. Currently have 8k miles on them and they are wearing well. Highly recommended.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ProContact 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 ProContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.64
 
 

2006 Toyota Sienna LE Fwd
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 22,000
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 22,000 Miles on Tires
December 25, 2013

I bought this tire to replace a pair of Michelin's which I liked very much, but was disappointed in the tread life (lasted only 45k). Boy did I make a mistake. These Continentals are a decent tire as far as performance is concerned (mind you my wife is driving these on a minivan), but after 22k miles, they are almost spent! This is on an 80k mile tread life tire! I wish I had kept the required receipts, etc. to cash in on the warrantee, but I honestly thought that when I bought these tires, I would be getting rid of the car before the tires wore out. My wife is driving these around town on a minivan, not going to the race track. I am flabbergasted that these tires are wearing like they are. These are the first set of Conti's I've owned and they will definitely be the last! I guess the Michelins are looking better all the time.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport 3

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.

Michelin Pilot Sport 3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.5
 
 

2011 Ford Mustang Convertible
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: San Diego, CA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
June 10, 2014

Had Pirelli P Zero same size tires which was original equipment for this vehicle.
The Pirelli's had to be replaced at 24,000 miles with a little life left but started to wear down the center as well as overall tread depth.

The Michelin AST 3 Sport are quieter, corner better and are overall sure footed on wet pavement.

I'm keeping up with tire pressure, rotation and balancing (coming up) as I did with the Pirelli's but I am hoping that I will get 45,000 miles out of them as rated.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

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 ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 4.83
 
 

2011 Acura RDX
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Chester, NY
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
April 21, 2014

I am a bit perplexed by this set of DWS tires. My last set, purchased in 2012, were much better. The current set, purchased about a month and 2000 miles ago, are extremely disappointing. I am experiencing too much vibration and noise, the tires don't seem balanced at all, and most importantly, the vehicle feels downright unstable at highway speeds. It seems to squirm constantly, feeling like it's moving side to side and makes handling difficult and unpredictable. I really don't know what to make of this, other than maybe I got a bad batch, or maybe Continental changed this tire. Either way, I am hoping I can return these and get something else because I certainly do not care for this tire and I want my excellent-handling vehicle back.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

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.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.12
 
 

2005 Mercedes-Benz CL55
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Loudon, NH
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
June 10, 2014

Tires transform the car. It feels like it is all wheel drive. Steering with the throttle is a snap. The limits of the car on the street with these tires have not even be tickled by me; I would need a track for that. The stock Bridgestones are unacceptable and wore quickly. I thought the Hankook V-12s were good until I tried these PSS. I have a set of Pilot Alpin PA-4s on separate AMG wheels for winter use. I do not believe in all-seasons. Frankly, there is no other choice than the PSS unless you want a DOT approved race tire which has its compromises in the wet. The PSS do not.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

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 ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.91
 
 

2008 Mazda MAZDA3 5-Door
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 65,000
Location: Flemington, NJ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 65,000 Miles on Tires
May 06, 2014

These tires lasted 65,000 miles before they finally needed replacing. The D/W/S indicator is an easy way to tell how much life is left ("D" was the only indicator still visible at the time of replacement) Great cornering, decent braking right up to the time of replacement.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Latitude Diamaris

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.

Michelin Latitude Diamaris Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.38
 
 

2011 Land Rover Range Rover
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 32,500
Location: Franklin, TN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 32,500 Miles on Tires
June 10, 2014

This has been a great tire. 32,500 miles and down to the wear indicators. I drive combination of city/highway and never had an issue with these tires. Handling is very good, considering they are on a heavy range rover. Been off road quite a bit, but never in very severe conditions and never had an issue. Very little snow/ice so can't say much about that. Because they have been so good, will most likely put these tires back on next time.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ContiProContact

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 ContiProContact Reviewer's Overall Rating: 5.55
 
 

2012 Honda Civic Sedan
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 48,000
Location: Orleans, ON
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 48,000 Miles on Tires
April 04, 2014

These tires came on the civic when I purchased it. Awesome dry traction, wet traction is decent and people stop complaining about snow traction on all season tires. Get snow tires... All seasons are for wet and dry roads. These tires do wear out fast though definitely not rated for the 96000kms they say you'll get got about 60000kms on the fronts and they're done... Rears have maybe another 10000kms left or so. Anyways a good tire if you want grip but want double what you would get from an UHP summer tire in terms of kms

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus

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.

Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.43
 
 

2008 Nissan Armada SE
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: Midlothian, VA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
April 07, 2014

Only about 500 miles on these so far, so this is pretty much just initial impressions made to date. This is my fourth set of Duelers, third of which were Alenzas and first of the new Plus series. I had Michelin Latitudes on prior to this current set largely because they were on sale for less than the Alenzas last time around and I figured heck, they're Michelins. What could go wrong? Evidently, alot! Never liked them and couldn't wait to switch back to the Bridhestones!

All of that said, these new Alenzas are the new Plus series. The first plus is they now sport an 800 treadwear rating. They are now a "low rolling resistance" design, so my only concern will be wet traction as they wear. We'll see as wet traction is just fine new. Other impressions so far: very smooth ride and very quiet. My last set of Alenzas were good, but not great in the ride and noise department. The trade off was handling over ride with those. That said, these do seem to have traded off a little bit on the handling and steering response for the improved ride, but they are still light years ahead of the forementioned Michelins in balancing ride and drive characteristics without giving up too much on either one. Our Armada is nice to drive again and we could not be happier at this point! Stay tuned for more reviews after we get some real miles on them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

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 ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.57
 
 

2008 Mercedes-Benz C350 Sport Sedan
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 8,000
Location: Charlotte, NC
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 8,000 Miles on Tires
May 01, 2013

Purchased these tires based on other consumers’ reviews and TireRack’s test results to replace OE Continental ContiProContact “grand touring all-season tires”. The ExtremeContact DWS are by no means bad tires, but I didn’t find them outstanding either. I can only compare them to the OE ContiProContact, so here is my experience: 1. Very noisy tires, especially the first 1,500 miles. Almost returned them because of this, but was too lazy to deal with the hassle. The noise eventually diminished, but still worse than OE. 2. Fuel consumption increased 3 - 5% compared to OE (I am guessing because they don’t have low rolling resistance technology like the OE). 3. Handling and traction is definitely better than with OE tires, but for my type of driving this improvement was not enough to compensate for the noise and increased fuel consumption. 4. I did not have the opportunity to test these tires in snow and icy conditions.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

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.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.4
 
 

2001 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Youngsville, NC
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
June 10, 2014

I wasn't sure if I should stick with the more expensive Sports or try the Super Sports. Glad I chose these, turn-in is much improved, understeer is all but gone now, the car provides much more confidence entering a corner. I do drive in a spirited manner, these tires are providing many smiles per gallon. I'll be putting these on the rears next

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia

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.

Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.44
 
 

2012 Mazda CX-9
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Marietta, GA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
April 07, 2014

Had to replace the OE tires - wanted to stick with OEs but no mileage warrenty, so went with these which appeared to be virtually the same. Good choice so far. Only compliant is some wheel spin on wet starts - but maybe I just need to take it easier. Otherwise good feel and traction. Road noise is minimal.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

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 ExtremeContact DWS Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.57
 
 

2009 Toyota Matrix
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 2,300
Location:  
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,300 Miles on Tires
May 08, 2014

My old tires were BF Goodrich "p215/45zr18". They were extremely noisy. I did a little research looking for a nice quiet tire which had some snow capability. I finally decided on this tire. It was taken on a long trip of over 2000 miles and it handled very well...and they are "finally" a quiet tire compared to the BF Goodrich tires I replaced. I hope they remain as quiet as they are now. I can hear the radio.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

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.

Michelin LTX M/S2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.93
 
 

2013 Nissan Xterra 4wd
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Calgary, AB
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
June 10, 2014

Switched from Goodyear Duratracs. I get it too totally different class of tires but what a difference. It's like driving a new vehicle. These tires are very responsive, quite, and extremely smooth on the road. No they are not the greatest snow and ice tire, in Alberta you should be switching out to actual winter graded tires. My only regret is not switching to these tires sooner.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT

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.

Bridgestone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.88
 
 

2007 Mini Cooper S
More Tire Reviews for This Vehicle

 
Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Marietta, GA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

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

Replaced a set of Bridgestone Potenza RE050 RFT (after 15K miles). These were cheaper and seemed to meet my needs. So far I'm very happy with my choice. These are quiet and have provided very good traction in both dry and wet conditions.