Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.62
 
 

2012 Infiniti G37 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
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Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 21, 2015

Replaced OEM Goodyear RSA's. RSA's were good bu only got 28,000 miles on them even rotating them every 5k miles and keeping them aligned and proper air pressure. So went with the Conti Pure Contacts recommended by Consumer Reports. Great tire except I am getting 1 mile less MPG with them vs. the RSA's. Averaging 22.5 on these vs. 23.5 for the previous RSA's. Not sure about tread life yet as the tires are only 3 months, but very happy with them and would buy again.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

2007 Volkswagen Passat Sedan 2.0T
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Miles driven on tires: 25,000
Location: Yuma, AZ
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 25,000 Miles on Tires
February 21, 2015

Crow for dinner anyone?

Back when I purchased my VW Passat it came with the ContiProContact P7’s 235/45 18’s and so I knew they were about as Plain-Jane as you could get. They were also noisy and they didn’t really blend well with my Sport Package Passat.

Onward: I was so annoyed with the loud noise I swapped out the very cool VW 18-inch wheels for the not so cool 17-inch wheels from a VW Passat Wagon. As a rule the 17’s provide for more rubber than wheel on the road and thereby soften the ride. So, I purchased a set of Michelin PS2’s and thought they would be the cat’s meow. Sadly, the noise wasn’t really any less than I could tell and I lost the sport appearance of my car. In fact, the Pirelli P7’s were better in terms of looks, balancing, and produced slightly less noise.

After about 17k the PS2’s were about gone with extensive wear on the inside shoulder of all 4 tires. So, I then purchased a set of Pilot Super Sports. To my disappointment the PSS were actually worst. I was so frustrated with the ride quality I traded in the Passat for a 2013 New Bug TDi. It came with 17-inch wheels with All-Season tires and the ride was very quite and smooth.

Still, I wanted something more sporty’ so I swapped out the 17’s for a set of VW 18-inch Astros wheels and I ended up with ContiProContact 235/45’s. Ironically, this set-up is pretty darn good.

BOTTOM LINE: Grand Touring Tires run smoother’, quieter, and last 25k plus! I now plan to purchase the Enkei RSM9 Platinum 18x8 wheels that weigh in just under 18-pounds! I also plan on a set of the Pirelli P7 Plus tires. YES, those same 235/45 18’s I originally started with on my 2007 Passat. The only difference will be the new series has a ‘PLUS’ designation but essentially, they are the same tire.

My days of trying to have the highest rated super grip tires are over. The P7’s provided me with a bold square shouldered stance with a smoother and less noisy ride and last a lot longer at nearly half the costs.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.62
 
 

2013 Ford Focus ST
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Miles driven on tires: 200
Location: FPO, AE
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 200 Miles on Tires
February 21, 2015

Coming off a set of Goodyear F1 Asymetical's, this is a night and day comparison....why Ford didn't have these as the OEM tire for the Focus ST is beyond me!!! These things claw at the tarmac and they raise the bar on overall performance for the type of tire it is. I used to be able to break traction to the front wheels easily with the F1's...even when brand new. With the Super Sports, they just grip and never let go!!! It also helps with handling as the ST is a beast in the corners. It just makes a good thing better. Given the fact that I am currently living in Italy where I am able to push my car in ways other US owners dream of on a daily basis, I can say that these are a huge bang-for-your-buck upgrade for handling. Even during the rainy season here in Italy with the less than stellar road surfaces, they grip the road and boost driver confidence. If you own a Focus ST or even a Fiesta ST, switch from the OEM tires and get these ASAP!!! You will thank me later!!!!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Precision Touring

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Precision Touring Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.91
 
 

2005 Chevrolet Uplander LS 2wd
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Windsor, VT
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 16, 2014

Best rain tire I have ever owned and best All Season Tire on snow I have ever owned and I live in Vermont.

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

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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

2008 GMC Acadia SLT AWD
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Miles driven on tires: 250
Location: Kansas City, MO
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 250 Miles on Tires
April 24, 2014

Early review of this tire. The ride quality is excellent, and the noise level is significantly reduced from the previous set of tires (Nitto). I've driven through torrential downpours already (this being Spring), and the tires have good grip on the wet surfaces. On dry pavement, the traction is excellent as well, and the SUV feels more stable. Cornering is above average, but my SUV wasn't made to corner so I'd consider that a bonus. I'll post a later review likely in the winter, after the tires have seen snow.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax RT

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax RT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 6.18
 
 

2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Coupe
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Miles driven on tires: 12,000
Location: Fort Wayne, IN
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 12,000 Miles on Tires
October 21, 2014

This tire is VERY quiet, it does well in dry and wet conditions. It's absolutely horrid in any kind of frozen precipitation. I even have trouble starting in second gear in snow. I realize that my car is light and has a numerically high final drive even the lightest pressure on the throttle elicits wheel spin. i wish the rt43's had come out before I put these on.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Ultra Grip Ice WRT Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.82
 
 

2008 Ford Mustang
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
February 21, 2015

Bought these for my wife's Mustang & living in an area with ALL hills, she's had no issue in the snow light and deep! So worth it, these tires! WILL buy again!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2012 Ford Focus 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Harrisburg, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 22, 2015

Bought these in a 20mm section width downsize. Car is extremely confident in the snow, very little to no wheelspin even in deep snow. In the dry the car still feels stable and secure. Every non performance AWD/FWD vehicle will be getting a set of these tires for winter duty from here on. If you drive a RWD performance vehicle other snow tires may be more suited to your driving style (also installed on my '13 BRZ) but I don't think there are better all around winter tires within $50 per of this tires price range. Absolutely love them. If you're driving style can sacrifice the section width I highly recommend a skinnier fitment.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber AT 2

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber AT 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.47
 
 

2001 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner
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Miles driven on tires: 10,000
Location: Madison, CT
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,000 Miles on Tires
February 21, 2015

Had Brigestone Revo ATS tires before and I loved them. I found out they changed the Brigestones and were not as good as the original. Bought the General AT2 tires based on the reviews and crossed my fingers. Turns out to be a great choice and for a super price. After installation they rode soooo much smoother than the Bridgestones, I almost assumed they where inflated on the soft side and never checked them. Snow traction at that point wasn't that great. A couple of months later I checked the pressure..... 45 PSI! I reduced them to 32 PSI and what a difference in the snow, and didn't affect the handling at all. I'm very pleased with the Generals - the best bang-for-the buck I think you could find. The ONLY bad thing I can say is that the tread holds rocks (stones) in them easily and will fly off when driven fast, but the traction is worth it. A really great tire!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.67
 
 

2009 Mazda Mazda6 Sport Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 20
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Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 20 Miles on Tires
February 24, 2015

I just purchased these tires and put just 20 miles on it. I know I should not say a lot as the tires didn't even "brake-in" but I wanted to say my first impression.

Imediately, the highway MPGs went from 36 to 38.9 (based on the car's computer) - same temperature (25 degrees fahrenheit outside - dry road - low humidity)
I have a Mazda 6 2.5L, 4 cyl in peak condition (iridium spark plugs + Mobil 1 Syntetic oil + recently cleaned the throtle body)

FOR ALL THE PEOPLE THAT STATED THEIR MPG WENT DOWN AFTER BUYING THIS TIRE...PLEASE READ THIS ARTICLE THAT EXPLAINS WHY YOUR MPG ARE LOWER THAN THE PREVIOUS TIRE: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=177

I'll post more once I'll put several thousand miles to break them in.
The OHTSU tires were worn about 70 % (you could see Washington's head from a quarter coin) but still had some tread on them after 38000 miles on them. These are "value" tires and they cost about $70 at the dealership !!! Imagine that the stealership :) has a huge profit margin and then you'll know this is a budget tire that has nothing special and does not excel in any category other than being super cheap.


Old tires: OHTSU FP7000 - summer tire - http://www.tirereview.com/falken-launches-first-ohtsu-passenger-tire/
New tires: Continental PureContact - all season tire -
Size: 215/55/17

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated
 
 

2006 Toyota 4Runner 2wd SR5
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Miles driven on tires: 500
Location: High Springs, FL
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 500 Miles on Tires
February 23, 2015

Noisiest tires I ever owned![I am 80 years old]. Thump...thump...on some roads and whoo..whoo...on other roads. Don't buy this tire unless you like continuous tire noise!Finally I complained enough that Goodyear replaced them with Dunlops at no charge. What really bothered me was that the Goodyears were check rated by Consumer Reports. The Dunlops are nice and quiet.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 Run Flat

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3 Run Flat Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2009 BMW 335d Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Lethbridge, AB
Driving Condition: Easy Going
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 23, 2015

Excellent all round performance. Where I live we get cold temperatures and occasional light snow, with the odd heavy snowfall thrown in, so I bias my selection of winter tires to dry pavement. I must admit I was very pleasantly surprised by these tires. They truly feel like summer tires on dry pavement, and are way ahead of my old Blizzak OEM runflats for noise, comfort and handling in the snow.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.44
 
 

2015 Volkswagen GTI
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Miles driven on tires: 1,500
Location: Plymouth, MN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 1,500 Miles on Tires
February 23, 2015

We live in MN, so lots of cold months to test winter tires. I keep telling people that its not about 2WD/AWD/4WD - its about the tires. the GTI is a quick and nimble car and with winter tires on, I have seen it work better than all wheel drive, we also have a new Honda CRV which has AWD but has All season tires, on a snowy and icy day, I insist we take the GTI with the winter tires, the Honda with the All seasons is simply no match. Our driveway is steep and it gets icy, the GTI makes it up the driveway everytime with no slips, the CRV not so much, the same in the corners. the CRV slides, the GTI does not. Went driving on a lake bed this weekend, the approach to the lake from the parking lot is a slope and is very icy because of people spinning their wheels. Sat there seeing trucks and other larger vehicles with 4WD spin their wheels coming up, when it was our turn, no drama, no spins, just went up - of course you have to drive carefully all the same. Strongly recommend getting a set of winter tires for your vehicles.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.36
 
 

2014 Subaru Forester
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Cranberry Township, PA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
February 23, 2015

Somewhat disappointed in the capability of this tire in slush and heavy snow. It's forte seems to be the ability to perform under icy conditions. The lack of traditional lugs in this tire inhibits its ability to channel snow. Understand I do have these installed on a late model Subaru Forester and purposely downsized to put more concentrated weight on the road. However given the usual lack of winter conditions in Western Pa I believe this still is the perfect tire possible. I expect long wear given it is a "green" tire. Extremely quiet, an added plus.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25
 
 

2004 Audi A4 1.8T FWD
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Miles driven on tires: 15,000
Location: Evansville, IN
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 15,000 Miles on Tires
February 24, 2015

These tires are wearing tremendously well. Not as quiet a former Hankook's, but the wet and dry traction has gone beyond expectation, even as tread depth has decreased. I am likely to stick with these going forward, particularly for the price.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Altimax Arctic

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Altimax Arctic Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.18
 
 

2002 Ford Mustang
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Miles driven on tires: 2,250
Location: Rural Retreat, VA
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 2,250 Miles on Tires
February 24, 2015

Driving a mustang in the snow can be difficult, but with these tires there is no problem on ice or snow.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H727

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H727 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.55
 
 

2005 Honda Accord Sedan EX 4cyl
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Miles driven on tires: 10,100
Location: Greenleaf, WI
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 10,100 Miles on Tires
February 25, 2015

Yes, I have over 100,000 miles on this set of tires. They are noisier than the factory tires my car came with, and if you don't rotate them regularly you will get uneven wear, otherwise they're great. I live in the north and have not gotten stuck with these in the snow, as I did with other tires. Have been very pleased with them, and am looking at prices for a new set since these are at the end of their life. At 100,000 miles I noticed slipping on wet and snowy pavement.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Premier A/S

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Premier A/S Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.25
 
 

2013 Lexus ES 350
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Miles driven on tires: 4,000
Location: Champaign, IL
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 4,000 Miles on Tires
February 23, 2015

Replaced Michelin Primacies that still had a lot of tread left, but wanted the peace of mind of new rubber for an extended road trip we had planned.
My big complaint about these tires is that my gas mileage dropped 10-15% upon installation from what I was getting with the Primacies. Whereas I was getting 30-31 mpg on the highway before, I am now getting 27-28. Tire inflation is as specified by Lexus.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Geolandar H/T G95A

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Geolandar H/T G95A Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.64
 
 

2013 Subaru Forester
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Miles driven on tires: 25,250
Location: Denver, CO
Driving Condition: Spirited
 

Initial Review, 25,250 Miles on Tires
February 24, 2015

I have 2 Subaru Foresters. My 2013 has the Geolanders on it. I haven't driven in deep snow, but I live in Colorado, so I would put snows on for deep snow. I was all over the East Coast last summer on every kind of dirt road there is and these were quiet and gripped the road perfectly in all sorts of nasty conditions. Rain, mud, water, etc. I am impressed because these tires are the perfect mix of off road and highway, which also equates into great gas mileage. It has the perfect tread for both and does well with both types of road. I've had beefy off road tires on my other subie, and the mileage dropped a lot (23 mpg highway, plus I was in Canada and paying $6/gal, so $75 to fill up). I have a little over 25K on these, lots of tread left, will easily get 50K and I like that the tire is versatile because I'm always exploring different places and go on wilderness dirt roads where I need traction and grip but also need the gas mileage. I hesitate to put beefy tires on my subies again since the mileage drops so radically. I'm a little more aware of staying light for the gas mileage. I already have 4 new Geolanders that I got a deal on. Love the versatility... and the gas mileage... Happy road tripping and exploring!! I think these are the perfect mix for me.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1

Friday, February 20, 2015 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8
 
 

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander
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Miles driven on tires: 3,000
Location: Woodstock, CT
Driving Condition: Average
 

Initial Review, 3,000 Miles on Tires
February 14, 2015

Only driven a few times in the snow, they do loose traction at times but generally feel secure. In the dry they are a little vague in a straight line and some correction is necessary, but generally are better than the stock Goodyear LS2 tires which are very disappointing tires. I purchased these as there is no way I would use the stock tires in the winter. I have owned several sets of Blizzak tires including the WS70 tires and would rate these higher than the DM-V1's. I have not driven other brands of winter tires as I have been very happy with the Blizzak's.