Continental CrossContact UHP
Follow-Up Review: 27,500 miles on tires
After 27.500mi the tires have about 40-50% treadlife remaining, better than I expected from a performance-oriented summer tire. Recently after noticing that the rears were wearing noticably faster, I swapped them to the front.<br><br>I'm still very pleased with these tires. Dry and wet grip remain very good and predictable, and braking distances are very short requiring minimal if any ABS-intervention in hard stops. I've driven through some heavy rainstorms at less-than-ideal speeds and hydroplaning resistance is still holding up well considering its remaining life. Steering response and feedback remain top notch- this is a tire that's easy to drive at the limits. Overall, a sporty and very safe tire.<br><br>Given its performance rating and the relatively good roads in NC, ride quality is acceptable for me. However, this isn't a tire for those looking for a soft ride. Road noise remains muted relative to its life. If I had to buy replacement tires for the X3 today, I'd probably buy them again in spite of its price.
Initial Review: 10,000 miles on tires
A great tire for drivers with crossovers and SUVs looking for excellent cornering stability and feel. Excellent feedback to the driver's inputs and predictable handling at the limit, with a progressive breakaway. Although not necessarily the grippiest tire out there, the handling characteristics overall more than make up. These tires handle wet driving conditions easily with excellent hydroplaning resistance even in the heaviest downpour at highway speeds. Stopping distances are very short for those emergency braking maneuvers. Drawbacks? This probably isn't the tire for those looking for ride comfort or all-season capability (it's a summer tire; I don't use it in the winter). On bad pavement, it doesn't absorb imperfections quite as well as less-performance oriented tires and although they're reasonably quiet, they're not the quietest ones out there. But for driving performance and handling, these Continentals are one of the top SUV tires out there.