I am very impressed with these Continental EcoPlus tires! They are absolutely fantastic! Braking and stopping action is unbelievably effective. The tires don't slip. So effective they are at stopping, it's almost like your traveling back in time when you hit the brakes. I realize that Prius is very light (by design), but the previous tires I was running just didn't take a bite out of the road surface. I've never seen a set of tires effectively slow and stop a vehicle so rapidly. You can almost feel your eyeballs flying forward on an emergency braking action. During my first two weeks, a small animal ran across the road while I was traveling about 40 mph. I applied the brakes (as I was used to with my previous Goodyear ties), and the Prius just stopped, nearly at the exact location the brakes were applied. Amazing.
Otherwise, these tires drive the vehicle very straight, smooth on road and on not-so-improved roads (in Tennessee and Georgia), and there is very little road noise.
Initially, I thought that my MPG had reduced upon installing these tires, because I was down to about 46 mpg in my Prius. But I realize that I was simply driving the vehicle faster. After I caught myself, I reduced to published speeds +5, and now I'm back to 49-50 MPG.
I would purchase these tires again in an instant.
Makes your Prius grip the road, feels safe in heavy rain, does not hydroplane whatsoever, has a great feel, no noticeable noise, and a great price.
Perfect combination. Thanks Tire Rack!