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

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Vehicle: 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche Z66 2wd
Miles Driven on Tires: 500
Location: Cave Creek, AZ
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology
Initial Review: 500 miles on tires
February 27, 2012

What I was looking for was a responsive tire with good straight line stability. Handling and surefooted confidence was far more important than a spongy ride. The Yokohama Geolandar HT/S tires (with 15K on them) that were on the truck when purchased used at 93K were quite squirmy exhibiting a very delayed response from steering input. Before I looked for tires I replaced the shocks, Idler arm and pitman arm, and had the truck aligned. I had a very unique opportunity to test three new tires on my truck: P265/70R17 Michelin LTX MS2, LT265/70R17 Michelin LTX MS2, and the P265/70R17 Continental CrossContact LX20. The P265/70R17 Michelin LTX MS2 exhibited considerable tire squirm at both 35 and 40 psi cold, not unlike the Yokohamas. The LT load-e version of the same Michelin LTX MS2 tire felt very similar at 50 and 60 psi, although the ride was predictably firmer. The Continental CrossContact LX20s, however, were like night and day compared to the Michelins and the Yokohamas. There was more feedback from the tires with a slightly firmer ride. They were quieter (although I wouldn't consider the Michelins noisy). But the steering response was considerably better. Steering input resulted in a nearly immediate change in direction, far better than either the Michelins or the Yokohamas which both exhibited an uncomfortable lag in response. The Continentals are rated at a slightly higher load rating then the P-Metric Michelins (144 lbs. per tire more) and are three pounds lighter. If you are interested in handling response and a better driving tire, get the Continentals.

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