Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DW

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Vehicle: 2010 Toyota Corolla LE
Miles Driven on Tires: 5,000
Location: Baltimore, MD
Driving Condition: Mostly Highway
Driving Style: Average
Continental ExtremeContact DW
Follow-Up Review: 19,000 miles on tires
October 03, 2012
Wearing well, still impressed with wet traction and freedom from nibble. But, wow! are they loud. Tread howl at all speeds, very audible inside car. This was probably too much tire for a daily-driver Corolla; should have gone with a touring compound.
Initial Review: 5,000 miles on tires
July 15, 2011

These were installed on a new, stock Corolla LE, on Sport Edition alloys, purchased mounted and balanced from Tire Rack. They were Plus 1 size vs. the OE tires and steel wheels. This size is an option on the Corolla. The difference between these Continentals and the OE Continental all-season touring tires is unbelievable. Yes, they are a bit more harsh, and slightly noisier, but I estimate that these tires work better in the wet than the OE tires do in the dry. My only complaint is a pronounced low-speed (20 mph) growl when coming to a stop. Of course, they are completely unsafe for winter use, but I purchased a set of Michelin Ice winter tires for the OE wheels. As you can tell, I'm not a fan of all-season tires, which I feel are a very poor compromise. These tires do not turn a Corolla into a sports car, but I'm now very comfortable driving the car with these tires in all types of three-season conditions.

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