Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS

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Vehicle: 2005 Subaru Legacy Sedan 2.5I Base Model
Miles Driven on Tires: 35,000
Location: Cameron Park, CA
Driving Condition: Mostly Highway
Driving Style: Average
Continental ExtremeContact DWS
Initial Review: 35,000 miles on tires
September 01, 2012

Alive and well to play another day. From extreme winter weather (throw in everything but the kitchen sink) to searing hot temps, the Continental ExtremeContact DWS tires have performed way beyond my expectations. You're able to sense the road without compromising the comfort of the ride.

Light snow/sleet driving - awesome! In fact, it's fun to see the tread on freshly fallen snow. You can see the tread patterns from other vehicles and know which ones will be seen on the side of road, putting on chains. I didn't feel a difference in performance, especially in this type of condition.

Heavy/deep snow - excellent. The tires really work wonders on keeping the car moving, even at a slope. You'll feel the tires gripping. Could get a little noisy, but you know it's doing its job.

Icy conditions - The performance of the tires are wholly based on the skills and experience of the driver. I, for one, enjoy driving in extreme weather. The tires will grip, but you'll feel some shuddering when it's slipping. In my opinion, the tires perform as conditions allow.

Wet conditions - What hydroplaning? If you really wanted to make it happen, you'd find a way. At average speeds in wet conditions (pouring rain, roadside flooding, the annoying misty drizzle, etc.), the tires perform, no problem at all. It doesn't lose traction. The water is dispersed very well. Even at sudden braking (because it's inevitable), the tires just stick- think nice, sunny day conditions. No sliding, shuddering. You brake. You stop.

Dry conditions - perfect performance. Take that corner as fast as you want to. Just don't blame the tires if your driving ability isn't up to par.

We've certainly got our money's worth from these tires. Safety and performance are top/equal priority when it comes to the tires we put on our car. We rely on our vehicle to get us to our destination and back home in one piece. No regrets, no calls to AAA. Those are reasons why we're getting another set.

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