Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology

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Vehicle: 2010 Ford Fusion SE
Miles Driven on Tires: 1,000
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Spirited
Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology
Follow-Up Review: 10,000 miles on tires
December 06, 2013
We finally got some nasty weather here in D/FW today. Not only did these tires get me to work through some 4+ ice and snow pack, but they did it without a single instance where I was slightly worried about losing control. I made my normal 30 minute commute in 25 today because traffic was so light, but probably could have done it in 20 safely. I even tried to break the back end free (nothing in my trunk but the mini spare) and couldn't do it. These are about 9 months old, have had one rotation, and have about 10,000 miles on them. Even though we had a very hot summer during which I drove them hard on a frequent basis (loved the stick to the ground feeling), I can still see all three of the D W S indicators and my traction in rain and now snow / ice pack has been nothing short of amazing. If you are thinking about tires, the wait to order these and the cost is more than worth it! 2 disclaimers: 1) I went from the 225 / 50 / 17 recommended size to a 235 / 50 / 17 tire. 2) I work part time at an ice rink and drive a Zamboni, so my ice-driving skills are probably better than 99% of drivers. However, I would be more than comfortable letting my wife drive this car with these tires in these conditions today...they are that good and with the current price being under 150 a tire, they are a steal!!!
Initial Review: 1,000 miles on tires
March 28, 2013

While I have only had this tire for about a month and about 1,000 miles, I wanted to mention a few observations. First of all, this tire is ridiculous quiet. I bet these give off at least 90% less road noise than the stock Michelins that came on the Fusion.

Second, the cornering / start traction (I have a manual Fusion) is amazingly good. The stock Michelin tires were never this good, even at 65 miles on the odometer when I bought it.

The only negative I would list that my car seems to track from side to side a bit more on the road, but I am not 100% sure that is instability in the tire or the fact that I upsized from 225 / 50 / 17 to 235 / 50 / 17. At any rate, it is not a real issue since I know my car is in alignment and I tend to be a fairly aggressive driver anyway. Thus, the starting and cornering traction make up for anything else.

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