Continental ContiProContact Review: Features
Continental ContiProContact Review: Test Drive
The Continental ContiProContact had higher levels of dry traction than other all-season touring tires I tested so far. This is not a sporty tire so I didn’t test the tires based on track performance. But for humble day-to-day driving in the city and highway, the tires performed better than advertised. Braking was also strong and steady and the steering felt more nimble and more direct. If you demand outstanding levels of grip and precise handling, these are not the tires for you. Then again, the tires gave my Accord nimbler handling as long as you don’t push it. So far, so good.
The Continental ContiProContact offers all-season versatility without penalizing comfort and performance. This is the tire to get if you don’t want to spend a ton of money on a set of silent, comfy, and responsive all-season touring tires.
This tire is available in:
Sedans/crossovers/minivans, 15” to 19”, Touring, All-season
In this review of the Hankook Ventus RS4, I was lucky enough to obtain a 2013 Ford Focus ST as my test vehicle. The car was fitted with aftermarket 18-inch wheels wrapped in a relatively new set of Hankook Ventus RS4 tires.
I asked him why he considered the Hankook Ventus RS4 tires over other brands, and he was quick to point out two factors: the style and the price. The Ventus RS4 is certainly far from being cheap, but it delivers incredible value considering the looks and performance of the tire. Starting at around $130 each, it is way less than what you would pay for a Bridgestone or Michelin summer tire.
Hankook Ventus RS4 Review: Features
The directional treads are designed using variable groove angle technology to optimize the block stiffness of the tire. The Ventus RS4 also benefits from stiffer shoulder blocks to further enhance the steering response while improving cornering grip as well.
The Hankook Ventus RS4 is constructed using a new carbon black and silica racing compound to increase the overall stiffness of the carcass while improving traction and grip on wet pavement. The tire is equipped with a pair of wider steel belts and a dual layer joint-less nylon full cover to optimize durability and vehicle handling.
Hankook Ventus RS4 Review: Test Drive
The added horsepower of the motor was a perfect match to the traction and grip of the tires.
The steering also felt more stable and more precise as I was able to position the nose of the car perfectly as I attacked a winding corner.
Braking was also a fuss-free affair since the tires were able to stop the car confidently without much fuss or drama. The car felt composed, and the tires seem they were asking for more. It felt that the tires can stand up to bigger and better engine mods. They were that good in the dry.
In this review of the Hankook Kinergy GT, I got the chance to test drive a 2011 Honda Accord EX with a DOHC 2.4-liter motor and 5-speed automatic transmission. The car was fitted with gorgeous 17-inch aftermarket wheels and Hankook Kinergy GT tires. It is also worth noting my car was also equipped with a lowered stance courtesy of aftermarket progressive-rate lowering springs.
I guess it all makes sense. But what I can’t understand is the price of the tires. The Hankook Kinergy GT starts at less than $120 each, which is a bit steep if you’ll ask me. But if the tires can roll silently and comfortably without penalties in dry and wet traction, then it is probably worth it. You can also expect to get good mileage out of the tires since they are in grand touring spec after all.
Hankook Kinergy GT Review: Features
The Hankook Kinergy GT is constructed using a high-grip silica compound that offers better performance in winter conditions while enhancing the grip and traction of the tire on dry pavement. The tire is also equipped with a stiffer sidewall to improve the steering feel of your vehicle.
Hankook Kinergy GT Review: Test Drive
I pressed hard on the gas pedal on a sandy highway and the tires simply soldiered on with nary a complaint. I attacked a right-hand corner at higher than average speeds and the tires managed to grip the road without breaking traction. But if you really push it too far, you will hear the tires squirming for grip as the rubber tries to maintain contact with the road.
The owner told me his old tires were simply unbearable on the highway due to the presence of a constant droning sound in the cabin. The Hankook Kinergy GT tires offered him some much needed relief from the road noise.
In the world of performance-oriented all-season tires, the Yokohama Avid Ascend is the one that receives a lot of praise. Yokohama made sure the Avid Ascend will retain the excellent all-season handling of a performance tire with the low noise and long wear characteristics of a touring tire. Drivers from all over the world also have praises for the supreme comfort of the tires.
It all sounds good, but there is a minor caveat with the Yokohama Avid Ascend: the price. I guess this will depend on the type of vehicle and the intended application, but you can find a competent set of all-season touring tires for a lower cost compared to the Avid Ascend.
But the price is all relative to the features and performance of the product. In this review of the Yokohama Avid Ascend, I was able to acquire a sporty 2010 Nissan Altima 2.5 S sedan equipped with aftermarket 17-inch wheels. The Yokohama Avid Ascend tires fitted to my test car were only a month old during the time of this review. The owner is a fella in his late thirties who loves to drive fast without giving up space and ride comfort. It seems I have the perfect car for the job.
My test vehicle was slightly modified by the owner. The engine had a nice intake noise courtesy of an aftermarket cold air intake. The car was riding on progressive-rate lowering springs for a more aggressive stance. The wheels looked like they were ready to hit the track.
I asked the owner why he chose the Yokohama Avid Ascend. He was quick to point out the stellar reviews of the tire, particularly the comfort and long tread life. In terms of price, the Avid Ascend is not exactly cheap. Prices start at less than $125 each and are lower than comparable tires from other popular brands.
Yokohama Avid Ascend Review: Features
The Yokohama Avid Ascend is equipped with an optimized tread profile with unique tread block ridges to help reduce tread movement when the tire is in motion. This will enable the tires to perform silently even at high speeds.
The tire is also equipped with deep circumferential grooves and cross grooves to further enhance water evacuation while providing high levels of grip on slippery or icy roads. The adaptive 3D sipes are designed to increase the rigidity of the blocks to promote even tire wear and enhanced all-season traction.
The Yokohama Avid Ascend takes it a step further by adding a tapered center rib to enhance the stability and steering feel of your vehicle. The tire also benefits from a multi-pitch tread design that utilizes variable shaped tread blocks to cancel out tire roar at high speeds.