Continental TrueContact Review

Continental TrueContact Review

  • Dry 90%
  • Wet 90%
  • Snow 60%
  • Comfort 85%
  • Noise 80%
  • Treadwear 90%
  • Overall 85%

I am familiar with the brilliant all-weather capabilities of the Continental TrueContact tire. My colleague once drove a Honda Accord fitted with Continental TrueContact tires. They cost less than $100 each and they gave the Accord a higher level of touring refinement. When I found out I was doing this review of the Continental TrueContact, I wanted to find a test vehicle for a long weekend drive, preferably a sedan or crossover.

Luckily for me, I got my hands on a 2017 Ford Fusion S sedan. It came with the 2.5-liter four-banger and six-speed automatic transmission. It is also fitted with 17” stock wheels in a luster nickel finish. Heard the news the Fusion will be discontinued only to be revived as a station wagon? Ford saw it fit to utilize the Fusion platform so it can go head-to-head with the magnificent Subaru Outback. That’s too bad because the Fusion is not only a great-looking car, but it rides smoothly and offers a ton of room for five adults plus cargo. I heard some rumors about reliability issues and bad customer support, but the Fusion is still a great car.

Continental TrueContact review: Features

The Continental TrueContact is an all-season touring tire. It is designed to increase the refinement and comfort of your sedan, crossover, minivan, or sports coupe. This tire is primarily engineered to deliver tons of comfort, a quiet and serene ride, outstanding fuel economy, and a longer wear life. Continental utilized the patented EcoPlus Technology to create a tire that performs well in all-season driving (including light snow) while still providing excellent traction and longer wear life.

The Continental TrueContact was constructed using an all-season tread compound infused with Tg-F polymers and +Silane additives to prolong tread wear, offer better wet traction, and enhance the fuel economy by lowering the rolling resistance. The symmetric tread design is equipped with three wide circumferential grooves to prevent hydroplaning. The tire also comes with traction grooves that you can see as vertical ridges in the circumferential grooves to deliver more biting edges over snowy or loose surfaces.

In order to offer a more comfortable and silent ride, the Continental TrueContact is also equipped with a cushioning layer of rubber that Continental calls ComfortRide Technology. This unique system will absorb shock and vibration to give your vehicle a better ride.

Continental TrueContact review: Test Drive

The goal in this review of the Continental TrueContact is to drive my test vehicle for a weekend jaunt that covers approximately 1,200 miles. I will need to drive a bit aggressively if I was to return home by Monday the following week. After packing my bags and playing some driving music, I hit the open road and drove off.

Dry Traction

The sun was up by Sunday morning, but it rained hard as I departed the big city. The Continental TrueContact tires felt marvelous in the dry, but the single most defining factor will have to be the road comfort, but more on that later. Braking also felt fuss-free while the steering and handling was a bit on the sportier side of the spectrum. The Continental TrueContact offered higher levels of grip in the dry than other touring tires I tested. This was not surprising since the TrueContact is endowed with a sporty symmetrical tread design, but it’s not the top dog if you desire more grip or traction for true sporty driving.

Wet Traction

The Continental TrueContact felt stable and secure as I sped on a wet highway. Credit also goes to my Ford Fusion test vehicle. It behaved like a sporty sedan even as I clumsily sawed at the wheel over wet and dirt-filled surfaces. The tires never failed to maintain traction as my sedan rolled over multiple patches of water puddles that some, I assume, were more than 2-inches deep! Braking in the wet was also strong and straightforward.

Snow Traction

I didn’t get the chance to test the tires in deep snow but I was able to traverse over moderately icy terrain. I am happy to report my Ford Fusion remained unperturbed even in the presence of ice or light snow. I even had a chat with a fellow driver behind the wheel of a Subaru Forester which also came equipped with the Continental TrueContact tires. He even told me it was the best all-season tires he tested so far, and it can even handle a couple inches of snow without breaking traction.

Comfort

The true test of a touring tire is riding comfort. The Continental TrueContact is one of the best tires if you desire luxury-car levels of riding comfort for less than $150 each. The Ford Fusion is a comfortable sedan to start with, but the TrueContact tires were simply magnificent in terms of comfort and ride silence.

Noise

Like I said, the Continental TrueContact tires were eerily silent at both high and low speeds. This also happens to be one of the top tires I tested that rolled silently over any type of road, be it harsh concrete or smooth tarmac. Yes, it’s not the best in terms of dry grip but no other touring tire comes close when it comes to comfort and refinement.

Treadwear

The Continental TrueContact tires in my test vehicle were approximately 5 months old and have traveled an estimated 3,500-miles that consisted mostly of highway driving. The grooves were still fresh and had little signs of fading or wear.

Conclusion

The outstanding scores will say it all. The Continental TrueContact is a sterling choice for a touring tire that is intended for true all-season driving even over light snow. What makes this tire even more desirable is the price, which starts at just below $100 each. It’s not the best in terms of dry grip but it more than makes up for it in terms of comfort, refinement, and fuel economy.

This tire is available in:

Sedan/coupe/minivan/crossover, 15” to 19”, Touring, All-season

Continental ControlContact Tour AS Review

Continental ControlContact Tour AS Review

  • Dry 90%
  • Wet 85%
  • Snow 75%
  • Comfort 90%
  • Noise 80%
  • Treadwear 90%
  • Overall 85%
If the Continental TrueContact is a tad too expensive for your meager budget, the natural choice should be the ControlContact Tour A/S. It offers a better balance of fuel economy, all-season traction, and ride comfort at a lower entry price. Mind you, the Continental ControlContact Tour A/S is not the cheapest all-season tire you can find (you can basically find cheaper China-made tires for less than $60 a pop), but it does offer a ton of great features starting at around $80 each.
My test vehicle for this Continental ControlContact Tour A/S review is a humble 2016 Toyota Corolla S fitted with a 1.8-liter four-banger and CVT transmission. It also came with stock 17-inch wheels wrapped in Continental ControlContact Tour A/S tires. I know, the Corolla is not exactly the type of car that will make you scream for excitement, but it remains a bestseller for all the right reasons: reliability, comfort, easy to drive, and relatively frugal. Let’s see if the new Continental tires made a difference.

Continental ControlContact Tour A/S review: Features

The Continental ControlContact Tour A/S is manufactured using Continental’s EcoPlus Technology. It is geared towards enhancing the reliability, wear characteristics, and wet traction of the tire. The tire is a great choice for compact sedans, hatchbacks, minivans, and small crossover vehicles.

The ControlContact Tour A/S is an affordable all-season touring tire. The symmetrical tread deign enables superior performance on wet roads while enhancing silence and road comfort. The conservative tread design is also designed to maintain excellent fuel economy even as the tire wears out. Equipped with full depth sipes and traction grooves to offer more biting edges over snowy or icy terrain, the ControlContact Tour A/S is all about providing the right balance between all-season traction and touring comfort.

Continental ControlContact Tour A/S review: Test Drive

I noticed the right rear tire in my test vehicle was a bit short on air. I suspected a puncture so I drove to the nearest tire station. As it turns out, the tire was only running low on air. I had all the tires pumped to 32 psi, grabbed something to eat along the way, and proceeded with my test drive.

Dry Traction

The Continental ControlContact Tour A/S tires felt marginally better on dry tarmac compared to other cheap tires. Grip and traction were always present, but you will feel the tires gasping for dear life if you push hard in a winding corner. The Corolla, like most front wheel drive cars, had a tendency to understeer if you approach a corner at speed, but the tires managed to hold on and bring the car back in line with a simple correction of the steering. These tires are at their best at low or moderate speeds, which is exactly what I expected in a set of touring tires. If you have a fast car or if you like sporty handling, these are not the right tires for the job. But for normal driving, the tires are more than willing to perform.

Wet Traction

I was quite impressed on the Continental ControlContact Tour A/S tires behaved on wet roads. Yes, braking distances were significantly longer in the wet, but the tires managed to claw for traction even with my ham-fisted driving style. Again, not particularly brilliant at high speed but marginally talented at low to medium speeds. So far, so good.

Snow Traction

I did get the chance to test the Continental ControlContact Tour A/S tires over light snow. Traction was acceptable given the dreary road conditions, but you will need a major tire upgrade if you are looking to drive in places with more than 2-inches of snow or ice. I can feel the sipes and grooves hunting for traction as I gingerly tackled a snowy uphill, but the tires managed to get me home without any fuss or drama.

Comfort

The comfort level is the biggest selling point of the Continental ControlContact Tour A/S. The Corolla is not a Rolls Royce by any means, but the tires managed to further enhance the refinement of my test vehicle. I had more fun cruising down the highway than speeding on empty back roads during my test drive, and most of it had something to do with the superior comfort of the ControlContact Tour A/S tires. If all you want in a cheap tire is comfort, silence, and a longer wear life, I strongly suggest you take a closer look at the Continental ControlContact AS.

Noise

What can I say? The Continental ControlContact AS were superbly quiet and serene even as I drove over rougher patches of concrete roads. I did hear some tire roar at higher speed but it wasn’t too obtrusive to be considered annoying or uncomfortable. Of course, this may also have something to do with the NVH tuning of my test vehicle.

Treadwear

The Continental ControlContact AS tires fitted to my test vehicle were still fairly new. I found no traces of accelerated wear and tear and the grooves were as fresh as the morning dew. I had a brief conversation with the guy at the tire store and he told me his customers were amazed on the wear characteristics of the ControlContact AS. Of course, it always helps to have the wheel alignment checked when buying new tires.

Conclusion

The Continental ControlContact Tour A/S remains a stellar choice if you need a comfortable, quiet, and dependable all-season touring tire without spending a ton of cash. I was hoping for a bit more grip and a sprinkling of sporty handling, but it seems you can’t have it all unless you want to spend big bucks in a new set of tires. Overall, I was very impressed with the Continental ControlContact Tour A/S. It remains a bang for the buck alternative to other cheaper tires that are only second-rate in terms of performance and refinement.

Continental ContiProContact Review

Continental ContiProContact Review

  • Dry 85%
  • Wet 80%
  • Snow 75%
  • Comfort 85%
  • Noise 85%
  • Treadwear 80%
  • Overall 82%
In the world of all-season tires, the Continental ContiProContact deserves no introduction. In this review, I got the chance to test drive a vehicle fitted with Continental ContiProContact tires. This gave me enough time to put the tires through its paces and see how they perform in the real world. It is easy to state bold claims, but the true test of a good tire is to drive it for many miles over varying road conditions.
The Continental ContiProContact is an all-season grand touring tire designed for European or luxury vehicles sold in North America. The tires were so good that Continental saw it fitting to supply additional sizes and widths to fit a wide array of Japanese and American cars. I also like the price. You can buy a decent set of 16-inch ContiProContact tires for less than $100 each. I must admit they’re not exactly the cheapest in the touring category, but you ultimately get your money’s worth in terms of all-weather performance, fuel economy, and tread life. For this review, I was able to secure a 2014 Honda Accord LX fitted with aftermarket 17-inch wheels and Continental ContiProContact tires. Now this particular generation lost the smooth ride quality of the sixth-gen Accord, a car which I absolutely adored. My test vehicle is roomier than previous models, but it also came with firmer suspension and a stiffer ride. The Continental ContiProContact tires are known for their class-leading refinement. Are the tires good enough to tame the rather bumpy ride of my test vehicle? Let’s find out.

Continental ContiProContact Review: Features

The Continental ContiProContact is a grand touring tire for all-season driving. Yes, it can also handle a bit of loose dirt and snow. The tire is constructed from an all-season tread compound with notched center rib tread design. This will enable the tire to constantly maintain direct contact with the road which will also give the vehicle a more direct steering feel. The tire is also equipped with wider circumferential grooves for excellent hydroplaning resistance over wet or slippery roads. The ContiProContact also benefits from Continental’s PROactive Edge Technology. It consists of at least 800 arched edges in each tire to promote excellent all-weather and snow traction while minimizing road noise. This tire offers the perfect symmetry between comfort, performance, and fuel economy.

Continental ContiProContact Review: Test Drive

I filled up with a full tank of gas and checked the air in each tire. My Honda Accord is purring like a kitten. The standard CVT transmission is not exactly the champion in terms of response and smoothness, but it is perfectly at home on the freeway. This is going to be an interesting drive.

Dry Traction

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.

Wet Traction

In my opinion, the Continental ContiProContact tires were at their absolute best as I drove in stormy weather. I never felt the tires hunting for grip or traction and braking also felt consistent and strong. The steering still felt sublime over wet concrete or asphalt. My test vehicle rode steadily over water puddles and standing water. It really felt like the tires were slicing their way over slippery roads to consistently maintain surface contact.

Snow Traction

I also got the chance to test the Continental ContiProContact over icy and snowy roads. The tires felt average but traction was still consistent given the slick road surface. The additional biting edges on the tires worked their magic when I almost got stuck in moderately deep snow. Of course, don’t expect the tires to motivate your vehicle over excessively deep snow or thick ice. The ContiProContact is only good for light snow.

Comfort

I was expecting the Continental ContiProContact to enhance the refinement and ride quality of my test vehicle, and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s nice to know Continental didn’t sacrifice the ride quality of the ContiProContact in the name of all out sporty performance. My Honda Accord cruised serenely over smooth highways and will thump oh so gently when jarred by potholes and concrete expansion joints.

Noise

The tires were quiet as a monk at low and medium speeds. Tire roar is more evident as you approach highway speeds, but it wasn’t too bad to give the tires a low score. Road noise will only creep in if you push the vehicle past the speed limit. All in all, the refinement of the Continental ContiProContact is particularly impressive given the price.

Treadwear

The Continental ContiProContact tires on my test vehicle were approximately 4 months old and have covered an average distance of 3,000 miles. The grooves and sipes were starting to fade a bit on the front but the rear tires were still relatively good as new. I heard rumors about the not-so-stellar wear characteristics of this tire, but it seems the ones fitted to my Accord were aging normally. It might have something to do with the wheel alignment of the vehicle. Make sure to have the alignment checked every time you rotate or buy a new set of tires to prevent irregular or premature tire wear.

Conclusion

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

Best Tires for Minivans of 2018 – What are these?

Best Tires for Minivans of 2018 – What are these?

Is it time to replace the aging tires in your trusted minivan? You came to the right place. We came up with a list of the best tires for minivans so you can make an informed choice.

Minivans are usually associated with the onset of parenthood. But this should not be the case. I personally love driving minivans around town and in open highways. Heck, I used to own a dependable 1995 Nissan Vanette, which is a compact minivan for lack of a better word.

I simply find minivans to be easier and more comfortable to drive than a midsize or full-size SUV. I also like the amount of cargo room and passenger room along with the reconfigurable seating arrangement. When it comes to versatility, you simply can’t go wrong with a proper minivan.

Unlike full-size vans that are derived from the underpinnings of full-sized pickup trucks, minivans are usually based on the chassis of a midsize sedan or compact pickup truck. Minivans or people carriers are indispensable if you frequently haul passengers and cargo.

What are the best tires for minivans

What are the best tires for minivans or people carriers?

Popular minivans include the Dodge Grand Caravan, Kia Sedona, Toyota Sienna, Chrysler Pacifica, Nissan Quest, and the perennial Honda Odyssey. Minivans provide tons of space and driving comfort. Pound for pound (or dollar for dollar), it is hard to beat a minivan when it comes to transporting people and cargo in the fastest, most comfortable, and most economical way possible.

With that being said, the best tires for minivans should be comfortable and quiet. The tires should also have longer wear characteristics. Touring tires are your best bet when it comes to a new set of tires for your minivan.

All-season tires are also ideal if you are looking for all-weather capabilities on all types of roads. This will also include acceptable performance over ice, snow, or dirt-covered roads. All-season tires also offer better value for money and will perform admirably on both wet and dry pavement.

The market is filled to the brim when it comes to choosing the best all-season tires or touring tires for your minivan. However, you should avoid buying summer tires whenever possible.

Sure, summer tires will give your minivan sportier handling. But summer tires will wear significantly faster than touring tires or all-season tires, which will end up emptying your wallet sooner than you thought. Summer tires are also more expensive and are only reserved for high-performance sedans or sport coupes that require a stickier set of tires to achieve the highest level of performance.

Our list of the great tires for minivans includes the top choices from the largest OEM brands. But we also included a list of the best cheap tires so you can save a bit more money in your tire shopping.

Best OEM Brand Tires for Minivans

Tires

Top Feature

Highway comfort

Maximum fuel economy and all-season grip

Eco-friendly all-season performance

Sporty touring performance

Longer wear and superior comfort

All-season touring

Goodyear Assurance Comfortred Touring

Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring

The Goodyear Assurance Comfortred Touring tops our list of the best OEM brand tires for minivans since it is one of the most comfortable touring tires that money can buy. It also offers confident traction and sharp handling in changing weather conditions.

The Goodyear Assurance Comfortred Touring is unique because it offers up to 20% more cushion to give your import or domestic minivan the ride quality of a luxury car. The treads have a built-in comfort layer compound to offer superior cushioning compared to other passenger car tires.

This tire is equipped with an asymmetrical tread design to offer superb traction on ice, snow, or wet surfaces. It also comes with ComfortEdge sidewalls to dial in the perfect balance of ride and handling.

The Goodyear Assurance Comfortred Touring is accompanied by a 70,000 to 80,000-mile limited tread life warranty. It is sold in 15” to 18” diameters. Prices start at around $105 to $130 each depending on the size of the tire.


Michelin Energy Saver A/S

Michelin Energy Saver A/S

The Michelin Energy Saver A/S is an all-season tire designed to provide maximum fuel economy and a longer wear. In fact, this tire is rated to last up to 16,000 miles longer than the leading competitor.

Featuring the innovative MaxTouch Construction, the tire is engineered to maintain a flat contact patch to evenly distribute the G-forces as you drive. The result is better fuel mileage and an economical driving experience.

This is the best minivan tire if you are looking for longer wear and excellent all-season performance.

We got the chance to test this tire on Michelin’s proving grounds in South Carolina a couple of months ago. Not long before the testing commenced, I was already convinced the Michelin Energy Saver A/S is one of the best all-season tires I have tested so far. Braking and acceleration was above average and wet grip was exceptional as well.

The Michelin Energy Saver A/S is constructed using a silica-based compound to offer superior traction and grip in all-season driving. The tread rubber is also capable of cooling the tire carcass over longer journeys to further improve fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

The only downside is the price. The Michelin Energy Saver A/S starts at around $130 each. It is available in 16” to 18” diameters. It also comes with a 50,000-mile limited treadwear warranty.


Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season

Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus Review - 1

Next on our list of the best rated minivan tires is the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season. This is the tire to buy if you prioritize comfort, safety, high-mileage, and low noise in an energy-efficient tire. It is engineered to provide 20% less rolling resistance to give your minivan better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.

This is one of the best green tires for minivans.

The Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season is designed with an optimized tread pattern with pitch sequencing and phasing to basically lower the internal noise of your vehicle. It also comes with wide longitudinal grooves combined with longitudinal siping and a high lateral siping density to provide relentless traction and grip in all-season driving.

Best of all, the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season is reinforced with the Pirelli Self Supporting System to support heavy loads in the absence of air pressure. We also like the relatively low price of this tires, which starts at around $110 each. It is sold in 16” to 21” diameters to fit most import and domestic minivans.


Yokohama Avid Envigor

Yokohama Avid Envigor

The Yokohama Avid Envigor is designed to bring some excitement in the all-season touring tire category. This is one of the best tires for minivans and comes at a low and friendly price. All-season traction is assured courtesy of the angled groove walls and adaptive 3D sipes. This will also help the tire to provide adequate amounts of grip on wet or snowy roads.

The Yokohama Avid Envigor is a touring tire with the grip attributes of a summer tire. The optimized contact patch of the tire will ensure a longer and more even wear while minimizing rolling resistance. This will give your minivan a smoother and quieter ride along with better fuel economy as well. The tire is manufactured utilizing an advanced silica compound to perform admirably on wet and dry roads.

When it comes to sporty handling, the Yokohama Avid Envigor is willing to oblige. It is designed with a Unibloc shoulder and tapered center rib which enhances the stiffness of the tire to deliver better handling and stability. As if that’s not enough, the treads were engineered using a six-pitch tread variation to cancel out tire roar on all types of road surfaces.

It is the best sporty tire for minivans that also deliver a comfortable and stable ride.

The Yokohama Avid Envigor is sold in 15” to 19” diameters. Prices will start at around $90 to $100 each. It also comes with a 60,000-mile warranty.


Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

In terms of choosing the perfect tires for minivans, the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus is hard to ignore. It is an all-season touring tire that delivers a longer wear life and a luxurious ride. 

The tire is equipped with Renoa silencer grooves to help reduce road noise as the tire rolls on the pavement. The tread compound benefits from the silica-enriched Nanopro-Tech formula to improve the rolling resistance of the tire to deliver longer wear and better wet performance.

The Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus is equipped with a protruding 3D sub-surface platform that provides additional biting edges to improve traction on icy, wet, or snow-covered roads. The asymmetric cavity shape and tread design is optimized to deliver better handling and a smoother ride.

This tire is one of the best OEM brand tires for minivans if you want a comfortable ride and longer wear.

The Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus is sold in 15” to 20” diameters. Prices will start at around $110 each. It also comes with Bridgestone’s Platinum Pact Warranty.


Continental Pure Contact

Continental Purecontact

Rounding up our list of the best minivan tires is the Continental Pure Contact. This is the tire that will allow minivan owners to experience the best of both worlds: excellent all-season performance, better stopping power in the wet, superb fuel economy, and longer wear.

The Continental Pure Contact is manufactured with a tread compound infused with Tg-F polymers and silane additives to give the tire powerful traction on wet and dry roads, longer tire wear, and better fuel economy. It also comes with a computer-optimized asymmetric tread pattern to enhance the comfortable and silent ride of your minivan.

In fact, this tire is the best all-season touring tires for minivans.

The Continental Pure Contact is available in 15” to 20” diameters. Prices will start at around $92 each.


Best Cheap Tires for Minivans

Toyo Extensa A/S

Toyo Extensa A/S review

Topping our list of the best cheap tires for minivans is the Toyo Extensa A/S. This tire provides high levels of traction and grip on wet and dry roads while giving you a more comfy and silent ride. The symmetrical tread design is designed to improve all-season traction while giving the tire longer tire wear characteristics.

It is equipped with an optimized center block arrangement with variable-pitch angles to maintain good road contact and better ride comfort. The tire has four wide circumferential grooves with variable pitch channels to further enhance wet traction. The treads are equipped with a barrage of multi-wave sipes that acts as biting edges to deliver better traction on snowy, icy, or slippery roads.

This is a true all-season tire with the inherent attributes of a touring tire!

The Toyo Extensa A/S is sold in 14” to 18” diameters. Prices will start at around $70 to $80 each. It also comes with an excellent 65,000-mile warranty.


Kelly Edge A/S Performance

Kelly Edge A/S Performance

One of our favorite cheap tires for minivans is the Kelly Edge A/S Performance. Don’t let the low price fool you: the Kelly Edge A/S is a willing performer. It is an all-season tire designed to provide reliable traction and grip on dry, wet, or snowy roads.

What we really admire about the Kelly Edge A/S Performance is the sporty handling. The biting tread block edges and the sturdy tread blocks offer loads of grip on wet and dry surfaces while enhancing the steering and stability of your vehicle.

It is not the quietest minivan tires in this list, but road noise is kept to a bare minimum even at higher-than-average speeds.

The Kelly Edge A/S Performance is sold in 15” to 18” diameters to fit most import and domestic minivans. Prices will start at around $75 each.


Hankook Optimo H725

Hankook Optimo H725 review - 1

The Nankang Noble Sport NS20 is a high-performance summer tire that is perfect for fast sedans and high-performance coupes. The tire is engineered with a solid center rib to improve the steering feel and handling of your vehicle.

The tire has a directional tread pattern with wide sectioned shoulder blocks to enhance cornering and driving stability. The tire is also equipped with four wide circumferential grooves to provide better traction on wet and slippery roads.

The best thing about the Nankang Noble Sport NS-20 is the price tag. If you happen to be searching for an affordable summer tire that won’t break the bank, you better check out the Noble Sport NS-20 from Nankang.


Ironman GR906

Ironman GR906

If you are really on a tight budget, take a closer look at the Ironman GR906. This is one of the cheapest tires for minivans that doesn’t come with a Chinese name. The Ironman GR906 is an all-season touring tire that delivers excellent value for money, period.

The Ironman GR906 is equipped with a modern symmetrical tread design that is optimized to deliver a longer wear life along with sporty and competent handling. The tread pattern is endowed with high-density siping to provide better traction on wet, icy, or snowy surfaces.

The tire is manufactured using a low rolling resistance tread compound to improve road noise and driving comfort. The Ironman GR906 is also designed to help you save gas.

We got the chance to test this tire a couple of months back. It is not the most comfortable or the most refined tire you can buy, but it does give excellent grip on dry and wet roads.

For the price, this tire is also rated to last longer than other cheap tires for minivans.

The Ironman GR906 is available in 13” to 16” diameters. Prices will start at around $40 each.


General Altimax RT43

General Altimax RT43

The General Altimax RT43 is a feature-packed all-season touring tire. It comes with VAI or Visual Alignment Indicator technology to warn you of potential alignment issues in the vehicle. The tire is also constructed with RTM or Replacement Tire Monitor technology to let you know when the tire needs to be replaced with a simple visual inspection.

There’s more. The General Altimax RT43 is manufactured utilizing LSA or Low Surface Abrasion technology that lessens tread abrasion and distortion to deliver longer wear and a more durable construction.

The General Altimax RT43 is one of the quietest cheap tires we have tested so far. 

It also helps that the tire is capable of providing higher levels of traction and grip on wet, dry, and snowy roads.

The General Altimax RT43 is available in 14” to 20” diameters. Prices will start at around $65 each. The tire also comes with a 65,000 to 75,000-mile limited treadwear warranty.


Winrun R380

Winrun-R380

Ending our list of the best cheap tires for minivans is the Winrun R380. And when we say cheap, we really mean it. The Winrun R380 starts at only $55 each and is one of the most economical all-season tires that money can buy.

The Winrun R380 is equipped with asymmetrical tread pattern that is optimized to deliver enhanced traction, better stability, and a comfortable ride. The tire is manufactured utilizing an advanced silica compound to deliver stronger braking and better grip on wet or snowy roads. The tire is also equipped with four wide circumferential grooves to offer stronger performance over slippery road conditions.

The Winrun R380 is sold in 13” to 18” diameters to fit a wide array of models and applications.


Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

  • How much air should be pumped into minivan tires?

It will depend on the make and mode of your minivan. It will also depend on the wheel size and tire aspect ratio. In order to be sure, check the owner’s manual or the tire placards in your minivan. The recommended tire pressure for most models is 32 to 25 PSI.

  • How long do minivan tires last?

There is no definite answer. The wear characteristics of the tire will vary greatly depending on the road surface, weather conditions, and your driving style. If you are worried about the tread life or wear characteristics of the tire, try choosing a brand that offers the longest treadwear warranty.

  • Can I use summer tires in my minivan?

Yes, of course. There is nothing wrong with installing summer tires in your minivan as long as you know what you’re getting into. Remember that summer tires offer more grip but are more expensive than all-season tires. They also wear faster (almost twice as fast) than touring tires. In order to get the most out of your hard-earned money, choosing a set of touring or all-season tires is the best choice for minivans.

Conclusion

Searching for the best tires for your minivan? Your search ends here. Our list of the best OEM brand and cheap tires for minivans will make it easier to select the proper set of tires for your import or domestic vehicle.

Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus Review

Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus Review

  • Dry 75%
  • Wet 75%
  • Snow 70%
  • Comfort 85%
  • Noise 85%
  • Treadwear 90%
  • Overall 80%

Similar to the Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season Plus, the P4 Four Seasons Plus is also an all-season touring tire that is perfect for sport coupes, small and midsize sedans, and even family minivans. But unlike the Cinturato P7, the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus is primarily designed to deliver a comfortable life and exceptionally long tread life. In fact, the P4 Four Seasons Plus is backed by a 90,000-mile treadwear warranty compared to the Cinturato P7’s 70,000-mile warranty.

For this review of the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus, I was able to acquire a 2010 Mercury Grand Marquis as a test vehicle. This will be my first time to drive a Mercury Grand Marquis. From what I heard, the car handles like a boat, which is typical of an ancient American sedan. But despite the nautical handling characteristics of the sedan, my colleagues told me the car can cruise effortlessly due to the soft and compliant suspension set-up.

My test vehicle was fitted with stock 17-inch wheels and Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus tires, which were acquired about 3 months ago. Also standard was the 4.6-liter V8 motor paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission. The Mercury Grand Marquis had a spacious interior and can accommodate six passengers inside the cavernous cabin. My test vehicle was particularly in good shape, save for some paint oxidation and a couple of dents on the equally enormous body.

Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus Review: Features

The Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Tire is equipped with a more aggressive tread pattern compared to the conservative and bland tread design of the Cinturato P7 all-season touring tire. The P4 is equipped with a CAD-optimized tread profile which is designed to promote long wear. The silica-rich tread compound is also designed for longevity and low rolling resistance to further increase the life of the tire. The Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus is designed with reinforced shoulders to enhance handling and cornering. The tire is engineered with central longitudinal grooves and a wide center rib to enhance stability and performance on wet pavement. The treads are designed with variable angled grooves to offer better performance in all types of weather, hence the name ‘Four Seasons’. The treads are equipped with computer-designed sipes to offer solid traction on wet and snowy roads. It seems the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus has got all the bases covered, except the price. This tire is a bit more costly compared to the Cinturato P7, but in exchange, you get the promise of longer tread life and better fuel economy.

Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus Review: Test Drive

However, fuel economy was the farthest thing in my mind as I hopped aboard the Mercury Grand Marquis. My test vehicle is equipped with a primitive 4-speed automatic and burly V8 motor so it is rather absurd to expect good fuel economy. With that being said, it is time to find out how the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus performs in a variety of road conditions.

Dry Traction

The tires offered high levels of traction and grip on dry roads. Even though the suspension of my test vehicle was more oriented towards comfort (hence the floaty sensation), the tires were able to deliver solid traction and grip even as I pushed hard on the pedal. The steering is not what you would call precise, and the brakes felt spongy to say the least, but the tires were able to corner and stop my test vehicle without much fuss and drama. Of course, handling was a different issue altogether. Even if you equip the Grand Marquis with high-performance rubber, you will need balls the size of Mount Rushmore and the abilities of a racing to corner the large vehicle at speed.

Wet Traction

In all fairness, the Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus performed well on wet roads and slippery tarmac. Braking was also admirable given the size and weight of my test vehicle. However, you will still need to be careful if you are attacking a winding corner in the wet. The tail has a tendency to slide out if you are overly aggressive with the steering and the throttle. But if you drive it sanely, you can expect to navigate smoothly over the wettest road conditions with nary a complaint.

Snow Traction

The tires were tolerable on light snow, and that’s about it. Anything more than two or three inches of snow or ice will result in a driving sensation similar to skating on thick ice. However, the computer-optimized siping on the treads were able to provide adequate grip even on slippery road conditions.

Comfort

There is no doubt the Mercury Grand Marquis is a comfortable highway cruiser. The Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus was able to elevate the comfort factor of my test vehicle by another notch. Potholes, craters, and road undulations on tight city streets were reduced to almost nothing with the Pirelli P4 tires. The tires were also comfortable on the highway.

Noise

The Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus tires rolled quietly on smooth concrete and asphalt. The tires also offered a silent ride even if you happen to be traversing over crude patches of tarmac. You will still hear some tire roar as you pile on the speed, but it seems these tires are quieter than the Pirelli Cinturato P7.

Treadwear

The Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus tires fitted on my test car were still relatively fresh at the time of this review. I inspected all four tires and found no signs of premature wear on the treads. The owner of my test vehicle said the primary factor he chose the Pirelli tires is the long tread life and 90,000-mile treadwear warranty. Even the hardworking fellas at the neighborhood tire store were convinced on the long wear characteristics of the P4 Four Seasons Plus.

Conclusion

The Pirelli P4 Four Seasons Plus is a brilliant choice for an all-season touring tire. The price may be a turn off for some buyers who are looking to save money on a brand new set of tires, but it more than makes up for it in terms of all-season performance and low wear.