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 PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Review

Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology Review

  • Dry 90%
  • Wet 90%
  • Snow 65%
  • Comfort 85%
  • Noise 85%
  • Treadwear 95%
  • Overall 85%

Hybrid tires are all about balance. The Continental PureContact is no different. It is a grand touring all-season tire that offers the attributes of an all-season and touring tire. This means it can deliver superior wet and dry performance along with a comfortable ride and longer wear.

It took me quite a while to search for a test vehicle. My buddy was able to secure a 2016 Cadillac CTS sedan equipped with a powerful and torquey 2.0-liter 4-cylinder motor and 6-speed automatic transmission. My test vehicle was fitted with a nice set of Continental PureContact tires wrapped on those gorgeous 19” alloy rims. It would have been great if my Caddy came fitted with the glorious 3.6-liter turbocharged V6. That would have been a blast! Bust as I spent more time with the less powerful turbo four-banger, I became increasingly convinced of the capabilities and smooth nature of the smaller motor.

Continental PureContact review: Features

What I really like about the Continental PureContact is the price. The owner of the Caddy only spent less than $190 each for a set of 19-inch rubber, which is not bad considering the tires are designed for all-season driving including light snow. However, a standard set of 15-inch tires will only start at less than $90 each which is still good value in my book.

The Continental PureContact is an all-season grand touring tire designed for luxury sedans, sports coupes, and crossover vehicles. It is constructed using a silica enriched all-season tread compound with Continental’s EcoPlus Technology. This allows the tire to maintain steady levels of traction without compromising tread wear and riding comfort. The tire has an asymmetric tread design with chamfered tread block edges to reduce noise and enhance grip on dry tarmac. The vertical ridges in the circumferential grooves and independent tread blocks provide the necessary biting edges for effective snow and ice performance.

The Continental PureContact is also equipped with Tuned Performance Indicators that are molded in the outboard shoulder of the tire. The visible letters D, W, and S will tell you the tire has sufficient tread depth to tackle dry, wet, and snowy roads. IF the S marking fades, this means the tire is only good for dry and wet driving. If the W marking fades, the tire is only good on dry tarmac. No more guessing game.

Continental PureContact review: Test Drive

I’m still young at heart, so you will probably understand why I’m not the biggest Cadillac fan. I always thought their vehicles were left lingering in the 60s when Elvis was lording it over the music charts. However, my test vehicle turned me into a believer. Don’t get me wrong, I still long for the driver-focused performance of the BMW 5-Series, but I think I will choose the Cadillac CTS over the Merc E-Class any time of the day. That’s high praise, indeed.

Dry Traction

I may be wrong here, but I noticed the Continental PureContact tires will need to be warm enough to deliver the high levels of grip that I was expecting. The Cadillac CTS is a surprisingly good handler. The rear-wheel drive configuration felt wonderful in the curves, but you need to be careful with your steering inputs. I guess a proper set of high-performance tires are in order if the main priority is outright sporty levels of traction and grip, but the PureContact tires were more than enough as long as you don’t push it too much.

Wet Traction

The Continental PureContact tires remained fuss-free even in the wet. The tires felt stable and the steering was still spot-on. But if you drive a bit more aggressively, you will feel the tires slightly hunt for traction as the rear wheels desperately try to grab on a slippery wet road filled with water puddles and debris. Drive it sanely, however, and the tires will provide relentless traction and strong braking in the wettest roads.

Snow Traction

Driving a large rear-wheel drive sedan over light snow is not exactly a good idea, but the Continental PureContact tires were more than enough for the task at hand. What’s really surprising is how the tires managed to hold on and keep the rear in check as I drove over moderately heavy snow. Mind you, anything with more than 2-inches of slippery snow will demand all-wheel drive and a set of snow chains, but the PureContact tires enabled me to drive calmly on snow-covered roads without giving me a nervous breakdown.

Comfort

Road comfort is the biggest attribute of the Continental PureContact tires. This is a grand touring tire, after all. Highway comfort was top notch and the tires weren’t bad in the city, either. Potholes will still deliver quite a jolt, but the tires managed to further soften the impact even as my test vehicle was riding on 19-inch rubber.

Noise

I love a tire that is both comfortable and quiet. The Continental PureContact is one of the best if silence is your top priority in a brand new set of tires. My test vehicle rode silently over humps and bumps at low speed, and they were incredibly silent even as I sped on the highway. This attribute alone was enough to convince me not to gamble with cheap Chinese tires since most of them are talkative and noisy even if the roads are smooth as silk.

Treadwear

Touring tires are also known for longer wear. The same holds true for the Continental PureContact. I was surprised when the owner revealed the tires were almost 6 months old. I only saw minimal signs of fading and wear, but the DWS indicators were still present!

Conclusion

I had a lot of fun in this Continental PureContact review. I gained newfound respect for the Continental brand, and to think the tires were not as expensive as I was hoping! If you are searching for the best set of all-season touring tires for your luxury sedan or crossover, the Continental PureContact should be on top of your shopping list.

This tire is available in:

Luxury sedan/coupe/crossover, 15” to 20”, Grand touring, All-season

Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 Review

Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 Review

  • Dry 95%
  • Wet 90%
  • Snow 75%
  • Comfort 90%
  • Noise 85%
  • Treadwear 80%
  • Overall 85%
We’ve been hearing a lot of good things about the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 prior to this review. It is easy to understand why I was particularly excited to test the tires on real roads. The Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 is what I call a hybrid tire. The D, W, and S connotation means Dry, Wet, and Snow. Yes, this is an ultra-high performance tire that is also designed to perform admirably over snowy roads, which is frankly unbelievable.
Gone are the days when tires are just mere pieces of radial rubber. The Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 is proof that it is possible to merge excellent all-season performance in a sporty and comfortable package. Fortunately in this review, we have the right car for the job.

The car I’m talking about is a 2015 Lexus IS 350. Yes, this car is no better than the BMW 3-Series, but it manages to offer the right amount of sportiness and luxury in a compact package. Our test vehicle came with stock 17-inch wheels and relatively new Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 tires. The owner of the vehicle is a good friend of mine who is planning to sell the car. It was in pretty good shape and the interior is still practically brand new. The owner also told me the current Continental tires are simply the best ever fitted to his Lexus. He handed over the keys, shook hands, and told him I will try to find a prospective buyer during my test drive. I also promised to fill up the tank with gas since I felt I was going to drive this Lexus a bit more aggressively than the usual test drive.

Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 review: Features

The Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 is an ultra-high performance all-season tire for sports coupes, sports cars, performance sedans, and sporty trucks. This is the tire to buy if you demand year-round driving performance even on slushy or icy terrain.

The tire is manufactured utilizing an advanced silica-enhanced all-season tread compound. Continental’s Sport Plus Technology and +Silane additives are also utilized to deliver advanced levels of traction on wet and snowy roads along with great treadlife. With an asymmetrical tread design equipped with chamfered edges and traction grooves to provide outstanding grip on dry roads and enhanced traction over snow.

The ExtremeContact DWS06 also comes with innovative QuickView Indicators to prevent irregular wear. Simply put, the tire will tell you if uneven wear is detected due to suspension or alignment problems. The tire also comes with Tuned Performance Indicators which consist of visible letters molded into the second rib from the outboard shoulder. A visible DWS indicator means the tire is ready for any type of terrain, whether on dry tarmac, wet concrete, or ice-covered roads. When the S indicator wears out, it means the tire only has appropriate tread depth to tackle dry or wet roads. If the W and S indicators have worn away, the tire is trying to tell you that it is only good for dry roads only.

Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 review: Test Drive

I only got the chance to test the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 over dry and wet roads. However, the owner gave me a handful of stories about the performance of the tires over deep or moderate snow. Like I said, the car looked brand new, and it drove like a new car, too. The standard eight-speed automatic reacted like a dual-clutch tranny as I stepped hard on the gas, while the standard rear-wheel drivetrain gave the car a more sporting and linear feel over curves.

Dry Traction

The Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 felt magnificent over dry tarmac. In fact, it gave the Lexus a more sporting feel. If you know anything about cars, then you are probably aware of the sanitized nature of Lexus vehicles. But with the ExtremeContact DWS06 tires, my test vehicle felt like it was riding on slicks as I sped on the highway. The steering felt communicative too, which is in contrast to the rather dull nature of the tiller when fitted with the stock tires.

Wet Traction

The ExtremeContact DWS06 also felt magical over wet roads. I didn’t notice the tires slipping or skidding even as I was purposely trying to coerce the rear wheels to break traction. Mind you, I was doing this on an empty stretch of winding backroads. It’s suffice to say this tire is one of the best tires I have ever tested on the wet.

Snow Traction

Like I said, I didn’t get the chance to drive over snowy roads. But the owner of my test vehicle specifically told me the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06 tires were the best he ever tried. He also told me the tires were good enough even over moderately deep snow. He even took the Lexus to Canada to attend a wedding and he encountered no problems as he drove or slick and icy terrain.

Comfort

I know for a fact the Lexus IS 350 is a comfortable cruiser. The ExtremeContact DWS06 tires managed to further enhance the touring comfort of my test vehicle. I know this is hard to believe, but it really felt like I was riding on higher profile tires as I drove over pockmarked city roads.

Noise

Noise levels were extremely low even as I drove over harsh concrete roads. Credit is due to the magnificent refinement of the Lexus, but the tires were able to tone down the low-pitched roar of ordinary tires in high speed driving.

Treadwear

The tires fitted to my test vehicle were still fresh even though they were more than 3 months old. However, I noticed the S indicator slowly fading into obscurity. Perhaps this is the low point of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06. Other reviewers were also critical of the tread life of the tires.

Conclusion

I had fun in this review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS06. This is definitely one of the best options if you demand a tire to perform admirably in all weather conditions including snow or ice.

This tire is available in:

Sports coupes/sedans/crossovers, 16” to 22”, Ultra-high performance, 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