It is difficult to choose a tire if you live in areas with annual heavy rains and snow. With that being said, it can get a bit costly to buy two sets of tires for all-season and winter driving conditions. But the Continental ExtremeContact DWS tire is different.
For this review of the Continental ExtremeContact DWS, we got the chance to test drive a 2017 Mazda CX-5 Touring fitted with Continental ExtremeContact DWS tires on stock 17-inch wheels. I’m not biased when it comes to cars, but the SKYACTIV Mazda CX-5 is one of the best crossover SUVs in my book. I think it not only looks better than the current Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, or Subaru Forester, but it really handles like a sporty compact, which I definitely appreciate in a car-based SUV.
Continental ExtremeContact DWS review: Features
The tire is constructed using twin internal belts that are further reinforced with spirally wound jointless cap plies. This technique reduces the overall weight of the tire and ensures long-term integrity in sustained high-speed driving. The rubber is a blend of advanced silica, high grip, and all-season tread compound to produce a tire that performs extremely well in dry, wet, and snow.
The Continental ExtremeContact DWS features an attractive and sporty asymmetrical tread design equipped with stable shoulder blocks and a continued notched intermediate rib to enhance stability, cornering, and steering feel on wet or dry roads. Independent blocks on the center tread are equipped with high-angle crisscross grooves to provide more biting edges as the tire rolls over slippery or snowy terrain.
What makes the Continental ExtremeContact DWS unique are the built-in Tuned Performance Indicators. They are basically visible letters molded in the second rib from the outer shoulder that provides visual warnings on the condition of the tire. The DWS marking means the tire has sufficient tread depth to perform admirably on dry, wet, and snow. When the S marking fades away, the tire is only good for dry and wet. Stay on dry roads if you notice only the D marking on the tire.
Continental ExtremeContact DWS review: Test Drive
This tire is available in:
Sporty sedans/coupes/crossovers, 16” to 22”, Ultra-high performance, All-season