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Summary:An all season tire designed for light duty pickups and SUVs. It has a 70,000 mile treadwear warranty.
The Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus is part of the tire
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, all season truck tire
models like the CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Dry braking is from 60 to 0 mph.
Wet braking is from 60 to 0 mph.
Handling includes how well the tires gripped in an avoidance maneuver involving a swerve into the left lane and back into the right lane; wet and dry cornering grip on our skid pad; and subjective steering feel.
About This Brand
Continental is in a distant fourth place in North American and global sales, behind Goodyear, Bridgestone, and Michelin. Still, it offers a full complement of original and replacement tires. The Germany-based Continental Corporation is a top automotive supplier of brake systems and various vehicle components, in addition to tires. The U.S. tire operations have headquarters in Lancaster County, S.C. The company sells the Continental and General tire brands. In the past, General has shined for light-truck tires in our testing.
Features & Specs - Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus
Size tested The size of the tested model.
Speed rating Speed rating. This letter denotes the maximum sustainable speed and is found directly after the load index. For S-speed-rated tires, it's 112 mph; for T, 118 mph. Speed ratings for other tires include Q, 99 mph; H, 130 mph; V, 149 mph; and Z, 150 mph plus. While such speeds may seem wildly impractical, tires with higher speed ratings tend to provide better handling at legal speed limits. Choose tires that have a speed rating at least as high as the one specified on your vehicle's placard.
Treadwear warranty Commonly used by tire manufacturers to market tires, the warranty describes the typical tread life of the tire. Consumers should view the warranty an indicator of tread life only. Actual mileage will vary with vehicle type, driving style, road, and weather conditions, just to name a few variables. Nearly all treadwear warranties are based on pro-rated amount based on the usable tread worn off the tire.
UTQG treadwear UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG treadwear, an index developed by the government, compares a tire's tread life with that of a reference tire graded at 100. A tire with a grade of 300 is predicted to last three times as long as one graded at 100. Treadwear grades are just one indicator of tread life, but actual tire life will vary due to a number of factors including road conditions, driving habits, vehicle, and maintenance.
UTQG traction UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG traction indicates the tire's ability to stop on a wet surface with Government grades of AA, A, B, C, from best to worst.
UTQG temperature UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG temperature indicates the tire's ability to resist heat build-up under test conditions with Government grades of A, B, C, from best to worst.
I bought these for my 2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, 19 inch wheels. They were remarkably better on the snow (I live in Minnesota) than the older tires ever were. They are very quiet riding, handle and grip quite well. In wet areas and through puddles they grip quite well too. I am very picky about tires, could be described as a difficult, hyper-critical customer, yet am quite pleased with these.<br /><br />This is my third set of tires on this vehicle, and these Continental are the best in every respect, In fact, I think they are the best tires I have ever owned. I would highly recommend them.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Big W
from Rochester, NY
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Vibrations, and don't last
LX20 tires on 2008 GMC Acadia, one of few tires in 255/65-18. Tires have 32k miles, Acadia has 87k. Tires had balance problems from the start and have always vibrated above 60mph; dealer would road force, etc., they'd seem a little better but never smooth. They handle well and are quiet, even with miles on them. With 32k miles they are down to 3 to 4/32 of tread, and Conti is saying we have to wear them down to 2/32 even with winter here. We'll see if they step up and make it right, because with a 70K mile warranty they won't even get to 2/3 of that even if run to the wearbars.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Highway Man
from Northeaast Oklahoma
out of round, wheels are aluminum OEM
Out of 4 new tires purchased within the last month (P26570R16), one was replaced immediately after first driving on the highway. Hunter Road Force balancer showed 0.70 out of round, this tire was on right front initially and literally rattled the passenger seat frame with terrible viration in the steering wheel too. The original seller took the tire to another retailer who had the Hunter Road Force balancer to determine the out of roundness. <br /><br />Vibration continued however - but less severe - now I've gone to that other tire retailer who has the Hunter Road Force and they ended up discovering and installing two other out of round tires on the back - so I can at least drive the vehicle until the first retailer can/will contact the distributor for 2 more replacements. Rear tires now have out of roundness of 0.35 and 0.43. Two front tires are perfectly round - but vibration persists when driving at highway speed.<br /><br />I have owned this truck for over 30K miles, having just replaced the second set of tires I purchased (different brand) with no problems what-so ever. And to those who may say - your wheels are out of round - to them I say read the above sentence - I've driven the last 30K miles on both the OEM tires and 20K on the last brand. The truck has 67K miles and is in near perfect mechanical and cosmetic condition.<br /><br />I'm very disappointed so far, because of the above facts. I hope the other two tires can be replaced. The tires are quiet enough at highway speeds, but I've only driven on dry roads so far - no rain nor any snow yet.