The Continental PureContact[V] is part of the tire
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, performance all season tire
models like the PureContact[V] 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; dry and wet cornering grip; 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 PureContact[V]
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.
Put the tires on October 2013. They provided great traction in all conditions. It is 10 months later and less than 30,000 on the tire and the tread is almost down to the bars. They will not make it to 1 year and will probably be just about 30,000 miles. <br />Great tire if you don't mind the low life
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from New Hampshire
Good Tread, Weak Sidewall?
I have no complaints about the tire driving properties, although it is possible that my fuel economy has gone down a small amount after putting these on. I do not recall what I replaced but it was a worthwhile trade off because I wanted a better tire for winter driving.<br /><br />I had to obtain 2 tire replacements around the 6 month of ownership because of sidewall bubbles. I have not had that problem with any previous tires.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Back to Michelin For Me
from Rochester, NY
Tread Life MUCH Lower Than Claimed
Based on a glowing CR test report, I put a set of 4 Continental PureContact tires on my 2010 Mazda 3. I do a combination of city and highway driving every day. After just 14,000 miles, my mechanic tells me the tread depth is down to 4/32-- which means they are already more than half worn. At this rate, I will get about 25,000 miles on tires that the manufacturer claims will deliver 70,000 miles. Completely unacceptable. Also, the tires were somewhat noisy when new and are now extremely noisy. I'm disappointed in the inaccurate CR test report and I will never buy Continental tires again.