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. Refer to the wet braking iText at the top of the Ratings chart for the specific speed used.
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.
Had these tires on a 2012 5 dr Impreza Sport Premium with 20k miles. Car has no suspension problems, all aligned, etc. The tires were rather noisy and let through too much road feel. Some people like road feel, but too much is simply annoying. Cornering and hitting a hard bump can cause the tire to skip. They don't ride perfectly smooth either. Always a bit jittery it seemed. Grip was good. I did not test them in snow. In the end, they felt like a cheaply made tire and I returned them.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Frank in a Quiter Accord
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Very Happy so far
I bought the tires because of the CR rating. The main thing I was concerned with after the important basics was the noise level because I have a 09 Accord which has very high road noise. The Continentals are noticeably quieter than the Michelin Pilots that they replaced and equal too or better in every other category. Very happy with my purchase.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Mad Max
from Birmingham, Alabama
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
They Will Not Balance
I have owned many different brands of tires over the years but I have never run Continental tires. This is by far the worst set of tires I have ever put on a vehicle. I have had them balanced three times and the road noise is horrific. They do have great grip in dry and wet, but the balancing and noise override any good, these tires are now destined for salvage. They are in need of balancing again, which will not happen, they will be gone. I would never recommend this tire to anyone.