For a lot less money, the Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus equals the top-rated Michelin LTX M/S2 (*Est. $225) in most ways, reviews say. Both of these all-season SUV/light truck tires grip tenaciously on wet, dry and snowy roads, with good ice traction, experts and owners say. Both ride quietly and comfortably, but the pricier Michelin's tread lasts much longer in an independent test, even though both tires carry the same six-year/70,000-mile tread-life warranty.
As an "EcoPlus" tire, the Continental is designed to minimize rolling resistance, which can, in turn, help a driver save fuel. But it's not quite as fuel-efficient as some other brands' eco-friendly tires, TireRack.com experts find. Still, they recommend the Continental over those other brands, because it gets better traction. TireRack.com hasn't tested the Michelin's fuel economy, but another test finds that the Michelin and Continental offer about the same good level of rolling resistance.
Keep in mind that these all-season tires aren't meant to go off-roading. All-terrain tires like the Cooper Discoverer A/T3 (*Est. $200) and Kumho Road Venture SAT KL61 (*Est. $145) are better suited to that, but all-terrain tires don't grip as well on ice as all-seasons do.
ConsumerReports.org tests the Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus on wet, dry, snowy and icy roads, comparing it with 22 other all-season tires. TireRack.com experts also test this tire, but only on wet and dry roads, and against only two other tires. TireRack.com posts owner reviews for the CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus.
The Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus is one of 23 all-season tires for SUVs and light trucks in this test. Editors judge each tire's performance on wet, dry, snowy and icy pavement. They also take ride comfort, noise level, rolling resistance and tread wear into account before picking the best buys.
Review: All-Season Truck Tire Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
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With the best steering, handling, braking and cornering and the fastest lap times on the wet and dry tracks, the Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus easily wins this eco-tire shootout. It's not the most fuel-efficient, though -- the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia and Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max both sip less gas during a 500-mile test.
Review: Testing Eco-focused Crossover/SUV Touring All-season Tires, Editors of TireRack.com, Sept. 16, 2011
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About 30 owners rate the Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus here, most adding written reviews. It gets "superior" or "excellent" scores on every measure -- wet, dry and winter road performance, ride comfort, noise and tread wear.
Review: Continental CrossContact LX20 with EcoPlus Technology, Contributors to TireRack.com