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Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus

Est. $150
Reviewed
March 2014
by ConsumerSearch
Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus

Best budget all-season truck/SUV tire

Pros
  • Exceptional performance
  • Excels at braking
  • Quiet, comfortable ride
Cons
  • Average tread life
  • Mediocre rolling resistance

Bottom line

Reviewers say the Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus gives you almost the same performance as the Michelin LTX M/S2 (Est. $200), but at a cheaper price. Both have excellent traction on the snow and ice, low highway noise and a comfortable ride. The Continental even beats the Michelin in wet and dry braking abilities. They each carry a six-year, 70,000-mile warranty, but owners and experts say the Michelin wears for far longer than the Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus.

Performance

Outstanding stopping abilities. According to a leading consumer organization, the Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus delivers almost identical performance to the more expensive Michelin LTX M/S2 (Est. $200), with excellent grip, the ability to resist hydroplaning and good traction in the snow. The Continental even outperforms the Michelin in wet and dry braking trials. It displays "crisp handling and good stability during the abrupt maneuvers of our course," say editors with TireRack.com. In their comparison, which includes the Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia (Est. $140), on wet pavement the Continental "showed its real strength with significantly more overall traction than the other two tires."

Comfort

Quiet and stable. Reviewers say the Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus delivers a smooth ride, though it doesn't quite match the comfort of the Michelin LTX M/S2 or the Bridgestone Dueler H/L/ 422 Ecopia. In their comparison test, editors of TireRack.com say the Continental's ride is a little stiffer than the Bridgestone, but rate the Continental higher overall. "The ride of this tire feels taut and well-controlled as it encounters rougher sections on our road," say editors of TireRack.com. They also note that there's "very little tread noise," with the Continental, which beats the Bridgestone for noise comfort. One TireRack.com owner review calls its ride "superlative, smooth, quiet and sure."

Durability

Long warranty doesn't translate to long life. Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus has one of the longest warranties in our report -- six years and 70,000 miles -- and includes the highest treadwear grade of 740. Owners at TireRack.com rate the Continental an 8.7 (out of 10) for treadwear. However, numerous reviews say that the Continental is ready for replacement far sooner than 70,000 miles, and one leading testing organization says the Continental's tread life is only mediocre. Continental sells the CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus as a fuel-friendly tire, but editors with TireRack.com say it averages about 18.3 mpg in their test SUV.

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Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Editors test the Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus alongside 22 other all-season truck tires. Each tire completes an identical course to test its ability to perform on dry pavement, maintain traction on wet roads and handle snowy terrain. Ratings for each category and an overall score help readers compare tires.

Review: All-Season Truck Tire Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

2. Tire Rack

Editors include three tires designed to maximize fuel efficiency for this test: Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus, Bridgestone Dueler H/L 422 Ecopia and Goodyear Assurance CS Fuel Max. In their summary, they conclude that the CrossContact has the best traction on wet and dry roads, but has lower fuel efficiency.

Review: Testing Eco-Focused Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires, Editors of TireRack.com, Sept. 16, 2011

3. Tire Rack

The Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus earns the top slot in TireRack.com's customer survey on the best crossover/SUV touring all-season tires. It scores highest for braking abilities on both wet and dry pavement; however, only about 70 percent of the 270 owners say they would buy these again.

Review: Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus, Contributors to TireRack.com, As of March 2014

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