Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus Review

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Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus Review
Bottom Line

Reviewers say the Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus nearly matches the highway performance of pricier tires, but at a lower price point. It fairs well with experts and users, and is an especially suitable choice for lighter-weight vehicles (compact SUVs and crossovers) and in regions where ice and deep snow are a rare occurrence. You can take them off road, too, but you'll want to limit such sojourns to places where the terrain is relatively tame. The long treadwear warranty is a plus.

Pros
  • Exceptional performance
  • Excels at braking
  • Quiet, comfortable ride
Cons
  • Average tread life
  • Not the best choice where ice and snow are common

Breaking it down

Performance

Outstanding stopping abilities. According to a leading consumer organization, the Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus delivers top shelf breaking, with excellent grip whether the road is wet or dry, as well as the ability to resist hydroplaning. The editors at TireRack.com agree, adding that it displays "crisp handling and good stability during the abrupt maneuvers of our course." However, when the road is snow covered or, worse, icy, performance takes a measured step backwards. While all-season tires typically struggle in such conditions, the Continental brought up the rear in a three-tire test at TireRack.com.

Comfort

Quiet and stable. Reviewers say the Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus delivers a smooth and exceptionally quiet ride. "The ride of this tire feels taut and well-controlled as it encounters rougher sections on our road," say editors of TireRack.com.

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. However, user reviews say that the Continental is typically ready for replacement far sooner than 70,000 miles, and one leading testing organization says the Continental's tread life is only Good. Continental sells the CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus as a fuel-friendly tire, but testing by one reviewer puts its rolling resistance in the middle range, and editors with TireRack.com say it averages about 18.3 mpg in their test SUV.

Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus tire, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

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.

2. Tire Rack

Testing Crossover/SUV Touring All-Season Tires: Refine Your Ride, Editors of TireRack.com, Sept. 26, 2014

Editors test three tires suitable for use on a crossover or SUV over a variety of driving conditions, including, wet, dry and snow covered roads. The Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus largely holds is own on dry roads, and slightly outperforms its competitors on wet ones. When it comes to snow and ice, the CrossContact trails slightly, but the editors add that all tires in this class struggle in winter driving conditions.

3. Tire Rack

Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus, Contributors to TireRack.com, As of March 2016

The Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus finishes toward the top in TireRack.com's customer survey on the best crossover/SUV touring all-season tires. Based on feedback from more than 480 owners, it scores well on performance on wet and dry roads, but less strongly when it comes to ride quality and treadwear. The lowest scores are for traction in deep snow and on ice. Still, around 93 percent report that they would probably buy this tire again.