Reviewers say the Continental PureContact is pretty close to being a true all-season tire, with excellent handling on wet pavement and good traction in snowy and icy conditions. Editors with TireRack.com say it's "designed to provide a balance of luxury and performance with a blend of long treadwear, a smooth and comfortable ride and excellent wet braking." The PureContact is an excellent value, offering long treadwear and an excellent warranty for about $110.
Maintains traction on wet and snowy roads. The Continental PureContact is one of the best all-season tires at braking on wet pavement, according to a leading consumer organization. Reviewers say it also maintains excellent grip in a variety of weather conditions, including snow and ice. Unlike many tires that struggle on wet roads, the PureContact remains stable and responsive, with predictable handling and good grip on corners. In their comparison -- which includes more expensive tires by Michelin and Pirelli -- TireRack.com editors say the PureContact "felt the most direct and responsive" and was "a little more nimble than the others."
Compromises a little on comfort. Editors with TireRack.com say the Continental PureContact "gives up a little ride comfort to deliver sporty handling and very good wet traction." Owners and experts say that ride comfort and tread noise are still better than average, though this tire isn't as comfortable as a few more expensive all-season tires in our report. The Continental produces "somewhat more tread noise than the others as it rolled over the rougher road surfaces along our test route" in one TireRack.com test and it "let a little more of the road's imperfections find their way to the driver when it encountered larger impacts" in their second comparison.
Excellent value. As an eco-focused tire, Continental PureContact's design emphasizes a low rolling resistance to maximize fuel economy. TireRack.com says the PureContact has the highest miles per gallon in two different side-by-side tests. Both experts and owners say that, even though the PureContact falls in the budget price point, it doesn't skimp on life span. None of the professionals estimate life span, but a few users at TireRack.com say PureContact lasts around 50,000 miles with mostly even wearing and consistent quality. Continental includes a six-year, 70,000-mile tread warranty, which is one of the longest in our report.
Editors test H-speed and V-speed-rated versions of the Continental PureContact in their performance all-season tire tests. Along with 40 other tires, the editors measure how long it takes to stop in wet, dry and icy conditions, evaluate handling and estimate tread wear for the PureContact.
Review: Performance All-Season Tire Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
2. Tire Rack
Editors with TireRack.com include four sets of grand-touring all-season tires in this comparison: Bridgestone Potenza RE97AS, Continental PureContact with EcoPlus, Michelin Primacy MXV4 and Pirellis Cinturato P7 All Season Plus. Continental places second overall -- just under Michelin -- and shows especially good handling on wet pavement.
Review: Testing Grand Touring All-Season Tires with a Sporty Edge, Editors of TireRack.com, May 24, 2013
3. Tire Rack
The Continental PureContact comes in third in this comparison, but still has pretty high scores overall. It gets the highest ratings on snowy and icy pavement, and editors say it feels well-balanced with mid-range comfort. Also included are Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus, Michelin Primacy MXV4 and Yokohama AVID Ascend.
Review: Testing Grand Touring All-Season Tires, Editors of TireRack.com, Aug. 17, 2012
4. Tire Rack
More than 230 owners review the Continental PureContact here, rating it 8.76 out of 10. The Continental also ranks second in the site's large survey on grand-touring all-season tires -- it's below Pirelli Cinturato but just above Michelin Primacy MXV4.
Review: Continental PureContact with EcoPlus Technology, Contributors to TireRack.com, As of April 2014