Continental Tire's newest
premium all-season model, the PureContact, was recently released in September 2012. Designed for drivers of coupes,
sedans, minivans and crossovers, the Pure Contact is engineered to provide high-performance year round traction and
handling to go with a comfortable ride and increased fuel efficiency.
An all-season tread compound combines with
Continental's Eco Plus technology that utilizes other polymers in the tread to give the tire enhanced treadwear and
improved fuel efficiency, which can save you money over time.
Similar to the DWS model, this new PureContact tire
uses Tuned Performance Indicators. What this does is it provides D (Dry), W (Wet) and S (Snow) letters on the outer
tread of the tire which lets you know how the tread is currently wearing.
For example, once the S (snow) letter has worn off
the tread you will know that the tire has lost its maximum snow performance. After the W has worn off, you know
that maxium wet surface traction is lost. This helps all drivers get a better idea of how worn their tires are at
Inside the tire you find Continental's exclusive
ComfortRide technology that provides extra cushioning to the tire by adding another layer of rubber that helps
absorb pavement bumps and vibrations that we all drive over on a daily basis. The tire's construction includes two
steel belts with jointless polyamide to add durability and more stability to the tire. They also enhance overall
ride comfort and quality.
Continental offers sizes from 15-18 inches, and
speed ratings of H or V. A 70,000 mile tread guarantee is also included on this tire.
The PureContact has quickly grown into one of the
more popular all-season tire choices among any brand. You can expect outstanding traction on any type of road
surface, including light to deep snow. The steering is crisp and it gives you good feel and control throughout the
Braking is quick and sure, and the ride is
comfortable and quiet as well. Tread life has shown to be excellent, and Continental backs it with a 70,000 mile
tread guarantee. This is definitely a solid all-season tire that Continental has released, and we give it a big
thumbs up for being one of the better tires in its class.
What Vehicles Will The Continental
Fits these vehicles and many
Acura TL, CL
BMW 135i, 330i
Chevrolet Cobalt, Malibu, Cruze, Impala, Sonic LTZ
A 6-year or 70,000 mile tread warranty comes with
the PureContact. If the rear is sized differently than the front, Continental cuts the mileage guarantee by 50%.
The tire's uniformity is backed for one-year or the first 2/32 inch of wear.
Materials and workmanship are warranted for 6-years
and include free replacement during the first year or first 2/32 inch of wear. A prorated amount is given for the
remaining time period or down to the final 2/32 inch of tread depth.
Continental also provides a one-year or first 2/32
inch of wear road hazard warranty, as well as their exclusive 60-day customer satisfaction trial. All in all this
is one of the better warranties for tires in this class.