Continental PureContact Tire Review & Rating

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.

Continental PureContact Tires

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 any time.

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. Comfort is a strong point on this particular tire.

The tire’s construction includes two steel belts with jointless polyamide to add durability and more stability to the tire. They also further enhance overall ride comfort and quality.

Continental offers sizes from 15-18 inches, and speed ratings of H or V. There is also a 70,000 mile tread guarantee included on this tire.

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  • Outstanding dry, wet and snow performance 
  • Exceptional braking abilities 
  • Crisp steering response and feel 
  • Ride comfort is among best in this class 
  • 70,000 mile warranty 


  • Very few shortcomings 

Overall Thoughts

The PureContact has quickly grown into one of the more popular touring 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 speed range.

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.

Overall, 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 PureContact Fit?

Fits these vehicles and many others:

  • Acura TL, CL 
  • BMW 135i, 330i 
  • Chevrolet Cobalt, Malibu, Cruze, Impala, Sonic LTZ 
  • Dodge Neon, Grand Caravan, Nitro 
  • Ford Focus, Mustang, Taurus, Fusion 
  • Honda Civic, CR-V, Insight, Accord 
  • Kia Optima, Rondo 
  • Mazda6, 929, Mazda3 
  • Nissan Altima, Maxima, Versa, Leaf, Cube 
  • Pontiac Vibe, Grand Am, Grand Prix, G5 
  • Subaru Legacy, Impreza WRX, Outback 
  • Suzuki SX4 
  • Toyota Camry, Prius, RAV4, Avalon, Solara, Sienna 
  • Volkswagen Jetta, Passat, Touareg 

Tire Sizes


195/65R15 91H BSW


205/55R16 91V BSW
205/55R16 91H BSW
205/60R16 92V BSW
205/60R16 92H BSW
205/65R16 95H BSW
215/55R16XL 97H BSW
215/60R16 95V BSW
215/60R16 95H BSW


205/50R17XL 93V BSW
215/50R17XL 95V BSW
215/55R17 94V BSW
225/45R17 91V BSW
225/45R17 91H BSW
225/50R17XL 98V BSW
225/55R17 97V BSW
235/45R17 94H BSW
235/50R17 96V BSW
235/55R17 99H BSW
245/45R17XL 99V BSW


225/45R18 91V BSW
225/60R18 100H BSW
235/45R18 94V BSW
235/50R18 97V BSW
235/55R18 100V BSW
245/40R18XL 97V BSW
245/45R18XL 100V BSW

Price Range

Prices on the Pure Contact tire range from approximately $109 and up. You may also find occasional rebates, discounts, coupons and special offers on this tire.

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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.

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Bought these to replace my Michelin energy on my 2008 lexus 350 rx and these are simply the best tires ive ever driven on in 35 years of driving. Thank you to Consumer Reports for recommending them over all other tires They are comfortable. Smooth as silk. Excellent traction in snow. Rain and dry. Have had Michelins. Dunlops. Good years. Nokia. Ect, and nothing comes close to these tires. I never thought tires could make my driving experience so much more pleasurable. Love em