Continental Extreme Winter Contact Review

Continental Extreme Winter Contact Review
Continental Extreme Winter Contact Review

Having grown up in a part of the country with little to no snow, all I knew about driving in snow when I was a kid was that you needed to carry chains. When you hit the snow, you would pull over, put on the chains and drive on. I had no idea that there were tires designed specifically for people who lived in snowy and extremely cold areas, so I was pleasantly surprised to learn about the Continental Extreme Winter Contact tires.

There are several features that make the Continental Extreme Winter Contact extremely unique. First of all, you will find that they work equally as well on an SUV or light truck as they do on a sedan or a coupe. They are also made from a special advanced compound that helps keep the tire flexible in even the coldest temperatures, which will help to make sure that you always have a grip.

The Continental Extreme Winter Contact has an elevated base with lateral grooves, which provide a tread patterns that makes handling in dry conditions extremely good while also enhancing handling in heavy snow or ice. The high-density sides also help to make sure you are able to brake and get traction when you need it.

There is a built-in feature in these tires that alert you to when it is time to change them. In fact, you will see a “winter tread depth indicator” that is put right into the design, and this will be your sign that you are about to not get the traction you deserve and that it is time to change the tires.

That being said, most drivers have found that these tires last well beyond what they expect. The warranty is for six years or 2/32”, with a one-year road hazard warranty available at additional cost. There is no tread life warranty because the nature of winter tires does not generally include that.

All you really have to do is read the reviews to see that almost everyone who has tried these tires, some of whom live in the coldest and snowiest areas of our country, have found that no matter what the weather was or how much snow was on the ground, they were able to get traction unlike with any other all-weather tire. On icy roads, deep snow or the warmest, most beautiful day, they found that these tires gave them the very same performance in terms of gripping, steering and braking and that they are not particularly noisy at all.

Buy or Don’t Buy?

When you live in the snow, you need the tires to protect you at all times, and according to all the reviews, the Continental Extreme Winter Contact is the tire you are looking for. This tire is designed for areas that reach extremely cold temperatures and get more than their fair share of snow. Whether you drive a minivan or a sedan, you will find that this tire is an affordable and safe choice for you and your family.


5 Replies to “Continental Extreme Winter Contact Review”

  1. I bought four of these for my 2011 Jeep Patriot 4X4. I purchased a set of like new 16″ steel wheel take-offs and a set of Dorman 315Mhz tire pressure sensors.

    I live at 5,000 feet elevation in the Northeast Sierra Mountain range, two miles up a 5% grade. We get snow and ice and it can stay around for a few weeks. I do have a tractor with a front mounted snow thrower to clear the driveway and access roads on the property. I drive 54 miles round trip to work. I leave at 0545 and get to work at 0630. Often, I am on the road before the road maintenance trucks.

    Part of the way of life here is to have a set of studded “snow tires” (AT or MT tires, not really Winter tires) mounted on another of wheels. Come first snow they go on, and stay on until late March. I hope the EWCs will be able to take care of business.

  2. I just ordered a set of the ExtremeWinterContact LT for two reasons. First, good reviews from Consumers Reports and others on the standard version. However, the main reason is the Extreme Winter Contact LT is the ONLY winter tire that doesn’t change the tread pattern for the E load rated tire. Blizzak and Michelin both have more aggressive treads for the E versions and can pick up rocks, and there are few reviews to how these tread patterns work on ice.

  3. So far, so good.

    Having weathered the winter months of ’11-’12 and ’12-’13, I can say I really like the performance of the EWCs. They are quiet, ride smooth, track straight and seem to wear well after 10K miles of use – 5K year. I expect to get 25K miles of use from them.

    The tires work well in rain, slush, ice pack and snow. Only once did they fail to keep me in control, and that was after a night of wintery mix, followed by light rain then freezing temps. This caused the surface of the grade that I live on to be covered in polished ice. It took me 10 minutes to go 2 miles – I slipped/slid all the way down. I have lived here five years and have never seen the road that bad. Studs and or chains were needed that day.

    Bottom line – I will buy another set of of EWCs for winter use. I am looking the Continental ProContact with EcoPlus, as a 3-season tire, to replace my OE Goodyear SR-As that are about shot after 25K miles of use.

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