Continental CrossContact UHP review
What is it?
The Continental CrossContact UHP is a street/sport truck summer tire engineered for performance-oriented SUV's and crossovers.
Strengths and weaknesses?
The CrossContact UHP possesses very good dry and wet traction, as well as positive comfort characteristics (high ride quality and low road noise).
Not particularly strong in terms of treadlife though, and therefore value is not ideal either.
How does the CrossContact UHP compare?
The CrossContact UHP slots in third out of seven tires in the street/sport truck summer tire category per user feedback. While performance is top tier for the category, limited treadlife has influenced its subjective user ranking.
In 2005 Tire Rack comparison testing, the CrossContact UHP "...lapped our handling course the quickest of this test by a small margin and was found to offer the best handling balance and overall cornering performance of the group. The CrossContact UHP felt responsive, predictable and composed during all of the hard maneuvers of our course."
Anything else to know?
The CrossContact UHP is nearly twice as expensive as the class-leading Hankook Ventus ST RH06 in certain sizes, and for the extra money you get less performance, and less treadlife. The CrossContact UHP is also notably more expensive than the Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sport, which pretty much matches the CrossContact UHP on performance.
Despite its respectable showing across all performance metrics, it's difficult for us to recommend the CrossContact UHP on a cost/value basis. And while still respectable in terms of its capabilities, it's also previous generation tire technology.
Just because it fits on an SUV or truck doesn't mean that it will get you through a northern winter. Don't try it.
We suggest that you explore alternatives to the CrossContact UHP.
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