ERJ staff report (DS)
Yonkers, New York -- Ultra-high-performance summer tyres from Goodyear, Dunlop and Michelin topped Consumer Reports' ratings of 21 different US tyre models from 19 companies in tests conducted at CR's Auto Test Center in Connecticut.
The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric, Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT and Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 all achieved "Excellent" overall scores in Consumer Reports' evaluations of braking, handling, hydroplaning, tread life, rolling resistance, and noise. The Continental Extreme Contact DW and the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110 scored just below those three. Both were priced lower, but the Hankook was considerably less than the top-three rated tyres.
Consumer Reports also tested a new all-season tyre that's designed to save fuel, the Continental ProContact Ecoplus +. A tyre that has low rolling resistance-one that rolls easily down the road-will use less gasoline than one with higher rolling resistance. The new Continental achieved an Excellent rolling resistance rating in CR's testing. It also delivered good all-around performance in CR's braking, handling, hydroplaning resistance, and winter-driving tests.
Overall, the ProContact Ecoplus + earned an Excellent test score and now ranks second among the 26 models in the competitive all-season tyre category. It tied the equally fuel-efficient Michelin EnergySaver A/S, which CR tested for the July 2010 issue.
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Press release from Consumer Reports