... [Read More] When faced with the prospect of testing vehicles, we always try to put the vehicle in situations that it is likely to encounter in real life with its owners.
If we have a truck, we tow something. If we have a minivan, we shuttle our family in it. If we have a hybrid, we drive as efficiently as possible. If we have a sports car, we take it to the track. When testing these Continental ControlContact Sport All-Season Tires
, we tried to do the same thing: find a route that realistically captures what owners are likely to experience.
The ControlContact Sport is an all-season ultra-high-performance tire
available exclusively at Discount Tire
(which provided the tires
and a set of Drag Wheels
for this test – model DR-67, if you’re curious), and it is meant to straddle the world of sport and touring tires for a wide variety of cars, and for drivers who want a little more bite and performance than a typical touring tire. These are not dedicated summer performance tires, so we thought a typical setting for them would be our favorite country road, a stretch of over 20 miles of continuous turns and corners with very little traffic. But to get there, we had to escape the city and spend a couple hours on major and regional highways, so we got a feel for both its everyday commuting comfort and its handling prowess in one gorgeous day.
Of course, every road trip needs a mission, and ours was lunch in cottage country
, to pick up some pastries for the folks stuck in the office, and a wilderness adventure of ziplines and hiking through the forests, but for me, as a driver, it was the road itself that I most looked forward to.
Setting out on the urban highways, I immediately noticed that these tires provide a very quiet ride. Our test vehicle is a 2007 Audi A4 Avant with 17-inch wheels, so the tire size was a fairly moderate 235/45 R17, by no means low profile, but sporty nonetheless. With a decent amount of sidewall, the tires can absorb that first impact of bumps on the road,
Read more about Replace These 5 Parts for Better Mileage.
A look at 5 parts that could be making your car or truck thirsty
Millions of drivers waste fuel needlessly every day, without even realizing it. Whether by carrying around extra weight or running a vehicle that’s in need of maintenance, bad fuel mileage often creeps up slowly – swilling away your hard-earned money, and contributing to excessive emissions. If you don’t monitor your vehicle’s fuel consumption regularly, increased fuel consumption can be even harder to detect.
Is your ride running at maximum efficiency, or is it wasting your money and polluting needlessly? If you’re not sure, here’s a look at four parts that can be easily replaced and one that should be removed when not in use, as a starting point, to help ensure your car, SUV or pickup isn’t drinking more than its fair share of fuel.
Read more about the Cadillac Escala Concept Previews the Future of American Luxury at AutoGuide.com. Cadillac has unveiled a new concept at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Called the Escala Concept, it previews the next evolution of Cadillac design
while showing the craftsmanship and technology being developed for future models. The name comes from the Spanish word for “scale,” and the vehicle is a concept for a larger, more elite and expressive companion to the new Cadillac CT6
. It is also the third in a series of concepts the American automaker has debuted at Pebble Beach in recent years, joining the Ciel convertible and Elmiraj coupe.
Designed to be both a driver’s car and an indulgent flagship sedan, the large four-door concept has an expansive liftback design that emphasizes the car’s considerable scale and versatility. Its overall length measures at 210.5 inches, making it roughly six inches longer than the CT6.
Read more about the 9 Things You Should Always Have in Your Car.
Today's new cars are better equipped than ever, with convenience, connectivity, and safety features that keep drivers safe on the road. Nonetheless, smart drivers know to hit the road prepared, regardless of how long the journey.
Consider picking these nine items up and stashing them in your glove box or trunk. They'll help you keep calm and carry on, no matter the situation.