Been rated that way for a while. Contis are VERY good, but I don't care what the ratings say, not as smooth or quiet. I have a friend with Contis on the 18 LTZ rims (on an LTZ). Maybe they handle better, who knows. All I do know is I have never had a problem with a Michelin tire. Can't go wrong with the Contis or Michelins, but my personal preference is clear.guys went on tire rack today , and they rated #1 continental all season performance tire/ best in our 18" factory size..i also think seen some of them on mercedes ,from factory.. i noticed they were cheaper than the michelins.. has anyone had them ? comments ?