Cooper Tires Review

Cooper tires are well known in the world of tire manufacturing. It has carved a niche for itself in motorcycles, sedans, SUVs, off roaders, etc. In fact, Cooper tires is the mother corporation of other tire brands like Avon Tyres, Dean, Mastercraft, Sears Guardsman, and Starfire.

Cooper tires are famous as endorsers and sponsors of A1 Grand Prix. This tire brand’s notable contributions to the world of competitive racing includes but is not limited to:

  • The official tire of USF2000 National Championship
  • The official tire of IMSA Prototype Lites series
  • Exclusive supplier British Formula Three Championship since 1982
  • Exclusive supplier for the FIA Formula Two Championship
  • D Drift
  • Canadian Drifting

A review on some of the more popular tire makes and models made by Cooper tires. The enumeration is not exclusive. The review is based on consumer feedback and expert opinions.

Sedan Tires

The average sedan utilizes 14 to 16 inch rims. More exacting drivers use tires as big as 19 to 21 inch rims. The tire width is also a factor to consider when determining performance. For example:


This was designed for all seasons. As the name suggests, this was built for old school muscle cars like the Cobra. Average price is $95 to $100.

  • 14 inch rims
  • 215 section width
  • 50,000 Mile Treadwear Protection (Limited Warranty)
  • Radial construction
  • 96 load Index

Michelin Primacy MXV4 Radial Tire - 195/65R15 91H

The Primacy is top of the line in the 15 inch category. The MXV4 is made for grip, comfort and durability. The groove designs make it usable for all seasons. It is especially designed to handle wet conditions including braking. The average selling price is $125 - $130. The specs are:

  • 15 inch rims
  • 22.8 pounds
  • 195 section width
  • Radial construction
  • 91 load Index
  • 60,000 Mile Manufacturer’s (Limited Warranty)

Light Trucks

Small pickup trucks and SUV’s come standard with 16 to 18 inch rims. The section width is also a bit wider, especially on the back end of the truck. This increases load carrying capacity. Some of the best selling light truck tires are:

Hankook Ventus V2 Concept Tire - 225/50R17 94V SL

The Ventus provides a quiet ride, sufficient grip, and durability. Most consumers find this a cheaper but competitive alternative to the more expensive Falken and Dunlop. These are usually installed in smaller pickups or SUVs. The specs are:

  • 16 inch rims
  • 22.4 pounds
  • 225 section width
  • Radial construction
  • 94 load Index
  • Manufacturer’s (Limited Warranty)

Nitto Neo Gen All-Season Tire - 215/45R17 91Z

This model is specially made for use in sedans with high specs and plenty of horsepower. This is popular with lowered automobiles. It is made from a single shoulder block. As a result, it increases the stability of lowered automobiles. Tread flex design also ensures that wear and tear is evenly distributed. Other specs include:

  • 17 inch rims
  • 21.1 pounds
  • 215 section width
  • Radial construction
  • 91 load Index
  • Manufacturer’s Limited Warranty

Cooper Discoverer STT 10PLY OW - LT265/75R16 123

The Discoverer is built for heavy duty off road use. The specialty of the Discoverer is mud. It is readily apparent just by looking at the grooves. The specs include:

  • 17 inch rims
  • Scalloped shoulder lugs
  • Rim Flange protection (doesn’t tear)
  • Non direction tread with deep buttresses

High Performance Specs

18 to 21 inch rims are mostly used on modified sedans, pricey sports cars and SUV’s. High specs are either highly specialized or extremely well made all around tires. This includes:

Continental ExtremeContact DWS All-Season Tire - 215/35R18 84Z

The Continental was made for all around use in sedan, coupes, SUV’s. The design is pretty extreme. One side is designed for dry conditions and the other is designed for wet conditions, even snow. The compound used is especially durable. Cooper tires also market this to provide better mileage. The specs are:

  • 18 inch rims
  • 17.2 pounds
  • Radial construction
  • 84 load index
  • Manufacturer’s Limited Warranty

Cooper CS4 Tour T Rated 4PLY BW - P235/65R18 106T

The Touring line was built for everyday use, but especially designed to be quiet, comfortable, and durable. The special compound used also provides extreme grip even in the wettest conditions. The specs are:

  • 18 inch rims
  • 32 pounds
  • Radial construction
  • 2094 pounds max load capacity
  • 80,000 mile treadwear protection limited warranty

Bear in mind that rim size depends on the car make and model. The one that the automobile came with is supposedly the best fit. Unless the car specifications are modified, there really is no point changing rim sizes. It would be better to pay more attention to the compound, treading, and the pressure on the tires instead of the rim size.