Cooper CS3 Touring Review

The CS3 Touring tire is designed to replace the old Cooper GLS, offering better fuel efficiency, longer tread life, and additional comfort. It’s built for drivers of all types of sedans, minivans, and coupes. 

The Cooper CS3 incorporates many of the latest tire technologies from Cooper like StabilEdge technology, which helps improve its steering, cornering, and handling capabilities. It also flaunts greater stability than the old GLS throughout a vast speed range. 

The C3 is currently one of Cooper’s most popular tires alongside the CS5 Grand Touring, but does it really live up to the hype? Stick around to find out. 

TIRE REVIEW 

 

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CS3 Touring
Cooper

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Bottom Line The only issue we have with this tire is the softer sidewall, limiting the tire’s cornering
Pros Exceptional traction on dry, snowy, and icy terrain with extremely comfortable and quiet driving experience.
Cons The softer sidewall limits its cornering capabilities
Tire sizes 18”, 17″, 16”, 15″ and 14″
Price range Starts from approximately $81.
Warranty 65,000-miles

Find out more popular tires in our overall Review of the Cooper Tires.

Cooper CS3 Touring (Our Review)

Overall Assessment

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We can certainly see the appeal behind the Cooper CS3. For starters, the tire’s wider footprint delivers impeccable handling and traction on dry terrain. Further, the 3D Micro-Gauge Siping technology from Cooper, coupled with the four circumferential grooves, helps deliver a great performance on wet and snowy surfaces as well. 

Now, a lot of non-winter tires claim to have superior performance in snow and ice, but most of them fail to back up their claims. The Cooper CS3, on the other hand, is one of the very few touring tires that actually excel in snowy and icy pavements. 

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The feel and steering response while driving a car equipped with a set of CS3s is nothing short of impressive. You just feel extremely comfortable and confident with this tire backing you up. To add, it’s very stable throughout the entire speed range.

The only issue we have with this tire is the softer sidewall, limiting the tire’s cornering. This is understandable considering it’s a touring tire, not a high-performance tire, but it’s worth pointing out, nevertheless.

We have made our overall assessment of other tires, so consider reading Adventurer AT by Cooper Review and also our Review of the Cooper Discoverer ATP.

Pros:

  • Exceptional traction on dry, snowy, and icy terrain
  • Extremely comfortable and quiet driving experience
  • Backed by a long tread life warranty of 65,000 miles
  • Budget-friendly price tag considering its capabilities
  • Very responsive steering and great overall stability

Cons:

  • The softer sidewall limits its cornering capabilities

Read pros and cons of other tire types on our Adventurer H/T Cooper Review and Review of Cooper CS5 Ultra Touring as well as Cooper ATW Discoverer Review.

Vehicles That Can Use Cooper CS3 

The Cooper CS3 is designed to offer coupes, sedans, and minivans higher fuel efficiency and better tread life. Below is a list of the most popular vehicles compatible with the Cooper CS3.

  • Buick: Enclave, Roadmaster   
  • Toyota: Camry, Corolla, Sienna   
  • Chevrolet: Cavalier, Cruze, Malibu, Astro    
  • Ford: Fusion, Taurus   
  • GMC: Acadia   
  • Honda: Odyssey, Accord, Civic  
  • Volkswagen: Jetta  
  • Dodge: Avenger, Caravan
  • Nissan: Altima, Sentra   
  • Saturn: Vue, Outlook   

Find out more tires for your vehicle by checking out Review of HTP Discoverer and maybe the Discoverer STT Pro Cooper Reviews.

Sizes and Specs

SizesAvailable Specs
14 Inches175/65R14 82T BLK
185/65R14 86H BLK
185/65R14 86T BLK
185/60R14 86H BLK
195/60R14 86H BLK
15 Inches185/65R15 88H BLK
185/65R15 88T BLK
195/65R15 91H BLK
195/65R15 91T BLK
205/65R15 94H BLK
205/65R15 94T BLK
215/65R15 96T BLK
185/60R15 84T BLK
195/60R15 88H BLK
195/60R15 88T BLK
205/60R15 91H BLK
205/60R15 91T BLK
16 Inches205/65R16 95H BLK
215/65R16 98T BLK
225/65R16 100T BLK
235/65R16 103T BLK
205/60R16 92V BLK
205/60R16 92H BLK
205/60R16 92T BLK
215/60R16 95V BLK
215/60R16 95H BLK
215/60R16 95T BLK
225/60R16 98V BLK
225/60R16 98H BLK
225/60R16 98T BLK
195/55R16 87V BLK
205/55R16 91V BLK
205/55R16 91H BLK
205/55R16 91T BLK
215/55R16/XL 97H BLK
225/55R16 95V BLK
225/55R16 95H BLK
225/50R16 92V BLK
17 Inches215/65R17 99T BLK
225/65R17 102T BLK
235/65R17 104T BLK
215/60R17 96T BLK
225/60R17 99T BLK
215/55R17 94V BLK
225/55R17 97H BLK
215/50R17/XL 95V BLK
225/50R17 94V BLK
18 Inches225/60R18 100H BLK
225/55R18 98H BLK
235/55R18 100V BLK
225/50R18 95T BLK

Prices

We expected the Cooper CS3 to have a fairly steep price tag, but to our surprise, the tire is priced very reasonably, starting at around $81. You can knock off a few dollars of the price if you can manage to find special offers like discounts and rebates on this tire. 

Keep in mind that the prices of tires vary from one dealer to another. Also, they vary depending on the size and specs you choose. 

Warranty

The Cooper CS3 is backed by a sweet 65,000-mile tread warranty for the T-rated models and a 50,000-mile warranty for the H and V-rated models. Uniformity is covered for the first 2/32 inch of wear. Further, the Cooper CS3’s workmanship and materials are warranted for up to 5 years. 

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Cooper also offers a 45-day road test guarantee to ensure consumer satisfaction. If you’re not completely satisfied with the tire, Cooper will replace the tire with another model. 

Different tires different warranty, so feel free to read our articles Evolution H/T Cooper Review, GLS Touring Review Cooper, and Discoverer AT3 Cooper Tire Review.

Check our other tire type reviews that include Mud Tire Duck Commander Review as well as Commander Duck Tires.

Cooper CS3 Touring Tire Customer Review

William K. says: “I’m not that spirited of a driver, so I don’t really expect much from a tire aside from a pleasant driving experience, but boy did this tire blow me away in every possible aspect. It’s very quiet and comfortable, extremely stable, and I can drive it in the snow without any problems. Superb tire, overall.”

William K. posted 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5) review

Adrian B. says: “This tire is perfect for my 2018 Altima. It’s comfortable, first and foremost, and I barely hear any road noise, which is a huge plus in my book. And surprisingly, this tire performs very well on icy and snowy pavements. Didn’t really see that coming.”

Adrian B. posted 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5) review