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.
|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.|
Find out more popular tires in our overall Review of the Cooper Tires.
Cooper CS3 Touring (Our Review)
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.
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.
- 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
- The softer sidewall limits its cornering capabilities
Vehicles That Can Use 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
Sizes and Specs
|14 Inches||175/65R14 82T BLK|
185/65R14 86H BLK
185/65R14 86T BLK
185/60R14 86H BLK
195/60R14 86H BLK
|15 Inches||185/65R15 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 Inches||205/65R16 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 Inches||215/65R17 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 Inches||225/60R18 100H BLK|
225/55R18 98H BLK
235/55R18 100V BLK
225/50R18 95T BLK
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.
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.
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.
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 / 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 / 5) review