The Cooper CS4 Touring is part of the tire
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, all season tire
models like the CS4 Touring are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Dry braking is from 60 to 0 mph.
Wet braking is from 60 to 0 mph.
Handling includes how well the tires gripped in an avoidance maneuver involving a swerve into the left lane and back into the right lane; dry and wet cornering grip; and subjective steering feel.
About This Brand
One of the few independent tire manufacturers in the U.S. with origins going back to the early 20th Century, Cooper is among the world's top-10 tire makers. Based in Findlay, Ohio, Cooper Tires offers a full array of tires, including the Avon, Mastercraft, and Starfire brands. Cooper tires are most often sold by independent dealers, though they can be found online. In the past, Cooper has been a standout among light-truck tires.
Features & Specs - Cooper CS4 Touring
Speed rating Speed rating. This letter denotes the maximum sustainable speed and is found directly after the load index. For S-speed-rated tires, it's 112 mph; for T, 118 mph. Speed ratings for other tires include Q, 99 mph; H, 130 mph; V, 149 mph; and Z, 150 mph plus. While such speeds may seem wildly impractical, tires with higher speed ratings tend to provide better handling at legal speed limits. Choose tires that have a speed rating at least as high as the one specified on your vehicle's placard.
Treadwear warranty Commonly used by tire manufacturers to market tires, the warranty describes the typical tread life of the tire. Consumers should view the warranty an indicator of tread life only. Actual mileage will vary with vehicle type, driving style, road, and weather conditions, just to name a few variables. Nearly all treadwear warranties are based on pro-rated amount based on the usable tread worn off the tire.
UTQG treadwear UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG treadwear, an index developed by the government, compares a tire's tread life with that of a reference tire graded at 100. A tire with a grade of 300 is predicted to last three times as long as one graded at 100. Treadwear grades are just one indicator of tread life, but actual tire life will vary due to a number of factors including road conditions, driving habits, vehicle, and maintenance.
UTQG traction UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG traction indicates the tire's ability to stop on a wet surface with Government grades of AA, A, B, C, from best to worst.
UTQG temperature UTQGS, which stands for Uniform Tire Quality Grading System, is a federal government required grading system for passenger tires excluding winter tires. Key information includes Treadwear, Traction, and Temperature appearing on the sidewall of a tire. UTQG temperature indicates the tire's ability to resist heat build-up under test conditions with Government grades of A, B, C, from best to worst.
Rated for 60K; have 31K miles on the tires and they need to be replaced
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Greensboro, NC
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Excellent tire and American made
Are you familiar with the 26 mile gorge on I-40 that runs between NC & TN? My '04 Accord ran 68 to 70 mph on CS4 tires with a BMW Z3 and no tire squeal. I purchased the Cooper CS4 for my '04 Honda Accord at 97,950 mi in September '09. The tire was rated then at only 60K miles, not 80K; I paid $445 for the tires & install - I can beat that price now. The new tires had just under 11/32 inch tread depth. Presently, August 2014, the odometer is reading 158,123 mi and I can just barely hang my finger-nail on the tread at the tire wear-bar. That is 60,173 miles as a result of religious rotation at 5K mi and watching the air pressure. The tires pulled through 5 & 6 inches of snow here in Greensboro, NC, and I was not one for slowing down on the interstate when it rained if their was no traffic. The Cooper CS4 is a great tire and it is American made. Rated at 80K miles now, I am planning to purchase another set within 2 weeks & help my fellow citizens keep their job. I encourage you to do the same.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Circuit Rider McCarty
from The Mountains of West Virginia
Best All Terrain Tire I have ever owned
This is my second winter with this set of tires. I was asked, not long ago, where I got all that snow buildup behind my fender wells. It was from the tires cleaning themselves so well. I believe this is why they have such good traction. I hardly ever have to lock in the four wheel drive on my Jeep Patriot. The only noise I get from them is on concrete. If I am on the phone, my wife can tell when I cross a concrete bridge through my headset. I have about 45,000 miles on the tires now. I will absolutely buy another set of these tires.