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Summary:The Cooper Zeon RS3-A has a 40,000 mile tread wear warranty in our tested size, 225/40ZR18. This tire is suitable for many coupes, sedans and sport cars.
The Cooper Zeon RS3-A is part of the tire
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, ultra high performance all season tire
models like the Zeon RS3-A are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Dry braking is from 60 to 0 mph.
Dry 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 cornering grip on our skidpad; and subjective steering feel.
Wet braking is from 60 to 0 mph.
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 Zeon RS3-A
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.
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.
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.
I had never tried Cooper tires before this set, and I bought the Zeons because I read good reviews about them, and they were relatively inexpensive. I wanted tires that were quiet, were good in rain and snow, and tires that wouldn't wear out quickly. I now have a little over 56,000 miles on these tires due to a 60+ mile round trip commute to work that is about 50/50 highway/city, and these Coopers have exceeded my expectations in every way.<br /><br />They're relatively quiet, the handling improved, they are wearing very well, and they are great in rain and snow. They are quite possibly the best all-season tires I've ever owned. My Solara was horrible in the snow with my last set of Nexen tires. A light snow would leave me spinning my wheels or sliding, and they were completely unpredictable in rain too. After I got the Coopers, I have never been stuck. Even during the record snowfalls and blizzard conditions we had last winter, and driving on steep hills, they never left me stranded. They got me through snow that left 4wd vehicles stranded in the median and off to the side of the highway. Great tires!!!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Acworth Ga
Horrible tread life
I replaced the original Michelins on my 2008 Cadillac CTS with these Cooper tires. I got 45000 miles out of the Michelins... with these sorry tires only 25000... <br /><br />I Rotated these tires every 5000 miles... Should have rotated every 2000 miles...The rear tires are worn out???
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
from Bloomington, IN
Good Tire For the Money
I put a set of 4 new Zeon RS-3A Coopers on my 2005 Subaru Legacy Wagon just before winter hit three years ago. The Midwest winters, icy conditions and frequent downpours didn't faze these tires. I took the tires all the way down to 2/32 of tread and didn't hydroplane or have the rear end of my wagon break loose. I am an aggressive driver but don't push the limits of tires if it is wet, slick or snowy on the roads. These tires went exactly 39,000 miles so I would consider that acceptable given my driving style and the price I paid for them.