Cooper Discoverer A/TW combines all-terrain and winter capabilities

This hybrid tire earns its snowflake rating

Published: September 11, 2014 11:00 AM
Cooper Discoverer A/TW

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Tuned to deliver the snow traction of traditional winter tires, the Cooper Discoverer A/TW is a new hybrid truck tire that combines all-terrain and winter capabilities. Justifying the snowflake symbol on the sidewall, this Discoverer features cold-temperature-friendly tread compounding and winter siping (tread slits) for snow traction. To see if this unique tire lives up to its promise, we put it through our extensive tire test program.

After months of evaluation, we were impressed with its well-balanced grip and handling on the open road, long tread life, and good ride qualities. Snow traction was rated very good but the Discoverer did not distinguish itself much from many other all-terrain tires. Still, the A/TW proved to be more capable in the wintery conditions than Cooper’s Discoverer A/T3, a more traditional all-terrain tire.

After going through 14 test parameters, the Discoverer A/TW finished in fourth place among 15 all-terrain models tested. It’s a recommended choice for drivers needing a tire to tackle on- and off-road situations, and wintry conditions. The tire is available initially in 10 sizes and comes with a 50,000-mile tread wear warranty.

—Gene Petersen

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