Cooper CS5 Grand Touring Review
A mid-range touring tire from the folks at Cooper Tire, the CS5 Grand Touring combines comfort and performance, with long life.
- Long tread life warranty
- Dry weather grip and performance
- Value pricing for a touring tire
- Wet weather grip isn’t as capable
- Some limitations in sizes
An all-season tire designed for cars, crossovers and SUVs, the CS5 Grand Touring goes beyond a conventional all-season in many respects.
As a Touring tire, it’s designed to offer a more premium experience. What that means is that it’s designed with both low noise and high levels of comfort.
Dry weather performance is also a priority and somewhere the CS5 Grand Touring excels at, while wet weather performance is slightly less capable.
The tire itself features four circumferential grooves to evacuate water and prevent hydroplaning. There’s modest siping on the interior tread blocks to further help with wet weather performance.
A center tread block row gives excellent highway stability and responsiveness, while larger tread blocks on the shoulders ensure dynamic cornering capability.
As a Cooper Tire, the CS5 Grand Touring delivers all of this at a more than reasonable price.
The tread pattern is asymmetrical, meaning you can swap these tires back-to-front and side-to-side. This, combined with the tread compound, allows Cooper to offer an impressively long tread life warranty on the tires (more on that below). And to help you monitor wear, each tire includes small “square wear indicator” built into the tread blocks.
If there are any drawbacks, as mentioned, the wet weather capability isn’t as high a focus point in this tire. If you’re looking for more in that area, the CS5 Ultra Touring delivers more wet grip. You’ll also sacrifice overall tread life and pay a bit more of a premium.
Tire sizes are a bit limited as well, but only because once you get into the larger sizes above 18-inches, Cooper offers only the Ultra Touring option.
Cooper CS5 Grand Touring Price
Pricing for the CS5 Grand Touring starts at around $85 per tire for a 15-inch size and goes up to just over $150 per tire for an 18-inch size.
Cooper CS5 Grand Touring Warranty
Cooper backs the CS5 Grand Touring tire with an 80,000 mile tread life warranty.
It also comes with the brand’s standard limited warranty that covers defects in both the tire’s materials and manufacturing workmanship. Any defects that are uncovered in the first 2/32-inch of treadwear will be replaced free of charge by Cooper. After that wear point and down tot he final 2/32-inch of tread depth, Cooper offers a pro-rated replacement.
And the CS5 Grand touring also gets Cooper’s 45 Day test drive guarantee. So if you’re not satisfied with your specific set of tires within the first month and a half, Cooper will replace the tires with another comparable set.
Cooper CS5 Grand Touring Sizes
Are Cooper CS5 Grand Touring tires quiet?
The Cooper CS5 Grand Touring is an incredibly quiet tire and is designed to be. It puts emphasis on ride quality, low noise levels and long life, with solid all-season capability.
Is the Cooper CS5 Grand Touring tire good in snow?
In short, not really. Cooper as a brand actually does a great job of manufacturing excellent winter tires and even a few four-season tires like the Discoverer EnduraMax, which is an all-season that’s certified for true winter use. The CS5 Grand Touring offers no real siping to grip even light snow and the tread compound itself tends to harden up in colder temperatures and lose grip. While we do recommend these tires as an excellent premium all-season tire, we do suggest swapping to a set of true winter tires when the seasons change.
How long does the Cooper CS5 Grand Touring Tire last?
Expect to get around 80,000 miles on a set of Cooper CS5 Grand Touring tires. That’s one of the longest tread life warranties of any tire on the market.
Is the Cooper CS5 Grand Touring Made in America?
Cooper has manufacturing facilities all over the world, however, it run operate four in the US and many of its tires sold here are made in America. The only true way to know is to check the DOT stamp on the tires. The codes below correspond to the US plants Cooper operates.
- 3D – Albany, Georgia
- U9 – Tupelo, Mississippi
- UP – Findlay, Ohio
- UT – Texarkana, Arkansas