Back in June, I visited the Cooper Tire & Vehicle Test Center in Pearsall TX as part of a media trip. If you missed my post about it, be sure to check it out here.
I was really impressed with the way the Cooper Zeon RS3 tires performed at the event, so I decided to pick up a set of Cooper Zeon RS3-A all-seasons for our daily driver. Controlled settings are one thing, but how would they perform in the real world?
First off, let me give you some background. We live in New Jersey, where we get just enough snow to make things dangerous. The car (2008 Acura TL) came from the factory with Michelin Pilot MXM4 tires, which claim to provide all-season sport handling. In reality, they were pretty lousy. The tires were bad in the rain, and even worse in snow. It was time for a change!
The Cooper Zeon RS3-A was selected as a Best Buy by Consumers Digest, which just goes to reaffirm my experience with them so far. I’ve had them on the car for about 2 months now, putting almost 3000 miles on them in that time. The differences between the RS3-A and the MXM4 are night and day.
The amount of group the RS3-A’s offer is amazing, even in inclement weather. Hydroplaning is a thing of the past, and stabbing the brakes in the rain no longer activates the ABS, it just stops the car. I’m actually looking forward to our first snowfall so I can go play in the snow. 🙂
My old MXM4’s performed so badly that I seriously considered getting a separate set of snow tires for the winter months! But honestly, we don’t get enough snowfall here in New Jersey to warrant them. If I still lived in Buffalo NY, it’d be a different story..
At the end of the day, I couldn’t be happier with my decision. The Cooper Zeon RS3-A’s offer great performance in all conditions, they’re nice and quiet, and they come with a 40,000 Mile Treadwear Protection warranty! What more could you ask for?
Visit http://www.cooperzeon.com/ for more information.