Recently, it feels like every tire I review is made for big, hulking cars that are mostly for off-road on a sand dune or on tough, rocky terrains.
However, here is one tire that’s designed to be used every day, in less than extreme conditions.
These tires are made for cars that are driven around every day in most parts of the country for simple tasks – dropping the kids to school, going grocery shopping or going off on a weekend road trip.
The Cooper Discoverer SRX is meant to be quiet, comfortable and provide superior wet traction on ordinary roads, rather than intense dry grip.
Cooper SRX Review 2019: Why Should You Buy This Tire?
The Cooper Discoverer SRX is the latest addition to the company’s SUV and crossover all-season series. It was specifically designed to be driven on plain, old asphalt roads and not off-road on gravel or sand.
Cooper has introduced quite a few neat features into this tire, which enhances traction and increases tread-life. The first among this is what they called Stableedge technology. This refers to the strengthening reinforcements made in the sidewall which should resist twisting forces.
Thus, when you are cornering the car or you’re on uneven roads, you get better grip and stability because of the more resilient sidewalls. This lets you have more control of the steering. The strong sidewalls also help the tires to run in a straight line in case of a flat.
This gives the tires a bit of run-flat functionality, which is an added bonus.
Enhanced tread compound
They’ve also upgraded the build from their previous models. They’ve introduced a silica compound, which they described as “competition grade resin”. This modification should give you better traction and road grip in wet conditions. If you need to brake suddenly, this grip should also take your car to a halt much faster.
To be honest, this sounds like a lot of technical mumbo-jumbo and I don’t know if this tread compound is really going to give better traction and make the car ride smoother. But the stronger resin will definitely add a few extra miles to your tire life.
Gauge tire wear and tear visually
Cooper has also included its Wear Square technology on the SRX. This is a novel feature which lets you visually see how much the tire is wearing so that you never run into any unforeseen flats and tire burnouts.
It’s a square-shaped marking on the tire which shows how worn out the tires are at any given time. It also lets you see if there are any alignment issues which might exacerbate treadwear.
This is a very nifty feature, and I wish more tires would be equipped with this as it gives me peace of mind to know that my tires will be alright on a long journey.
These tires are also equipped with 3D micro-gauge siping which assists the tire tread blocks in maintaining their shape and constitution by maximizing tire to road contact. This protects the tires from skidding under strong, shearing forces which come from cornering and braking.
The tread design was also upgraded to ensure that your rides are smoother with even pressure on the tires. As long as the weight is uniform, you won’t face any lateral forces, and your tires will be a lot more responsive to your steering wheel.
These bulky tires have a 5-rib tread pattern which serves the purpose of distributing pressure through the entire patch. Then there are four circumferential traction grooves on the tire which evacuate water away from the tread in wet conditions. This also significantly reduces hydroplaning risk.
Unless you’re in for very strong rains and flooded roads, I think these tires should be fine in most wet and rainy conditions.
In my book, having a warranty goes a long way. I don’t think there is any better way to judge a company’s trustworthiness than seeing if they have a good warranty or not.
Fortunately, the Cooper Discoverer SRX is backed by a 65,000-mile warranty, which I would say is more than enough.
What could have been better?
Don’t get me wrong, this is a pretty neat set of tires which has really good handling and traction on wet pavements, and the braking is absolutely top notch.
The only aspect where this tire will not excel is when you try to trudge it through feet deep snow or you try to brake suddenly in ice. But it still shouldn’t be a deal breaker unless you live somewhere that snows heavily.
But then again, these tires aren’t made for that, and you would be much better off getting yourself a set of dedicated winter tires.
- Strong and stable sidewalls
- Durable, strong resin construction
- Quiet and smooth handling
- Water evacuating grooves for wet traction
- 65,000-mile warranty
- Not made for off-road travel
- Not made for extremely snowy and icy conditions
As far as value for money goes, these tires, in my opinion, are a great choice and would definitely save you more cash than if you were to shop from some of the bigger brands.
These tires provide excellent ride quality and go straight without excessive bumpiness and will do what you tell them to do, without alerting you to that fact.
To me, the best passenger tires are the ones you don’t even notice while riding, and these tires definitely fall into that category.