Review of Cooper Tires - Trendsetter SE

Trendsetter SE is Cooper Tires All-Season / Entry-Level tire. The target market is for those looking at very affordable tires. The Trendsetter SE's are often purchased for older cars, but there is no shortage of these tires on newer cars. Many people purchase Trendsetters because they need a size to fit 75 series whitewalls.

The fact that these are entry-level tires basically means these are Cooper's cheap tires. The durability comes from what Cooper Tires calls 'low-stretch' polyester piles, and standard steel belts.


Online Tire Reviews may not be what you'd expect from an 'Affordable' Tire

The traction in dry conditions are considered good, but these tires are certainly not to be used for performance driving. It is not recommended that you drive aggressively with the Trendsetters, and in wet weather you must take extra caution. Several reviewers have stated that the wet traction is terrible.


Cooper Tires TrendsetterThere is a 40K Mile Limited Warranty offered from Cooper, but reviewers have stated that you're not likely to get a full 40K miles out of them.

We would suggest that you read the warranty carefully, rotate your tires, and keep them at the recommended pressure. Be prepared to leverage this warranty if necessary. If you do purchase these tires and have a good experience, please let us know.


Positive Tire Reviews:

  • Many owners of these tires found that they got their money's worth. This is a very affordable tire, so these tires could work well if you're not driving in harsh conditions.
  • A few reviewers said that the traction in light snow and wet weather was 'just ok'.

Negative Reviews:

  • A few have stated that these tires needed to be replaced after only 20K miles.
  • The tires get progressively noisy as the tread wears down. One reviewer considered the tire extremely noisy. Again, this was as the wear on the treads became low.
  • More than a few online tire reviews stated that the traction was fine on dry roads, but traction was very poor in rain and light snow.

Final thoughts from

Like the Lifeliner from Cooper, these are not to be considered for performance driving. If you live in an area with a lot of rain or light snow, you should may consider the Cooper CS4's instead. However, if you are on a strict budget then just be aware of the issues with traction in wet conditions, and the reports of fast tread-wear.

Cooper Tires Trendsetters are good for driving around town and in dry conditions. Many people that live in areas without a lot of rain and snow have been very happy with the Trendsetters.

Also note that there is a 45 day road test on all Cooper tires. Price points can very, so look for those deals from Discount Tire Company and Sears Tire Center

Other Tires to Compare Lifeliners To:

Cooper CS4 Review - Cooper put about $200 million into the research on the rubber to create the CS4, and it really paid off...

Michelin Tire's XC LT4 - The XC LT4 are sold exclusively through Sears Tire Centers and developed by Michelin...

BF Goodrich Advantage TA - The Advantage T/A's from BF Goodrich Tires are designed for 'everyday drivers', but also claim to target performance drivers

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