In recent years, the optimized use of low friction nonferrous coatings under boundary lubrication conditions has become a challenge to meet the demands of improved fuel economy in automotive applications. This study presents the tribological performance of chromium nitride (CrN) coating using conventional friction modifier (moly dimer) and/or antiwear additive (zinc dialkyl dithiophosphate (ZDDP)) containing lubricants in a pin-on-plate tribometer. Using surface analysis techniques such as the atomic force microscope (AFM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), both topographical and chemical analyses of tribofilms were performed. This paper shows that ZDDP and moly dimer both give a positive effect for both low friction and antiwear performance in CrN/cast iron system. Both AFM and XPS analyses give evidence of the formation of ZDDP and moly dimer derived tribofilms on the CrN coating and thus support friction and wear results.