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post #1 of 85 (permalink) Old 11-02-2017, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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Cool First drive in the snow

Today we received our first real "Snow Event" and artic temps so I had a chance to drive the new vehicle in the snow and winter conditions. My drive involves a couple blocks of residential and then ~12KM of mixed feeder roads, freeway and downtown core grid roads..


The Good:
- the heated steering wheel is awesome
- the heated seats are awesome
- the "max vent" feature is great when entering my downtown underground parkade to quickly clear the windshield as it fogs
- The handling is good, the grip is acceptable
- the antilock system is smooth
- the AWD functions well


The Bad:
- Stock tires feel really slick. I've always only ever run all seasons, but it feels like this vehicle could really use winters
- I had found since I bought the vehicle that the turbo gives a bit of torque steer, while one shouldn't be pushing the throttle on snow/ice hard there were a couple spots I needs a bit of gas to get moving and it was more noticeable as you slip a bit. I'm glad I had the 1.5, I feel this would be exaggerated in the 2.0.
- AWD has to be manually selected and is in a bit of an obscure spot. I've been in FWD since I bought the vehicle and I had to make a mental note to push the AWD button. The light is small and you have to look close to ensure it is engaged. I would have preferred something on the console with verification in the DIC.


The Ugly:
- She is all dirty now

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Good post. Thanks.

I'm in agreement about the AWD button/lite. I run ours in 2WD 99% of the time. When I want AWD I too have to remember.

I have only had ours on dirt back roads. No snow here yet. I'm excited to get a chance to try ours out in winter driving conditions.
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If I get snow here in Knoxville, I am staying home. Putting on PJ pants and making a pot of coffee. :-)
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If I get snow here in Knoxville, I am staying home. Putting on PJ pants and making a pot of coffee. :-)

Ha! I wish! I was in an early meeting this AM with a gentleman from Houston.. he couldn't wait to hop on his plane at noon and get back home and away from this cold and snow.

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Definitely the first of many here in YYC. Got our new nox on Monday, got snow tires put on her yesterday, just in time for this mess. Definitely agree with you about the heated steering wheel. Amazing!
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Definitely the first of many here in YYC. Got our new nox on Monday, got snow tires put on her yesterday, just in time for this mess. Definitely agree with you about the heated steering wheel. Amazing!
Nice to see another Calgary owner! Ive only seen three other equinox in the city since I got mine, 2 blacks and a red. There must be more out there.

May I ask what you paid for your winters? Did you get new rims or have them swapped out on the factory rims?

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Definitely the first of many here in YYC. Got our new nox on Monday, got snow tires put on her yesterday, just in time for this mess. Definitely agree with you about the heated steering wheel. Amazing!
Did you get new wheels and TPMS sensors, or just switch-over the tires ?

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Definitely the first of many here in YYC. Got our new nox on Monday, got snow tires put on her yesterday, just in time for this mess. Definitely agree with you about the heated steering wheel. Amazing!
Nice to see another Calgary owner! Ive only seen three other equinox in the city since I got mine, 2 blacks and a red. There must be more out there.

May I ask what you paid for your winters? Did you get new rims or have them swapped out on the factory rims?
Went with Goodyear Ultragrip Winter, and had them studded. Same tire the dealership was offering, but on a steel wheel instead of the GM alloy. Mounted and balanced with TPMS came just under $1500.

The dealership package price was just under $1900 plus $50 a tire for studding.

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Definitely the first of many here in YYC. Got our new nox on Monday, got snow tires put on her yesterday, just in time for this mess. Definitely agree with you about the heated steering wheel. Amazing!
Did you get new wheels and TPMS sensors, or just switch-over the tires ?
New steel wheels with TPMS sensors.

I did just tires on the Traverse we used to have. We had it maintained by Jack Carter, they?d do the tire swap for $30 a tire, the math didn?t work for mounting them on different wheels.

Fountain tire charges more for mounting, so the math worked for rims this time.

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- AWD has to be manually selected and is in a bit of an obscure spot. I've been in FWD since I bought the vehicle and I had to make a mental note to push the AWD button. The light is small and you have to look close to ensure it is engaged. I would have preferred something on the console with verification in the DIC.
I thought once the snow started I could press the AWD button and forget about it until spring.
Are you saying we need to press the AWD button everytime we need it?
On my previous AWD Equinox the AWD only kicked in once the front wheels slipped.
I thought the new system would work the same once the AWD button was pressed.


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