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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. :)

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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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.

can you possibly get the model number of the steel wheels? can’t find anywhere that lists them for the 2018 i’ve been looking


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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?

You can press and forget. I'll be switching back and forth. We tend to get snow events that suck, but then the roads are cleared and the sun comes out and it will be nice and dry for weeks. I'd like to take advantage of just running FWD but I may just stay AWD so I don't forget the next time the snow flies.
 
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can you possibly get the model number of the steel wheels? can’t find anywhere that lists them for the 2018 i’ve been looking


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My Fountain Tire invoice indicates part #: 42755; Description: Multiple 5 - 114.3mm [which is odd, Tire Rack had 5-115 listed as the appropriate wheel]

Sorry I can't be more help, I didn't spec a wheel, I just told them to include steel wheels and TPMS sensors in the package.
 

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Much more difficult drive today eh? Snow hasn't let up.


Vehicle still did reasonably well. Only once did I start to slide sideways just before my parkade but it is sloped so I wasn't surprised.




I noticed the wipers started to accumulate ice a little bit today, ill monitor that and see if it is normal.
 

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I had a set of fairly aggressive looking all seasons and they worked great in the snow on my 06 nox. When they finally wore out at 70, 000 miles i replaced them with some much less aggressive looking all seasons.
The new tires ride very nice, but really are poor in rain and snow. My point is there is a fairly wide range of traction and ride quality even if a tire is in the same family.
 

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Which brand of tires do you have?

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 Bad:
- Stock tires feel really slick. I've always only ever run all seasons, but it feels like this vehicle could really use winters




Does your vehicle have the Hankook Ventus S1 Noble or the Michelin Premier LTX tires?
We have the Hankook tires, which are marketed as Ultra High Performance All Season tires. Normally, ultra high performance tires would not be the first choice for winter driving. We have not had much snow in which to test them yet.
 

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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.
That's a good question regarding the AWD function. The OM states every time the vehicle is turned off, it resets itself to FWD and you have to manually put it into AWD after each ignition cycle. However, my experience has been that it REMAINS in AWD unless manually turned off regardless of how many ignition cycles have taken place. I took it into my dealer for that and they said everything was working as it should. They couldn't explain why it didn't return to FWD after shutting the engine off. I'm living with it for now, however.
 

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Does your vehicle have the Hankook Ventus S1 Noble or the Michelin Premier LTX tires?
We have the Hankook tires, which are marketed as Ultra High Performance All Season tires. Normally, ultra high performance tires would not be the first choice for winter driving. We have not had much snow in which to test them yet.

I have the Hankook. They were great during the summer, sticky and quiet, but I really am not a fan in the snow.

That's a good question regarding the AWD function. The OM states every time the vehicle is turned off, it resets itself to FWD and you have to manually put it into AWD after each ignition cycle. However, my experience has been that it REMAINS in AWD unless manually turned off regardless of how many ignition cycles have taken place. I took it into my dealer for that and they said everything was working as it should. They couldn't explain why it didn't return to FWD after shutting the engine off. I'm living with it for now, however.

Mine is the same. Once selected the AWD remains engaged regardless of ignition cycles.
 
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That's a good question regarding the AWD function. The OM states every time the vehicle is turned off, it resets itself to FWD and you have to manually put it into AWD after each ignition cycle. However, my experience has been that it REMAINS in AWD unless manually turned off regardless of how many ignition cycles have taken place. I took it into my dealer for that and they said everything was working as it should. They couldn't explain why it didn't return to FWD after shutting the engine off. I'm living with it for now, however.


i haven’t looked at my owners manual but the online owners manual on chevys site says it should remain in awd mode until it’s deselected with the button regardless of shutting the ignition off. this is how it should operate saves a lot of wear on the axle disconnect. why disengage when u shut the car off if ur just gonna re engage it when u start it again? makes sense. but also just bc it’s in “awd” mode doesn’t mean the rear wheels are locked in at all times it will engage and disengage in the transfer case as needed like previous models all the button does is enable this function and engage the rear differential so the drive rear drive shaft spins


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i haven’t looked at my owners manual but the online owners manual on chevys site says it should remain in awd mode until it’s deselected with the button regardless of shutting the ignition off. this is how it should operate saves a lot of wear on the axle disconnect. why disengage when u shut the car off if ur just gonna re engage it when u start it again? makes sense. but also just bc it’s in “awd” mode doesn’t mean the rear wheels are locked in at all times it will engage and disengage in the transfer case as needed like previous models all the button does is enable this function and engage the rear differential so the drive rear drive shaft spins


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Wow. Super interesting. My Nox was built in Canada and purchased it mid-April.

I copied this from the manual I downloaded from the Chevy site BEFORE I purchased my Nox (I'm certain my hardcopy manual uses the wording).

Here's what my OM says on p. 232

Drive Systems

All-Wheel Drive

Vehicles with this feature can
operate in All-Wheel
Drive (AWD) Mode.

The AWD system delivers power to
all four wheels and the system
adjusts as needed to improve
traction.

Press the AWD switch on the center
console to activate the system. The
AWD light will flash briefly while the
system is engaging and stay lit to
indicate AWD is active. Press the
button again to disable the system.
The light will flash briefly while the
system disables and then stay off.

The AWD Mode will stay selected
until the mode is changed.
AWD
Mode is canceled with each ignition
cycle.


When operated in two-wheel drive,
the vehicle will deliver power to the
front wheels only and may provide
better fuel economy.


Maybe they changed their mind about this function, sort of like the "rain sensing wipers", et al. Good to know AWD remaing on until changed, is (now) documented and considered the normal function / behavior.
 
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