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Well the first snow since I bought the Equinox and I was looking forward to driving it in the snow to try out the awd. Well I am so dissapointed in the traction of these tires, when I have had other AWD vehicles with different tires I have had no problems getting up my driveway, these tires were just like not having AWD at all! The tires were just spinning and sliding all over, I know the AWD was working because I watched the replay on my security camera and coukd see the rear wheels spinning...
Going tire shopping tomorrow, any suggestions? AFFBEF01-12C2-4EBF-88A4-25B56310877D_1544484697935.jpeg
 

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I have always had good luck with Cooper and Good Year. I am currently running Nankang all seasons and for an inexpensive tire they are pretty good in the snow.
 

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Maybe just adjust your driving technique or get snow tires? I’ve taken mine on numerous ski trips in heavy snow without issue. Liked them enough to buy a second set.

For comparison I have also regularly driven Michelin x-ice3’s on my wife’s Subaru. No all season will ever beat a real snow tire. But the latitude Tours are fine.
 

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It sounds like you might be jumping to conclusions. I know it's still kind of early, but that doesn't look like a lot of snow in that picture. Like Ralphalph said - maybe you just need to experiment a little bit first ... maybe drop it into lower gear? Maybe *not* use AWD? I dunno. Unless you're up there in Canada, or in upstate NY where they seem to get bombed every year, I would think you could learn to make use of those Michelins.

What about some kind of half-moon 'quick cleats' you could thrown on one wheel (or two)? You only need it until you clear your driveway and sand/salt it down - which you're going to do anyway, right?
 

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If you are going to change tires regardless, ask a tire center about an all weather tire option. At least it is true 4 season tire that made to perform is the ice and snow too.
 

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Going tire shopping tomorrow, any suggestions? View attachment 13077


Hmm .. In 2016 I managed a trip back into the national forest unpaved roads in winter with the stock Michelin Latitudes . . & FWD.

That said. . here's what I am considering next. . they are reported to be much better in snow because of both tread design and rubber compound.

Michelin Defender LTX M/S https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?message=singleSize&tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Defender+LTX+M/S&width=235/&ratio=55&diameter=18&autoMake=Chevrolet&autoYear=2015&autoModel=Equinox+FWD&autoModClar=LTZ&minLoadRating=S&minSpeedRating=S&cameFrom=selectOE&partnum=355TR8DLTX





I also checked out the Bridgestone Dueler HL Alenza, but reviews did not seem as good and some said they were noisy. I 'm inclined to go with the Michelin Defender since it has good winter snow traction, is a lighter tire, and not as noisy on paved highway driving.
 
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The only complaint i have with stock Michelin Lattitudes is the road noise .
Traction , wet , dry , snow , mud ............. perfect with a great V -6 and AWD .
 

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LOL I have been driving in snow for 49 winters using all types of vehicles, fwd, rwd, 4x4 and AWD, I think I know how to drive in snow and know when it’s the tires. The picture I posted was from the day before, we got another 4” on top of that.
I have had many different all season tires some better than others, compared to others these do suck for traction, I do know that age and miles have a detrimental effect on traction ability on some tires, may be what is going on here.
I’m retired now and cost will be a big factor.
 

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The only complaint i have with stock Michelin Lattitudes is the road noise .
Traction , wet , dry , snow , mud ............. perfect with a great V -6 and AWD .

We've noticed more road noise now also on the Michelin Latitudes with about 40,000 miles now. I was going to replace them this year, but now waiting till next since the tread still looks good. They will be 4 years old in January, so next year just before winter they dealers and tire makers seem to have good sales and $75 to $100 rebates.
Last year for our car, I got back $250 in rebates on a set of tires between GM Card, a dealer service special and $100 in tire rebates in the form of a debit cash card.
 
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LOL I have been driving in snow for 49 winters using all types of vehicles, fwd, rwd, 4x4 and AWD, I think I know how to drive in snow and know when it’s the tires. The picture I posted was from the day before, we got another 4” on top of that.
I have had many different all season tires some better than others, compared to others these do suck for traction, I do know that age and miles have a detrimental effect on traction ability on some tires, may be what is going on here.
I’m retired now and cost will be a big factor.

I mean't no malice in what I showed and no implied comment about ability to drive in snow. I'm 70 and retired too. :thumb:
I remember driving my '55 Olds with bald tires in snow while in school. . yikes !


Yes, agree tire age has much to do with it as well as the grade or steepness.
 
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It sounds like you might be jumping to conclusions. I know it's still kind of early, but that doesn't look like a lot of snow in that picture. Like Ralphalph said - maybe you just need to experiment a little bit first ... maybe drop it into lower gear? Maybe *not* use AWD? I dunno. Unless you're up there in Canada, or in upstate NY where they seem to get bombed every year, I would think you could learn to make use of those Michelins.

What about some kind of half-moon 'quick cleats' you could thrown on one wheel (or two)? You only need it until you clear your driveway and sand/salt it down - which you're going to do anyway, right?
Well with other awd and 4x4 vehicles I have owned never had to salt or sand or put any kind of cleats on them to get up my driveway, they would just drive right up without spinning or sliding...
You cannot turn off the AWD on this, it is fully automatic. Unless you know some trick to it...
 

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Now , just had a ride with a friend in his 2011 Terrian , well worn in at 120.000 miles . He has Michelin XIce ( winter ) that he rotates out with the Michelin Lattitudes and I have to say the Xice are an excellent traction tire and very very quite .
 

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If you want the best snow and ice traction, Blizzaks are the ticket. But if you want only 1 set of tires, the Goodrich All Terrain T/A K02 is now made in a size that fits the 17” wheels. Not sure about 18. These Goodrich have the “snowflake” rating for use on interstates in snow, and they are surprisingly quiet on dry pavement. Less noisy than Blizzaks. Just know that the Goodrich tires are LT series and so need roughly 50 psi. Goodrich can tell you specifically based on your vehicle. Good luck.


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LOL I have been driving in snow for 49 winters using all types of vehicles, fwd, rwd, 4x4 and AWD, I think I know how to drive in snow and know when it’s the tires. The picture I posted was from the day before, we got another 4” on top of that.
I have had many different all season tires some better than others, compared to others these do suck for traction, I do know that age and miles have a detrimental effect on traction ability on some tires, may be what is going on here.
I’m retired now and cost will be a big factor.

I mean't no malice in what I showed and no implied comment about ability to drive in snow. I'm 70 and retired too.

I remember driving my '55 Olds with bald tires in snow while in school. . yikes !


Yes, agree tire age has much to do with it as well as the grade or steepness.
Yeah back in the 70’s I drove my Camaro in the now, also had a 76 Malibu both with factory radials, and 76 Chevette, that Chevette was unstoppable in the snow with a set of studded snowtires... I drove it over the mountian from Asheville NC during a snowstorm, only thing else that was on the road were Jeros and 4X4 pickips.
 

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Yeah back in the 70’s I drove my Camaro in the now, also had a 76 Malibu both with factory radials, and 76 Chevette, that Chevette was unstoppable in the snow with a set of studded snowtires... I drove it over the mountian from Asheville NC during a snowstorm, only thing else that was on the road were Jeros and 4X4 pickips.
Back in 2003 I think, wife had her '01 Toyota Sienna mini van. We stayed at some ski resort in Tennessee over the Xmas holidays and the day we left, it had snowed over night and continued the next day.

Not knowing the area and wanting to take the shortest (miles) to Chattanooga, I drove over the mountain in the snow. . . in the FWD minivan. Yup, all we saw were jeeps and some of them off the road stopped. We saw a lot of puzzled looks on the jeep drivers faces as we passed by.

I just kept moving steadily along and had more than a few harrowing parts where we were barely getting traction up the grades. But as long as we kept moving we got there. It was white knuckle most of the way. Snow was 6" to 10" deep plus some drifts.

I don't care to do that sort of thing anymore.
 
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Update: looks like I won’t be getting new tires or anything else for a while. My wife has been having some breathing issues and experiencing head tremors so she had some tests this morning and they found a 2.5cm spot on her right lung. This concerned the doctor enough to schedule an appointment in the morning to see the pulmonary specialist. All things are on hold right now...
 

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I only run the Latitudes in summer. I have some Hercules Extremes on for winter and they are great. The Latitudes are not soft or sticky enough for ice and snow. I agree with Bird. I have always had great results with lesser winter tires such as Cooper or Mastercraft and now the Hercules (great tire). Look into the Nokians as well. Here in Colorado we have plenty of choices and price ranges. I go to a small local shop that provides the best service you can imagine and also prices their tires better than the chain shops. Try an independent and they can get any tire you want in a day or two.
Here we are on snow and ice with plenty of incline. I find the Terrain to be every bit as good as my previous Audi's and Subaru's. I love the car and tire make all the difference in the world.
 

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Update: looks like I won’t be getting new tires or anything else for a while. My wife has been having some breathing issues and experiencing head tremors so she had some tests this morning and they found a 2.5cm spot on her right lung. This concerned the doctor enough to schedule an appointment in the morning to see the pulmonary specialist. All things are on hold right now...
Hoping for the best outcome for your wife;

Never a good time for health issues, especially so close to the holidays.

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