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    Going from awd to fwd

    I'm replacing my 2013 Equinox awd which had awesome Michelins with a 2016 Traverse fwd with 20" Bridgestones. Any opinions on how it will handle Wisconsin winters compared to the Equinox.

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    Re: Going from awd to fwd

    Quote Originally Posted by OIIIIIIO View Post
    I'm replacing my 2013 Equinox awd which had awesome Michelins with a 2016 Traverse fwd with 20" Bridgestones. Any opinions on how it will handle Wisconsin winters compared to the Equinox.
    The added weight will help a bit, but tires will be the biggest difference. A really good set of all seasons will work well, dedicated snow wheels/tires are the ideal setup. On the plus side, we've had a pretty mild winter here thus far.
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    Re: Going from awd to fwd

    I've switched back and forth between FWD and AWD a number of times.
    I have yet to get either one stuck.

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    Re: Going from awd to fwd

    By your name, I'd have assumed you'd be more of a Jeep guy.

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    Re: Going from awd to fwd

    I'm sure you will be fine with fwd , high ground clearance and good tires.

    Worst case scenario you ll need snow tires.

    I've been driving my corvette this year with snow tires and it's been awesome.

    Over 2 feet of snow last Saturday and Sunday I was out in my snow tire equipped corvette and could go anywhere I wanted.

    The high ground clearance of the truck along with fwd and worst case scenario snow tires you'll be good to go.

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    Yeah I'm still not sure about the fwd. I drive a wrangler so I'm set but the Traverse is for the wife and family travel. I don't want the snow tire hassle so I'll see if the February incentives are better on awd Traverses. Thanks all for the input.

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    Re: Going from awd to fwd

    No worries! Don't worry, be happy! What difference does it make?

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    Re: Going from awd to fwd

    Don't know what part of Wisconsin you're dealing with, but when I lived in Wisconsin I never had an AWD vehicle. I had some FWD and some RWD, all different size, and I got around just fine. My best Wisconsin winter car was a 1985 Celebrity, that thing could go anywhere in the snow.
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    Re: Going from awd to fwd

    Quote Originally Posted by Neanderthal View Post
    No worries! Don't worry, be happy! What difference does it make?



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    I will add up here in Canada FWD "SUVS" are quite common and all season tires are also common (I have 20" Bridgestone all seasons on my Avalanche and only used 4X4 once this year)
    I used to drive a G8 all winter wi8th a set of snow tires and could get around BETTER then some AWD SUVS
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    Re: Going from awd to fwd

    You should experience AWD with some Blizzaks. It's like a whole new world
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    I guess I'm spoiled. I have winter tires on the Jeep and and in 4wd it's unstoppable.
    I've also had rwd and fwd in winter and it basically just requires a more attention to how and where you drive. I just wanted to make sure the Bridgestones weren't like summer tires in the snow.

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    Re: Going from awd to fwd

    Quote Originally Posted by OIIIIIIO View Post
    I guess I'm spoiled. I have winter tires on the Jeep and and in 4wd it's unstoppable.
    I've also had rwd and fwd in winter and it basically just requires a more attention to how and where you drive. I just wanted to make sure the Bridgestones weren't like summer tires in the snow.
    Reminds me of my mom's Cobalt wiht Goodyear Eagle RS-A's...now those are like summer tires in snow. Replaced with Yoko Avid Touring S' and it's like a snowmobile in comparison
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    Re: Going from awd to fwd

    Quote Originally Posted by F14CRAZY View Post
    Reminds me of my mom's Cobalt wiht Goodyear Eagle RS-A's...now those are like summer tires in snow. Replaced with Yoko Avid Touring S' and it's like a snowmobile in comparison
    What a crap tire. My Regal came with RSA's and they were useless in the snow. I now have Michellin Pilot A/S3's on there but no snow yet!

    I've driven an '89 Firebird on old Goodyear GT+4's in the snow, and while it wasn't much fun, I managed and never got stuck. IMO FWD with a decent all season, particularly on a vehicle as big as a Traverse with traction/stability control, should be fine in all but the worst blizzard conditions. My old Caddy Seville was a beast in the snow, wherease my wife had a little AWD Rav4 when we first met that was pitiful.
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    Re: Going from awd to fwd

    Quote Originally Posted by NHRATA01 View Post
    What a crap tire. My Regal came with RSA's and they were useless in the snow. I now have Michellin Pilot A/S3's on there but no snow yet!
    Ha yeah they're very, very bad in any amount of snow. The dealer charged like $66/each for them so they were cheap and handled well when there wasn't snow at least. I liked how the Cobalt's DIC had to show the "low traction" warning all the time to remind me that I wasn't moving
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    Re: Going from awd to fwd

    My FWD Seville STS is great in the snow. But having that big Northstar over the front combined with 16" tires helps. On the flip side my FWD LaCrosse was surprisingly bad in the snow, as was my daughters FWD 2011 Regal, both with stock all season tires. I think it has a lot to do with the wider tires on the new cars. If you don't want the hassle of changing back and forth between winter tires all the time I would go with AWD.

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