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Old 08-11-2010, 12:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I would like to get input as to AWD vs FWD on the 2010 Equinox.
What are advantages to each?
Is it worth sacrificing the extra gas mileage and paying extra to get the AWD version?
Thanks for your help!
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Old 08-11-2010, 07:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Good to hear from you renee!

This is just my opinion but I know a lot of people go for the AWD with the 4 cylinder engines and offset the cost of the v6...

IMO the way to go if you felt you had to get AWD would be to make sure that you get v6 and not sacrifice one or the other and get both..

But I don't think that its worth the sacrifice of gas mileage to get the AWD period.

Don't get me wrong I think that the V6 is powerful but I don't think its adequate enough to give you the extra traction you would think you would get with a AWD system.

If you are a good enough driver in the snow and ice you will be fine in the FWD.

Unfortunately the best advice would be to drive them both in these conditions to see which vehicle makes you comfortable...
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My .02


The cost does not justify what you get. If we had a true 50/50 or 40/60 split as some other AWD setups, most definitely I would have one as well. The AWD setups we have are truely false advertising imo, its over media hype to make it sound better than the system truely is. True AWD is great, but what we have just doesnt cut mustard.

Here is my reasoning...

Talking in our realm of cars (not performance). AWD is designed to give you starting traction, nothing more.

The system cannot transfer enough power to get you moving if the front tires are stuck. If your front wheels are not gripping, your going to be in the same boat as just a plain FWD setup. Our setup is designed to work with the front wheels having grip, a 50/50 or 40/60 setup would have the power to move the car if either front or rear was having issues.

They are comparing different tires, but didnt do testing "proper" imo. But watch @ 40secs into the video. Its an Arcadia, and watch how the fronts are spinning, but barely and rarely are the rear tires spinning. This is the same AWD setup we have. The fronts controlled all the power.



Another display of 90/10 systems @ wrok on rollers. Our system is a Halidex AWD setup, which is the same as the RAV4 in this video.



And lastly...A C&D review of AWD vs FWD same model but using snow tires

http://www.caranddriver.com/features...ction_-feature
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There is some good stuff in those videos! Being that the Equinox is much lighter than the Equinox it might have favored in between the Acadia and Land Rover.
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Originally Posted by dietz4ibanez View Post
There is some good stuff in those videos! Being that the Equinox is much lighter than the Equinox it might have favored in between the Acadia and Land Rover.
Well the video was showing how much of a difference the correct tires make, but I was talking about if you notice how at times the rears gripped but had no ability to push the arcadia up the hill because of its AWD system. If the fronts have no traction in a haldex setup. it will not move forward because it cannot transfer enough power to the rear. Even though I believe GM states it can transfer power to 1 wheel, if its a rear wheel it just cannot push the heavy arcadia up the hill.

Thats why these cars getting off road ratings of 1 star. Anything the AWD can do, the FWD will be able to do as well is my personal opinion,
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Originally Posted by 2010BlkGraniteNox View Post
Well the video was showing how much of a difference the correct tires make, but I was talking about if you notice how at times the rears gripped but had no ability to push the arcadia up the hill because of its AWD system. If the fronts have no traction in a haldex setup. it will not move forward because it cannot transfer enough power to the rear. Even though I believe GM states it can transfer power to 1 wheel, if its a rear wheel it just cannot push the heavy arcadia up the hill.

Thats why these cars getting off road ratings of 1 star. Anything the AWD can do, the FWD will be able to do as well is my personal opinion,

I agree with your last statement 100%!
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I bought a 2011 GMC Terrian with the 4cyl and the AWD.. in the hot Oklahoma sun with the AC full blast the GMC was an absolute DOG!!!.. It was scary how poorly this cross over performed.. well I owned that GMC for all of 3 months and traded it in on a 2012 Equinox V6 FWD.. much happier.. I have lived most of my life in the north east and made it through some rough winters with just a FWD.. But over all for me the FWD v6 is the best option.. IMHO
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Originally Posted by Bigun08 View Post
I bought a 2011 GMC Terrian with the 4cyl and the AWD.. in the hot Oklahoma sun with the AC full blast the GMC was an absolute DOG!!!.. It was scary how poorly this cross over performed.. well I owned that GMC for all of 3 months and traded it in on a 2012 Equinox V6 FWD.. much happier.. I have lived most of my life in the north east and made it through some rough winters with just a FWD.. But over all for me the FWD v6 is the best option.. IMHO
Why not a GMC Terrain v6 AWD?


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Originally Posted by dietz4ibanez View Post
Why not a GMC Terrain v6 AWD?


Congrats on the sick new ride!

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The deal.. I owned the GMC for 3 months and getting out of it without losing a bundle. It is just a matter of finding the hungriest dealer.. So the deal I found was a chevy dealer who had the vehicle I was looking for and willing to give me what I wanted.. I lost about a grand which I am not crying about but it was better than I expected.. Also I was liking the drag coefficient on the equinox which may help with highway mileage.. However having a 2 year old and putting my little girl in the back was way easier in the terrian because of the rear door opening being much more square rather then the big slant of the Equinox.. Final note for me about the terrain.... I HATE RED DASH BOARD LIGHTS!!!!!! I drove pontiacs for years and I cant say why but red dash board lights irritate the mess out of me.. I was my wifes car so I thought I could live with it.. but I was never more thankful to see something go.. Thanks
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I agree w/ the 4cyl + AWD = Dog, not enough torque in those 4 bangers
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Originally Posted by Bigun08 View Post
The deal.. I owned the GMC for 3 months and getting out of it without losing a bundle. It is just a matter of finding the hungriest dealer.. So the deal I found was a chevy dealer who had the vehicle I was looking for and willing to give me what I wanted.. I lost about a grand which I am not crying about but it was better than I expected.. Also I was liking the drag coefficient on the equinox which may help with highway mileage.. However having a 2 year old and putting my little girl in the back was way easier in the terrian because of the rear door opening being much more square rather then the big slant of the Equinox.. Final note for me about the terrain.... I HATE RED DASH BOARD LIGHTS!!!!!! I drove pontiacs for years and I cant say why but red dash board lights irritate the mess out of me.. I was my wifes car so I thought I could live with it.. but I was never more thankful to see something go.. Thanks



I feel the same way about the Terrain! I hate the red display!

You did good with only losing about$1000!

Congrats man!
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here's my 2 cents, snow tires on FWD is greater then summer tires on AWD in winter, other then that FWD / AWD really makes no difference on normal city/hwy driving other then fuel consumption.
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Unrelated, but AWD in a Sport launches harder off the
line at the Dragstrip. Turn the "TC" off and smoke all 4.

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Where I work we have to park behind the shop, there is a small hill in the parking. One morning it was icy on the road, all FWD and RWD vehicules park at the bottom of the hill, me and the 2 others guys with AWD trucks were parked at the regular place.

So I don't agree with people saying that a FWD can do the same job because of this episode.
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Originally Posted by prheaume View Post
Where I work we have to park behind the shop, there is a small hill in the parking. One morning it was icy on the road, all FWD and RWD vehicules park at the bottom of the hill, me and the 2 others guys with AWD trucks were parked at the regular place.

So I don't agree with people saying that a FWD can do the same job because of this episode.
try a FWD with michelin snow tires, I drove right pass other AWD stuck in snow every year because they got the all seasons. But if you have proper snow tires on an AWD, then you are right, there's no FWD that can ever be better
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