September 30, 2016 at 8:28 pm #140836
Considering a 2017 Colorado. For various reasons prefer a 2wd version over 4wd. Planning on a 6cylinder 2wd with auto locking rear differential and towing package. Live in northern Ontario and am wondering if anyone has any experience with the 2wd version while driving in snow. Of course I understand any comments would be based on a 2016 since 2017 isn’t out yet.
October 1, 2016 at 12:14 am #140841
The rear end of the Colorado is pretty light, and with the 2WD models being RWD, you’re bound to run into traction issues in a decent amount of snow/ice, mostly during acceleration.
Though the 2017 gets the 8-speed and new V6, it won’t be much different from a traction standpoint from the 2015-2016 models.
What I’d do is get a solid set of winter tires. I had those on 2014 Silverado I drove and they had much better snow traction than the all terrain tires that it came with. It also might be easier for you to get a winter wheel and tire set, so you can switch them out yourself instead of abusing the wheels and tires with the tire dismounting and mounting process every every six months.
October 1, 2016 at 5:28 am #140847
Thank you for the response. I have a month to think about it. Maybe I can work a set of wheels and tires into the deal. Thanks again.
October 10, 2016 at 5:25 pm #141711
I’m not sure what your reasons for avoiding the 4WD might be, but I think maybe you should revisit that.
There’s no doubt that seasonal tires would help and so would some sandbags in the bed. Even with that solution though you can’t do it on the fly. With 4WD, you could turn it on the moment you need it even if you hadn’t anticipated the need beforehand.
I’ve had RWD SUVs with a rear locker that handled well in many conditions, but the backend weight was always there for me. I prefer the ride of RWD but I find that a selectable 4WD with a 2WD option is fine too. In my last pickup I was using 4WD when I never needed to in my SUVs. The primary examples are pulling out into fast traffic on a wet roadway or having to pull away from a damp spot on a grassy hill in the middle of the summer. These are times when you can’t just magically switch to the right tires and add weight to the bed, but you can instantly engage 4WD.
Additionally, the hassle of swapping, the extra expense of replacing two sets of truck ($$$$) tires and having to store them is enough for me to go for 4WD.
October 11, 2016 at 1:10 pm #141872
Thanks to both of you for your responses. I have revisited the 4wd vs 2wd issue and decided to go with 4wd. Thanks again.
October 11, 2016 at 2:33 pm #141899
October 12, 2016 at 11:38 am #141996
Thanks guys. My purchase is planned for November so hopefully even if I have to order it the way I want it I will be cruising in it by the first of the year. I have been driving a 2001 Expedition for 15 years. 317,000 miles later it’s time for a change 🙂
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