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I've owned a far amount of suvs and pickups in my lifetime but I never have owned one that handles so poorly on ice and snow. Run it in fwd or awd it really makes little difference. It is so bad we are thinking of trading it for something else, Has anyone experienced the same issue and if you have what did you do to resolve it?

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I just came home from a 3 hour trip with our Blazer RS with 21" Black Rims and I have to agree with you. I was in 4WD mode the entire trip and the 2020 Blazer RS has only 3,000 miles, so the tires are like new. I have never had a vehicle perform worse in the snow. I would say the roads were not icy, they were snow covered and blowing. I would say we had 1 to 1/2 inches of blowing snow on the roads, so the road was not snow packed. I was getting passed by other SUV's going 60 to 65. I did not feel comfortable over 55 MPH in the Blazer. It felt like the truck was floating and would start to sway almost like it had a trailer on the back that started to sway and cause the truck to seem on the verge of out of control. It was hard to keep it on the road. Never had the T/C go off or the stability control, as I kept it between the lines. I assume it is tires on the 21" RS Black Rims. I'm sure they are not meant for winter driving, but I would have assumed being brand new that they would have performed better than they did. My wife is no longer confident in the Blazer. I told here I would look into snow tires and that should resolve, but hate to have the extra expense every winter. Should have given it more thought at purchase that the 21's probably weren't the best idea for winter driving in WI.
 

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My RS came with Michelin pimacy tour tires and the first time I had in on snow covered roads I was not impressed with handling at all. I sold those tires and had new Michelin Crossclimate2 245/50/20 all season installed and drove it recently in 1-2 inches of fresh snow cover at mixed speeds with FWD and was quite happy with the way the Blazer drove and handled. I have owned numerous SUVs, cars and trucks with a variety of tires over the decades in Wisconsin winters and these crossclimate2 tires felt as good or better than any other,

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I just came home from a 3 hour trip with our Blazer RS with 21" Black Rims and I have to agree with you. I was in 4WD mode the entire trip and the 2020 Blazer RS has only 3,000 miles, so the tires are like new. I have never had a vehicle perform worse in the snow. I would say the roads were not icy, they were snow covered and blowing. I would say we had 1 to 1/2 inches of blowing snow on the roads, so the road was not snow packed. I was getting passed by other SUV's going 60 to 65. I did not feel comfortable over 55 MPH in the Blazer. It felt like the truck was floating and would start to sway almost like it had a trailer on the back that started to sway and cause the truck to seem on the verge of out of control. It was hard to keep it on the road. Never had the T/C go off or the stability control, as I kept it between the lines. I assume it is tires on the 21" RS Black Rims. I'm sure they are not meant for winter driving, but I would have assumed being brand new that they would have performed better than they did. My wife is no longer confident in the Blazer. I told here I would look into snow tires and that should resolve, but hate to have the extra expense every winter. Should have given it more thought at purchase that the 21's probably weren't the best idea for winter driving in WI.
I picked up a set of 17" rims off a Colorado for $150 then went with blizzaks 245/70/17 only 0.3% difference in size from the 21" wheels. Made a complete difference driving in MN winters. And don't need to purchase new tries every winter (unless you put tons of miles on in the winter). My last set for an older vehicle lasted me 4 seasons.
 

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I picked up a set of 17" rims off a Colorado for $150 then went with blizzaks 245/70/17 only 0.3% difference in size from the 21" wheels. Made a complete difference driving in MN winters. And don't need to purchase new tries every winter (unless you put tons of miles on in the winter). My last set for an older vehicle lasted me 4 seasons.
Looking on line I’m not seeing a lot of options for the 21 inch wheels. The tires that came on my ‘19 Blazer RS are probably the worst ones I’ve ever had for snow and ice. I hate to change tires with only 17,000 miles on the tires but they are so bad I am hesitant to drive in the snow with the Blazer. Any solid recommendations for replacements if I go that route?
 

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I've owned a far amount of suvs and pickups in my lifetime but I never have owned one that handles so poorly on ice and snow. Run it in fwd or awd it really makes little difference. It is so bad we are thinking of trading it for something else, Has anyone experienced the same issue and if you have what did you do to resolve it?

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Keith from South Dakota
Hello- I had the same issues with my 2020 chev blazer rs. We recently got dropped on with snow. I was heading to work and couldn't keep the vehicle on the road!! Extremely scary and I was only doing 35 on the hwy and almost hit a car in the other lane. After trying a few things I took it into the dealer. I was hoping they could figure it out because I truly do love the vehicle. I just got it back tonight and they said the alignment was off in the back 2 tires. They stated the factory set the alignment so you have a better ride on blacktop. But definitely was not a good set up for winter driving in WI. I was a little doubtful that the issue would be fixed. But it did the trick I drove it home and not one issue. I made sure to drive down iced covered roads and not one slip. Just wanted to share with everyone if your having the same issue take it in and have the alignment checked. Hope this will help someone else out the blazer truly is a nice ride.
 

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Have you had any further issues since the alignment? I have snow tires on my 21" rims and it floats all over the road. It is a terrible feeling and it makes me want to get rid of the Blazer.
 

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I just came home from a 3 hour trip with our Blazer RS with 21" Black Rims and I have to agree with you. I was in 4WD mode the entire trip and the 2020 Blazer RS has only 3,000 miles, so the tires are like new. I have never had a vehicle perform worse in the snow. I would say the roads were not icy, they were snow covered and blowing. I would say we had 1 to 1/2 inches of blowing snow on the roads, so the road was not snow packed. I was getting passed by other SUV's going 60 to 65. I did not feel comfortable over 55 MPH in the Blazer. It felt like the truck was floating and would start to sway almost like it had a trailer on the back that started to sway and cause the truck to seem on the verge of out of control. It was hard to keep it on the road. Never had the T/C go off or the stability control, as I kept it between the lines. I assume it is tires on the 21" RS Black Rims. I'm sure they are not meant for winter driving, but I would have assumed being brand new that they would have performed better than they did. My wife is no longer confident in the Blazer. I told here I would look into snow tires and that should resolve, but hate to have the extra expense every winter. Should have given it more thought at purchase that the 21's probably weren't the best idea for winter driving in WI.
I also have the 21" rims and have snow tires on them. Still have the floating feeling and it is unnerving. Have you been able to try something else? I also want to get a different vehicle if we can't figure it out.
 

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Have you had any further issues since the alignment? I have snow tires on my 21" rims and it floats all over the road. It is a terrible feeling and it makes me want to get rid of the Blazer.
I know exactly what you are feeling its a horrible feeling. I have not had any issues since. We have had a couple dumps of snow since then and it's like a completely different car. I wouldn't have thought it was an alignment issue the car wasn't pulling to one side or wheel wasn't shaking but when the dealership checked it the alignment was off. I wanted to get rid of my vehicle when that happened too I am glad the issue was fixed because I really do like my blazer. Worth a try to take yours in to the dealership and have checked if it's under warranty it shouldn't cost anything good luck!
 

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I know exactly what you are feeling its a horrible feeling. I have not had any issues since. We have had a couple dumps of snow since then and it's like a completely different car. I wouldn't have thought it was an alignment issue the car wasn't pulling to one side or wheel wasn't shaking but when the dealership checked it the alignment was off. I wanted to get rid of my vehicle when that happened too I am glad the issue was fixed because I really do like my blazer. Worth a try to take yours in to the dealership and have checked if it's under warranty it shouldn't cost anything good luck!
Thank you for the response! Do you have weight in the back of your blazer as well?
 

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Which tire brand / size combination do you have? I had 2 Equinoxes before my Blazer - a 2013 4-cyl LT and a 2017 6-cyl LT. My Blazer is a 3LT with the 18" wheel & Continental tire combo and, to me, it feels basically identical to the Equinoxes. Only difference is the Blazer is a lot wider so I have to be even more careful. We also had a very mild Winter last year so it wasn't tested in severe conditions.

I never felt the Equinox was great in the snow with the stock tires. It would go just fine in a straight line but stopping and especially turning could be an adventure. I'm in agreement with the others that the tires are probably the issue.
We had heavy snow this year, couldn’t see where the road was. I don’t drive like a bat out of h—-ll on snow & ice. Usually 35/40 depending. I slow way down on turns/curves and before I get to the stop sign or light. I didn’t have any problem. My RS is fwd only. I use the ❄ snow mode.
 

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We had heavy snow this year, couldn’t see where the road was. I don’t drive like a bat out of h—-ll on snow & ice. Usually 35/40 depending. I slow way down on turns/curves and before I get to the stop sign or light. I didn’t have any problem. My RS is fwd only. I use the ❄ snow mode.
I think my tires are 235/55R20 Michelin Premier something. @33,000 miles my tread is at a 4.5.
 

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Thank you for the response! Do you have weight in the back of your blazer as well?
I know exactly what you are feeling its a horrible feeling. I have not had any issues since. We have had a couple dumps of snow since then and it's like a completely different car. I wouldn't have thought it was an alignment issue the car wasn't pulling to one side or wheel wasn't shaking but when the dealership checked it the alignment was off. I wanted to get rid of my vehicle when that happened too I am glad the issue was fixed because I really do like my blazer. Worth a try to take yours in to the dealership and have checked if it's under warranty it shouldn't cost anything good luck!
Took the Blazer in...the alignment was off!!! We have had 2 snowstorms with ice since and no problems! Thank you so much!
 

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We had heavy snow this year, couldn’t see where the road was. I don’t drive like a bat out of h—-ll on snow & ice. Usually 35/40 depending. I slow way down on turns/curves and before I get to the stop sign or light. I didn’t have any problem. My RS is fwd only. I use the ❄ snow mode.
We took our Blazer in...it is an RS AWD. The alignment was off. We have had 2 snowstorms since and no issues. We run the 21 inch rims with snow tires.
 
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