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It will depend on how much snow you get where you live. I live in the snowbelt east of Cleveland Oh. and this will be my second winter with the xb. I drive mostly city where the roads are plowed so I don't have much trouble, however, when I have had the opportunity to drive through deeper snow it can be an eye opening experience! With the wet/heavy snow, I had trouble getting the xB to move from the parking lot with about 4 inches of snow. I finally turned off the traction control and was able to rock the car to get it going.

I think stopping is more of a challenge with the stock tires, seems like the ABS is always kicking in, more than my van did.

If I traveled on snowy roads more I would get snow tires, I think that would help a lot.
 

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Snow is THE situation where you are SUPPOSED to turn OFF the VSC.
THAT is the reason the button is there and why it is able to be turned off at slower speeds.

The VSC does exactly the opposite of what you need in snow and counteracts what the driver is TRYING to do to maintain control and to maneuver.
 

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I don't really understand the difference between the Traction Control and VSC. I looked at the video on the Scion website and they way they were described, they sounded almost exactly the same.

Can someone please explain the difference, the kinds of driving conditions or situations in which you would need to turn one (or both) off?

We've had our first snowfall of the season and I'm feeling a bit of trepidation getting behind the wheel of my xB, because I don't really understand these safety features.

Thanks
 

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We've had a few inches of snow in the Chicagoland area over the past couple weeks and I have been very impressed with the xB so far. Definitely turn off the VSC in deeper snow, or it will want to sit still. Every time I get a new vehicle I like to go out and test the limits in a vacant parking lot after the first snow. It allows you to get a feel for how it can turn/slide, stop, and accelerate.

The xB weighs enough that it gets great traction with the stock all seasons and holds very well on the icy roads. I was in an area where several cars had slide off the road and I felt very confident. As with any car and winter driving conditions you will need to accelerate a little slower and give yourself more stopping distance, but the xB seems to do very well in the snow and ice
 
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