I'm going to have to steal this jargon. ::laugh::...seems like a totally different beast, but similar...
Seems to be a dial adjustable traction control, which, I can imagine is an improvement over the go/no go of the VDC system we have. I would love to be able to dial in the amount of input from the computer instead of all or nothing.To me this doesn't seem like something super special, just a REALLY sensitive traction control.
I'm going to have to steal this jargon. ::laugh::
I keep thinking that about this feature. Thanks for putting it into words so eloquently.It's a neat gadget and an added selling point I'm sure but it's basically just another crutch to compensate for poor decision making and driving skills. Anyone with experience driving in sand could avoid getting stuck on flat land like that, even in 2x. And in the rare circumstances where it happens to be softer than expected an experienced driver could make the necessary adjustments to free themselves. Occasionally you do happen to dump yourself in a hole or get seriously high centered coming over a dune but in those cases that little button isn't going to bail you out. You'll be digging yourself out of the sand or praying for someone with a strap to come along just like everyone else has done for the last 100 years.
Just like anything else, a magic button is no replacement for common sense and experience.
I literally grew up in the giant sand box that is the desert SW on the rear fender well of my Grandpa's Jeep CJ5 so I've had my share of experience driving in sand. I never even had a 4x until I was in my 30s. You either learn how to drive in sand or you spend a LOT of time digging and/or waiting on the aforementioned "someone with a strap" to come along. About the only times I need help recovering from a sand stuck is because I had friends along and I was goofing around seeing just how buried you could get a high centered truck to see if you even could self recover. Sometimes it's just amusing. But everyone gets stuck on occasion. Always best to go prepared just in case.I keep thinking that about this feature. Thanks for putting it into words so eloquently.
By the way, not a fan of the descent control on our Nissans either! It's not intelligent enough to know when the vehicle is sliding off to the left or right and continues doing its thing. This combined with slippery rocks nearly sent me crashing into a ravine!
After that experience, I tested it a little more and decided that I trust it about as much as I can throw it, and will rely on my own skill, come what may...