Driving with varying tire or wheel
sizes may cause the VSA to
malf unction. When replacing tires,
make sure they are of the same size
and type as your original tires (see
Deactivate the VSA system if you
need to drive with the compact spare
tire installed (see page ).
If you install winter tires, make sure
they are the same size as those that
were originally supplied with your
vehicle. Exercise the same caution
during winter driving as you would if
your vehicle was not equipped with
This switch is under the lef t vent.
Press it to turn the VSA system on
When VSA is off, the VSA activation
indicator comes on as a reminder.
VSA is turned on every time you
start the engine, even if you turned it
off the last time you drove the
In certain unusual conditions when
your vehicle gets stuck in shallow
mud or f resh snow, it may be easier
to free it with the VSA temporarily
switched of f . When the VSA system
Immediately af ter f reeing your
vehicle, be sure to switch the VSA on
traction control systems switched off.
Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System
VSA and Tire Sizes
VSA Of f Switch
VSA OFF SWITCH
is of f , the traction control system is
also of f . You should only attempt to
again. We do not recommend driving
your vehicle with the VSA and
VSA is on.
free your vehicle with the VSA of f if
you are not able to free it when the
Tires marked ‘‘M S’’ or ‘‘All
Season’’ on the sidewall have an all-
weather tread design suitable for
most winter driving conditions.
For the best perf ormance in snowy
or icy conditions, you should install
snow tires or tire chains. They may
be required by local laws under
certain conditions. If you mount snow tires on your
vehicle, make sure they are radial
tires of the same size and load range
as the original tires. Mount snow
tires on all f our wheels. The traction
provided by snow tires on dry roads
Check with the tire dealer f or
maximum speed recommendations.
See page f or DOT tire quality
grading inf ormation, and page f or tire size inf ormation.
V6 mo dels:
U.S. SE, EX, and EX-L:
Canadian DX-G, SE, and EX-L:
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Snow T ires