There's a set of drive modes in the new Ridgeline and so far I've only used two of them. The Snow mode definitely cuts down on spinning out and gets you up to speed more safely. I tried my hardest in two feet of snow to spin tires and Snow mode wouldn't let me do it. I've also used the Sand mode on a beach and it definitely did rear wheel spin burnouts that were super fun.
Jalopnik published a post last summer before the release on the details of all the modes and I've been meaning to write them down somewhere so I don't forget.
The basics are:
The idea here is to minimize pedal travel and make launching easier. The throttle input via Drive By Wire (DBW) is made less aggressive, particularly where you first tip-in the pedal. That basically means you’re giving it less gas than you think.
“Mud” mode has an emphasis on maintaining momentum. Gain increases as you tip the throttle. Torque vectoring is shut off and more power is sent to the rear wheels. The transmission delays upshifts and traction control allows for more wheelspin.
Basically the same as “mud,” but with all the needles moved even more aggressively. It has maximum rear-bias (a Honda rep told me 70 percent) and an electronically “locked” rear differential.