I agree with Jim. Traction control is a great thing, but if there is only ice, and no way for any tire to get traction, you will slide.
Kind of like anti-lock brakes. If you are going too fast, even if you have ABS, you are going to slam into something. As Scotty would say, "You cannot change the laws of physics."
Try it in the snow with nobody around. Floor it while turning, and marvel as the vehicle gradually pulls out in a controlled manner. It's a beautiful thing.
I had traction control in a 2000 BMW and we have it now in a 2002 Lexus. In both it worked great, and truly if you just drive and let the car do the thinking about how to manage traction (and don't go too fast), it works great.
2005 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT, 129K mi.
Former owner of:
1988 Dodge Caravan SE, 2.5L I4 (1988-1995, 99K mi); 1995 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE "Rallye", 3.3L (1995-2004, 169K mi); 2003 Grand Caravan Sport, 3.8L, (2004-2008, 106K mi), 2008 Nissan Quest, (2008-2010, 25K mi)
2008 Lexus RX400h (Dark Gray), 112K mi; 2005 Hyundai Elantra GT (Blue), 89K mi