Originally Posted by ocellaris
A lot of newer cars do this unfortunately. "OFF" means "slightly less" and that is about it. I had a 2009 car (non Subaru) and when I turned off the ESC, it was actually off and there was no assist. Then in 2011 models of that car came out and turning off ESC still pretty much left everything engaged
Now with my 2012 Impreza, I don't even both messing with it after the first 5 minutes. This is unfortunate, because I had a great time with two older non-ESC Subarus. One of those cars was a 1993 Legacy wagon 5 speed. I had 4 studded snow tires and driving that thing sideways in the winter made me so giddy I could barely stay in the seat.
I really hope someone finds a way to disable/turn it off on command, it really takes the fun out of driving in the snow.