Spent last week on vacation at a location accessible only by beach and soft sand trails. Fully loaded with family and gear, we were cruising down a sand "road" when the Pilot started to slow to a crawl and paralize itself. We were in first gear with VTM-4 engaged. We unloaded all our gear to reduce the load, but it wouldn't budge. We managed to sink it to the floorbards. VTM-4 basically limited all power and at one point no wheels would move. We got pulled out by a GMC Yukon with a rope through the front shipping tie down. Over the course of one week of exclusive off roading, I found that the Pilot is very capable in most sandy conditions, with and without locking VTM-4. Ground clearance for the most part is aceptable. Morale of the story: Be very careful in soft sand with heavy loads!