all-wheel drive

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Definition of all-wheel drive

: an automobile drive mechanism that acts on all four wheels of the vehicle

Examples of all-wheel drive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lack of interior storage, disappointing optional lounge seats, no hybrid or all-wheel drive available. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 5 Apr. 2021 Subaru's Crosstrek comes standard with two off-road essentials: all-wheel drive and above-average ground clearance for a small SUV. Ryan Zummallen, Star Tribune, 7 July 2021 Standard features include all-wheel drive, a 11,000-pound towing capacity and Level 3 autonomous driving suite. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 12 June 2021 Several decades ago, in a last-ditch effort to sell its aging lineup of cars, American Motors hiked the ride height three inches of the Concord and Spirit, equipped them with all-wheel drive and renamed them Eagles. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 27 Mar. 2021 All versions come with a 7-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission and all-wheel drive. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 19 July 2021 Many of the trails are limited to vehicles no wider than 48 inches, perfect for the Polaris Sportsman 570, with its narrow footprint and True On-Demand all-wheel drive. Outside Online, 16 June 2021 An optional nonhybrid turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder can be equipped with either front- or all-wheel drive. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 8 June 2021 There’s no change to the Enclave’s running gear, which includes a 310-horsepower 3.6L V6, nine-speed automatic transmission and choice of front- or all-wheel drive. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 3 June 2021

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First Known Use of all-wheel drive

1934, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of all-wheel drive was in 1934

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“All-wheel drive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of all-wheel drive

: a system that applies engine power directly to all four wheels of a vehicle together or separately


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