all-wheel drive

\ ˈȯl-ˈwēl- How to pronounce all-wheel drive (audio) \

Definition of all-wheel drive

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

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In the Performance version, two motors north and south equal 335 kW (450 hp) and digitally mastered all-wheel drive, with corner-exiting acceleration that will leave average BMW M4s with a soft auf Wiedersehen. Dan Neil, WSJ, "First Test Drive of the Tesla Model 3 Performance: A Thrilling, Modern Marvel," 19 July 2018 Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive adding $1,300. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Hyundai’s 2018 Kona small crossover starts at $19,500, offers all-wheel drive | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 19 May 2018 These prices are for front-wheel-drive versions, but all-wheel drive is available at all levels for an additional $1,300. SE and SEL models are available only with the 2.0-liter engine, which is rated at 147 horsepower and 132 foot-pounds of torque. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "All-new Kona: Small crossover joins Hyundai lineup, starts at $19,500," 5 May 2018 Chains are required on all vehicles, except vehicles with all-wheel drive, for both directions. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Updates from Seattle’s snowy Monday: Rain coming as warm air moves north," 12 Feb. 2019 Most cars today are front- or or even all-wheel drive, and even today's big rear-drive iron has a better weight distribution and way better radial all-season tires. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "Debunking 5 Cold-Weather Car Myths," 15 May 2018 The 2018 Outlander PHEV is the only family-class choice for an all-wheel drive, five-passenger plug-in electric SUV with a tow rating of 1,500 pounds. Mark Maynard,, "2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: A proactive power source," 9 Mar. 2018 The curb weight is husky at 3,729 pounds (safety features and all-wheel drive are weighty), but there is strong stopping power from the four-wheel, vented disc brakes with 13.6-inch rotors front and 11.9-inch rear. Mark Maynard,, "2019 Volvo XC40: Small but packed with innovation," 27 Apr. 2018 Telsa Model X P100D is a three-row all-electric SUV in all-wheel drive capable of hitting 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. Dana Hull,, "Tesla Model X fails to meet expectations," 26 May 2017

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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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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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