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

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Most SUVs with a capable traction-control system or all-wheel drive can handle most trails in the national park system. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Honda Passport: off-road ready, city-smart," 11 Aug. 2019 The first to arrive on these shores next March will be the $40,200 330i (in rear wheel drive and xDrive all-wheel drive variations), both powered by a new iteration of BMW's 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged engine. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "BMW’s all-new 3 Series goes on sale 2019, starting at $40,200," 2 Oct. 2018 Custer said the department will step up patrols along Main Street using all-wheel drive vehicles, mountain bikes and a John Deere Gator utility vehicle. Peter Marteka,, "South Windsor police seeing increase in illegal ATV use in farm fields," 24 July 2019 The Sport version will start at $42,690 and $45,290 for all-wheel drive. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Cadillac reveals price of 2020 CT5 Luxury sedans this fall," 18 July 2019 The other, the focus here, is the hybrid UX 250h, which comes with all-wheel drive. Frank A. Aukofer, Houston Chronicle, "2019 LEXUS UX 250h: Luxury hybrid comes with all-wheel drive," 14 July 2019 The 424-hp Ghibli S starts at $81,975 and the all-wheel drive Ghibli S Q4, also with 424 hp, starts at $90,275; pricing includes the $1,495 freight charge from Turin, Italy. Mark Maynard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Maserati Ghibli S Q4: from savior to the sidelines," 7 July 2019 Other, spicier firsts and superlatives include the SF90 being the first-ever mid-engine Ferrari with all-wheel drive, and its V-8 engine being the most powerful eight-cylinder Ferrari has ever installed in a road car. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "The 986-HP Ferrari SF90 Stradale Plug-In Hybrid Yanks Maranello Back Into Hypercar Race," 29 May 2019 The second generation of the Subaru Crosstrek compact crossover, which arrived for 2018, continues to offer rugged styling, versatile size, nimble handling, all-wheel drive and an affordable price. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Subaru’s redesigned 2018 Crosstrek compact SUV adds space, technology | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 24 Feb. 2018

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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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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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