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 The Polestar 2’s features include all-wheel drive with a motor on each axle, and the first production use of Android Automotive. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Electric 2021 Polestar 2 arrives as one of the year’s best, most advanced new cars," 25 Aug. 2020 It'll be offered only with all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission, and will come with a few tweaks including black wheels, a larger exhaust tip, and different badging. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2021 Mazda CX-30 Expected to Get 250-HP Turbo Engine," 24 Aug. 2020 The base engine comes with front-wheel drive; a more powerful one gets all-wheel drive. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Bargain boxes: 2020’s most affordable new CUVs," 22 Aug. 2020 Prototype testing is happening now for the permanent all-wheel drive SUV. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "INEOS Wins U.K. Legal Challenge to Totally-Not-a-Defender Grenadier SUV," 8 Aug. 2020 The Limited trim with all-wheel drive gets the biggest price reduction, coming in at $44,167. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "2021 Ford Explorer Sees Price Cuts on All Trims," 11 Aug. 2020 There will always be customers for sedans, coupes and convertibles, but the heart of the car market has shifted to taller vehicles with decent cargo space, commanding sightlines and available all-wheel drive. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2020 Buick Encore GX small SUV completes the brand’s transformation," 6 Aug. 2020 Offered in six ascending trim levels, the 2020 Legacy is the seventh generation of Subaru’s all-wheel drive midsize sedan. cleveland, "The 2020 Subaru Legacy is an exceptional choice for us average Americans (review)," 1 Aug. 2020 With all-wheel drive engaged and the center clutch doing its thing, the Kia handled the course with aplomb. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "The Kia Telluride is the most surprising SUV of the year," 26 June 2020

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First Known Use of all-wheel drive

1934, in the meaning defined above

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“All-wheel drive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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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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