all-wheel drive

\ˈȯl-ˈwēl- \

Definition of all-wheel drive 

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

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So far, Tesla has produced versions with premium features, such as longer range, a higher top speed and all-wheel drive, which cost between $49,000 and $72,000. Lora Kolodny, USA TODAY, "Tesla ditches reservations, opens up Model 3 car sales to all customers in North America," 10 July 2018 The tester came with all-wheel drive, power folding side mirrors, adaptive cruise control, Apple CarPlay and all the latest modern touches for just over $31,000 in top SEL trim. Robert Duffer,, "Auto review: Mitsubishi shows signs of life with 2018 Eclipse Cross," 19 June 2018 The engine is paired with a 9-speed transmission and Active Driveline all-wheel drive that sends torque where it's needed most. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "A sports car in SUV clothing: The Jaguar E-Pace reviewed," 28 June 2018 The Eclipse Cross is sold in front- or all-wheel drive with one powertrain of a 152-horsepower, turbocharged and direct-injection 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission. Mark Maynard,, "2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: Forever young," 22 June 2018 CX-5 Grand Touring with all-wheel drive and the Grand Touring Premium Package. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Mazda CX-5: Crossover gets upgrades for 2018, including more safety tech," 22 Apr. 2018 With 260 horsepower, standard all-wheel drive and a 5,000-pound towing capacity, the Ascent should make a compelling midsize choice. Will Kaufman, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Edmunds: These 6 new SUVs are worth the wait," 15 Mar. 2018 Prices start at $19,995 for front-drive and $21,495 for all-wheel drive. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2018 Ford EcoSport subcompact SUV arrives late, struggles to compete," 8 Mar. 2018 Getty Images Subaru says the Viziv Tourer has symmetrical all-wheel drive and a boxer engine along with next-generation driver assistance technology that the automaker wants to put in its production vehicles by 2020. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "Wagons Aren't Dead. Just Ask Subaru.," 7 Mar. 2018

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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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