four-wheel drive


Definition of four-wheel drive

: an automotive drive mechanism that acts on all four wheels of the vehicle also : a vehicle equipped with such a drive

Examples of four-wheel drive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But with prices starting at $36,995 — $38,995 for four-wheel drive — the Grand Cherokee L competes with the mainstream family haulers, not Land Rover’s more expensive luxury lineup. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 18 June 2021 The Tacoma has 21 and 25 days of inventory for the two-wheel and four-wheel drive models, respectively, and the RAV4 Hybrid has 32 days of inventory, according to Cox. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, 1 Apr. 2021 Back in the '60s, just about every four-wheel drive vehicle used solid axles with a leaf spring suspension at each corner. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, 9 June 2020 Most of the landscape is accessible only by horse or four-wheel drive in the warmer months, and not at all in the winter. New York Times, 4 Aug. 2021 The additional seating is made possible because of the model’s compact electric four-wheel drive system. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 2 Sep. 2021 It's based off a 2022 Defender 110 P400 X-Dynamic SE model, which comes with four-wheel drive and a 3.0-liter inline-six with an electric supercharger and 48-volt hybrid system generating a total of 396 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 29 July 2021 Its stubby, upright profile comes in handy on rocky terrain, and four-wheel drive is standard on all models. Ryan Zummallen, Star Tribune, 7 July 2021 All Lightning Pros have full-time four-wheel drive. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 24 May 2021

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First Known Use of four-wheel drive

1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of four-wheel drive was in 1926

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17 Oct 2021

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“Four-wheel drive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of four-wheel drive

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


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