four-wheel drive

noun

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

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All of these systems come with Jeep’s Selec-Terrain traction-control system and rear-axle disconnect when four-wheel drive is not needed. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Jeep Cherokee Overland: A 'premium' midcycle redesign," 25 May 2018 Add four-wheel drive and the longer six-foot-four-inch bed, and the crew-cab Limited climbs to a $59,335 base price. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, "Ram Jam: 2019 Ram 1500 Pickup Starts at $33,340," 6 Mar. 2018 The Dong Yue car plant produces the Buick Envision, a faintly dowdy four-wheel drive exported to America since 2016, and which will cost about $8,000 more once tariffs bite. The Economist, "China considers its response to Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs," 23 June 2018 The specialized two-day course offers a two-wheel drive Rally Car, a four-wheel drive Subaru WRX or 2.5RS Rally Car. Train for pendulum turns, 4-wheel drifts and advanced car control skills. Amy Aumick, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Bradford County: A motorsports mecca in Starke," 7 May 2018 Based on the everywhere-but-the-U.S. Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, the GX has legit body-on-frame construction and full-time four-wheel drive. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "The Best Trucks for Any Budget," 19 June 2018 With $7,500 in options and the freight charge added to the base price, the total sticker price for my 2018 Suburban LT Z71 Midnight Edition four-wheel drive was $67,075. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "2018 Suburban: SUVs looks great with Z71 Midnight Edition package," 30 Apr. 2018 With $7,500 in options and the freight charge added to the base price, the total sticker price for our 2018 Suburban LT Z71 Midnight Edition four-wheel drive was $67,075. G. Chambers Williams Iii, star-telegram, "Chevrolet’s 2018 Suburban looks great with the Z71 Midnight Edition package | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 24 Mar. 2018 Both vehicles should be in four-wheel drive, with any available diffs locked, and in first gear, if not low range. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "The Gear You Need to Get Your Truck Unstuck," 19 June 2018

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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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four-wheel drive

noun

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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