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

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Rear-wheel-drive models have EPA fuel-economy ratings of 14 mpg city/20 highway/16 combined; with four-wheel drive, the ratings are 13/19/15. star-telegram, "Infiniti QX80 full-size luxury SUV brings elegance, technology to the family hauler," 30 June 2018 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,, "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,, "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

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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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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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