trans·​ax·​le tran(t)s-ˈak-səl How to pronounce transaxle (audio)
: a unit that consists of a combination of a transmission and an axle's differential gear used especially in front-wheel-drive automobiles

Examples of transaxle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The transmission is a five-speed transaxle, its rear placement chosen to optimize weight distribution. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 12 Feb. 2024 From there, the rear of the Mustang shell undergoes surgery to fit the GTD's transaxle, which contains a Tremec eight-speed dual-clutch transaxle. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 17 Aug. 2023 The subsequent Simplex 50 HP automobile, which was fit with the aforementioned mill, ran a four-speed transaxle with final chain drive. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 7 Aug. 2023 The small-block engine and the 911 transaxle cost $38,000; the LS1 engine with transaxle costs $42,000. Larry Webster, Car and Driver, 5 Aug. 2023 The Accord's five-speed, front-drive transaxle pulls the wagon's 3170 pounds from 0 to 60 mph in 9.0 seconds and on up to a top speed of 119 mph. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, 15 June 2023 Originally rated at 165 bhp, this one’s been mated to a Volkswagen transaxle rebuilt by Arizona Buggy Company to accommodate up to 300 hp. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 17 Apr. 2023 The new Next Gen car – a massive technology shift after years of small, incremental tweaks – features independent rear suspension and a transaxle that handles both the gear changes and power distribution to the drive wheels, as well as many more parts than are common across teams and manufacturers. Dave Kallmann, Journal Sentinel, 29 June 2022 The Hydrogear is a popular residential-grade transaxle with a one-inch-diameter axle and a 900-pound weight rating. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 1 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


transmission + axle

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of transaxle was in 1958

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“Transaxle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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