wheel·​base | \ ˈ(h)wēl-ˌbās How to pronounce wheelbase (audio) \

Definition of wheelbase

: the distance between the front and rear axles of an automotive vehicle

Examples of wheelbase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its wheelbase has been stretched a little more than an inch, but interior space is unchanged. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2022 Honda Civic Prototype Is Still Cool but Surprisingly Sophisticated," 18 Nov. 2020 The newest model of the Diverge, released in May 2020, has a longer reach and slacker front end, giving it a longer wheelbase, with the same responsive handling as previous models. Andy Cochrane, Outside Online, "The Specialized Diverge Is a Gravel Bike for All," 8 Nov. 2020 The Nissan Rogue is still about two inches longer than the Hyundai, but its wheelbase is nearly two inches shorter. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2022 Hyundai Tucson Offers Daring Looks, More Power and Space," 9 Nov. 2020 More solid than before and with a 1.2-inch longer wheelbase, the Sienna also gets a new multilink rear suspension that replaces a less sophisticated twist-beam axle. Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Toyota Sienna Sheds Minivan Stereotypes," 27 Oct. 2020 Our test vehicle was a $105,995 Escalade ESV 4WD Platinum, which stretches out across 226.9 inches (5,766mm), with a 134.1-inch (3.407mm) wheelbase. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Cadillac gives the new 2021 Escalade SUV a huge technology upgrade," 19 Oct. 2020 Chevrolet has also extended the new Tahoe's wheelbase by 4.9 inches, and overall length is up by 6.7 inches. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Chevy Tahoe Z71 Goes Big Where It Counts," 10 Aug. 2020 The Executive model has a wheelbase that is 5.9 inches longer than ordinary Panameras and stretches out a full 204.7 inches long. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "2021 Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid Supersedes the Panamera Turbo," 22 Sep. 2020 Their 17-person transport truck burned to its wheelbase. Stuart Palley, National Geographic, "Witness California's record blazes through the eyes of frontline firefighters," 16 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of wheelbase

1863, in the meaning defined above

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“Wheelbase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wheelbase. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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