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 With a 123-inch wheelbase and 214.7-inch overall length, the Wagoneer is a little bit longer than an Escalade (120.9 inches vs. 211 inches) but much shorter than the 226.9-inch Escalade ESV. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 11 Mar. 2021 But the Ioniq 5 has a remarkably long wheelbase: 118.1 inches (3,000 mm). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 16 Dec. 2021 The third variant is for a longer wheelbase 2+2 GT car, with the batteries laid under the floor, with the option of a single or twin motor set-up. Mark Ewing, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 However, the Acura’s 32.9-inch rear seat legroom is significantly smaller than the Civic’s 35 inches (on a 110-inch wheelbase). Tribune News Service, cleveland, 9 Oct. 2021 For the first time in the history of Range Rover, an optional third row (with 34 inches of legroom) allows for up to seven adults in the long-wheelbase option, or as few as four occupants in the SV Signature Suite. Alexandra Cheney, Robb Report, 26 Oct. 2021 Remember that the very first Tesla was essentially a Lotus Elise with a stretched wheelbase to accommodate the batteries. Mark Ewing, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 Some of that rear-seat room advantage is down to the new car's 1.4-inch longer wheelbase—the Civic sedan and hatchback again roll on identical wheelbases—which stretches the cabin that much more. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, 12 Oct. 2021 The Tiguan is one of the roomiest compact SUVs sold in the U.S., thanks to a long wheelbase that allows VW to offer versions with two or three rows of seats. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 11 May 2021

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First Known Use of wheelbase

1863, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wheelbase was in 1863

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17 Jan 2022

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“Wheelbase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wheelbase. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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