4x4
A system designed to give power to all four wheels of the vehicle to give it traction in adverse conditions (such as in a blizzard, or off road).

A common misconception is that a 4x4, loud, large and guzzles gas, this is not true. There have been vehicles in the history of 4x4s that are tiny, like the Suzuki Samurai.

Some urbanized areas will have 4x4 vehicles that are never actually used in the conditions that they were designed for.

The first practical 4x4 vehicle was the Willy's Jeep, created by the United States in World War 2. It was powered by a Ford flathead inline four engine. Later variations, like the Land Rover soon followed in it's path, sharing it's chassis.

Without Willy's Overland, Ford and the need for a smaller, faster all wheel driven vehicle, the 4x4 would not have been built in a manner that small vehicles can use it.
Some 4x4 buyers use them in constant off road conditions, while other 4x4 buyers choose not to take their investment into conditions where it can get heavily damaged and/or tottaled.
by Supa Cab February 23, 2006

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4x4
An all purpose vehicle which creates a lot of jealousy particularly among tree huggers who have nothing better to do than whinge about the things they cannot afford. Though it is true they are often wasted on the school run but if these mugs wish to squander great wads of money taking brats to school, then more fool them!! I'm not losing any sleep over it.
"Let me have the new Toyota Land-cruiser 4x4 love? I need to take the kids to school, 100 yards is too far to walk".
"No darling, having expensive luxury vehicles makes the under-privelidged very bitter indeed".
by J. Lowndes August 14, 2006

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4x4
A remarkable drive system that supplies equal power to the front and rear axles. 4WD IS NOT THE SAME AS AWD because:
1.Equal power is disributed to the four wheels AT ALL TIMES (however this will sacrifice turning ability if you leave the vehicle in 4 wheel lock while taking a corner on PAVEMENT and don't put the hubs in free or put it in 2wd)
2: 4x4 vehicles CAN be driven offroad( Rally courses are no more than gravel roads and not anywhere close to offroad conditions)

NOT ALWAYS BAD ON GAS, some 4x4 vehicles have smaller engines and get great mileage without sacrificing ability(toyota landcruiser). However, my '78 blazer has a 6.6L engine with a 3 speed and gets 12 MPG in the city.

The concept of a 4x4 vehicles existed Prior to WWII but the technology was never fully exploited until the USA developed the willys jeep to bridge the gap between halftracks and cars for an adaptable vehicle that didn't get stuck easy but went faster than a halftrack and to compete with the Volkswagen 'THING' .

4WD vehicles are basically Rear wheel drive vehicles that have an extra drive shaft to power the front wheels. The driveshaft that powers the front wheels runs off the rear driveshaft using a transfer case that splits the power evenly between front and back when engaged.

Nowadays few people recognize the ablility of 4x4 vehicles
and rarely put 4x4's to the test( stereotype moms in a Hummer h2 driving her kids to school 2 blocks away)

Top 5 4x4 Vehicles of all time in RANDOM order:
-Land Rover 1995 and prior
-Toyota Landcruiser (new fj40 excluded)
-Chevy K5 Blazer/GMC Jimmy(full size only, small sizes excluded)
-Jeep (TJ/YJ and Willys)
-Original Hummer (H2 and H3 excluded)
4x4 Vehicles that are everything a 4x4 vehicle is supposed to be include: Land rovers 1995 and prior, Toyota Landcruisers, Ford Broncos (full size), Jeeps (most models minus Commander and 4 doors), ORIGINAL HUMMERS(H1, US Army), Chevrolet K5 Blazers(small size excluded), GMC Fullsize Jimmys (1991 and prior), Suzuki Samurai, Shortbed 4x4 pickups, Toyota tacoma(iffy)
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4x4 Vehicles that rarely/never use Four Wheel Drive and take away from everything 4x4 vehicles are supposed to be include: Porsche Cayenne, Nissan Pathfinder(I've never seen or heard of one going on terrain rougher than a golf course or gravel road), Hummer H2 and h3, All Lexus Kia Mercedes BMW and similar SUV's.
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Someone who is four feet tall, 4 feet wide
"wow that bitch is a 4x4!"
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4x4
a badass truck that can go just about anywhere and do just about anything (ponds, mud, and pullin' other people out (usually a 2wd) of the ponds and mud.
Chris's 4x4 has been everywhere and never got stuck!
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4x4
TRUE 4x4 has "POSI" traction LOCKERS on the FRONT AND REAR difs. IF not, its not "TRUE" 4x4. Get stuck if you don't believe me, only 1 tire up front and in back will spin!!
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4x4
Four gears, four wheel drive.
I finally finished my dodge, it's a keen 4x4.
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