Four wheel steering was one of those promised improvements that made handling better, with different settings for low speed and high speed situations. The rear wheels turned into the opposite direction as the front wheels for low speed maneuverability, and in the same direction when at normal highway speeds to improve directional stability. There were a few cars that offered this option, but can you guess how many?
The Japanese car makers were an early advocate of this “new” technology, with the Honda Prelude as a great example. The four-wheel steering system (4WS) was a major piece of engineering for the third generation Prelude, and was the first production car to feature it, thought is was an all mechanical setup. The less expensive two-wheel-steering version has been criticized for severe understeer.
In 2002, GM introduced a Four Wheel Steering setup called Quadrasteer for their top spec Chevrolet and GMC 2500 pickup trucks and Suburbans. It was a very expensive option when introduced to the tune of $5,600, but was later reduced to $2,000 and then $1,000 to boost demand, but by this time it was fruitless.
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