Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A closure at the rear of a vehicle that can be raised during loading and unloading.

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  • n. A closure at the rear of a vehicle that can be mechanically raised during loading and unloading of heavy cargo

Etymologies

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lift +‎ gate

Examples

  • He hands me the keys and points to the liftgate, which is no longer held on by duct tape.

    C. Brian Smith on dining with Dubya

  • It features a sloping, programmable-height, power liftgate that opens to a cargo area almost 6.5-feet long when the rear seats are folded.

    Revealed: 2012 Saab 9-5 SportCombi - Is it a wagon or hatchback?

  • Body style/layout: Unitized body construction; front engine, all-wheel drive; four side doors and rear liftgate power operation optional.

    2011 Audi Q5 2.0 T Quattro

  • Price as tested is $44,600, including $8,525 in options Deep Sea Blue pearlescent paint, eight-speed Audi Tiptronic transmission, high-intensity discharge headlamps, power liftgate and onboard navigation with backup camera and an $875 destination charge.

    2011 Audi Q5 2.0 T Quattro

  • Alcoa makes an aluminum rear liftgate that is 10 pounds lighter than a steel version.

    Aluminum Tests Its Mettle Against Steel in Drive for Lighter Cars

  • Body style/layout: The 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon is a compact/midsize wagon with a front-mounted engine, front-wheel drive, four side doors and a rear liftgate.

    2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon

  • Nothing short of a Land Rover LR4 can hang with the Cherokee off road, and anything that matches the Overland's luxe-ness and level of amenities (Nappa leather seats, leather - and wood-trimmed dash and doors, heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, power liftgate, among many other premium features) is about $10,000 more and made in Germany.

    Jeep Barrels Past the Drama

  • Some highly desirable minivan features—a power liftgate, factory backup camera, Bluetooth, and wide-screen rear seat entertainment system—require buying at least the EX-L trim level.

    First Drive: 2011 Honda Odyssey minivan

  • The Touring version starts at $21,990 and includes 17-inch wheels, fog lamps, Bluetooth, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and rear liftgate spoiler.

    Pricing: 2012 Mazda5—starts at $19,990

  • Some highly desirable minivan features — a power liftgate, factory backup camera, factory Bluetooth, and the wide-screen rear seat entertainment system — require buying at least that trim level.

    First Drive: 2011 Honda Odyssey minivan

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