4-Wheel Drive & Sport Utility magazine was published by McMullen & Yee Publishing in Anaheim then later Placentia, California. Content focused on off-road and general four-wheeling with articles covering "how-to" technical tips, major racing and off-road events, new truck reviews, feature rides and adventure articles.
Re-titled from the bi-monthly magazine 4WD Action, numbering continued from its predecessor. For the first 9 issues, the new title was 4WD & Sport Utility which allowed a bridge from the old to the new by keeping "4WD". With the March, 1992 issue, the title became 4-Wheel Drive & Sport Utility. The magazine remained on a bi-monthly schedule until September, 1994 when it went to a monthly schedule.
The company had a large portfolio of magazines including Street Rodder, Popular Cars, Mustang Illustrated and VW Trends.
Mr. Yee died in 1994, and a year later Mr. McMullen died in a tragic accident. 4-Wheel Drive & Sport Utility was sold as part of a larger transaction to Primedia. The editors and staff rode a wave of changes as the title moved through various new owners:
- 1995 -- Primedia acquires McMullen & Yee Publishing and creates McMullen-Argus Publishing division;
- 2007 -- Primedia sells its Enthusiast Media division to Source Interlink Media for $1.2 billion;
- 2014 -- Source Interlink rebrands to TEN: The Enthusiast Network, and multiple titles are ended including 4-Wheel Drive & Sport Utility.
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The publisher submitted net paid circulation data to Oxbridge Communications from 1995 through 1998 and the end of production. Annual print production was generally around 182,000.
The magazine was published from September, 1990 through September, 2014. All cover images are complete through 2000 except 9/93 and 3/98.