econo·​box | \ i-ˈkä-nō-ˌbäks How to pronounce econobox (audio) , ē-\

Definition of econobox

: a small economical car

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Renters, on the other side, can select from a multitude of listings that go far beyond the econoboxes available from traditional car-rental companies, and in some cases, a car owner will even arrange delivery and pickup of the vehicle. Pete Bigelow, Car and Driver, "Report: General Motors’ Maven Will Offer a Platform Resembling Airbnb for Cars," 13 Mar. 2018 This in spite of the recent launch of the Tesla S, the Nissan LEAF, the Chevrolet Volt and the announcement of a slew of new hybrid and pure-electric cars across the automotive spectrum, from econoboxes to two Porsche luxury hybrids. Tom Parrett, Newsweek, "Batteries That Will Save the Planet," 13 Dec. 2014 The dashboard sports some cool carbon-fiber trim, but the dashboard material itself is a rubbery material that would feel more at home in a $20,000 econobox than a $50,000 luxury crossover. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Review: The Stelvio is Alfa Romeo to the very core," 16 Dec. 2017 Hot-hatch looks undermined by econobox performance. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "2018 Toyota Corolla iM," 25 Aug. 2017 A perennial feature on our 10Best Cars list, the GTI is our favorite variation of the Golf’s econobox package. Annie White, Car and Driver, "2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI," 7 July 2017 If your run-of-the-mill domestic econobox offers voice controls for music and navigation, how could a vehicle at the pinnacle of modern engineering come without it? Damon Lavrinc, WIRED, "Exclusive: Hands-On With the Tesla Model S 4.0," 13 Dec. 2012

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First Known Use of econobox

1976, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for econobox

econo(mical) + box entry 2

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