from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A small, economical automobile with few amenities.
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- noun informal A small, unassuming
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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Also, car makers have come a long way in combating the bare-bones "econobox" image that long clung to compact cars.
I recently spent weekends in the 2012 Elantra and the just-launched 2012 Honda Civic to experience the dramatic evolution of the econobox.
The cheap-looking, cramped, "econobox" car is dead.
But for that money, you get a car that is as far advanced from the beige 1982 Toyota Starlet I bought new to beat the gas-price crunch of the early 1980s as that quintessential econobox was from a Mercedes-Benz of its day.
This includes cheap econobox toy cars and full-size RWD police cars.
The result is a profile that seems to emphasize the econobox, front-drive conformation, rather than read as anything like "sporty."
While Chevy put more into the Cobalt to improve it, addition through subtraction is the order of the day with Nissan's Versa 1.6, a new trim level which renders this econobox sedan a "stripper" in the purest sense of the word.
It also appears to be Lib-Dem policy to charge large amounts of road tax for large cars that are hardly ever driven, but no road tax for the econobox that does the school run every morning.
(The auto industry has done this since time out of mind: my beloved 1965 Mustang was a 1964 Ford Falcon with new sheet metal, but underneath -- right down to the instrument panel -- it was your grandma's Sunday-go-to-meeting econobox.)
So let's put aside those 32 mpgs during my week in the Fit, forget about the 40-plus mpgs I saw in steady highway driving and make a case for this exceptional econobox above and beyond fuel economy.