Meaning of econobox in English:


Pronunciation /ɪˈkɒnə(ʊ)bɒks/


informal North American
  • A car that is small and economical rather than large or stylish.

    • ‘It sells more that 5,000 Santa Fe SUVs each month and Kia's gone from econoboxes to seven models.’
    • ‘I remember when gas was 25 cents per gallon in the 1960s - and when we ran out of gas at the pumps in the 1970s before CAFE forced us into econoboxes with zero zip and no fun.’
    • ‘Yet in a competitive environment where every maker's quality is on the uptick, producing uninspired but highly reliable econoboxes is not a formula for long-term success.’
    • ‘But the five-door would be specifically tailored for those who haven't found the hatch to be a model to aspire to - or who wouldn't even take a second look at a hatch if they were shopping for an econobox.’
    • ‘Nobody wants to be driving a round in boring econoboxes.’
    • ‘It took Japan almost four decades to evolve from a maker of cheap econoboxes into a quality powerhouse that today trounces the likes of General Motors Co. and Mercedes in profitable areas like luxury cars and SUVs.’
    • ‘When Hyundai Motor Co. first arrived in the U.S., 19 years ago, it was best known for rattletrap econoboxes.’
    • ‘Knowing everything the price system communicates about relative scarcity, would Jesus drive a gas-sipping econobox?’
    • ‘This little econobox doesn't get its punch from some steroid-boosted turbocharged four-banger.’
    • ‘Are you calculating how much he has done to avert global warming by putting his econobox in neutral and allowing it to roll down hills?’
    • ‘The basic small-car brands cover a wide variety of vehicles moving up from skinny-tired econobox sedans selling for less than $10,000 to fully optioned convertibles on the far side of $20,000.’
    • ‘Honda's second-generation technology enables this Civic to achieve miserly fuel economy without being a flimsy little econobox.’


1960s (in sense ‘economy-sized box of something’): blend of economical and box.