powersurge wrote:Why argue about such a simple term.
Because it is wrong. Erroneous usage of a simple term is even more egregious than misusing a complex or difficult word. The Bolt is neither economical nor boxy. It is therefore NOT an econobox.
I wish I could let you slide on this one, I really do. But where would it end? Next thing you know, people would be saying things like "I could care less" and "That baserunner was literally out by a mile." Nobody wants to live in a world like that.
Unfortunately, that last case regarding usage of literally is now considered correct. I believe Merriam-Webster added it last year or the year before. The main issue there is that the English language is a living, growing being and the lexicon is continuously updated as new words are birthed, and usage of existing words evolves. See https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/literally
. The Oxford English Dictionary agrees and lists this as a correct informal usage of the word.
I've never taken the 'box' portion of econobox to refer to an actual box shape. Both of these dictionaries agree on the definition as "a small economical car". OED takes it a bit further saying "A car that is small and economical rather than luxurious or stylish." While the Bolt is not an economical, or cheap, car in price, it's interior certainly is. The car essentially brings much of the technology of luxury sedans, couples it with an electric drive train and inserts it in the standard econobox hatchback.