I looked at the full size lexus but it was 90K! The r500 was almost as big as the Suburbun inside.
My wife wanted somthing smaller to drive daily and that the family could take skiing on the weekends.
We got rid of the dog (long story), I think that with a box on the roof, we can make it on vacations.
I had 3 suburbans in a row but they became really big when I had to go in a underground parking garage. I ended up with a 750 bmw that I really like so I thought it would be fun to stay in the BMW family.
I have had 4 Subis also. Great cars!! I never had one problem with any of them. My mom, sister in law and wifes dad all bought new ones this year. You cant go wrong with that as a ski car.
If you are not in a hurry... BMW is going to come out with a awd 5series wagon this year that sounds really cool, fast but $$.