My ski car is actually my wife's Subaru Legacy wagon. I prefer a smaller car as a daily driver, so have a Subaru Impreza sedan.
We were recently at the local Sub dealer checking out the new Impreza wagon. I think it may be my next ski car.... although at this point, anything is possible. Right now the two of us basically just chuck everything we can think of in the back of the Legacy and pack it up pretty tight. I think we can pare down a bit and fit it all in the new Imp wagon.
I don't know if the Legacy qualifies as a small ski car but I can't imagine ever wanting anything larger. Maybe if I had to take a bunch of peeps or tow a trailer, but with just the two of us I put a medium size Thule box on top and have no problem carting around five pair of skis, three pair of poles, two pair of boots, plenty of food and water, a couple of sleeping bags and enough clothes and stuff to be gone a fortnight or longer.
I don't have a ton of experience with big SUVs but I do have some. I'm comfortable doing fourteen hour days in the Legacy... I can't imagine what that would be like in a behemoth.
Can't say that I drive a car rather than a truck for reasons of economy though, the Legacy gets 21-24 on my ski trips. The Imp gets less than that as a daily driver. I like small cars because I like to drive
I had the new Subaru Impreza on the last half of my Western Tour, it was a real nice car. Part of my decision for getting the new Forester (which the 'Rooster is based off of).
I was hoping to purchase this 50MPG Subaru Diesel next year in NY State.
Unfortunatly the darn price of Diesel fuel is going up faster than gas. Honda may also sell their Europe diesel cars in the USA next year.