I drive everyday! I drive at least 55 miles every week day just commuting to and from work. And I live roughly 200 miles from the salt. So when it came time to buy a new vehicle last year, I searched for economical car that was comfortable for my 6'4" frame. I tried everything including the Honda Element, Subaru Forrester and a lot of small wagons. Unbelievable to me, the Toyota dealer had me try a Scion xB. It worked!
I couldn't believe how comfortable it was for me to drive. And the engine has all kinds of pep and power while getting 25mpg in daily commuter traffic which sucks in Austin. And the sound system kicks it! I have had so much fun driving this car downtown and in parking garages compared to all the years I drove a truck.
Switching from a 4x4 truck to a street wagon called for a new way to haul all my gear that 200 miles to the Texas coast. So starting with a 4'x8' store bought utility trailer, I designed a set of racks which my fishing partner, William, and I fabricated. We added 2 sets of Malone SeaWings, a Tractor Supply Truck Box and then we extended the tongue of the trailer. The trailer will hold 4 kayaks, 24 rods-n-reels, plus all the bags and gear, camping stuff you want to take. And with it loaded with 2 Tarpon 160s, Ice chest full of drinks and ice, and all of our gear, we averaged 22-23mgp towing the trailer at 72mph.
I've lost access to some of my fishing spots by switching vehicles but I am also saving about $250-$300/mo in gas. And, again, the sound system rocks!!!!!
We will be putting it to the test the first week of May when we road trip from Austin TX to Jacksonville FL for Jacksonville Kayak Fishing Classic tournament. It looks like around 1100 miles one way.