I was thinking of a trailer setup like teamrx8's. I seem to remember him saying it weighed around 1500 lbs. The reason for an SUV over truck is the wife preference. Would love to buy slightly used. Depends on the language of the final bill, though. A crew cab is a possibility and would give me many more choices. Will see how the wife feels about that. Thanks.
I suspect you may pay dearly for the lighter weight trailer, so just depends on where you want the $$ tied up, in the truck or trailer. Based on personal experience, here is what has worked for me over the years:
Light car (2000lbs or less) on light (1000lbs or less) open trailer trailer -> Explorer, Durango -> very nice combos.
Heavy car (3000lbs) on 1700lb open trialer -> Durango -> not great, power, cooling , and stability in short supply.
Heavy car (3000lbs) on 1700lb open trialer -> Excursion diesel -> Very good. I do think most any current 1/2ton truck with the larger engine options/tow packages would do this very well.
Race car (2600lbs) in 20ft enclosed trailer (at least 3000lbs) -> Excursion diesel -> good, but working noticeably harder against the aero drag of the enclosed trailer, and weight. By now the truck was tuned up to around 700ft/lbs of torque.
Heavy car (3000lbs) in 20ft enclosed trailer (at least 3000lbs) -> F250 diesel - > good, but working hard, even with 650-700 ft/lbs of torque.
You cannot underestimate the aero drag. Even if you only want to tow 65mph, how often do we have 20mph winds around here! Doing it all over again, given today's fuel climate, I would suggest 1/2ton truck or SUV, simple open trailer. It will be the easiest to maneuver, store etc. The enclosed is nice at the track, but a pain the rest of the time.
Forgot to add, a crew cab with a camper shell is the best combination. I've had SUV's for a long time, and always had the noises, smells, and clutter of the track gear inside the cab with me. With it all in the bed now, the cab is nice and serene :)