Car shopping. I believe I have narrowed this down to a few general options, I do not have my eye on any specific cars, just make/models that are A) readily available and B) generally within my budget. These are ordered by preference:
1) 2013-15 Accord Sport. Probably manual. I'm not totally ruling out a V6 trim Accord but they seem to be pricey and the 4-banger with 185 hp seems more than adequate for my needs.
Pros: Love the exterior look. Reliability obviously. Big enough for longer road trips with the kids. And a local mechanic who's a Honda wizard.
Cons: The dashboard design is a goddamned mess, at least visually speaking (I do not have enough experience to know what's up ergonomically). An SUV would probably be more desirable for said long trips.
2) 3rd gen CRV. I drove one of these a few years ago and really liked the way it drove and handled. I do not like the 4th gen. My MIL has one and it drives like a school bus.
Pros: I like them. More space for those trips. The aforementioned Honda guy. Prices are where I could probably afford one in a higher trim level (meaning, AWD)
Cons: Most of these are going to have high mileage and the newest one I'd be able to find in this body style is 9 years old.
3) leftover new 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan
Pros: It's a van. It's cheap. It's not been subjected to somebody else's farts and boogers for several years.
Cons: It's a van. It's a Dodge. It's a van. It's a goddamned Dodge.
4) 7th gen Camry
Pros: I was super impressed by the 2.5L in my wife's RAV4 (RIP), was silky-smooth and powerful/responsive for a 4-banger even after it hit 125K. It's a safe purchase.
Cons: Ugly as ****, boring as ****, reeks of surrendered youth. My dad will be all like suburban proud of me for finally submitting to the inevitable
Other possibilities that I've not totally ruled out yet: Outback (I like them but they're expensive and I don't know a good local Subaru guy), Forester (slightly less expensive than Outback but aforementioned lack of Subaru mechanic), Ford Fusion (nice, big and cheap but I'm terrified of Ford transmissions)