+1 for the Outlander. I think they made improvements with the seats and suspension. we have the 2010 model (the one with the square nose) that we have owned for 5 years. We got it for the same reason with having a newborn (who is now 5) and its probably one of the best cars we have owned. We use it for long trips and have recently added a tow bar to tow the boat we now have. We have had no mechanical issues with it.
My car I use around town and hope to sell and buy a Nissan Leaf this year sometime.
currently seem to be on trademe for about $15k