Wow. After much research, I decided to purchase the Land Rover LR2. It's been a great choice for me. It's large enough to haul around what I need, and it still fits in the garage. Gas mileage has been averaging 22 mpg - that is a mix of highway and city driving. Comfortable interior, great visibility, tons of room.
Sound system, Sirius, NAV system, great handling - very responsive, but not a "hard" drive. Luxurious feel.
Storage bin between the driver and passenger seat would be nice. If that's the worst thing I can think of - well I guess I'm being picky!