I currently have a PT Cruiser, which I like and its okay, we use it as the dog car for trips and fits our Basset Hound and German Shepard mix (she passed away but we now have a Husky mix that's about the same size, so two dogs still). We do need to fold down the seats, so no one else can ride with us and the dogs.
I have a baby due in February and my 21 year old step daughter is moving out with us for grad school - so 3 adults, 1 infant, and 2 large dogs (and a partridge in a pear tree! ;)) We're moving to San Diego, so no worrying about AWD for snow and heavy rain. My mum will probably be visiting often, so 4 adults in a pinch would be great but not neccessary (I would imagine that 2 adults and an car seat would fit in the 2nd row in most cars well). Not interested in a minivan or a medium to large SUV, but a small SUV or a crossover would work. I've been looking at different station wagons, I do love hatchbacks, but not sure which one would work best. We do need room for 2 50-100 lbs dogs to lay down in the back without folding down seats. I love the Honda Element, but the back cargo area isn't that big. Any ideas?