Okay, I have had kids and a Dog I tote around from time to time. My vehicle as a Daily Driver is a 2010 V-6 Malibu. 252hp / 251tq. Enough room, great traveling car, enough pep, good winter driving and get 29-30mpg highway / 21- 23 city. I believe 2010 was the last year they put v6's in these things. Find a good low mileage used one for about 14-16k.
Had mine for a couple of years and love it... The Camaro I ordered will be my toy.