@kingt Funny you mention that as the CX-30 is the car I've sorta kinda been ignoring throughout this process because of some of my annoyance at the bad packaging efficiency in her CX-5. The CX-5 is 173" long so same ballpark as everything here that's not the Kona, but interior volume is more like the Kona.
I've also been irritated by the fact that CX-30 makes you use a knob or voice input with Android Auto because there's no touchscreen. I do a lot of voice interacting with Android auto in my Civic Si but for simple stuff like flipping between nav & music I'd much rather she have the ability to do that in 1 screen tap vs. some knob twiddling.
But the more I looked at these 3.5 options (the Buick is only sorta kinda not really on the list) none of them feels like such a slam dunk that we shouldn't look at the CX-30.
@facw I grew up in an agricultural area and two things they taught us, as heartless as it sounds, were don't become attached to the animals. And the old saying "You can't grill it if you don't kill it" Brutal, but true.
@wrong-wheel-drive Driving aimlessly is fun but I don't do it very often. I tend to go, "hey, haven't walked down this road" often on foot but rarely behind the wheel. I knew exactly where I was going for most of the drive but trying to figure out how to get to that road without GPS was fun.
@exage03040 I don't have a horse in this race, but the more I think about it, the more I like where your head's at, taking into consideration the speed and weight of the vehicle.
Every once in a while, somebody makes the news for riding a lawnmower/PowerWheels/bicycle/horse/etc drunk, and it makes me wonder where the appropriate place should be to draw the line demanding higher (up to driver-level) responsibilities from the operator without it being too much of an overregulation. Maybe the best way to go about it is to focus on how much harm a child/drunk could cause upon losing control. Speed and weight are undoubtedly major factors in that...