I have an Infiniti FX35 and love it. Runs the same motor and chasis/setup for the most part as the G35 and the Nissan 350's, is AWD, has good ground clearance but yet not to high, and is sporty and fun. I am a car/bike guy and love modifying everything, so this was a good vehicle to fit my need for something sporty, but yet having something practical.
I just got a Highlander Hybrid. Plenty of room for dog and kids but 28 mpg. Plus it has enough get-up-and-go to keep you happy.
I did test drive an Equinox this evening, very nice vehicles, however they are selling like hotcakes so there's not much of a deal to be had. One interesting item they said was that it's much more difficult to get financing on used vehicles now, that they shifted from 50/50 new/used sales to 75/25 and banks often refuse and say try new. I don't know beyond what their guy said and who knows if he was being factual, but through all of it he was pretty straight forward so I don't disbelieve it.