I own a CX-5 and oil changes have been $50, no brake pads change yet, MPG has been around 25mpg in a 60(city)/40(highway) driving. Recommend that as you mention 'fun'. The only issue which bothered me was the cabin noisde was more than others but that has, supposedly, been fixed in 2017 model. A reliable car.
Honda CRV, can't go wrong with it.
If you can downsize and don't require AWD, do look at Kia Niro.