I wouldn't get a Journey older than the 2011. They've never gotten great reviews, partly because the interior is pretty tight given the exterior dimensions.
The Suzuki XL7 was a cheaply made seven-seat variant of the first-gen Chevrolet Equinox. The Grand Vitara is more solidly engineered, and likely to be more durable. But they're not very large.
Older Volvos can get very expensive to maintain.
I know very little about the X-Trail.
The HHR can be pretty functional. So-so reliability. They can be cheap because many people don't like the retro styling.
First-gen Sorento, like the Grand Vitara, is a conventionl truck-type SUV.
I like how the Focus drives. Reliability is best with the 2008 through 2011, but then no hatch or wagon. These aren't large cars.
The 2008-2009 Escape have good reliability scores lately, but didn't earlier. Owners might be deferring repairs. The 2010-2012 continue to have so-so scores.
The Mazda5, suggested above, crossed my mind. The first-gen Mazda5 often has suspension issues (struts, not terribly expensive) and can rust around the rear wheel openings in areas where the roads are salted. The 2012 and up have been more reliable.