With respect to CUVs, I'd like to put in a plug for my Kia Sportage AWD SX. It uses the 2.0T engine also found in the Optima SX and Sonata Turbo, in this implementation putting out 260 hp and 269 ft-lbs of torque. I've found that it has plenty of power. Turbo I4s are the new V6s. In terms of design, it looks similar to the Audi Q5/Q7 because the former Audi design chief (Peter Schreyer ) now works for Kia, but costs (far) less money, gets better fuel economy, doesn't need premium gas, and has a more powerful engine. The Audi has a more refined driving feel, but that's about it. With respect to reliability I figured at least the Kia has a better warranty and would be cheaper to fix if anything went wrong.
They actually issued refunds for advertising higher MPG than EPA tested (I got $150 back...), but my car was rated at 20/26 and I've been getting 28-31 on the highway pretty easily (18-21 in Boston traffic).