Hahaha, that is awesome. My little one is too small for spirited driving yet. JGC might be within your price range.Yeah, it's not horrible, and that price includes taxes and the asinine $600 dealer doc fee.
I do like both of those things, but then again, I enjoy driving the Rav4, and the chassis dynamics are awful. I agree that power is a bit of a sticking point with the CX-5, but like a lot of people, I probably overvalue it. I don't really use 325hp in the QX50 very often. I get your point though - it never feels strained and always has more than enough power in reserve. Like you say, the CX-5 feels peppy around town, though I recall it being a dog merging on to the highway. That's something I do maybe once a month though, so I'm not sure how important it is. I'd get a FWD version though, which may be better in that regard.
The Durango and JGC are pretty sweet. They are likely over budget though. There's a roundabout on the way to daycare that I have some fun with (the kids make me do it), and there's a dad in a recent "sporty" trim Grand Cherokee who does the same. He gets it though there quickly... looks like it's going to tip over every time though. The front end lifts a ton.
Finding lots of 2016-2018 Limited 4x4's (leather, heated, big infotainment etc) with 3.6L Pentastar for around this $23-$25k mark with <55k mi. Could go up or down a few years/trim/miles/whatever and get down into the high teens with ease or, spend a little more and get a V8.