Do you really need 7 seats, or will 5 do? I ask, because the answer to this question greatly impacts your options and you seem to be giving mixed messages in your statement/question. If you want a fast/fun 5 seat midsized SUV, I would look at the Forester Turbo (as you mentioned) and the Mazda CX-5. The CX-5 isn't super powerful, but it handles well. Newer Subaru flat engines don't have the issues the older versions do so I think you would be safe with the turbo Forester. Other midsize options like the CR-V and Rav 4 tend to be more bland, but very practical/reliable. They don't have inspiring powertrains. Don't know much about the Kia/Hyundai options but they do look better than they used to and I've heard good things about the Sante Fe.
As far as 7 seaters go, there is the Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. These are all similar but for $30k, you would be getting a very stripped down base FWD version.