I recently completed a similar search with the purchase of a VW Toureg TDI. It's a bit out of your stated price target but along the way I drove several less expensive vehicles. I was greatly impressed with the Nissan Murano... if you can warm up to their styling, it is a great vehicle in spite of the CVT transmission. Very quiet, very comfortable and very advanced safety features at the top trim levels which are well within your price target. The Ford Edge Sport was also at the top of the list; the Sport trim includes the 2.7 liter Ecoboost V6 and is the only engine that moves the Edge to my liking but it needs premium fuel to produce the rated power. Again quiet, with advanced safety features. Both these vehicles are re-engineered for 2015 so they represent the best technology these manufacturers have. PS: I'm 6'3", 190# and these both fit me.