I spent a few minutes searching Cars.com to make sure my recommendations could be found for close to your $26k budget. Here's the list I came up with-
2013-2015 Mazda CX-9 (own a 2012 CX-9 GT and I love it, lots of power, great handling, very nice interior)
2013-2015 Acura RDX or MDX- upscale inside and out, reliable, and powerful with strong Honda V6 engines
2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee (CPO only) - beautiful, quick acceleration with the standard V6, smooth and quiet
2013-2016 Volvo XC60 (CPO only)- Volvo makes the most comfortable seats in the world (seriously), solid as a bank vault (and even safer), high quality interior and more than sufficient power even with the base 3.2L engine.