I'm keeping an eye on the Mazda CX5 as well as the Forester but keep in mind the AWD is superior in the Forester. Also, the CX5 won't even compare engine-wise unless they bring the 2.2L diesel to the U.S. The CX5 transmission is definitely nicer on paper, but I'd need to drive both to compare.
Honestly, it comes down to the fact that I KNOW the Forester, having owned 5 Subarus in the past, the CX5 is the unknown for me, but worth a look.
Also, the diesel CX5 has oil issues, look at the Mazda Australian forums for info.
Everything else you mentioned is larger, Pathfinder, Tribeca etc... Those can be had in 7 seat configs. which isn't in the same category as the Forester.