CX5s, or any other run of the mill me too vehicle, are only expensive if you simply hand over whatever the stealerships say you should. The bartered price of my mid-level 2018 CX5 Touring was 24k even before trade/tax/tags . It stickered at over 30k as I recall. The Kizashi's bartered price was 20.4 or 21.4k...can't recall any longer or what it stickered for. The tide of the ridiculous prices of new vehicles is going to change here shortly.
The Kizashi's suspension was always road sensitive, even new. Yes it's 10 years and 90k+ miles aged now, but, when I'm throwing it around in the curves, I feel very little, if any, 'looseness' many other vehicles I've owned demonstrated at the mileage currently on mine. Solid suspension engineering on the K for sure. I drive it the same as I did 60-70k miles ago...possibly harder even. What I don't do, ever, is beat the snot out my vehicles' suspensions by hitting jarring road imperfections and the like. That's been a life-long driving habit I'd developed because, well, it's expensive if you don't treat the suspension nicely. Doesn't matter what kind of vehicle, even the Heeps I had. Once in a while the occasional hole or missed manhole gets me, but it's rare. I always used to cringe when sitting at the kids' schools watching nearly everyone fly across speed bumps like they weren't even there. That'll age any suspension prematurely, guaranteed.
New tires on a Kizashi go a very long way in improving ride quality, and of course, handling. Even when it was new, my family didn't care for the ride or crispness of the steering/handling and the way the car 'feels' the road. To each his own I guess.
2010 Kizashi GTS, CVT, iAWD (3/10 build date)
2011 SX4 Premium Hatch, CVT, iAWD (12/10 build date)
2018 Mazda CX-5 iAWD Touring
2014 Wrangler JKUW (GONE, traded
1991 Samurai, 5-Speed, EFI, Soft-Top (