HomeAUTO NEWSNew 2023 Mazda CX 50 Adds Off Road Meridian Edition Packages

New 2023 Mazda CX 50 Adds Off Road Meridian Edition Packages

2023 Mazda CX 50

In 2023, the Mazda CX-50 is an outstanding addition to the increasingly competitive “rugged and outdoor without becoming fully body-on-frame SUV” market. The 2023 Mazda CX 50 adds Off Road Meridian Edition, allowing the vehicle to take on any terrain.

It has a sharp styling and amazing driving performance. In 2023, the CX-50 Meridian Edition builds upon this foundational design to offer several options that are even more attractive to those who want to go off-road.

Its package includes upgraded roof racks and platforms, as well as allocated space for rooftop tents and outdoor equipment. It also adds splash guards at the front and rear.

Design & Features

2023 Mazda CX 50 interior

The 2023 Mazda CX 50 is getting an off-road-oriented makeover for the upcoming model year. The Meridian Edition adds a new hood, headlight garnish, and more.

The Mazda Meridian Edition also has two unique exterior paint schemes: Polymetal Grey Metallic and Zircon Sand Metallic. The Meridian edition’s interior is made up of Terracotta leather with black accents.

The exterior is restyled with black rims, a matte black hood and side rocker garnishes, and a matte black hood graphic. It also comes with a number of standard features, including the 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-four engine.

The 2023 Mazda CX 50 Meridian Edition comes with new wheels, tires, and some styling tweaks. The new headlight garnish is a small trim piece that probably will add little extra protection.

Another hot off-road special is the matte black hood graphic. This is meant to reduce the glare emitted from the hood. The changes to the side rocker panels are also aimed at providing more protection.

Power & Performance

This SUV shares its platform with the CX-30 but is larger than its smaller sibling. It marks Mazda’s first foray into the off-road-adjacent territory and is similar to rivals such as the Subaru Forester Wilderness and Toyota RAV4 Adventure.

The car is also available with a hybrid powertrain, which is also available with the Meridian Edition. The price of this package will vary based on the model you choose.

It’s equipped with the responsive 2.5-liter turbo four engine, which generates 256 horsepower on premium 93 octane fuel and 310 lb-ft of torque on 87 octane fuel. 

The package includes the exclusive black 18-inch wheels with larger spokes, and covered in Falken 225/60-18 all terrain tires that can make the slogging of easy trails a little more. This will also enhance the CX-50’s capability to handle the rigors of snow, dirt, and mud.

2023 Mazda CX 50 Adds Off Road Meridian Edition and is available in two trim levels, with the Meridian Edition featuring black accents and different rocker and headlight accents.

2023 Mazda CX 50 Off Road Meridian Edition

All Meridian packages come with Mazda’s “i-Activ” all-wheel-drive system, which helps with traction on loose surfaces. The car’s 18-inch gloss-black wheels are standard equipment.

The CX-50 is Mazda’s next-generation midsize SUV, which is a larger version of the CX-5. It’s 6 inches longer and a half-inch wider than its predecessor and features a lower roofline. It’s also equipped with Goodyear Eagle Touring tires for real SUV curb appeal.

Mazda also offers an “Apex” package with roof-mounted crossbars, a roof platform, and splash guards.

Meridian Choice Package

The Mazda CX-50 comes in two trim levels: base and Meridian. The 2023 Mazda CX-50 gets the new Meridian Edition package designed to satisfy the needs of adventurous buyers.

This special edition offers 18-inch wheels and all-terrain tires in addition to a number of visual upgrades. The Meridian Edition costs $41,225, plus a $1,275 destination charge.

Also, there’s an Apex package available, the price is $1235 more. This includes a roof platform, black roof crossbars, and splash guards on all four wheels and and a rocker panel garnishing to prevent gravel from damaging the paint.

Mazda CX-50 buyers should be happy to see a rugged new addition to the line-up. The new Meridian Edition package will cost about $2800 extra on a 2.5 Turbo model.

The CX-50 Meridian Edition is the only model with a safari rack, which is Mazda’s term for a rooftop platform that sits on black crossbars. This platform can hold spare wheels, jerry cans, and even a rooftop tent.

If you’re looking to have the same style as models that aren’t Meridian Edition versions of the CX-50, there’s a $1899 bundle of dealer-installed equipment known as Meridian Choice package. 

It features the same hood graphics and roof rack, as well as a roof platform, and a few design tweaks from the Meridian version.

Other than that the 2023 Mazda CX-50 models receive a mid-year price hike of $750 which means that it currently comes with a base cost of $28,825 when using the naturally aspirated engine that is standard.