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2023 Mazda CX-50 gets new Meridian Edition trim, mid-year price increases

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The 2023 Mazda CX-50 hasn’t finished its first full model year, and it’s already adding a new trim and increasing prices. The Meridian Edition is built off the 2.5 Turbo trim and includes the up-level engine as well as more adventure-ready features.

CX-50 Meridian Edition features

Built to be more capable, the CX-50 Meridian Edition adds things like 18-inch alloy wheels, all-terrain Falken Tires, matte black hood graphic, side rocker panels and standard all-wheel drive. In terms of design differences, you’ll notice a new headlight garnish, black wheel locks and a mono-spec Terracotta leather interior.

The only exterior colors available on this trim will be the Polymetal Gray or Zircon Sand, both of which carry a $395 premium over the base vehicle price.

Two Meridian Edition packages

Because the CX-50 Meridian Edition is meant to be geared toward people who truly have an active lifestyle, there are two packages available on this trim you can’t get on any other model: Apex and Meridian Choice. The former package adds roof-mounted black crossbars, a roof platform and splash guards. The latter includes Apex add-ons as well as side rocker garnish, headlight garnish, black wheel locks and a unique design on the matte black hood graphic.

Mazda points out that these packages, along with Mazda accessories, allow owners to pursue various outdoor passions, including surfing, mountain biking, camping and skiing.

Price increases

Though the Mazda CX-50 is all new for 2023 and original pricing was announced back in March, it already gets a mid-year price bump. And not by a little bit. We’re looking at about a $2k boost for every trim.

Because we like a good rabbit hole, we listed the original pricing next to the new increased pricing below. Both sets of prices include destination fees.

TrimOriginal pricingNew pricingPrice difference
CX-50 2.5 S$26,800$28,825$2,025
CX-50 2.5 S Select$28,200$30,225$2,025
CX-50 2.5 S Preferred$29,500$31,525$2,025
CX-50 2.5 S Preferred Plus$32,550$33,965$1,415
CX-50 2.5 S Premium$34,400$36,425$2,025
CX-50 2.5 S Premium Plus$36,400$38,425$2,025
CX-50 2.5 Turbo$36,400$38,425$2,025
CX-50 2.5 Turbo Meridian Editionn/a$41,225n/a
CX-50 2.5 Turbo Premium$39,550$41,575$2,025
CX-50 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus$41,500$43,575$2,075

The bottom line on the CX-50 Meridian Edition

As the overlanding theme continues post pandemic, we’ll continue to see more automakers offer more rugged, off-roady type vehicles catering to outdoorsy and adventure lifestyles. The good news is, with this new set of vehicles, there are fewer compromises to passenger comfort.

So, we’re excited to see the CX-50 Meridian Edition in real life to verify it’s still just as quiet and cushy as the regular CX-50 that we liked so much during the press preview.

Because it’s a Mazda, we expect it to be pretty great.

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Jill Ciminillo is the Managing Editor for Pickup Truck + SUV Talk as well as a Chicago-based automotive writer, YouTube personality and podcast host, with her articles and videos appearing in outlets throughout the U.S. Additionally, she co-hosts a weekly radio show on car stuff for a local Chicago station. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for both newspaper and broadcast media conglomerates. She is also a past president for the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. Jill is also currently a juror for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY).

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