2022 Subaru WRX First Drive: Reviews, Ratings, Range, Prices, Specs and Pictures

The all-new 2022 Subaru WRX is a big improvement over the previous generation. It’s more stylish, better to drive and comes with a much nicer interior. It’s also available with a new turbocharged engine that makes it one of the quickest cars in its class. The WRX is a great choice.


Subaru’s redesigned 2022 Subaru WRX is a welcome and much-needed improvement over the previous generation. But it also has some drawbacks that you need to be aware of. Check out our test team’s expert ratings for our full report.

2022 Subaru WRX Review

2022 Subaru WRX Review
2022 Subaru WRX Review

Subaru’s redesigned 2022 WRX follows the successful original formula of the sporty compact sedan with a powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine that sends power to all four wheels. From 2014 to 2021 the outgoing generation has lasted longer than usual and is in desperate need of a refresh. This new WRX is great news for its existing and potential new fan base.

It’s based on the WRX’s all-new chassis and powered by a 2.4 litter (up from 2.0 litter) turbocharged four-cylinder. The new WRX makes 274 horsepower and can be had with a six-speed manual or Subaru’s upgraded CVT automatic Subaru says Performance is automatic. Following the make and model tradition the WRX is all-wheel drive. What broke new ground for the WRX was the available adaptive suspension.

Among other high-performance (but not high-performance) sedans the Subaru WRX is a bit rough around the edges. For those looking for comfort and refinement this may sound like a drawback but for those familiar with the WRX’s rally-racing heritage and Subaru it’s a resounding endorsement to A history of producing interesting and engaging vehicles.

2022 Subaru WRX Engine

2022 Subaru WRX Engine

Under the hood of the WRX is a turbocharged 2.4 litter flat-four. Its 271 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque come through a standard six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

Traditionally every WRX has all-wheel drive. Chosen person The automatic transmission which can also be controlled via paddle shifters on the steering wheel can also be selected from three different drive mode settings. Automatic-only GT trims also get adaptive dampers. A set of 17- or 18-inch wheels with summer performance tires is also available.

We’ve already driven the new WRX and appreciate its smoother ride and improved refinement. But most importantly it’s still very fun to drive. On our test track the six-speed manual WRX sprinted to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds and completed the quarter mile at 101 mph in 13.9 seconds.

2022 Subaru WRX Performance

2022 Subaru WRX Performance
2022 Subaru WRX Performance

The WRX isn’t quite as fast as some of its competitors, but it’s still fun to drive. We tested the manual-equipped WRX, and it sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds. Although getting to that time required abusing launch technology it was pretty quick.

Our test The driver pointed out: , but Honestly I thought I broke the car while trying to start it. When you drop the clutch the drivetrain shocks are so harsh and severe that I think there might be a bunch of metal on the ground. Even with the new engine turbo lag is less than 3000 rpm. This means that getting the best launch is basically m.

2022 Subaru WRX Interior

2022 Subaru WRX Interior
2022 Subaru WRX Interior

The WRX looks a lot like other contemporary Subaru models except it gets carbon fibre like trim and red contrast stitching. There’s a thick-rimmed flat-bottom steering wheel as well as a set of analogue gauges. Top GT trim with strong support Recargo The front seats are covered in faux suede. The boot can be accessed from inside the car via the 60/40 split-folding rear seats.

2022 Subaru WRX Fuel Economy and MPG

The WRX is rated by the EPA to deliver 22 mpg combined with the manual transmission and 21 mpg with the optional CVT automatic transmission. On our real-world 75-mph highway fuel economy route our six-speed manual WRX Limited managed 28 mpg. For more information on F-Type fuel economy visit EPA’s website.

2022 Subaru WRX Comfort

The ride quality and seat comfort of the WRX are among the best in its class. Notably we didn’t experience significant fatigue or pain after a few hours of driving in the WRX. The seat holds you in place in the corners and provides proper support at all times.

The climate controls housed within the large central touchscreen are a bit tricky to learn and can be distracting at first but most owners get the hang of using them relatively quickly. On the downside the WRX is quite noisy with a little rumble from the engine at high speeds and There is some noticeable wind noise on the doors and mirrors.

2022 Subaru WRX Infotainment and Connectivity

Every WRX comes with a vertically oriented 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system. While it mostly relies on touch input it does have some physical controls for the climate system and stereo. An 11-speaker Harman Kardon sound system is also available.

Otherwise, the standard list of WRX Multimedia features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2022 Subaru WRX Technology

2022 Subaru WRX Technology

A highlight of the interior experience is the WRX Limited’s 11.6-inch centre screen. It has crisp graphics and quick response to input. Some users might not like the portrait-style layout but getting used to its functionality is relatively easy.

Viewing navigation destinations and directions is easy Also benefit from the crisp screen and high-contrast display. The 11-speaker Harman Kardon stereo is also excellent with high-quality audio that’s properly powered for high-volume listening.

Smartphone connectivity happens quickly thanks to many on-screen prompts and the system understands the most natural language and voice control is easy to use.

Our test vehicle lacked some key optional driver assistance systems including adaptive cruise control and forward collision mitigation but The blind-spot monitoring system and lane-keep assist system on the vehicle worked well with no false positives or overly sensitive alerts.

2022 Subaru WRX Storage

2022 Subaru WRX Storage

As a higher-performance compact sedan the WRX’s competition includes a number of vehicles that can be used as a sedan and hatchback or exclusively as a hatchback. The WRX offers just 12.5 cubic feet of boot space less than what the Honda Civic Si and Hyundai Elantra offer. Thankfully the rear seats do fold down to accommodate longer items.

2022 Subaru WRX Safety

The WRX is equipped with a variety of popular driver assistance technologies, but such equipment is only available on models with automatic transmissions.

For more information on WRX crash test results visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IHS) website. Key security features include:

  • Available forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking
  • Available Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist
  • Available adaptive cruise control

2022 Subaru WRX Value

2022 Subaru WRX Value

Build quality is very good. There are many soft-touch surfaces and from the moment you step into the WRX you feel elegant. Unfortunately the WRX’s fuel economy is far worse than the competition and worse than the already poor previous-generation model. It is also one of the more expensive The highest performance compact sedan on the market.

Warranty on the WRX is average for that class: three years/36,000 miles with five years of basic warranty/60,000 miles of powertrain and five years/unlimited miles of corrosion. Roadside assistance continues for the basic warranty period.

Storage for small items is enough for a smartphone and a small water bottle. Fitting a child seat to the rear should be relatively easy thanks to the open doors, although you’ll have less rear legroom to accommodate a larger seat.

2022 Subaru WRX models

Subaru’s 2022 WRX sedan comes in base Premium Limited and GT trims. Each comes with a turbocharged 2.4 litter boxer-four making 271 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.

Power flows to all four wheels via a standard six-speed manual Transmission or optional Continuously Automatic Transmission (CVT; Subaru calls it Subaru Performance Transmission).

2022 Subaru WRX Prices

2022 Subaru WRX Prices

We’d go for the WRX Premium with the standard six-speed manual transmission. It offers a nice mix of equipment without being overly expensive like the loaded auto-only GT models.

2022 Subaru WRX Specification

The 2022 Subaru WRX is a redesigned version of the previous model with a new platform, suspension, and powertrain. The car has a more aggressive look and feel to it and the cabin has been updated with new materials and technology.

2022 Subaru WRX Specification
2022 Subaru WRX

The WRX is powered by a 2.0 litter turbocharged boxer engine that produces 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission or an optional continuously variable transmission.

The WRX has standard all-wheel drive and gets an EPA-rated 24 mpg city/32 mpg highway with the CVT. In terms of safety, the WRX comes standard with adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams.

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