2022 Subaru WRX is a major redesign of the hot compact
Subaru’s small WRX, the sporty compact with rally car DNA, is redesigned for 2022 with a new engine and transmission, styling tweaks, an upgraded infotainment system and a new trim level GT. Subaru’s signature all-wheel drive remains a constant.
All four trims in the 2022 WRX lineup — Base, Premium, Limited, GT — find a bit more power in a new 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 271 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Subaru’s signature boxer engine layout remains a constant.
A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a new CVT automatic transmission is optional on all models except the GT model. It only comes in CVT format.
Fuel economy ratings for the WRX with a manual transmission are 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. The numbers are 19/25/21 mpg for the automatic.
The new architecture offers a series of improvements that enrich the driving performance and ride quality of the 2022 WRX.
Pricing with destination charges of $995 included starts at $30,100 for the base model with a manual transmission and ends with the GT at $42,890.
Standard features on the base WRX model include 17-inch alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, two USB ports and a center information display with two 7.0-inch touchscreens, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. , and SiriusXM radio.
I drove the Premium version with a manual transmission ($32,600). For the best mix of standard features and affordable pricing, this model looks the most appealing. It has 18-inch wheels and adds desirable features like LED fog lights, premium seat fabric, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats and side mirrors, and wiper defroster. ice cream.
Also standard is a safety feature that I’d like to see mandatory on all vehicles in the Pacific Northwest, even if they need upgrading and even if they’re just passing through: auto on/off headlights linked to operation of the windshield wipers.
An upgraded infotainment system is another advantage the Premium has over the base model. Its 11.6-inch touchscreen has controls for infotainment, climate control, and vehicle settings. Relevant physical buttons are included for functions such as volume adjustment. Subaru makes good use of the large screen, creating graphics large enough to easily zero in on while driving. The enlargement makes the SiriusXM channel logos look more garish than usual, but it’s worth it.
An available option package ($1,875) for the Premium adds an 11-speaker Harman Kardon sound system and a power sunroof, two items high on my must-have list and conspicuously absent from the test car.
The WRX’s entertaining personality as a sport compact is well established, and this new version reinforces the image. The clutch pedal and shifting into reverse requires more effort than I like to see in a transmission, but the benefits of resistance training were appreciated.
2022 SUBARU WRX PREMIUM
Base price including destination charges: $32,600
Price as driven: $32,600
Mary Lowry is a member of the Motor Press Guild and a member and past president of the Northwest Automotive Press Association. She lives in Snohomish County. Vehicles are provided by vehicle manufacturers on a one-week loan for evaluation purposes only. Manufacturers do not control the content of reviews.