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Redesigned 2022 Subaru WRX features sporty ride, plenty of power, all-wheel drive Featured

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The 2022 Subaru WRX gets a long-needed overhaul, but keeps its sporty character. The 2022 Subaru WRX gets a long-needed overhaul, but keeps its sporty character. Photo courtesy of Subaru


Subaru enthusiasts love to drive and are loyal to their brand, and their patience has paid off with the arrival of a long overdue redesign of the WRX for 2022, nearly a decade since the previous generation was unveiled.

This sporty, compact hot rod looks better, drives better and sounds better than its predecessors. It also holds up well against tough competition such as the Honda Civic SI and Volkswagen Golf GTI, among others.

I recently tested a 2022 Subaru WRX, and I’m back with a full report. 


Bold paint colors are available on the WRX to match its performance, and the design is appropriately a bit menacing. You know this is a performance-focused ride when you see the exterior — it’s built to go fast.

A moonroof is also available to let the sun shine in while you’re cruising.

My test vehicle had the Ignition Red paint scheme, and had 18-lnch aluminum-alloy wheels, dual tailpipe with stainless steel tips and a trunk lip spoiler, plus folding exterior power mirrors with integrated turn signals.

Moving inside the vehicle, the WRX is roomy for its class, but it’s still a compact so it’s not big enough for all families. The ultrasuede seating is comfy enough, classy but not luxurious. It featured attractive red trim on the black seats, and racecar-style aluminum alloy pedal covers.

The vehicle has an intelligent setup, with well-placed controls on the steering wheel and infotainment system. 

You’ll get limited cargo space in the WRX, and limited trunk space (just 12.5 cubic feet). Like all vehicles in this segment, the focus is on utility, not performance.

Other interior features include heated front seats, a rear armrest with dual cup holder, and 2 rear seat USB charge ports. Rear seating folds down 60/40 to increase cargo room for longer items..


The 2022 Subaru WRX features one engine, but it’s a beauty. 

The turbocharged 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine delivers 271 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and can be paired with either a six-speed manual or automatic CVT transmission. (GT Trim level only comes in automatic, rest of trims can be had with a stick.) 

Even the automatic version does come with paddle shifters to give you the opportunity to contribute more to the drive.

All-wheel drive is standard on all trim levels of the WRX, something its competitors can’t claim. 

With its impeccable reputation among enthusiasts, I expected a lot out of the drive in the 2022 WRX. And I was not disappointed.

The 2022 WRX GT I tested got moving fast, offering tons of pickup especially once you get moving. In under 6 seconds I was able to make it 0-to-60. 

Beyond the pure speed and power, the WRX drives like a dream. Turns are exquisite, and there’s even a nice growl under the hood to let people know it's there. You will want to do more weekend road trips if you get this vehicle, just so you can drive it more.

It’s clear that driving enthusiasts will love the WRX, and many of them will opt for the manual option to improve the purity of the drive and grow their connection to the car.

The standard all-wheel drive definitely improves traction and enhances the performance, and the only complaint you may have is some minor road and wind noise intruding into the vehicle. But you’ll have so much fun driving, that won’t be a deal-breaker.

The ride is also enhanced by a sport-tuned suspension.


The 2022 Subaru WRX’s tech setup is focused around an extra-large vertical 11.6-inch touchscreen, which is very effective overall and gets the job done. Graphics look sharp, and touch commands are responsive and easy to learn on the system. 

Voice commands work well for music selection, points of interest, phone and navigation. There are even suggestions on screen of what to say.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included for smartphone mirroring, multiple USB ports are included, and music fans will love the 11-speaker Harman-Kardon sound system.

Navigation was impressive, getting me to destinations without issue and easily understanding all commands. Connecting your smartphone to the vehicle via Bluetooth is also a breeze.

Particularly for those who choose the automatic transmission, there is a very strong list of safety features included with the 2022 WRX.

At the heart of these safety features is Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology — whose many duties include monitoring traffic movement, optimizing cruise control, Automatic Emergency Steering, and warning the driver if the vehicle sways from its lane. Due to this system and other Subaru safety features, Subaru’s 2022 lineup receives top IIHS ranking for front crash prevention.

The Pre-Collision braking feature on the WRX also applies the full braking force in an emergency to limit impacts and injuries from an accident.

Among other safety features available on the WRX are:

— Forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
— Lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
— Adaptive cruise control
— Airbags throughout the vehicle
— Anti-Lock Braking System
— Whiplash Reducing Front Seats
— Tire Pressure Monitoring System\
— LED Steering Responsive Headlights with High Beam Assist
— Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
— Rear Vision Camera 
— Reverse Automatic Braking


The official fuel mileage on the 2022 Subaru WRX GT that I tested was 19 city/25 highway/21 combined. Numbers improve slightly with the manual transmission.

I averaged 19 mpg in my real world testing of the WRX. These are not great numbers and one of the weaker points on the vehicle, especially when compared to its rivals in the sporty compact segment from brands such as Hyundai, Volkswagen and Honda.


The 2022 Subaru WRX that I tested was priced just under $43,000; and its base price starts about $30K. Beyond the base offering, trim levels offered include Premium, Limited and GT.

Warranties are decent but not spectacular, including:
3 Years / 36,000 Miles Basic Warranty

5 Years / 60,000 Miles Powertrain Warranty

5 Years / Unlimited Mileage Rust Perforation Warranty

3 Years / 36,000 Miles 24/7 Roadside Assistance


The 2022 Subaru WRX is a truly fun ride for the open road that can double as a daily driver. It delivers strong power, smooth handling and is beautifully designed. 

While not a high-volume seller, those who do pick up the WRX will love to drive it every day.

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Matt Myftiu has been a journalist for two decades with a focus on technology, NASCAR and autos.

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