The new 2022 Subaru WRX Review and Specifications


The Subaru WRX has been a fan favorite for rally-inspired driving, but this type of sport compact car is slowly becoming extinct. However, the new 2022 Subaru WRX might help reignite interest in this area with its updated architecture and more powerful 271-hp turbocharged flat-four engine.

Its modern interior design and 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system now better compete with newer rivals like the Hyundai Elantra N, VW Golf GTI, and Jetta GLI. Out of this group, only the WRX features all-wheel drive; however, it's not as powerful as the 315-hp VW Golf R. Unfortunately for sports car enthusiasts, Subaru has said there won't be a gasoline-powered STI model this time around but have reassure that the vaunted WRX STI will remain relevant as a performance EV.


No word yet on when the electric STI will be available, but in the meantime, enthusiasts can get excited about the 2022 WRX and its bold bodywork.


Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The WRX contains a turbocharged 2.4-liter flat-four cylinder engine under its hood; thistranslation to 271 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque for the six speed manual, or automated continuous variable transmission (CVT). As is tradition, every WRX comes with all wheel drive. Paddle shifters on the steering wheel give those who choose automatic precise control over their car's movement. The GT trim, exclusive to cars with an automatic transmission, also come equipped adaptive dampers..


The new WRX rides smoother, is more refined than its predecessor, and still provides an enjoyable driving experience. On our test track, the six-speed manual WRX went from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds while completing the quarter-mile in 13.9 seconds at 101 mph. The GT model with its standard CVT had a quicker 5.4-second zero-to60mph time but was slower through the quarter mile, finishing it in 14.1 seconds at 101 mph .


Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The WRX's fuel economy, according to the EPA, is 22 mpg for those with a manual transmission and 21 mpg for those who opted for the CVT automatic. However, on our real-world 75-mph highway test route, both our six-speed manual WRX Limited and our automatic WRX GT achieved 28 mpg. If you want more information about the F-type's fuel economy specifically, please visit the EPA's website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The WRX has a similar interior to other current Subaru models, with the addition of accents that look like carbon fiber and red contrast stitching. It also includes a flat-bottomed steering wheel with thick rim, as well as analog gauges. The top-tier GT trim comes with Recaro front seats that are very bolstered and have microsuede covering. You can access the trunk from inside the car through the 60/40 split-folding rear seat.


Is the Subaru WRX a good car?

Is the Subaru WRX a Good Car? The 2022 Subaru WRX is a pretty good car with some clear strengths and weaknesses. It's athletic and fun to drive, with terrific handling and a punchy turbocharged powertrain. The WRX comes standard with all-wheel drive, which many other compact cars don't offer.

Is WRX reliable 2022?

We expect the 2022 WRX to be less reliable than other new cars. This prediction is based on Subaru's brand history, and the redesign is now on the global platform with the turbo engine.

Is Subaru WRX expensive to maintain?

The table below shows a complete ranking of how various cars rank in this overall system as some comparison. Given that the Subaru Wrx has an average of $682 and that the average vehicle costs $651 annual --- the Wrx is substantially cheaper to maintain.