The redesigned 2022 Subaru WRX offers sporty driving, plenty of power and all-wheel drive – The Oakland Press
Subaru enthusiasts love to drive and are loyal to their brand, and their patience has paid off with the arrival of a long-awaited redesign of the WRX for 2022, nearly a decade since the unveiling of the previous generation.
This sporty, compact hot rod looks better, drives better and sounds better than its predecessors. It also holds up well against tough competition like 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.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
- Vehicle: Subaru WRX GT 2022
- Price as tested: $42,890 (starts around $30,000)
- Best feature: Powerful engine, sporty driving
- Evaluation: 4 out of 5 stars
- Who wants this vehicle?: Subaru fans who want the latest version of the brand’s sportiest car
Bold paint colors are available on the WRX to match its performance, and the design is rightly a little menacing. You know this is a performance bike when you see the exterior — it’s built to go fast.
A sunroof is also available to let the sun in while you cruise.
My tester had the Ignition Red paint scheme and had 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, dual exhaust pipes with stainless steel tips and trunk spoiler, and power-folding exterior mirrors. with integrated indicators.
Moving around inside the vehicle, the WRX is roomy for its class, but it’s still a compact so not big enough for all families. The ultrasuede seats are quite comfortable, elegant but not luxurious. It featured attractive red trim on the black seats and race car-style aluminum alloy pedal covers.
The vehicle has a smart setup, with well-placed controls on the steering wheel and the infotainment system.
You will have limited cargo space in the WRX and limited trunk space (only 12.5 cubic feet). Like all vehicles in this segment, the focus is on utility, not performance.
Other interior features include heated front seats, rear armrest with dual cupholders and 2 rear USB charging ports. The rear seats fold 60/40 to increase cargo space for longer items.
HOW IS THE ROAD?
The 2022 Subaru WRX has an engine, but it’s a beauty.
The 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine develops 271 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and can be mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or an automatic CVT transmission. (The GT trim level is only available in automatic, the rest of the trim can be had with a stick.)
Even the automatic version comes with paddle shifters to give you the option to contribute more to the driving.
All-wheel drive is standard on all WRX trim levels, something its competitors can’t claim.
With its impeccable reputation among enthusiasts, I had high expectations for driving the 2022 WRX. And I was not disappointed.
The 2022 WRX GT I tested moved quickly, delivering tons of pickup, especially once you’re in motion. In less than 6 seconds, I was able to go from 0 to 60.
Beyond pure speed and power, the WRX drives like a dream. The cornering is exquisite, and there’s even a nice growl under the hood to let people know it’s there. You’ll 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 will opt for the manual option to enhance the purity of the ride and develop their connection to the car.
The standard all-wheel drive definitely improves traction and improves performance, and the only complaint you might have is some slight road and wind noise that creeps into the vehicle. But you’ll have so much fun driving that it won’t be a deciding factor.
The ride is also enhanced by a sport-tuned suspension.
The tech setup of the 2022 Subaru WRX centers around an extra-large 11.6-inch vertical touchscreen, which is overall very efficient and gets the job done. The graphics are crisp and the touch controls 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 on-screen suggestions 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.
The navigation was impressive, getting me to destinations with no problem and easily understanding all the commands. Connecting your smartphone to the vehicle via Bluetooth is also child’s play.
Especially for those who choose the automatic transmission, there is a very long 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 functions include traffic movement monitoring, cruise control optimization, automatic emergency steering and automatic emergency steering. warning the driver if the vehicle deviates from its lane. Thanks to this system and other Subaru safety features, Subaru’s 2022 lineup receives the highest IIHS rating for frontal crash prevention.
The WRX’s Pre-Collision Braking feature also applies full braking force in an emergency to limit impact and injury in the event of an accident.
Other safety features available on the WRX include:
- 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 reduction front seats
- Tire pressure monitoring system
- Steering Reactive LED Headlights with High Beam Assist
- Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Rear view camera
- Reverse automatic braking
The official fuel mileage for the 2022 Subaru WRX GT I tested was 19 city/25 highway/21 combined. The numbers improve slightly with the manual transmission.
I averaged 19 mpg in my real-world testing of the WRX. Those aren’t big numbers and one of the vehicle’s weak points, especially when compared to rivals in the sporty compact segment from brands like Hyundai, Volkswagen and Honda.
The 2022 Subaru WRX I tested cost just under $43,000; and its base price starts at around $30,000. Beyond the base offering, trim levels offered include Premium, Limited and GT.
Warranties are decent but not spectacular, including:
- 3 year / 36,000 mile base warranty
- 5 year / 60,000 mile powertrain warranty
- 5 year / unlimited mileage rust perforation warranty
- 3 years / 36,000 miles 24/7 roadside assistance
The 2022 Subaru WRX is a seriously fun ride for the open road that can also serve as a daily driver. It offers high power, smooth handling and is beautifully designed.
Although not a high-volume seller, those who buy the WRX will love driving it every day.
Matt Myftiu can be contacted by email at [email protected] Its past reviews can all be viewed online at autotechreviews.com. Follow AutoTechReviews on Instagram at @Autotechreviews.