The Subaru WRX – one of the auto industry’s most desirable sport compact cars – gets a major makeover for 2022 that sees it edge toward SUV territory, at least in appearance.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
Subaru offers the new WRX in base, Sport, and Sport-tech trim levels. All are powered by a 2.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and a six-speed manual transmission that can be optioned to a continuously variable automatic (CVT) that the automaker refers to as the Subaru Performance Transmission, or SPT. All WRX models come standard with AWD.
The base WRX trim comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights with automatic high beams, passive keyless entry, heated side mirrors, and a front wiper-de-icer. Inside, you get dual 7.0-inch touchscreens, six-speaker audio, automatic A/C, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and heated front seats.
Sport adds 18-inch wheels, LED fog lights, a sunroof, an 11.6-inch touchscreen, an 11-speaker stereo, Starlink connected-car services, dual-zone A/C, a power driver’s seat, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-change assist.
Sport-tech brings steering-responsive headlights, navigation, Ultrasuede upholstery, and heated rear seats.
Sport and Sport-tech trims with the automatic transmission also get Subaru’s EyeSight driver safety assist system, which comprises adaptive cruise control, emergency automatic steering, lane keep/centering assist, forward collision mitigation, and reverse automatic braking.
Subaru’s fuel consumption estimates for the new WRX are 12.3/9.0 L/100 km (city/highway) with the manual transmission, and 12.7/9.4 L/100 km for automatic models.