Rally-inspired sport compact cars are on the verge of extinction, but the new 2022 Subaru WRX aims to reignite interest for this enthusiast-focused breed. With the adoption of a new architecture aimed at better driving dynamics as well as the addition of more powerful 271-hp turbocharged flat-four engine, the new WRX promises to be an improvement over the outgoing version. Its contemporary interior design and 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system also now better align with newer rivals that include the Hyundai Elantra N and the VW Golf GTI and Jetta GLI. Of course, among this group, only the WRX features all-wheel drive. Without the muscle to take on the 315-hp VW Golf R, Subaru fans must eagerly await the reveal of the more powerful STI model. Until then, the 2022 WRX and its bold bodywork give enthusiasts something fast and fresh to be excited about.
What's New for 2022?
The 2022 Subaru WRX is the latest generation of the well-known, all-wheel-drive sport compact. It rides on a new platform, boasts more distinctive bodywork, and is motivated by a larger and slightly more powerful turbocharged 2.4-liter flat-four engine. Subaru hasn't yet released details about the WRX's even sportier sibling, the STI.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Subaru hasn't said how much the next WRX and WRX STI will cost, but we expect each model to receive an uptick in price. Our guess is that the regular version will start around $30,000 and the STI will open at about $40,000.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Under the WRX's hood is a turbocharged 2.4-liter flat-four-cylinder engine. Its 271 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque routes through either a standard six-speed manual or a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Per tradition, every WRX has all-wheel drive. Those who opt for the automatic, which can also be controlled via paddle shifters on the steering wheel, can also select from three different drive-mode settings. The auto-only GT trim also comes with adaptive dampers. While we'll have to get behind the wheel before we can comment on the WRX's performance, Subaru claims the car will ride better and have improved handling thanks to its new platform. A set of 17- or 18-inch wheels shod with summer performance tires are also available. Expect the forthcoming WRX STI to have more track-focused equipment and possibly as much as 400 horsepower.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Inside, the WRX looks a lot like other contemporary Subaru models, except that it’s dressed up with carbon-fiber-like accents and red contrast stitching. There's a thick-rimmed, flat-bottomed steering wheel as well as a set of analog gauges. The top-tier GT trim comes with heavily bolstered Recaro front seat covered in microsuede. The trunk can be accessed from inside the car via the 60/40 split-folding rear seat.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Every WRX comes with a vertically oriented 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system. While it relies primarily on touch inputs, it does have some physical controls for the climate system and stereo. An 11-speaker Harman Kardon sound system is also available. Otherwise, the WRX's list of standard multimedia features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The WRX is available with a variety of popular driver-assistance technology, but such equipment is only offered on models with the automatic transmission. For more information about the WRX's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Available forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Available lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
- Available adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Subaru's limited and powertrain warranty aren't anything special. Plus, rivals from Hyundai and Volkswagen benefit from some level of complimentary maintenance.
- Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance
As more information becomes available, we'll update this story with more details about:
- Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG