Trim levels, engine specs, pricing info and more

The 2022 Subaru WRX is the fifth generation model of one of the most iconic nameplates in professional rallying. You can call it a “rally car for the road” if you’re feeling nostalgic, but Subaru hasn’t competed in the World Rally Championship (WRC) for over a decade. From looks alone, the 2022 WRX inherited some rugged Outback genes thanks to those black plastic body liners (which, believe it or not, have an aerodynamically-enhancing texture). However, it still has a feisty turbocharged Boxer engine to satisfy the whims of Subaru rally fans around the world.

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The late great Colin McRae won the 1995 World Rally Championship in a 555 Impreza, helping Subaru win the constructors’ title for the third consecutive year in the process. While we won’t be seeing the 2022 WRX competing in the WRC anytime soon, we bet it will see a ton of action in other rally competitions like the ARA National Rally Championship and Rally America, to say the least. name a few.

The 2022 WRX is the second variant in five generations to drop the Impreza moniker, Subaru’s attempt to separate the hardcore WRX nameplate from the wagon, road-going nature of the current-generation Impreza. Despite this, it still rides on a modified and beefed up Subaru Global Platform used by the existing Impreza sedan and hatchback. The architecture has a full inner frame construction with stiffer suspension mounting points and a rear stabilizer bar that mounts directly to the body (instead of the subframe) to provide unparalleled rigidity.

Iconic turbocharged boxer engine

The 2022 Subaru WRX features a 2.4-liter FA24 Boxer four-cylinder engine instead of the outgoing model’s 2.0-liter FA20F engine, essentially a retuned variant of the 2.4-liter Boxer mill in the new car. sport BRZ and the Ascent SUV. The new engine develops 271 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque, the latter arriving from 2,000 to 5,250 rpm.

It should be noted that the larger mill is down in power from the previous 2.0-liter engine. Still, Subaru promises quicker acceleration and quicker response times with the larger engine’s electronically controlled wastegate and air bypass valves.

The engine sends power to a symmetrical rear-biased all-wheel drive (with a 45:55 front/rear torque split) using a standard six-speed manual transmission. It also has an optional CVT performance automatic transmission with 50% faster downshifts, 30% faster upshifts and an eight-speed manual mode that you can switch using paddle shifters. shifting behind the steering wheel. Additionally, the CVT has adaptive shift control and can execute rev-dependent downshifts under braking.

2022 Subaru WRX under the hood. Photo: Subaru of America, Inc.

2022 Subaru WRX Price

The 2022 Subaru WRX is available in four trim variants: base WRX, Premium, Limited and GT. Below is a quick overview of each. MSRP figures include destination charge of $995.

WRX base

The base WRX starts at $30,100 (M/T) and $31,950 (A/T). It has 17-inch wheels wrapped in summer performance tires, roof rack mounting brackets, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, dual USB ports, remote keyless entry and welcome lighting. Other standard features include a multi-mode vehicle dynamics control system with track mode, a dual seven-inch center screen and a rear camera. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth connectivity are also standard.

CVT-equipped variants also get EyeSight driver assistance with adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and pre-collision braking, among other safety features.

Premium WRX

The Subaru WRX Premium has base prices of $32,600 (M/T) and $34,650 (CVT). The feature list includes 18-inch dark gray alloy wheels, LED fog lights, a subtle rear spoiler, premium cloth seats, dual automatic climate control and push-button start. The all-weather package includes heated front seats, side mirrors and wiper de-icer.

The Premium variant also has an 11.6-inch tablet-style infotainment touchscreen with split-screen capabilities. You can also get a Harman Kardon audio system with 11 speakers and a power sunroof for an additional $1,875.

WRX limited

The Subaru WRX Limited version starts at $36,990 (M/T) and $39,240 (CVT). It has all the niceties of the Premium but adds steering-responsive headlights (low and high beam), Ultrasuede seats, 11-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, 11.6-inch infotainment touchscreen with TomTom navigation and integrated indicators on the side mirrors.

Additionally, the Limited has more safety features such as blind spot monitoring, lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert. Meanwhile, the CVT variants have reverse automatic braking.

WRX-GT

The top-of-the-line WRX GT is exclusively available with a CVT automatic transmission. It starts at $42,980 and has electronically controlled shock absorbers (with Comfort, Normal and Sport settings), drive mode select function, Recaro performance front seats in black Ultrasuede, unique matte gray alloy wheels from 18 inches and an electronic parking brake.

2022 Subaru WRX interior design.
2022 Subaru WRX interior layout. Photo: Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru Warranty

The 2022 Subaru WRX leaves the factory with a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. An extended warranty could prove beneficial if you drive more miles than average. This comprehensive guide will help you determine if a Subaru extended warranty is worth considering.

Get the best deal

The 2022 Subaru WRX will arrive in dealerships this spring. Our free and easy* search tools will show you which Subaru dealerships have the best deals in your area. These search tools will also help you get the invoice price to negotiate the best possible price on a new Subaru WRX.

Alvin Reyes is a columnist on Automoblog and an expert in sports and performance cars. He studied civil aviation, aeronautics and accounting in his youth and is still very fond of his old Lancer GSR and Galant SS. He also likes fried chicken, music and herbal medicine.

2022 Subaru WRX Gallery

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