2022 Subaru WRX in RI

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For nearly 20 years, the Subaru WRX has been a rally car icon, and for model year 2022, this sporty legend has been redesigned from the wheels up. The fifth-generation WRX showcases a medley of noteworthy upgrades, like a sharper design, better multimedia and safety technologies, and enhanced performance courtesy of the new turbocharged BOXER engine and retuned suspension. Not only that, but the new boundary-pushing GT trim level has also been introduced. Subaru’s engineers have taken painstaking measures to make this the best WRX ever, and it shows.

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Upgrades For 2022

As mentioned, the redesigned 2022 WRX has an entirely new powerplant: a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder. It can be paired with the newly available Subaru Performance Transmission, an eight-speed “manu-matic” for those who crave the convenience of an automatic gearbox and the engaged feeling of paddle shifting. This next-gen WRX is also built on the Subaru Global Platform, marked by increased chassis stiffness and a lower center of gravity. Every ’22 WRX now comes with summer performance tires, too.

This 2022 version has that unmistakable WRX look, but with a wider body that lends a more aggressive stance and fits with its overall more menacing appearance. The front fenders are also now crafted from aluminum, reducing the vehicle’s total weight by 5 pounds. What’s more, the ’22 WRX gets a brand-new flat-bottomed steering wheel that’s wrapped in leather.

At the forefront of the WRX’s technology overhaul is a new tablet-style 11.6-inch touchscreen. Plus, every ’22 WRX with the Subaru Performance Transmission also gets the automaker’s upgraded EyeSight Driver Assist Technology suite, which has been expanded to include advanced adaptive cruise control with lane centering. The lane departure prevention technology has been improved for added responsiveness, too, and the newly available automatic emergency steering system works with the pre-collision braking system to help prevent collisions at speeds below 50 mph. A new GT trim level has been added at the top of the WRX lineup as well, taking the meaning of performance to a whole new level.

Trims and Performance

Subaru’s all-new WRX is offered in Base, Premium, Limited, and GT trim levels. Their new turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine makes 271 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard in the Base, Premium, and Limited, but they’re each eligible for the new manu-matic eight-speed Subaru Performance Transmission, which is standard on the GT. All-wheel drive is included across the board. According to the EPA, ’22 WRXs with the stick shift pull off 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. With the Subaru Performance Transmission, they achieve 19 city/25 highway.

Notable Equipment

The ’22 WRX has a ton of great features. The Base’s exterior consists of 17-inch wheels with summer performance tires, automatic on/off LED headlights and high beams, a rear bumper with an integrated diffuser, and an exhaust system with four stainless-steel pipes. Inside, it has performance design front seats, a leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel and shift knob, aluminum-alloy sport pedals, automatic climate control, a center console LED-illuminated storage tray, a 12-volt power outlet, four USB ports (two for data and two for charging), and a 60/40-split fold-down rear seatback.

The Premium adds larger wheels, LED fog lights, a trunk spoiler, heated side mirrors, a windshield wiper de-icer, keyless entry, push-button ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and a rear seat center armrest with two cupholders. The Limited comes with steering-responsive headlights, side mirrors with turn signal indicators, a moonroof, a power driver’s seat, and Ultrasuede-trimmed upholstery. The all-new GT variant is provided with selectable drive modes, electronically adjustable dampers, special matte gray wheels, and Recaro performance front seats.

Safety and Technology

The ’22 WRX is available with Subaru’s improved EyeSight Driver Assist Technology suite, which consists of advanced adaptive cruise control with lane centering, pre-collision braking, lane departure and sway warning, and lane keep assist. EyeSight is standard in the GT and optional for the other trims. Aside from those, the Limited and GT have blind-spot monitoring with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert. The Limited is also eligible for reverse automatic braking, which is standard in the GT.

The Base comes with a 7-inch touchscreen that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, a six-speaker sound system, and SiriusXM satellite radio. The Premium gets the brand-new 11.6-inch tablet-style touchscreen, and while the six-speaker audio system is standard, an 11-speaker Harman Kardon unit is optional. The premium Harman Kardon system is standard in the Limited and GT, along with navigation and voice recognition.