2022 Subaru WRX

Rating7.6

Ranked #11 in Compact Sedan

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Starting MSRP 

$27,645

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Key Spec of 2022 Subaru WRX
fuel economy

20/23/27

fuel type

Premium Unleaded

horsepower

272 hp @ 6500 rpm

basic warranty

3yr./ 36,000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Excellent all-wheel-drive system

Rear row could have been improved

Redesigned model

Rally car-like handling

Increased structural integrity

2022 Subaru WRX Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 5, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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Built for the first time on the Subaru Global Platform, the 2022 Subaru WRX is bringing an array of upgraded specs including the newly added GT trim in the lineup. An increase of 3 hp from the 2021 model year, it now sports the new 271 hp 2.4L Turbo Boxer engine ensuring even faster 0-60 MPH acceleration. Also, the newer Subaru Performance Transmission on offer is introducing itself with quicker upshift and downshift mechanisms. The latest generation EyeSight Driver Assist Technology and redefined Subaru StarLink Multimedia System also join to enhance the overall stance of this sport sedan.    



Released on 19th August 2021, the starting price of the Subaru WRX is expected to range from $28,000 to $28,500. Alongside that, it features a sporty interior layout throughout its configurations of Base, Premium, Limited, and GT. As far as the rivalry is concerned, it dashes in contention against the Nissan Altima VC-T SR, VW Jetta GLI, and Kia Stinger. Sharing the same production line, the more powerful Subaru WRX STI is also there to rumble the track with its aggression. However, the brand has remained idle on further updates of the 2022 STI. 

2022 Subaru WRX Latest Updates

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Over All Rating

7.6

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Notable Rankings

#11 in Compact Sedan

#14 in Sedan

#20 in Midsize Sedan


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Trims

Base$27,645 onwards

  • 11.6-Inch Vertical Touchscreen
  • Iphone Interface
  • Subaru'S Native Infotainment Interface


Colors and Styles

2022 Subaru WRX in Crystal Black Silica color
Crystal Black Silica

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

"The 2022 Subaru WRX promises even better performance from the original rally-inspired compact." - The Car Connection

The 2022 Subaru WRX has been redesigned with myriads of high-end modifications including the more powerful 271 hp Boxer engine. Meaning its power surge will stay competent to sprint from 0-60 MPH in nearly 5 seconds. Specced with a new infotainment and enhanced driver assistance for safe commute, its 4 trim lineup can speculatively cost one around $28,000 for the Base and $32,500 for the Limited.

Regarding the finances, the destination fee of the Subaru WRX estimates at $925. And its maintenance expense charges $4,300 at the least while the repairing may go up to $900 in 5 years of throttling. Along with that, it depreciates to a resale value of $19,000-$20,000 for the same time period. The insurance investment is also included in the cost sheet adding an extra $5,500 to the budget.

2022 Subaru WRX Sedan front angle view
2022 Subaru WRX Sedan rear angle view

Buying Advice

The Premium trim with automatic transmission is the best available option in the 2022 Subaru WRX lineup. The available heated seats for comfort and added EyeSight Driver Assist Technology as standards are aptly enriching for this trim. The power performance also remains consistent throughout the production line. So, there seems no reason not to have it over others by owing comparatively lower expense. 

Features
8.0/10

"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." Car And Driver

The 2022 Subaru WRX is 4-trim production beginning with the Base configuration at an assumed price of $28,000. For such a price tag, it tends to feature assets such as track-tuned suspension and 17-inch alloy wheels for a high-performance rev. The 11.6-inch SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia System has been integrated as well right from the Base trim. The Premium trim gets a little more expensive, being priced at $30,500, it further adds Heated Performance Front Seats and 18-inch alloy wheels.     

After Premium comes the Limited configuration estimated to be at $32,500. This specific trim has been given Leather-trimmed upholstery in pairing with a 10-way power driver's seat as well. The EyeSight Driver Assist Technology is also brought up as a standard for Limited trim. The best in the rest is the GT trim which gets Subaru Performance Transmission for improved gear shifting to complement the acceleration prowess. It also  receives exclusive 11-speaker Harman Kardon Premium Audio and Recaro Front Seats inside the cabin.     

Trim

Base

Premium

Limited

GT

MSRP (AWD)

$28,000

$30,500

$32,500

N/A

Key Features

Track-tuned suspension

Power-tilt/sliding moonroof

Leather-trimmed upholstery

Subaru Performance Transmission

 

17-inch alloy wheels

18-inch alloy wheels

EyeSight Driver Assist Technology Exclusive Matte-Gray Finish 18-inch wheels
 

Vehicle Dynamics Control with Active Torque Vectoring

Performance Front Seats 10-way power driver's seat Recaro Front Seats

 

11.6-inch SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia System Heated Front Seats

 

11-speaker Harman Kardon Premium Audio

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Engine and Performance
7.0/10

"The Subaru WRX brings together decades of rally-racing heritage, an all-wheel-drive sedan that is as rugged as it is fun to drive." cars.com

Empowered by a 2.4L Turbo Boxer, the 2022 Subaru WRX punches 271 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. This power surge transits via a 6-speed manual transmission in an AWD layout where the latter is available from Premium trim onwards. However, it does entail a Subaru Performance Transmission as well that kicks in 30% faster upshift and 50% quicker downshift for the GT trim.  

The 2022 Subaru WRX gets a track-tuned suspension that showcases immensely stable cornering and steering response. In addition to that, the GT trim has been fitted with exclusive electronically adjustable dampers that configure the wheel geometry. Also, GT's Drive Mode Select having Comfort, Normal, and Sport settings adjust the steering response and suspension stiffness. 

An increase of 3 horsepower ensures that the 2022 WRX retains its stature of 0-60 MPH boost well within 5 seconds scale. Even a top speed of 144 MPH can be speculated to be thrusted at the wheels. From a braking perspective, the braking unit of 12.4-inch front vented and 11.3-inch rear disc brakes might remain as they are, indicating a braking distance limit of 160 ft. 

Models

2022 Subaru WRX

2022 Nissan Altima VC-T SR

2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2022 Kia Stinger

MSRP

$28,500

$30,900

$28,140

$34,135

Engine

2.4 Liter Turbo Boxer

2.0 Liter Turbo Inline-4

2.0 Liter Turbo Inline-4

2.0 Liter Turbo Inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

RWD

Transmission

6-speed manual

CVT

6-speed manual

8 speed automatic

Power

271 hp

248hp @ 5,600 RPM

228hp @ 5,000 RPM

255 hp @ 6,200 RPM

Torque

258 lb-ft

273lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

258lb-ft @ 1,700 RPM

260 lb-ft @1,400 RPM

0-60MPH

5.2 secs

N/A

5.6 secs

N/A

Quarter Mile

N/A

N/A

13.7 secs

N/A

Top Speed

144 MPH

N/A

125 MPH

N/A

Based on the comparison, the Subaru WRX offers 43 hp more power than the Jetta GLI. This allows the former to have 0.4 seconds faster 0-60 MPH sprint and a 19 MPH higher top speed. Meanwhile, the Kia Stinger pumps 16 hp lower power than WRX despite being almost $6,000 more expensive than the latter. The power deficit increases to 23 hp when Altima VC-T SR is compared against the Subaru.   

Fuel Economy
8.0/10

"It offers potent engine performance and surefooted handling, but it suffers from a stiff ride, poor fuel economy." - cars.us.news.com

The 2022 Subaru WRX fuel economy has not been rated by EPA yet. But it might return the same combined fuel mileage of 23 MPG most probably. And that being said, the range coverage can also be metered at 366 miles on average. However, for now, they are nothing less than a guesswork.   

Models

2022 Subaru WRX

2022 Nissan Altima VC-T SR

2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2022 Kia Stinger

MPG (City)

NA

25

24

22

MPG (Highway)

NA

34

35

32

MPG (Combined)

NA

29

28

25

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

NA

16.2

13.2

15.9

Range (City/highway/combined) in miles

NA

405.0/550.8/469.8

316.8/462.0/369.6

349.8/508.8/397.5

Analyzing the figures dictates that the Nissan Altima VC-T SR is the most economical sport sedan in the lot. It marks a 1 MPG more fuel efficiency than the Jetta GLI while 3 MPG more than the Stinger. The Jetta GLI falls short by nearly 90 miles against the Altima, part of the reason is attributed to its 3-gallon smaller tank too. 

Interior
7.5/10

"The 2022 Subaru WRX's interior has been improved with a more modern infotainment system and dynamic gauges, along with better materials adorning key touch points." - Edmunds

The interior of the 2022 Subaru WRX is a newly designed yet a typical Subaru emblem. It radiates a blacked-out interior trim with contrast red stitching. The complementary carbon fiber patterns all over the cabin further enhance its appeal. Also, the GT trim has been adorned with exclusive Recaro Performance Front Seats as standard.  

Apart from these, the Subaru WRX might continue with its Heated Performance Front Seats from Premium trim onwards. The redefined D-shaped leatherette steering wheel is also top-notch in its feel. As far as space management is concerned, it seems that WRX will offer the same 12 cu-ft cargo capacity in the 2022 model year.  

Models

2022 Subaru WRX

2022 Nissan Altima VC-T SR

2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2022 Kia Stinger

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (headroom/shoulder room/legroom in inches)

39.8/55.6/43.3

38.0/58.2/43.8

38.5/55.9/41.1

38.3/56.4/42.6

Second Row (headroom/shoulder room/legroom in inches)

37.1/54.2/35.4

36.7/57.1/35.2

37.2/54.0/37.4

37.0/54.8/36.4

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

12.0

15.4

14.1

23.3

From the speculated figures of the WRX, it seems that it has a 3.4 cu-ft smaller cargo volume than Altima VC-T SR. But latter offers a larger balanced cabin with a 3-inch more shoulder room in both rows. Not just that, even Jetta GLI offers a 2.1 cu-ft more trunk space than WRX. Regarding the infotainment unit, the 2022 WRX features a refreshing 11.6-inch Subaru Starlink Multimedia System. 

This unit gets even more complex with a Voice-Activated Navigation unit by Tom Tom in higher trims. It also gets SiriusXM Platinum Plan, SiriusXM Travel Link, and Apple CarPlay & Android Auto compatibility as standards. On top of that, the GT trim has been integrated with 11-speaker Harman Kardon Premium Audio for a fine musical experience.   

  • Heated Performance Front Seats
  • Blacked-out interior trim with contrast red stitching
  • D-shaped leatherette steering wheel
  • Voice-Activated Navigation unit by Tom Tom
  • 11-speaker Harman Kardon Premium Audio
  • SiriusXM Platinum Plan
  • SiriusXM Travel Link
Exterior
7.0/10

"The exterior offers evolutionary changes based on a new platform." - CarsDirect

With a resculpted silhouette in Solar Orange Pearl and Magnetic Gray Metallic exterior colors, the 2022 Subaru WRX charms with a bold outlook. A massive step forward towards aerodynamics seems obvious with its air outlets near front wheels for curbing lift. The compact LED headlights have been fitted at the aluminum fender that reduces the overall weight by 5 lbs.  

The Subaru WRX rides on 18-inch alloy wheels in its GT trim. Regarding other trims, it seems that it will continue with the same other sets of 17-inch and 18-inch wheels too. In the rear, the decklid holds a low-profile spoiler for increasing downforce at high-speed cornering. And the Volcanic Magma accented-rear tail light expounds the overall exterior styling. 

Models

2022 Subaru WRX

2022 Nissan Altima VC-T SR

2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2022 Kia Stinger

Curb weight (lbs)

3,294

3,460

3,272

3,611

Length (inches)

180.9

192.9

186.9

190.2

Width (inches)

70.7

72.9

70.8

73.6

Height (inches)

58.1

56.8

57.9

55.1

Ground clearance (inches)

4.9

5.0

5.7

NA

Wheelbase (inches)

104.3

111.2

105.6

114.4

As per the expected continuation of the same dimensions, the WRX will have a 0.8-inch smaller ground clearance compared to Jetta GLI. On the other hand, it will also have a 300 lbs lighter curb weight than the Stinger helping the former in lower forward mass transfer. Some of the notable exterior features have been listed below:

  • Solar Orange Pearl and Magnetic Gray Metallic exterior colors
  • Air outlets
  • Aluminum fender
  • LED headlight
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Low-profile spoiler

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Safety
8.0/10

"Top-level active safety features only available on top trims." - Kelley Blue Book

Being built on the Subaru Global Platform, the 2022 Subaru WRX is certain to have a 5-star NHTSA and a "Good" IIHS safety rating. Though it has not been rated yet for the 2022 model year but it is more rigid and has better impact resilience than its predecessor that has marked itself with the "Top Safety Pick" Award by IIHS alongside a 5-star NHTSA. Some of the included active and passive safety features of the EyeSight Driver Technology that's standard on automatic variants have been listed below:

  • Lane Departure warning
  • Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Centering
  • Automatic Emergency Steering
  • Pre-Collision Braking Assist 
Competition
8.0/10

2022 Subaru WRX vs 2022 Nissan Altima VC-T SR

Having more power under the hood, the 2022 Subaru WRX may give the 2022 Nissan Altima VC-T SR a nightmare with its potent handling. However, the latter offers a balanced cabin over the former but the gap between the two is not significant. So, it has to be Subaru WRX for its overall approach.  

2022 Subaru WRX vs 2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

The 2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI and the 2022 Subaru WRX have parallel cabin spaciousness except for the cargo capacity. But it is that sheer power performance and relative handling that puts Subaru WRX slightly ahead of its VW counterpart. So considering their equal price tag, one has to prefer Subaru WRX. 

2022 Subaru WRX vs 2022 Kia Stinger

The 2022 Subaru WRX clearly takes the edge over Kia Stinger with its higher power curve. In terms of cabin management and roominess, they gel with each other at par but Kia has been priced more expensively than the WRX for the same values. Therefore, it is sane to go for the  Subaru WRX.  

 

Final Verdict

The 2022 Subaru WRX is a complete sport sedan offering both aggressive handling and safety gear. This revamped model is expected to have that comfort, opulence, and customization that makes it no less than any other desirable sedans in the market. And the relative price tag is also affordable and reasonable to own. Therefore, it can be one of the top picks on our wishlist. 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$27645

body style

4dr Sedan

engine type
displacement

122 cu in

horse power

272 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

6-Speed Manual W/Overdrive

dimensions
length

180 in

wheelbase

104.3 in

width

70.7 in

curb weight

3294 lbs

Height

58 in

Ground Clearance

4.9 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

96.6 cu ft

cargo volume

12 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

20/23/27 mpg

warranty
basic warranty

3yr./ 36,000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5yr./ 60,000 mi.


Subaru WRX 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$30,363
5 Year Cost To Own
$48,778
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $48,778
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$3,862$1,804$1,473$1,652$1,444$10,235
Insurance$1,772$1,834$1,898$1,965$2,033$9,502
Fuel$2,647$2,727$2,808$2,893$2,979$14,054
Maintenance$399$933$525$2,877$1,037$5,771
RepairsNANA$157$378$553$1,088
Financing Interest$1,633$1,313$972$608$220$4,746
Taxes and Fees$2,548$225$213$203$193$3,382
Total Cost-To-Own$12,861$8,836$8,046$10,576$8,459$48,778
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