2022 Subaru WRX is a 5th generation of turbocharged Glee – Tips & Results

Subaru has finally started production of the fifth generation of its WRX sports sedan. One of the most popular and enthusiast loved cars in the Subaru lineup, the WRX divides opinions every time it sees changes… love it or hate it, this new generation WRX is no different.

Like all generations of the WRX, the 2022 model comes standard with a supercharged flat-four engine and all-wheel drive. Significantly, the six-speed manual is the only production option for the first few months of the WRX’s initial release, it’s a fan favorite (and with good reason). We spent a week in a production 2022 Subaru WRX Limited manual transmission.

At a glance

  • Smaller engine, greater power
  • Well done for its audience but with some quirks
  • Have fun driving
  • Low fuel consumption, all things considered

The lines of the 2022 Subaru WRX are simpler and less angular

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Subaru reconfigured the chassis for the 2022 WRX from the ground up to increase rigidity and ease tuning availability for optional adaptive suspension, as well as to accommodate the slightly more powerful flat-four engine. The new platform is part of the Subaru Global Platform that other Impreza-based cars like the Outback and Legacy ride on.

The 271 hp (202 kW) 2.4-liter engine is a step up from the 2.0-liter engine offered in the previous generation of the car. The available adaptive suspension is mostly. via the addition of electronically controlled dampers, which can be adjusted via the driving mode settings in the driver information screen on the dashboard. Also striking for WRX fans will be the responsive steering in the car, thanks to the dual pinion setup that uses the column with its electrically assisted steering rack.

From the outside, the 2022 Subaru WRX looks different than its predecessor. Body lines are smoother, edges are simpler, and the overall silhouette is softer. The deck (trunk) is more pronounced, the rear roofline is less arched, and the hood scoop is closer to the windshield. This gives the WRX a lower, faster dynamic, but takes away some of its sharpness. It’s definitely a look that will make some fans unhappy. So becomes the news that the super WRX, the STI, will not be manufactured this year. In fact, it may be a long time coming and may not be the hard-hitting WRX model that traditionalists want. Subaru appears to be saying that when the STI comes, it will be electrified as a hybrid or all-electric model instead. The rallycross favorite is going to change a lot and that won’t go down well with many fans. We reserve judgment until we see it.

However, our take on the 2022 WRX is that the new body design is actually a step forward. It may not appeal to everyone, but it’s definitely a good-looking little sports sedan. We’re still longing for the WRX’s hatchback/wagon days, but this new one doesn’t disappoint.

However, driving the new-gen WRX is what really sells us. It is extremely well designed for its audience. Shift travel is smooth and short, clutch is positive without requiring a Swarzenegger left leg, steering response is smooth and informative, throttle response is exciting… That’s all the WRX has always been. But better.

Engine performance for the 2022 model is surprisingly quick. The turbocharger does its thing with punch, and acceleration is quick enough that it takes quick hands and feet to keep it going. Slack off just once and you’ll hit the red line and lose your momentum. The ride is still hard on the ground, giving input from all four wheels, the steering column, the pedals and in a symphony of sounds that makes eyes sparkle happily ahead.

We were very impressed with the Subaru WRX 2022's easy-to-read instrument cluster and wonderful shifts

We were very impressed with the Subaru WRX 2022’s easy-to-read instrument cluster and wonderful shifts

Aaron Turpen / New Atlas

All of that comes at an MPG price, of course, although the 2022 Subaru WRX has relatively good fuel economy at just 26 mpg (9.05 L/100 km) on the highway (according to the EPA). Our freeway loop, while relatively quiet, still returned just 25.4mpg (9.3L/100km). Of course, the amount of self-discipline required to not squirm from a surface road onto the highway isn’t in everyone’s toolbox – especially those likely to buy a car like the WRX. Suffice to say, your mileage will definitely vary.

Still, there are signs of refinement in this new WRX too. The ride quality, once the cruise control is set, is far better than any previous generation of the car we’ve driven. The interior is also comparatively upscale, although of course not in the premium range of luxury. Subaru’s new infotainment sits front center on the center stack, with its 11.6-inch tablet-like screen. Most impressive to us, however, was the upgraded instrument cluster, which is easy to read and offers some pretty useful driver information screens. The high-visibility tachometer and quick-to-read digital speedometer are great.

The new WRX also has many additional standard features such as: B. Rear seat monitoring, automatic headlights and some collision mitigation systems. However, Subaru’s full EyeSight system is only available on the continuously variable transmission (CVT), which Subaru calls Performance Transmission (SPT). We think it’s short-sighted for Subaru to forgo adaptive cruise control and more advanced safety systems because you’re used to shifting gears by hand.

All in all, the Subaru WRX 2022 is a successful restyling of the popular sports car. Could some things be better? Sure, but that’s also been a hallmark of the WRX from the start. It’s never perfect. It’s just good enough to be worthy of your inevitable mods.

The 2022 WRX starts at $29,105.

Product page: 2022 Subaru WRX

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