The Subaru WRX, a name equally related to vaping as it is rally championships. Bad habits aside, this vehicle has always been a cheap, fun, vehicle that really excelled at bang for the buck. The new 2022 model is out, and that is even more true.
Starting with the design, this is a controversial one. With a lot of black plastic body cladding and a raised ride height over the last one, the new WRX finally returns to its roots as a trail slayer. Personally, I love it, but I can definitely understand why the majority that have seen have raised concerns. But this is an all-new car, not just a refresh, so there is a lot more than just design to cover.
Mechanically, the WRX is 100% changed. The engine has been upsized from 2.0 liters to 2.4, so it makes a whole 3 more horsepower and 0 more torque. Impressive stuff.
Ok, the engine wasn’t built for extra power, peak torque is much lower, making off-the-line acceleration a lot better than the last car. And yes, a 6-speed manual is the base transmission that is available on all trims besides the top.
Yes, the top GT trim of the WRX is CVT-only. But Subaru doesn’t call it a CVT, they call it a SST: Short for “Subaru Sport Transmission”. But yes, it is a CVT.
Inside, the new WRX is much improved over the old one, with standard Recaro seats and a much larger touchscreen. The rest is new as well, but there isn’t much to note besides that.