Cheap Fun Redux: The All-New 2022 Subaru WRX Is Still Built Tough For Fun On A Budget


Cheap Fun Redux: The All-New 2022 Subaru WRX Is Still Built Tough For Fun On A Budget

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.

So, overall, this is a great car. Chances are it’ll start at under $30,000 as well, so that is a big win for budget-minded Subaru enthusiasts. The STI model should debut next Summer if you want something hotter.


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