An all-new Subaru WRX debuts for 2022, launching this model’s fifth generation. The WRX is a compact sedan and remains the only model in its class with standard all-wheel drive. The last WRX redesign was released in 2015 when it dropped the Impreza designation.
The exterior offers evolutionary changes based on a new platform. The front end is marked by the brand’s signature hexagonal grille, LED headlights, and a wide front hood scoop. Conspicuous signature lines across the front, back, and sides impart distinctiveness.
Multiple operational aerodynamic changes improve performance while adding sportiness, including air outlets at the trailing edge of the front wheel opening. This layout allows for air to flow more freely from the wheel wells.
Inside, the interior is draped in black with red stitching and carbon fiber pattern accents all through the cabin. All models come with a leather-wrapped, flat-bottom steering wheel with integrated cabin control switches. Full power accessories, bolstered front bucket seats, and a 60/40 split fold-down rear bench seat are included.
Subaru equips the WRX with an 11.6-inch touchscreen display with on-screen controls for audio, HVAC, and select vehicle functions. Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two USB ports, six speakers, HD Radio, and satellite radio are included. Among the upgrades are an 11-speaker audio system and navigation.
On the safety front, all trims equipped with automatic transmission benefit from the brand’s suite of driver-assist technology. The package includes adaptive cruise control, lane control, and automatic emergency braking. Also available is automatic emergency steering.
The WRX gains a new 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-four engine. This one makes 271 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Buyers have a choice of a 6-speed manual transmission or a Subaru Performance Transmission, which still is a continuously variable transmission. The CVT comes with paddle shifters and can be operated in sport mode with eight forward “gears.” Power routes to all four wheels and active torque vectoring helps keep this four-door planted.