2022 Subaru Wrx – Legendary Performance Favourite Has New Tricks!

Always one of the most distinctive performance cars in terms of its iconic looks. Subaru purists will not be disappointed with the more powerful, new version of this World Rally winning derived performance car.

Auto review by Veeno Dewan 

“Always one of the most distinctive performance cars in terms of its iconic looks. Subaru purists will not be disappointed with the more powerful, new version of this World Rally winning derived performance car.”

The fifth generation of Subaru’s rally-derived WRX performance sedan has arrived. Always been one of the most distinctive cars in terms of its iconic looks. Subaru purists will not be disappointed. It’s all there- the unique bodywork with its typically Subaru mix of bulges, creases, and swollen fenders. For 2022, new dark body cladding surrounds the wheel arches and a larger rear diffuser. The hexagonal grille is more expansive, while the great, iconic, functional hood air scoop is retained.

In terms of engines, the 2022 Subaru WRX has a larger boxer engine unit, namely a 2.4L turbo making 271 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque hooked up to a choice of two transmissions, a 6-speed manual or a CVT (continuously variable automatic). Naturally, every Subaru WRX arrives with a standard All-Wheel Drive. Additional changes include active damping on the new GT Model, new steering and braking upgrades, and more standard conveniences and safety features.

In Canada, pricing for the WRX will start at $30,995 for the entry-level trim, and $35,495 for the Sport trim, rising to the $41,895 Sport-Tech trim. Changes include leather or heated sport buckets trimmed in cloth. At the same time, Subaru’s dual-screen infotainment display with satellite radio and smartphone integrations are now standard.

Interior-wise, there is a sporty look to the cabin. The performance-orientated dash now features a larger touchscreen. A smaller, chunky D-shaped steering wheel is satisfying to the touch and enhanced by aluminum pedals. Sport bucket seats are upholstered in cloth or leather and synthetic suede with contrast stitching. The new dash touchscreen is sized at 11.6 inches. A mix of metal details, well-crafted controls, and buttons mark a clean, neat, functional front cabin. The rear seats have enough space for a pair of adults and are now more comfortable with additional rear leg room. Rear seat passengers also gain USB ports and a cup-holder armrest. The trunk is small at 12.5 cubic feet, but a 60/40 split-folding rear seat enables versatility.

On the road, The WRX is one of the ultimate performance cars for all-weather driving. The legendary tenacious grip is still there, and the WRX provides quick acceleration and firm handling and remains comfortable. The WRX corners like it are on rails, while the GT model has adjustable dampers for even more firmness and quicker reflexes if you like to drive hard. It’s fast and fun with that typical Subaru whoosh as the turbo four-cylinder spools up. The WRX has an impressive 0-96 kph time of about five seconds or faster.

“On the road, The WRX is one of the ultimate cars for all-weather driving. The legendary tenacious grip is still there, and the WRX handles the most adverse ambient conditions. It still offers thrills with quick acceleration, firm handling, and a comfortable ride.”

There is a slight power bump from 268 to 271 hp from the new larger engine, while torque remains the same at 258 lb-ft. The new 2.4L engine’s performance is enhanced by the new turbo wastegate and turbocharger air bypass valves. They are enabling more response and a slightly more efficient torque curve. The six-speed manual gearbox is a joy to use with its delightfully quick actions, short throws, and satisfyingly snick each time you up and downshift. The clutch is a forgiving, tactile unit with a positive pedal action and biting point.

The brakes provide a firm pedal modulation and an excellent strong stopping feel. There is an optional high-performance Brembo brake package available as well.

To sum up, the WRX’s world rally championship DNA is still apparent when you start driving. The car has incredible reflexes and is a blast to drive anytime on any road, providing a wonderful driver experience with actual performance chops.

The downsides are few, the CVT is slightly less fun to drive than the manual, and some may find the styling of the WRX so beloved by fans might be too much. However, the core values of the WRX far outweigh any negatives. There is that wonderfully responsive turbo engine with its gobs of power, quick, agile handling, tenacious grip, and a long list of safety features. The Subaru WRX is one of the most iconic affordable performance cars ever. Highly recommended for thrill-seeking drivers everywhere.

2022 Subaru WRX: Priced from: $30,995 – $41,895  plus delivery and PDI. More info at www.subaru.ca

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