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2022 Subaru WRX Premium

2022 Subaru WRX Premium in Solar Orange Pearl

Consumer Guide Automotive 2022 Subaru WRX Premium

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 257

Fuel used: 12.0 gallons

2021 Year in Review

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2022 Subaru WRX

2022 Subaru WRX Limited

Consumer Guide Automotive Among hot-rod compact cars, the all-new, redesigned-for-2022 Subaru WRX doesn’t really have any direct competitors. This rally-racing-bred, all-wheel-drive sport compact’s closest historical rival, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, has already been gone for seven years–it was discontinued after the 2015 model year. At the moment, the WRX’s nearest competitor from an engineering standpoint is the redesigned-for-2022 Volkswagen Golf R, though that German-built AWD hatchback is significantly pricier to start and not rally-terrain focused like the WRX. Subaru identifies two equally new front-drive-only performance compacts as the WRX’s main competition: the 200-horsepower Honda Civic Si and the 241-horsepower Volkswagen GTI hatchback, both of which are also redesigned for ’22. Likewise in the ballpark (and also front-drive-only) are the 276-hp Hyundai Elantra N and Veloster N hatchback, and the Honda Civic Type R (we don’t know yet how powerful the soon-to-be-revealed new-generation Type R will be, but the previous-gen car made 306 hp).

2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA

2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA

Camaro ZL1by Don Sikora

Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2019 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

When a limited-production variant of a performance car that’s been around a few years is announced, it’s easy to assume there’s little new beyond special graphics or maybe a fresh exterior color. Our latest Future Collectibles subject, the 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA, is one of the exceptions that have been reworked sufficiently to pique enthusiast interest.

2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA

2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA in Crystal White Pearl

2015 Audi Q5

2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 287

Fuel used: 14.5 gallons

2018 Subaru WRX in Pearl Blue

2018 Subaru WRX Premium in WR Pearl Blue

2015 Audi Q52018 Subaru WRX Premium

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 244

Fuel used: 15.6 gallons

Subaru WRX STI Hyper Blue

2016 Subaru WRX STI Series.HyperBlue

2015 Audi Q52016 Subaru WRX STI Series.HyperBlue 

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles Driven: 339

Fuel Used: 18.6 gallons

2016 Subaru WRX

2016 Subaru WRX Limited

Test Drive

2016 Subaru WRX Limited Automatic

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles Driven: 217

Fuel Used: 10.5 gallons


Our test 2015 Subaru WRX came to $31,990 on the sticker, including a $795 destination charge.

Consumer Guide Automotive2015 Subaru WRX Limited Automatic

Dates tested: 2/26/2014-3/05/2014

Miles driven: 408

Fuel used: 14.4 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 28.3

2022 kia Forte GT

2022 Kia Forte GT in Steel Gray

Consumer Guide Automotive 2022 kia Forte GT Automatic

Class: Compact Car

Color: Steel Gray