2022 Subaru WRX vs. 2019 Subaru WRX


In theory, the 2022 Subaru WRX doesn't seem to be a big difference when compared to older models as Subaru generally doesn't make massive changes between years. However, that is an error as there are plenty of things to get excited about with the new, 2022 WRX. While Subaru has always impressed a lot of car enthusiasts and none-enthusiasts alike, the company hit its stride a long time ago and is producing great model after great model. The 2019 WRX was great and well-received and so was the 2022 WRX. Here is a head-to-head look at the 2019 WRX and 2022 WRX.

The truth is, the 2022 WRX is much improved upon when compared to its predecessor. The new WRX produces 271 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This doesn't look like a huge jump on paper. The 2019 WRX produces 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The only difference is the 2019 model is a 2.0 liter engine ,and the 2022 version is 1.6 liter. However, according to Subaru, the 2022 WRX has a broader torque curve and is more responsive, which makes it more fun to drive.

The base model 2022 WRX offers all wheel drive, a six-speed manual transmission, and a host of media goodies such as a 7-inch monitor with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration. The 2019 WRX sports a 6.5 inch touchscreen, which is an upgrade from the previous model. It also includes Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ as standard. Both in the 2019 and 2022 WRX models, drivers enjoy Subaru's Starlink system, which incorporates navigation and safety systems as well as multimedia all in one, via the MySubaru app.

One thing that changes quickly in cars is the exterior, especially in a beloved model such as the WRX. While not everyone is going to put their car through a rally race or even off the pavement, a solid frame is important for day-to-day driving. The 2022 WRX has more weld points and reinforced weak points, which leads to a stronger frame and a better experience, on and off the road. Some enthusiasts may not be 100 percent happy with the changes. There is black plastic that covers the bumper and wheel wells. If you purchase the 2022 WRX in gray, it probably won't be noticeable. But, if you purchase it in another color, it may stand out, especially if you select orange.

One thing that many can celebrate is the improved aerodynamics. The quirky, boxy body is gone, and the 2022 WRX has a more aggressive, sportier look. In 2022, the body design was sculpted for less drag. Another change from the previous years is that the body and hood scoop are both wider, which gives the 2022  WRX a more inviting front-end look. That's not to say that the 2019 WRX is boring and not aerodynamic, but it's certainly been improved upon.

Naturally, each generation of a car improves greatly when it comes to technology and comforts, including the interior cabin, and the 2022 WRX is no exception. While nobody would consider Subaru a luxury brand as its vehicles are considered more of a utility, the new 2022 WRX definitely beats the 2019 version when it comes to interior features and general comforts. The higher-end trim levels offer black leather, accentuated with red stitching. When adding the available 11-speaker Harman Kardon sound system,  the driver and his or her passengers will enjoy listening to music on the road.

The 2019 WRX top model was the Limited Trim. For the 2022 WRX, the top version is the brand-new GT trim level. With the GT trim level, drivers will enjoy a host of unique features that make it stand out, both on the inside and out. For starters, the GT trim has 18-inch alloy wheels, which are slightly larger than other available trims. To improve ride quality, the suspension offers electronically controlled dampers. Inside, the GT trim also sports Recaro race seats, along with a 11-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. If you want to enjoy the GT trim level, you must know that it only comes with a continuously variable transmission.

As mentioned, if you want to get the GT trim level, it will come with a continuously variable transmission. This may be a problem for those who are looking for a sporty experience. The 2019 WRX didn't have this problem as people could get the high-end, sporty version without worrying about sacrificing the fun of driving a manual transmission.

One thing that Subaru does right is that it doesn't fix what isn't broken. In some ways, the car manufacturer is conservative, and that's okay once you have established yourself and have a big following, like they do. Both the 2019 WRX and the 2022 WRX have a decent entry level price, that way it is accessible to most potential buyers. Despite its sporty style, both the 2019 and 2022 WRX get good mileage. The 2019 WRX has maintained its resale value quite well, and if you buy the 2022 WRX and keep good care of it, you should expect a good resale value in the future.

If you want to buy a new 2022 Subaru WRX or a used 2019 Subaru WRX, you are in for a treat. Both cars, while having some drastic differences, are more similar than different. If you want to check out the 2022 WRX, you should know that it's available in four trim levels, which include Base, Premium, Limited and the new GT. With a standard 2.4 liter, turbocharged engine offering 271 horses and 258 lb-ft of torque, you are sure to love it. You can take one  for a spin at Granite Subaru and see what you think.

On the other hand, if you want to check out a used, 2019 Subaru WRX at Granite Subaru, you can do so as well. The 2019 Subaru WRX has three trims, Basic, Premium, and Limited. No matter what model and trim you take for a spin, you are sure to find something that fits your budget and needs.