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The Next Report From Subaru Will Reveal How Much Fans Dislike New WRX

Subaru didn't sell many 2021 WRX and STI models in March because they ran out. Subaru's sales report in April will reveal how much performance fans dislike the next-generation 2022 WRX.


How well is the next-generation 2022 Subaru WRX selling? No one knows for sure because it just arrived last week. Subaru of America reports they only sold 204 of the 2021 models in March as the previous WRX and STI moved off dealers' lots. Subaru says they have sold 576 outgoing models in the first three months. They likely are the last of the previous-generation performance sedans.

Subaru of America reported only 31 2021 WRX and WRX STI sales for February, and 341 performance models were delivered to customers in January. Performance customers who want one of the last 2021 Subaru WRX and STI performance sedans are probably too late.

2022 Subaru WRX, next-generation WRX specs, features, price
photo credit: Patrick Subaru - the first models are selling fast

The next-generation 2022 Subaru WRX received a cold response from performance enthusiasts when it was announced late last year. Many fans don't like the SUV-like wheel arch cladding, wanted more than a three-horsepower gain from the new 2.4-liter turbocharged engine, and wanted a hatch body style.

What is the price of the 2022 Subaru WRX?

The 2022 WRX comes in four trim levels: Base, Premium, Limited, and new GT, and gets a significant price increase over the outgoing model.

2022 Subaru WRX, next-generation WRX specs, features, price
photo credit: Patrick Subaru

The 2022 WRX 6-speed manual trim level starts at $30,100. The WRX with Subaru Performance Transmission (SPT) is $31,950, WRX Premium 6-speed manual is $32,600, WRX Premium SPT is $34,650, WRX Limited 6-speed manual is $36,990, WRX Limited SPT is $39,240, and WRX GT is $42,890. Pricing includes destination and delivery fees ($995).

The April report will reveal more

When the April report comes out from Subaru of America, it will be the first entire month of next-generation 2022 WRX sales. It will reveal how much performance enthusiasts like or dislike the new sports sedan.

Expect to pay a premium if you find a lightly-used 2020 or 2021 Subaru WRX or STI. If you want a new 2021 Subaru WRX, it's likely too late to find a fourth-generation performance sedan. Check out the report here.

Let us know what you think of the 2022 WRX and if you will be buying one this year.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Dale Nixon (not verified)    April 18, 2022 - 7:01AM

Was psyched and ready to order a 2022 WRX to upgrade the things that irritated me about my 2018 (cloth seats are uncomfortable, clutch actuation is vague, frame is a bit twisty feeling, don’t get me started on the wheel lugs and garbage steel of the brake rotors) but it seems like Subaru jacked the price AND took away the things I liked (highway gas mileage) and the asymmetrical wheel cladding is just ugghhh. Makes the wheels look tiny. But for $36k and pretty much only a bigger touch screen to show for it, I passed. As have, according to my salesman, many others. He didn’t expect to have any 2022 WRX available for a while, now he’s working the phones and trying to get them to move. I’ve decided to get some ARP wheel lugs and keep my 2018; at least I have metal fenders!