There are several reasons not to buy the new top-of-the-line 2022 Subaru WRX GT performance car. The first is the price of the GT, which starts at $42,890, which is $12,790 more than the base WRX with a 6-speed manual gearbox, and $10,290 more than the WRX Premium trim level (6-speed manual).
You can’t get a 6-speed manual gearbox in the GT trim; it only comes with the new Subaru Performance Transmission (SPT) automatic transmission. There will be a few buyers who want an automatic transmission in the WRX, but nearly 90 percent of performance car buyers want a manual gearbox.
The one upside for getting a GT trim is it comes with new Recaro performance seats. And we aren’t sure why, but Subaru doesn’t offer the Recaro seats in any other WRX trim level.
Also exclusive to the GT trim is a new Drive Mode Select that allows the driver to configure up to 430 customization options for steering feel, damper settings, and SI-Drive settings. That seems excessive, as how many settings do you need?
One more reason not to buy the WRX GT is fuel mileage. The WRX 6-speed manual gets 19/26 city/highway mpg and 22 combined. The WRX GT with the SPT gets an EPA estimated 19/25 city/highway and 21 combined mpg.
One mile per gallon highway and combined isn’t a huge difference, but with the price of premium 91 octane gasoline at $4.80 per gallon and 89 octane at $4.51 according to AAA, it adds up over one year.
What is the price of the 2022 Subaru WRX?
The Base 2022 WRX 6-speed manual trim level starts at $30,100. The Base 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).
What trim level is the best performance value?
We would pick the 2022 WRX Premium trim with a 6-speed manual gearbox ($32,600). It offers the most features and the best performance value. And it’s $10,290 less than the 2022 WRX GT trim.
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