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Two Subaru WRX Trims You Should Buy And Ones To Avoid - Here's The Dilemma

If you are thinking of buying a 2022 Subaru WRX, there are two new trim levels you should buy and two trim levels to avoid. But you’ll have to buy the SPT automatic to get the best upgrades.


The 2022 Subaru WRX now comes in four trim levels, Base, Premium, Limited, and GT, but they are all created differently. Two new trim levels are the best, and two trims get inferior parts. Here’s the problem, you’ll have to buy a SPT automatic to get the best model upgrades.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced the next-generation Subaru WRX earned a Top Safety Pick+ award. The 2022 WRX secured the highest award for the first time. But there are only two trim levels that get the top prize.

2022 Subaru WRX

The IIHS says the redesigned 2022 Subaru WRX offers an optional front crash prevention system that earns superior ratings in vehicle-to-vehicle and daytime vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations.

The WRX Limited and WRX GT trims come with curve-adaptive LED projector headlights that earn the highest “Good” rating, while the static LED projectors that come with the Base and Premium trims are only rated acceptable.

2022 Subaru WRX

That’s an improvement over the 2021 model, which missed out on the “plus” because lower trims were equipped with poor-rated halogens. But you can only get the best curve-adaptive LED projector headlights on the next-generation 2022 WRX with a Subaru Performance automatic transmission (SPT) that comes on Limited and GT trims.

Most WRX buyers will get the inferior static LED projector headlights because Subaru sells around 90 percent of WRX models with the 6-speed manual gearbox. You can get the 6-speed manual on Base, Premium, and Limited trims. The SPT automatic is available on Premium, Limited, and GT trim levels.

Why doesn’t Subaru give all trims the best headlights?

That’s the question, and it likely comes down to cost. The best curve-adaptive LED projector headlights cost more, and Subaru wants to keep the cost down on the 6-speed manual trims.

What is the price of the 2022 WRX?

The WRX Base 6-speed manual trim level starts at $30,600. The WRX Premium 6-speed manual is $33,100, WRX Premium SPT is $35,150, WRX Limited 6-speed manual is $37,490, WRX Limited SPT is $39,740, and WRX GT is $43,390. Pricing includes destination and delivery fees ($995).

Will you buy the 2022 Subaru WRX with the SPT automatic to get the best headlights? Probably not. Let us know in the comments below.

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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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