Subaru has easily become one of the most renowned automaker names in history. They have a tendency to make cars that people trust. More and more frequently, they are moving into the performance car market. That’s not to say that they don’t still manufacture plenty of family sedans and SUVs, as such a statement would be completely untrue. However, they are moving into the performance car market with a couple of different options, in this particular case the Subaru WRX. If you are interested to see how the 2022 model measures up to other cars in its class, stick around for a closer look.
There isn’t a potential car buyer in the world that doesn’t want to know the basics about the car they’re thinking about buying before they learn anything else. The first question most people ask is how much a particular car is going to cost them. Aside from that, they want to know how much it will cost to operate that same automobile. Of course, performance is always an important question. In the case of a sportier car like this one, it’s likely even more important. After all, people don’t buy performance automobiles because they have plenty of room in the backseat or they get great gas mileage. They buy them because they want something that’s fun to drive. When taking a closer look at the Subaru WRX, you will quickly see that it gets about 27 miles to the gallon.
That’s not nearly as good as some other automobiles that are getting 35 or even 40 miles per gallon. That said, it’s important to remember that you’re probably not looking exclusively at gas mileage if you’re thinking about buying this car in the first place. It only stands to reason that a performance car is going to use more gas than your typical sedan, so this really shouldn’t come as such a surprise. Aside from the gas mileage, you probably want to know how much power the engine is going to provide. In this particular case, you’re looking at 268 horsepower, with 258 foot-pounds of torque at 2,000 RPM. That’s more than respectable and it measures up to a lot of other automobiles in this particular class. By the way, if you’re worried about the purchase price, you shouldn’t be. The car comes in at just over $27,000, a real bargain for any performance car these days.
Your Not-So-Basic Automobile
Like virtually every car out there, Subaru offers plenty of options that don’t necessarily come as standard equipment. However, one of the things that is offered as standard equipment involves what they call symmetrical all wheel drive. Like most other Subaru vehicles, it features all-wheel drive. However, there is an added element to it. It’s sort of the same thing as the fly-by-wire systems on modern-day military jet aircraft. The only difference is that in this particular case, you’re talking about a car. It amounts to having an on-board computer that senses which wheels are in contact with the ground and which ones need to have additional traction. The system then automatically applies gas and/or braking to the specific wheel in question in order to provide the best handling possible in all types of situations.
It’s a real benefit when going around sharp corners at top speeds. It comes in just as handy when driving over wet road surfaces. In addition, the steering on the car is extremely responsive. The moment that you provide any input whatsoever into the steering wheel, the car responds immediately. Some cars have a few seconds of lag time, but not this one. That makes all the difference in the world when it comes to feeling like you’re actually driving a sports car. There is nothing worse than driving a high-performance car with plenty of power, only to find out that it has this enormous amount of lag time between your steering wheel inputs and when it actually responds. You end up spending more time trying to sort out the timing on cars like that than actually enjoying driving them. It isn’t something you have to worry about with this one. Instead, you can focus on seeing just how fast you want to take it around the next corner, provided you can do so safely.
Speaking Of Safety
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Subaru if it weren’t one of the safest cars on the road, would it? This particular car has all of the same safety features that virtually every other car that Subaru makes has ever employed. If you’re curious, that means that the car comes with a collision avoidance system, driver and passenger airbags, side curtain airbags and a direct link to emergency services that can be either activated by the driver or, in the case of a crash, is automatically activated without any additional assistance. This car may be designed for performance, but Subaru has incorporated virtually every safety feature that they include as standard equipment on all of their cars. If anything, it’s even more prevalent here because it is a performance automobile.
It serves to protect the driver and their passengers in case somebody gets a little overzealous with the power. Considering the fact that the sportier STI version offers a whopping 310 horsepower, that might be easy to do. Depending on skill level and road conditions, it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for a driver to bite off more than they could chew. After all, this Subaru has the same Boxer engine that has been made so popular on their other sports cars as well as a number of their SUVs. As such, the safety equipment is even more important than usual.
A lot of people don’t realize that this car has the potential to perform the way it does at first glance. It does look a bit unassuming when it’s just sitting there in a parking lot. However, those first impressions are typically left in the dust after a person takes one for a test drive, just like a lot of the other cars in its class. If you’re looking for something that offers unmatched safety, solid performance and good value for your dollar, you can’t do much better than the 2022 Subaru WRX.