Speaker 1: This is the 2022 Subaru w RX. Now this is the fifth generation of the iconic rally vehicle and it is all brand spanking news. So I wanna take you through of the cosmetic details before we hit the road. Now there's a lot to like in this car, but there's a lot where I'm like, eh, really? I mean like these fender arches, like first of all, I hate the [00:00:30] asymmetrical of it. I don't care if that's not a word they're asymmetrical. I don't like it. I also don't like the texture on these things. However, I really do, like what's going on in the rear here with these taillights, they look like they're inspire from the BZ and that is never a bad thing. And then again, up here in front, I've got a wider grill. I've got sleeker headlamps, but the whole thing is a little bit longer overall and a little bit wider, but you know what, who cares how it looks, let's GTFO out of the city and find some curves.
Speaker 1: [00:01:00] So what we got here is a 2.4 liter engines, a little bit bigger than the two liter of last year, but it is still a turbocharged four cylinder. Now, if you're thinking that you're gonna get just a tiny bit more power out of that, just a tiny little bit bigger engine you're right. You get a tiny bit more power, 271 ponies, but the same amount of torque, 258 [00:01:30] pound feet of it. But that torque curve has moved. So it's much more usable and on a road like this, I mean, like I can just hang out in third gear all day long, break for a turn, come out of it. And the power band is there. I don't even have to downshift, but sometimes I want downshift cuz I got a six speed manual. Yeah, buddy. Now you can get a continuously variable automatic transmission, but listen really?
Speaker 1: Like why would you, unless you don't have full use of both your legs, just do [00:02:00] yourself a favor and get yourself the manual. It's the way the WX was meant to be enjoyed. I mean, I love this car because it's just, it's so simple. It has one job and that is to be a fun, little rally inspired runabout and it totally delivers the power here is usable. I don't need to go to a track to exploit this car. I can do it all right here for free on these back roads, the pedals are set up so that I can pretty easily heel toe even with my dainty little lady feet. And the ride is a little bit [00:02:30] softer than it was last year. I mean, you guys don't get me wrong. This is not my grandmother's Cadillac, but neither do I feel like I need to be wearing a sports bra if you know what I'm talking about. And a lot of that comfort comes despite the fact this car is much more rich did than last year. Heck even the Sue bar is attached to the body this year and not the sub frame. So when I'm going through these turns, I mean, it's just really flat cornering. I'm like, this is the best day ever.
Speaker 1: [00:03:00] So here is an electric assist. And do I want the hydraulic assist that you normally find in the WX STI? I mean, yes, yes I do. But like come on Emmy, don't push your luck now for an electric assist. Look, it's pretty communicative. It's got a really quick ratio and I like the weight. Now, if you don't like the weight, well that's just too bad cuz there aren't any drive modes in here. There's no comfort. There's no [00:03:30] normal, there's no sport. You can get that, but you gotta go for this C B T in fact, if you want really any kind of advanced, driver's a, you're gonna have to go for the automatic. I mean this car does have cruise control, but there's no adaptive cruise control and I get it. It's really tough to have adaptive cruise control for a slow speed situation, but you can have it for higher speeds.
Speaker 1: Other manufacturers do it. And I really wish this had, it would make long distance driving just so much easier, but at least I got blind spot monitoring and we are cross traffic alerts. So, you know, it's all that [00:04:00] they've made a couple of changes to the inside as well. I really like that. I've got an 11.6 inch portrait oriented screen. It's got apple CarPlay and Android auto. It's pretty easy to use. But one thing I don't like is the fact that I've gotta tap a button here to get my heated seats. And then I have to tap again to turn 'em on. I mean, when I want hot cross buns, I now, so like just give me a hard button. I really like the flat bottom steering wheel here. And I'm a super huge fan of contrasting stitching. And here I get it in red.
Speaker 1: [00:04:30] Now for those of you enthusiasts, who just think that there aren't any cool fun cars out there. I mean, you guys think about it. We have the Hyundai Elantra end, it's comparable in power to this and it has a six speed manual. You could say the same thing for the Volkswagen Jetta, G I and the Gulf GTI, but the Subaru has an ACE up its sleeve. I mean those front wheel drive cars are super fun to flog around, but this one has got all wheel drive, which means that once the weather turns bad or the road turns to gravel, this Subaru is pretty much unstoppable. [00:05:00] The 2022 Subaru WX starts at $30,100, including $995 for destination expect to pay a little bit more for the CVT. And this limited tester that you see here is sitting right at 36,990 American dollars.