The EPA fuel economy numbers are a combined 21 mpg with the CVT transmission.
A direct conversion to L/100km works out to 10.69L.
Strangely, the manual transmission does better with a combined 22 mpg.
When the new WRX launched last September, the backlash was almost immediate. The main reasons for Subaru being on the receiving end of a fair amount of hate were the weak power boost despite the larger engine and the car’s questionable styling. Now, potential owners may have another reason to be upset.
According to EPA, the 2022 WRX is rated at 19/25/21 mpg on city/highway/combined with the CVT transmission. With the manual transmission, the rating improves slightly to 19/26/22 mpg. If we compare to the new (more expensive) 2022 Volkswagen Golf R and its more powerful 315 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque boosted 2.0-litre, it manages 23/30/26 mpg with the seven-speed DSG transmission. With the manual, the numbers are 20/28/23 mpg. The 241-horsepower and 273-torque GTI, in contrast, looks like this: DSG: 25/34/28 mpg and manual: 24/34/24 mpg
Motor Trend compares the WRX’s ratings to those of a 2.7-litre EcoBoost V6 engine equipped Ford F-150. The full-size truck manages 19/24/21 mpg which almost perfectly matches the WRX’s numbers.
While fuel efficiency might not be top-of-mind for driving enthusiasts, as fuel prices continue to climb and the competition gets more powerful and efficient, this might be another reason to overlook the WRX…