Posted Friday, February 16, 2024 at 10:15pm

The Last-Surviving AWD Sedan To Feature A Manual

Tracing its roots to Subaru’s successful rallying program, the WRX is one of the automaker’s defining models. For a long time, the WRX was tied to and marketed under the Impreza name. In 2014, it dropped the Impreza nomenclature, becoming an independent Subaru model. The current generation debuted in 2021 for the 2022 model year, riding on Subaru’s Global Platform and featuring a slightly more potent engine.

In another departure from previous WRX models, the 2022 example featured swathes of plastic body cladding. Plastic cladding is one of the reasons why the Outback wagon has survived and thrived in an SUV-enamored market. The jury is out on whether cladding works as effectively on the wagon as it does on the rally-inspired sports sedan. Looks aside, the Subaru WRX is an enticing prospect partly because it is the last surviving AWD sedan to feature a manual.