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It’s no secret Subaru makes some of the most reliable vehicles, whether new or used. However, there are a few notable exceptions, such as the 2022 Ascent, with its body integrity and electronic issues. But, in general, you can expect a Subaru to run for over 200,000 miles.

That’s good news for fans of the Subaru WRX, boasting a stunning new exterior design and a better turbocharged engine. Still, past WRX models have had some concerning reliability problems. What could that mean for the 2022 Subaru WRX’s longevity?

How many miles can a Subaru WRX last?

A cobalt-blue 2022 Subaru WRX traveling on a paved stretch in the fog
2022 Subaru WRX | Subaru of America, Inc.

According to Vehicle History, the Subaru WRX’s reliability lies within the engine’s capabilities. The 2021 model packs a 2.0-liter turbo-four producing 268 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Even in the early 2000s, the engine was pretty powerful, making 227 hp.

This legendary engine was essential for rally race wins and is famous for its distinguishable growl. Drivers have reported that the boxer four-cylinder can last up to 250,000 miles with proper care. On the other hand, pushing your WRX past its limits could wear out the engine at only 60,000 miles.

The Subaru WRX doesn’t have the best reputation

U.S. News gave the 2020 Subaru WRX an average reliability rating of 77 out of 100. That score isn’t bad by segment standards, but it’s slightly behind what you’d expect from a Subaru. Though U.S. News critics enjoyed the WRX’s handling, the compact sport sedan’s cheap interior materials didn’t impress them.

Consumer Reports was even less forgiving toward the Subaru WRX, giving its reliability a measly 2 out of 5. Test drivers didn’t enjoy the overall ride quality, which feels unsteady on most roads. This could indicate future suspension problems and body integrity issues.

Part of the WRX’s negative reputation also stems from the drivers themselves. The WRX is a popular model in the tuning community, some of whose members go overboard adding performance parts to their cars. That’s what frequently causes the WRX’s engine to wear out prematurely despite its long-lasting potential.

Even with its flaws, the Subaru WRX is still one of the safest vehicles in the automaker’s lineup. Recalls for the WRX are also few and far between.

Because the 2022 Subaru WRX has a new platform, its dependability potential remains to be seen. If you want to find the most reliable used WRX, avoid models with modifications. They could indicate the engine and its components have already seen considerable use and won’t last as long.

What are some more reliable alternatives?

If you’re on the fence about buying a Subaru WRX, consider a few alternatives instead. The Subaru Legacy has a perfect or near-perfect reliability rating for each year from Consumer Reports. Owner satisfaction is average, most likely because of the underpowered base engine and confusing infotainment controls.

Admittedly, the Legacy isn’t as fun to drive as the WRX, even with the upgraded 260-hp turbo-four. This engine isn’t exactly a cheap upgrade at $34,495 for the Limited XT trim. Still, the ride is smooth, and the interior is spacious enough for five adults. 

If you want something more affordable, the Subaru Impreza is also a good option. Although its reliability rating is a little below the Legacy’s, the Impreza still garners plenty of praise from CR. Sure, it has the weakest engine of the three models, but its surprisingly sporty handling emulates the WRX’s character.


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