When Subaru unveiled the 2022 WRX, the automaker showed it with an 11.6-inch portrait-oriented infotainment display that supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth. However, this is not the system that every buyer gets. Like this video from Alex on cars watch, the entry-level unit is a much less impressive dual-screen display.
There are two touch screens with radio, media and phone modes on the top. The lower part presents the vehicle control and driving assistance parameters. In between, there are physical buttons for radio, media, home, phone, and apps to easily access these things. A volume button is on the left; a radio tuning button is on the right. There are also buttons to adjust the cabin temperature and the defroster.
The massive plastic bezels around the outside of the display take up some of the space the 11.6-inch system would take up. By modern standards, it’s not the prettiest or most avant-garde screen. The outdated layout seems out of place on a new performance-oriented vehicle.
One Reddit user even created an image comparing the dual screen’s appearance to a Nintendo 2DS (below).
To be fair, this system is not unique to the WRX. The Outback and Legacy both have the same display on their base models. Still, these vehicles are a few years old, so there is some kind of excuse for using these displays. This dual screen is less suited to a new generation of the brand’s venerable performance product.
Things could be worse, however. While researching this story, we found footage of the Subaru Levorg’s base infotainment system for the Japanese market (below). Rather than two screens, there is only the lower screen, and the design covers the upper area is a huge piece of plastic. From a design standpoint, this is a tragedy.