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Subaru donates 50,000 blankets to homeless shelters across the U.S.

Subaru is helping communities across the U.S.

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Subaru is marking National Homeless Youth Awareness Month by donating 50,000 blankets to homeless shelters across the country. The donation, which impacts nearly 600 shelters, is an initiative in cooperation with Subaru retailers.

"As we head into the season of giving and the nights get colder, we wanted to do our part to provide warmth and solace for those who need our help this winter," said Thomas J. Doll, President and CEO, Subaru of America, Inc. "Subaru believes in being more than a car company for the communities where we live and work, and donating blankets is just one piece of our commitment to helping those in need."

According to Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, the result of a partnership between the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness, 43.1 million Americans live below the poverty level and 549,000 Americans are homeless on a typical night. One in five American children lives in poverty.

The blanket donation is a part of the Subaru Loves to Help pillar, the community-focused initiative of the Subaru Love Promise. The automaker continues to sponsor community initiates despite the pandemic. This includes its recent efforts to co-host the country's first national litter clean-up and recycling initiative.

Earlier this year, the company partnered with Feeding America to provide 50 million meals to those in need. Feeding America is the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization and a nationwide network of 200-member food banks. A reunion episode of the "Parks & Recreation" TV show was sponsored by the company and helped raise money for Feeding America's COVID-19 Response Fund.

In October, the 2020 Subaru Teccnica International Subiefest set a world record for the largest parade of Subaru cars.

Last March, Subaru announced that it had surpassed its goal and donated over $175 million to 1,170 charities.

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New AWD performance car

The Subaru WRX is all-new for 2022

The new WRX's body cladding is already stirring up controversy.

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The Subaru WRX is a rally-bred performance car that offers a unique mix of rowdy all-wheel drive fun, a value price, and youthful styling. The car is long overdue for an update, though, and Subaru is doing just that for the 2022 model year. The fifth-generation WRX is all-new, and features a more powerful engine, along with several go-fast upgrades.

2022 Subaru WRX Both a manual and an automatic transmission will be offered.Subaru

A new GT trim joins the WRX lineup for 2022. It features a new automatic transmission, adaptive dampers, and drive mode selections. With various customization options available to the driver, the system offers up to 430 different settings combinations. The GT's interior adds Recaro seats wrapped in Ultrasuede with red stitching. The GT also gets exclusive 18-inch wheels.

Though still a Boxer engine, the 2022 WRX's powerplant is new and more powerful than before. It delivers 271 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, as well as a broader torque curve. Subaru says that the larger engine plus an electronically controlled turbo wastegate and air bypass valves improve responsiveness and acceleration.

2022 Subaru WRX A larger 11.6-inch infotainment screen is on board. Subaru

All WRX models come with Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel drive system and active torque vectoring, which can shift power to individual wheels that need the most traction. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but a new Subaru Performance Transmission is available, which features faster shifts and other features to improve performance.

The 2022 WRX also gets a tech upgrade that brings a large 11.6-inch tablet-style touchscreen. It runs Subaru Starlink infotainment, handles HVAC and vehicle controls, and offers split-screen functionality for two apps to run simultaneously. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as is Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, and HD radio. An upgraded version of the system also offers navigation with three years of free map updates.

2022 Subaru WRX Subaru will offer a new GT trim with upgraded suspension and finishes.Subaru

As it has done with many of its other vehicles, Subaru is equipping every WRX with its EyeSight suite of advanced driver aids. The packge includes lane departure prevention, adaptive cruise control with lane centering, and more. A new available automatic emergency steering system works with the car's pre-collision braking feature to help avoid collisions at speeds under 50 mph.

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New sports car

2022 Subaru BRZ pricing announced

The BRZ is all-new for 2022.

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Earlier this year, Subaru announced the all-new BRZ sports car, which is coming this fall to replace the previous generation of the car that was discontinued in 2020. It, along with its Toyota cousin, the 86, get more power, updated interiors, and better technology than their predecessors.

The BRZ Premium is the base trim of the car. It starts at $28,955 after destination. Adding an automatic transmission drives the price up by $1,600 to $30,555. The BRZ Limited starts at $31,455 after destination, which shifts to $33,255 with an automatic transmission.


2022 Subaru BRZ The BRZ's compact size and manual transmission make it enthusiast friendly.


The 2022 BRZ gets a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine that produces 228 horsepower. Part of the appeal of small, sporty cars like BRZ is that they are infinitely more fun to drive than larger, more computerized vehicles. To that end, the car comes standard with a six-speed close-ratio manual transmission. Buyers can opt to swap in a six-speed automatic transmission, but that almost defeats the point of the car. A Torsen limited-slip differential, vehicle stability control with track mode, and 17-inch wheels round out the car's standard performance features.

Inside, the BRZ comes with an 8-inch touchscreen that runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, and dual-zone automatic climate controls. A new gauge cluster display can show amps, coolant temperatures, or the car's lateral g-forces, and when track mode is engaged, the tachometer shifts from a circular to a color linear graph.


2022 Subaru BRZ An updated interior and tech are highlights of the new BRZ,

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