$22,495 – $27,495 MSRP
$20,981 – $25,522 Invoice
18 / 23 MPG City/Hwy
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Subaru's half-sedan, half-pickup enters 2006 offering a security system with optional shock sensor as its only change. This model is based on the previous-generation Subaru Legacy; 2006 is likely the Baja's final year of production.
Need a car Baja could do the trick: it drives like the Subaru Outback that it's based on. Need a truck Take a look in back: there's a three-and-a-half-foot bed back there (five feet with the tailgate folded down; more with the trick pass-through tailgate if you fold the back seats down). As unique as this concept seems, Subaru has done it before: in the '70s and continuing through 1984. The Subaru BRAT followed the same formula: all-wheel drive, optional turbocharged engine, passenger-car manners on the road, and an open rear section. The Baja is a more sophisticated BRAT.
It offers a 165-hp, 2.5L 4-cylinder as a base engine, and also features four-wheel disc brakes, cruise control, fog lights, power windows/locks/mirrors and moonroof, and roof rails with cross bars. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on all except Turbo models with Leather Package. Baja Turbo comes standard with a 210-hp, turbocharged, 2.5L, 4-cylinder engine, functional hood scoop, a 6-speaker, 100-watt AM/FM stereo/6-disc in-dash CD changer sound system, four-beam multi-reflector headlights, and a sporty leather-wrapped Momo steering wheel. The turbo's Leather Package upgrade includes a mandatory four-speed automatic transmission, heated 6-way power seats, 16-inch, six-spoke alloy wheels, and a hard bed cover.
Every Subaru model for the past decade has come with all-wheel drive as standard equipment. While the all-wheel-drive gear aids in making the Baja feel sure-footed in all weather conditions, in drier climates it may seem unnecessary for all but the most performance-oriented drivers. Keep in mind that the extra weight of all-wheel drive results in a slight gas mileage penalty, as well.
The Baja resides in the Midsize Pickup segment, and is one of a dozen models that offers consumers the same basic functionality of a full-size pickup but in a slightly smaller package, and at a lower price point.
With overall sales for the segment coming in at 724,986 units for calendar year 2005, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the Midsize Pickup segment represents a healthy portion of the overall U.S. light-vehicle market. Baja managed to capture 6,239 of those sales in 2005. Sales leaders in the segment are the Toyota Tacoma (168,831 units sold in calendar year 2005), followed by the Chevrolet Colorado (128,359), Ford Ranger (120,985), Dodge Dakota (104,051) and Nissan Frontier (72,838).
|Sport (M5)||5 speed manual||$22,495||173-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl||21/27|
|Turbo (M5)||5 speed manual||$24,595||230-hp / 2.5L 4-cyl||19/25|