(2005 model shown)
Subaru's mid-size Baja is a cross between a sedan and a pickup truck, with a short cargo bed residing just behind the back seats for carrying mountain bikes and other active gear. A small cargo bed pass-through opening to the passenger compartment can expand the Baja's cargo-carrying abilities. Base Baja Sport models are powered by a 165-horsepower, horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine, while the Baja Turbo benefits from a 210-horsepower, supercharged version of the engine. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a four-speed automatic is optional. It has a maximum towing capacity of 2400 pounds. Standard features include four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes, air conditioning, a CD stereo, power driver's seat and moonroof, fog lights, keyless entry, roof rails, leather upholstery, and alloy wheels. Available options include a bed extender, three separate bike carriers, and assorted audio upgrades. Few changes are evident for 2006.