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Subaru only sells all-wheel-drive vehicles — but it makes the most of each model. For 2003, the Outback nameplate is applied to seven different cars, including an Outback sedan. The Forester has been reworked, with a stiffer body shell and a more refined interior. The mid-size Legacy has been honed for 2003 to three models — the Legacy L, the L Special Edition and the 2.5 GT — in both four-door sedan and five-door station wagon editions. The wild card in the 2003 lineup is the Baja — a Legacy wagon in front and a pickup bed in back. The Impreza WRX returns in sedan and wagon form, both featuring a high-performance turbo engine and all-wheel drive, naturally.

2003 Subaru WRX WagonIMPREZA/WRX
Subaru's turbocharged sports sedan and wagon breathe through a 2.0-liter four-cylinder horizontally opposed engine with a turbocharger and intercooler. It makes 227 hp, with its power directed through either a four-speed automatic transaxle with electronic controls or a slick-shifting manual five-speed. The all-wheel-drive system is permanently engaged. Standard equipment includes sport suspension tuning and a Momo steering wheel, frontal and side airbags for the front seats plus a sound system with a six-disc in-dash CD changer. The non-WRX Imprezas have a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 165 hp, all-wheel drive, and a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions.

2003 Subaru Outback H6-3.0 L. L. Bean EditionOUTBACK
The Outback wagons now number seven different versions, equipped with boxer four- and six-cylinder engines. Subaru's horizontally opposed six-cylinder powerplant displaces 3.0 liters and features an aluminum crankcase, dual overhead camshafts and four valves for each cylinder. It produces a robust 212 hp and slips into the Outback H6-3.0 VDC sedan and wagon, the Outback H6-3.0 sedan and Outback H6-3.0 L. L. Bean Edition wagon. The VDC sedan and wagon combine variable torque distribution (VTD) with Subaru's AWD system and a sophisticated stability control program, Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC). The Outback H6-3.0 L. L. Bean Edition wagon gets plush interior features, an air filtration system and a vehicle security system, plus two-tone leather seating embossed with L. L. Bean logos. Three other editions — the Outback wagon, Outback Limited wagon and Outback Limited sedan — have a 2.5-liter Subaru four-cylinder boxer engine with 165 hp.
2003 Subaru Legacy and Outback by Gary Witzenburg (7/15/2002)

2003 Subaru ForesterFORESTER
The new Forester looks similar to the outgoing model, but uses aluminum body panels to trim weight and give a more substantial appearance. The 2003 Forester uses different versions of Subaru’s full-time AWD system, depending on the transmission ordered. In the five-speed manual gearbox, a viscous-coupling device locks the center differential, while an electronically managed continuously variable transfer clutch works with the automatic transmission. The electronically operated four-speed automatic is optional for any Forester, while the five-speed manual is standard and includes Subaru's Hill Holder feature that helps keep the wagon from rolling backward on a slope while starting in a forward gear. The Forester's four-cylinder boxer engine, with an aluminum block and cylinder heads plus a cam on top, displaces 2.5 liters and produces 165 hp. Two new trim levels appear in 2003: the 2.5 X is the entry-level wagon, while the 2.5 XS gets aluminum alloy wheels with body cladding and mirrors trimmed in metallic gray paint.
2003 Subaru Forester by Marc K. Stengel (4/1/2002)

2003 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT WagonLEGACY
The Legacy lineup is pared to three models — Legacy L, the L Special Edition and the new 2.5 GT — in four-door or wagon form. All are powered by a single-cam 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder engine that makes 165 hp through either a five-speed manual or optional four-speed electronic automatic. The independent suspension common to all Legacy models has a multi-link setup in the rear, and all also carry four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock control. Three different AWD mechanisms work in the Legacy series including the new VDC AWD setup in the 2.5 GT.
2003 Subaru Legacy and Outback by Gary Witzenburg (7/15/2002)

BAJA
The newest Subaru is part car, part truck and part SUV. The Baja's front half comes from the Legacy; the back end is a plastic-lined truck bed measuring 49 inches wide and 42 inches long. With the tailgate and bed extender, it measures 75 inches long. The cab has an Avalanche-like pass-through, a 30-inch-wide portal dubbed the Switchback. With the Switchback shut and the Baja's bed extender in place, the bed is 60.5 inches long. The Baja has a raised suspension and a lot of body cladding, with optional rally lights and chrome roof rails. Power comes from the Legacy four-cylinder boxer engine with 165 hp; a manual five-speed is standard, a four-speed automatic an option.
2003 Subaru Baja by John Pearley Huffman (9/3/2002)

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