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Subaru Baja Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.5 L Flat 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 165 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Subaru Baja

  • An interesting car-and-pickup blend that comes up a bit short in outright functionality.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Comfortable ride, stable handling, decent fuel mileage, multiple configurations, unlikely to be lost in a parking lot.

  • Cons

    Midgate's glass isn't removable, limited towing and hauling capability.

  • What's New for 2003

    The Baja is all new for 2003. It's similar to the Subaru Outback, but it has an open cargo bed. Certainly a niche vehicle, it should appeal to people with active lifestyles, especially those who ski or surf.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (15 total reviews)  |  Write a Review


Nothing else like it

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Vehicle: 2003 Subaru Baja AWD 4dr Crew Cab (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

Analyzed hundreds of vehicles for: Child safety; Appearance; Fun; Economy; Performance; 4-doors; and cargo capacity. Came down to four vehicles: Subaru Baja; Honda Element; Toyota 4Runner and RAV4. Baja came out on top for me. Local Subaru dealership beat my credit union on financing. Also got the '03 Baja well below invoice. Driving the Baja confirms the right choice: AWD, superb handling, tight, solid, and quiet. Fuel economy that is good. Audio upgrade sounds great, and more useful features than a Swiss Army knife. Work for a tech company with a parking lot full of grey BMW and Benz. Glad I didn't go down that expensive and typical route.




I love my baja

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Vehicle: 2003 Subaru Baja AWD 4dr Crew Cab (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

this car truck is great the handling and the cars many uses from hauling the trash off to getting a load of lumber its great I'll never owne anything eles and it goes great in the snow and rain the all wheel drive makes it stick to the road thanks subaru for a great car




New "brat" is a blast!

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Vehicle: 2003 Subaru Baja AWD 4dr Crew Cab (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

I was intrigued by the Baja from the first Subaru "teasers" in the Spring of 2002. After test driving the Baja next to a couple of compact pickups, I took it home. I was a little worried about whether it would be practical or even useful as a "truck," but after six months, I've enjoyed every minute of owning it. Handling is great. I had the rotor vibration problems mentioned in another review, but Subaru replaced all four and it rides fine now. It's a little underpowered, but still moves when needed. It has a VERY long list of standard features. It's been useful for small and medium-sized loads. Overall, I couldn't be happier with it.




My "baru"

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Vehicle: 2003 Subaru Baja AWD 4dr Crew Cab (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

Love the car has plenty of pep the yellow looks wild at first but the color grows on you, only thing missing is heated seats.




Most versatile vehicle i have

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Vehicle: 2003 Subaru Baja AWD 4dr Crew Cab (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

Sure it won't haul 2 tons of top soil, but considering most truck owners only use their full beds 10 percent of the time (can't remember where that research came from), the Baja has plenty of hauling capacity. Plus, if you throw a hitch on it, you can haul a trailer and basically double the capacity. Did I mention that our Baja has been getting 26 mpg!!!




First subaru

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Vehicle: 2003 Subaru Baja AWD 4dr Crew Cab (2.5L 4cyl 4A)

Other car is a 99 Corvette and I'd rather drive the Baja.



Full 2003 Subaru Baja Review

What's New for 2003

The Baja is all new for 2003. It's similar to the Subaru Outback, but it has an open cargo bed. Certainly a niche vehicle, it should appeal to people with active lifestyles, especially those who ski or surf.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • cty
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  • 24
  • highway
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