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2003 Subaru Baja

2003 Subaru Baja
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Joining the Subaru Outback family for 2003 is the new Baja. In order to understand its design, one has to begin with the traditional Outback wagon configuration. This shouldn't be hard, as the Outback wagon is practically everywhere on the road these days - thanks to its blend of safety, performance and comfort. The 2003 Subaru Baja is basically a cross between an Outback wagon and a pickup truck. It features a rear with an open cargo bed, perfect for hauling heavy goods like a pickup would, but with the 2003 Subaru Baja the agility of an Outback is retained. The result is a highly capable and extremely versatile vehicle, the likes of which has never really been seen on the road before.

Available Models
The Subaru Outback wagon is offered in a variety of trim levels. There is a base model, a Limited model, an L.L. Bean model and a top-line H6-3.0 VDC trim. The 2003 Subaru Baja is offered in one trim level only. In addition to the Subaru Outback wagon, there is also an Outback sedan configuration (covered in a separate review).

Interior Features
The Outback wagon has four doors and seats five passengers comfortably. The base trim level offers air conditioning, cruise control, AM/FM CD player, power everything and more. From the Limited trim and up, a leather interior is standard, as well as a dual power sunroofs and an in-dash 6-disc CD changer.

Some of the many features that can be found in the upper trim levels of the Outback wagon lineup include an upgraded sound system, the OnStar system and automatic climate control. Though it's the most rugged of all Outback models, the Baja still comes with leather upholstery as well, plus many other amenities. Of course, there's the options list to choose from as well.

Exterior Features
The Outback wagon has the unmistakable look of a Subaru. With its innovative styling, it is surely the most recognizable model offered by the manufacturer. With the new Baja, the functional equipment abounds, including a roof rack, an integrated bedliner, bed sport bars, a bed light, 225/60HR16 white-letter tires and alloy wheels.

The base and Limited trim levels of the Outback wagon feature a different engine than the rest of the lineup. Underneath their hoods is a 2.5-liter model capable of 165 horsepower at 5600 rpm and 166 lb-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. With the other trim levels and the new Baja, there is more power to play with. The engine responsible for this is a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder model that dishes out 212 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 210 lb-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm.

Both 4-speed automatic and 5-speed manual transmission can be mated to the first engine type, while the more powerful 3.0-liter H6 only comes with 4-speed automatic.

Safety and Security
The Outback wagon, like the sedan, is one of the safer vehicles on the road. In addition to all-wheel drive, all models have dual front airbags, front side airbags, antilock 4-wheel disc brakes and daytime running lights.

Top-line H6-3.0 VDC models also feature standard traction control and a sophisticated antiskid system.

2003 Subaru Baja Highlights

2.5-liter Phase II SOHC boxer engine, 165 horsepower
Full-time All-Wheel Drive
Viscous limited-slip rear differential
Heavy-duty raised 4-wheel independent suspension
Subaru-patented Switchback system extends pickup bed length
Integrated bed liner
Cargo bed sport bars
Cargo bed light
Cargo bed tie-down hooks (4)
4-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS)
Fog lights with stone guards

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Fast Stats
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2.5L 4-cylinder
165 @ 5600
4-speed auto
5-speed manual
MPG: City/Hwy
auto: 21/26
man.: 20/25

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