Summary, Prices, Specs

By September 6, 2002


The 2003 Subaru Baja wears two hats. If you normally carry passengers but have occasional need to carry cargo such as mountain bikes, surfboards or awkward goods such as a refrigerator, then the Baja could be the ideal vehicle. That assumes you don’t mind something that looks different from the run of the mill car or truck.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Baja ($23,995)
Engines:2.5-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions:5-speed manual; 4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):ABS, uniform child restraint anchorage system (LATCH); front seatbelts with pretensioners; front airbags with dual-stage deployment for passenger side
Safety equipment (optional):none
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Lafayette, Indiana
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Baja ($23,995)
Standard equipment:automatic climate control; leather seats; 6-way power driver''s seat; telescopic, leather-wrapped steering wheel; power windows; remote central locking; intermittent wipers; cruise control; rear window defogger; AM/FM/CD/cassette 4-speaker stereo; Switchback system with fold-down rear seats and cargo-bed pass-through door; daytime running lights; front fog lights with stone guard; power moonroof
Options as tested (MSPR):bed extender ($250); cargo area spotlight ($65)
Destination charge:$525
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$24835
Layout:four-wheel drive
Engine:2.5-liter sohc 16-valve horizontally opposed 4
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):165 @ 5600
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):166 @ 4000
Transmission:5-speed manual
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:20/25 mpg
Wheelbase:104.3 in. in.
Length/width/height:193.3/70.1/64.2 in.
Track, f/r:57.9/57.7 in.
Turning circle:36.7 ft.
Seating Capacity:4
Head/hip/leg room, f:38.3/51.3/43.3 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:37.3/51.9/33.5 in.
Cargo volume:N/A
Payload:1070 Lbs.
Towing capacity:2400 Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent
Suspension, r:independent
Ground clearance:7.3 in.
Curb weigth:3485 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:disc/disc with ABS
Fuel capacity:16.9 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of September 6, 2002.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-782-2783 -