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The optional bed extender increases the Baja?s bed length to more than 58 inches.


The All-New Subaru Baja is part car, part truck and all choice. Defying definition, it’s the world’s first multiple-choice vehicle.

Introduced in September 2002, the revolutionary Baja offers the best of all worlds – carlike comfort, the versatility of a pickup truck, and the proven full-time Subaru All-Wheel Drive system. The Baja easily provides a comfortable ride for four without sacrificing cargo-carrying capability.

The Baja’s compact, integrated cargo bed is long (41.5 inches) and wide (49 inches) enough to swallow all kinds of gear – from home-improvement supplies to camping gear to sporting goods – with ease. With the optional bed extender installed, the Baja’s bed length increases to more than 58 inches.




The optional cargo bed cover helps protect your gear from the elements.







The Baja’s optional roof cargo basket is rugged and extremely versatile.







Heading for the mountains? The optional ski rack will hold up to six pairs of skis or four pairs of skis and poles. It will also carry snowboards or fishing rods.




Need a little more space to carry longer items? Subaru thoughtfully engineered the Switchback cargo bed door into the rear of the Baja’s cab, giving it the quick, easy-to-use convertibility of a Swiss Army Knife. Simply fold the rear seat out of the way, open the 31 x 12-inch pass-through panel, and load your surfboard, skis or toboggan. For maximum cargo space, you can drop the tailgate with the optional bed extender in place and lower the Switchback door for a cargo area that exceeds 90 inches.

To make the Baja even more versatile, Subaru offers a raft of accessories for almost any outdoor activity. Bicycle, kayak and ski attachments are available to carry your favorite outdoor gear, and splash guards, a front end cover, cargo bed cover and a rear differential shield are among the accessories that will help protect your Baja both on and off the road.

Look under the hood of the Baja and you’ll find the proven, fuel-efficient 165-horsepower 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder Subaru engine (which also powers Legacy and Outback models). Buyers have the choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions. Outdoor enthusiasts with boats or campers to take along will appreciate the Baja’s 2,400-pound towing capacity.

The Baja’s sturdy unibody frame was designed around the Subaru All-Wheel Drive system for outstanding stability and surefootedness in most types of weather and driving conditions. Power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering provides confident control, and antilock brakes help bring things to a stop safely and easily.

The Baja is available in three distinctive colors – Baja Yellow, Black Granite Pearl and Regatta Red – with Silver Stone Metallic lower-body and tailgate cladding. A monotone Silver Stone Metallic model is also available.

Today’s Baja is as thoughtfully designed and engineered inside, too. Standard features include a six-way power driver’s seat, perforated leather-trimmed interior, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle, a power moonroof and windows and a four-speaker 80-watt AM/FM stereo with a single CD player. Power door locks and a remote keyless entry system are standard, too.

The optional kayak carrier attaches quickly and easily to the Baja?s crossbars. It?ll carry two full-size kayaks easily.

To test-drive the all-new Baja, visit your authorized Subaru dealer. For more information, visit the Subaru Web site at or call (800) WANT-AWD [(800) 926-8293] to request a full-color Baja brochure.