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2004 Subaru Baja

2004 Subaru Baja

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$7,562 — $11,846 USED
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4 Seats
21-24 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.7) 3 reviews

The Good

  • Unique design
  • Cargo-carrying versatility
  • AWD
  • Smooth, quiet operation
  • Steering and handling

The Bad

  • Exuberant appearance
  • Non-Turbo performance
  • Tight seat bolsters

What to Know

about the 2004 Subaru Baja
  • Turbo engine
  • Pickup-style cargo bed
  • Two AWD systems
  • Four-passenger seating

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2004 Subaru Baja Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Subaru combines the notion of a sport utility vehicle and a pickup truck in its compact car-based Baja four-door crossover. A turbocharged engine goes into the new Baja Turbo, which has been added for the 2004 model year.

Adapted from the four-cylinder turbo in the automaker’s high-performance Impreza WRX STi, the new 2.5-liter engine produces 210 horsepower. Assertive styling touches give the Baja Turbo a distinctive appearance. Turbocharging this SUV is said to be part of Subaru’s new driving performance strategy.

Hinting at Baja racers, this crossover is a production version of Subaru’s ST/X concept; it debuted for the 2003 model year. Several full-size SUV/pickup crossovers have been launched recently, but Subaru is unique for offering this smaller model.

Based on Subaru’s Legacy Outback platform, the regular four-passenger Baja carries a 165-hp engine that mates with one of two all-wheel-drive systems.

Exterior
The Baja was designed with a family resemblance to the Outback. It features enlarged front fenders and large, foldable, body-colored mirrors. Integrated fog lights sit behind protective stone guards. Its grille is unique, while the stylized alloy fuel door is similar to the one used on the ST/X concept. The Baja features Silver Stone Metallic lower-body and tailgate cladding. A power moonroof is standard. The Baja rides a 104.3-inch wheelbase and measures 193.3 inches long overall.

A Switchback system provides a reconfigurable rear seat and ca...

Vehicle Overview
Subaru combines the notion of a sport utility vehicle and a pickup truck in its compact car-based Baja four-door crossover. A turbocharged engine goes into the new Baja Turbo, which has been added for the 2004 model year.

Adapted from the four-cylinder turbo in the automaker’s high-performance Impreza WRX STi, the new 2.5-liter engine produces 210 horsepower. Assertive styling touches give the Baja Turbo a distinctive appearance. Turbocharging this SUV is said to be part of Subaru’s new driving performance strategy.

Hinting at Baja racers, this crossover is a production version of Subaru’s ST/X concept; it debuted for the 2003 model year. Several full-size SUV/pickup crossovers have been launched recently, but Subaru is unique for offering this smaller model.

Based on Subaru’s Legacy Outback platform, the regular four-passenger Baja carries a 165-hp engine that mates with one of two all-wheel-drive systems.

Exterior
The Baja was designed with a family resemblance to the Outback. It features enlarged front fenders and large, foldable, body-colored mirrors. Integrated fog lights sit behind protective stone guards. Its grille is unique, while the stylized alloy fuel door is similar to the one used on the ST/X concept. The Baja features Silver Stone Metallic lower-body and tailgate cladding. A power moonroof is standard. The Baja rides a 104.3-inch wheelbase and measures 193.3 inches long overall.

A Switchback system provides a reconfigurable rear seat and cargo area. With the optional bed extender, the cargo bed lengthens to 75 inches and can hold such equipment as mountain bikes and surfboards. An integrated bedliner is easy to clean. Tie-down hooks, a bed light and sport bars on the cargo bed are installed. Roof rails and crossbars are standard.

Interior
Four people sit on perforated leather-trimmed seat upholstery. The Baja driver faces a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle, as well as a dashboard with silver metallic-finished trim. Cupholders are integrated into the rear seat bottoms. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, keyless entry, a six-way power driver’s seat, an outside-temperature gauge, and power windows, locks and mirrors.

Under the Hood
In standard form, Subaru’s 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine generates 165 hp, and the new Turbo version produces 210 hp and 235 pounds-feet of torque. A five-speed-manual transmission with continuous all-wheel drive is standard. The optional four-speed-automatic transmission features an Active all-wheel-drive system that distributes power between the front and rear wheels depending on acceleration, deceleration, cornering and wheel slippage.

Safety
The Baja has depowered front airbags with a dual-stage front-passenger airbag. The front seat belts have pretensioners and load limiters.

Driving Impressions
Extroverts are the best prospects for the Baja, especially if it’s painted bright yellow. With its huge, low driving lights and roof-mounted auxiliary lights, the Baja looks more like a rescue vehicle than a practical machine.

The Baja is quiet, and it runs smoothly. It drives and feels like any Subaru, which means easily and pleasantly. Confident steering produces a near-sporty feel. The ride is firm but not bad, even on rougher pavement. After initial hesitation, its acceleration is fairly good from a standstill, but low-speed passing power is mild. The seats have unusually snug side bolstering. The backseat is fairly comfortable, but legroom could be better.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
Posted on 8/27/03

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
3 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)
(5.0)

This car has saved my life

by corri23 on July 24, 2017

Ive owned a subaru baja for 13 years and am just now deciding to part with it. It has kept me safe through 3 accidents and countless other events such as snow storms and being stuck in the mud. Had I ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great Car, Fun to Drive. 4th Subaru

by Baja04 from New England on June 28, 2017

I have owned 3 previous Subaru's. The Baja did not disappoint. The 5 speed Turbo gives plenty of acceleration in any gear, the 4 wheel drive keeps the power on the road, the raised nature of the truck... Read full review

Safety

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Recalls

The 2004 Subaru Baja currently has 10 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2004 Subaru Baja has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Baja received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

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* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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