2006 Subaru Baja

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Key Specs

of the 2006 Subaru Baja. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Non-Turbo performance
  • Snug seat bolsters
  • Modest space in cargo bed

Notable Features of the 2006 Subaru Baja

  • Available turbocharged engine
  • Pickup-style cargo bed
  • Standard AWD
  • Noticeable appearance

2006 Subaru Baja Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 Baja Turbo, which was added for the 2004 model year.

For 2005, a new net-type center storage pocket for the rear seatback was installed, and the 12-volt power outlet was relocated to the console storage box. All models were pre-wired for optional high-powered, offroad Baja lights. A hard bed cover accompanied the upgraded Baja Turbo with the Leather Package.

The only changes for the 2006 model year are a newly standard security system and keyless entry.

Assertive styling touches give the Baja Turbo a distinctive appearance, and its turbocharged 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder produces 210 horsepower. The regular all-wheel-drive four-passenger Baja Sport carries a 165-hp four-cylinder.


Exterior
Except for its small cargo bed at the rear, the Baja bears some resemblance to other Subaru models, including the Forester SUV. The Baja features enlarged front fenders and large, foldable, body-colored mirrors. Integrated fog lights sit behind protective stone guards. The Baja's grille is unique, while its stylized alloy fuel door is similar to the one used on Subaru's ST/X concept.

A power moonroof is standard. The Baja rides a 104.3-inch wheelbase and has 8.4 inches of ground clearance.

A Switchback system provides a reconfigurable rear seat and cargo area. With the optional bed extender, cargo ...
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 Baja Turbo, which was added for the 2004 model year.

For 2005, a new net-type center storage pocket for the rear seatback was installed, and the 12-volt power outlet was relocated to the console storage box. All models were pre-wired for optional high-powered, offroad Baja lights. A hard bed cover accompanied the upgraded Baja Turbo with the Leather Package.

The only changes for the 2006 model year are a newly standard security system and keyless entry.

Assertive styling touches give the Baja Turbo a distinctive appearance, and its turbocharged 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder produces 210 horsepower. The regular all-wheel-drive four-passenger Baja Sport carries a 165-hp four-cylinder.


Exterior
Except for its small cargo bed at the rear, the Baja bears some resemblance to other Subaru models, including the Forester SUV. The Baja features enlarged front fenders and large, foldable, body-colored mirrors. Integrated fog lights sit behind protective stone guards. The Baja's grille is unique, while its stylized alloy fuel door is similar to the one used on Subaru's ST/X concept.

A power moonroof is standard. The Baja rides a 104.3-inch wheelbase and has 8.4 inches of ground clearance.

A Switchback system provides a reconfigurable rear seat and cargo area. With the optional bed extender, cargo bed length increases to 60.5 inches and can hold such equipment as mountain bikes and surfboards. Tie-down hooks, a bed light and sport bars on the cargo bed are installed. Roof rails and crossbars are standard.


Interior
Bajas can seat four occupants. The driver faces gauges ringed in silver trim. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, remote keyless entry, an outside-temperature gauge, and power windows, locks and mirrors. The Baja Turbo Leather Package includes a six-way power driver's seat and heated front seats.

Under the Hood
Subaru's 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder generates 165 hp in the Baja Sport, while the Turbo model features a 210-hp, turbocharged 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder that produces 235 pounds-feet of torque. A five-speed-manual transmission with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is standard, and a four-speed automatic is optional. Turbo models can be equipped with an automatic transmission featuring a manual-shift provision.

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
The quiet, smooth-running Baja drives easily and has a pleasant feel. Confident steering produces a near-sporty feel. The ride is firm but not unpleasant, even on rough pavement. After initial hesitation, acceleration is fairly good from a standstill, but low-speed passing power is mild.

The front seats have unusually snug side bolstering. The backseat is fairly comfortable, but legroom could be better.



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Baja Sport

by Prescott from Waynesville, NC on May 19, 2018

Very unique vehicle, 4-door, truck bed, AWD, lots of fun, sunroof, tow pkg, very clean lightly used only 75,000 miles, there's a lot of life left in the vehicle. Read full review

(4.0)

Reliable

by Maria from Madison wi on September 18, 2017

Didn't expect to downsize , but did it out of need. This car surprised me. Easy to drive, it handles very well and feels solid. Good gas milage too. The interior is comfortable too even though is ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 Subaru Baja currently has 7 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2006 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.*
* 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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