"We have had our 2006 Baja (Turbo) for almost 2 yrs now and absolutely LOVE it! It is extremely versatile with the 4 passenger seating and pick up bed for hauling stuff. Kids love the back seat with the center storage and cup holders. So far, only maintenance has been oil changes. Gas mileage is average at best, but the Turbo is worth it - I never worry about getting up to speed when pulling into traffic - this lil' truck really scoots! The handling is fantastic, hugs the curves and feels very sporty. Subaru really needs to bring this model back and actually advertise it, for I can't believe how many strangers stop me and ask about it saying they are going to go look for one. I get comments weekly on what a cute or neat little car/truck I have, and then ask, "what is it?" They are crushed when I tell them they will have to look in the used car section because 2006 was the last year of production. I hope this vehicle lasts a very long time since we can't replace it with the same! Would DEFINITELY purchase again if it were available - if it proves to be as reliable as other reviews have indicated, we will be looking at Subaru for future car needs! Only reason for the 4 star on comfort: My husband is 6'6", and although he can drive it no problem (power seat all the way back and all the way down, with the back slightly reclined), we opt not to take this vehicle on long trips, for it becomes too cramped for him... and the passenger seat starts to feel a bit 'truck like' on long trips and can only be (manually) adjusted front/back and not up/down. Also, when he is driving, only smaller children are comfortable in the seat behind the driver. Overall, this is a fantastic vehicle that I would recommend to anyone!"
"It's a great little truck that gets way better gas mileage then a larger size truck. It's basically a four sedan with a bed instead of a trunk.
The only negative I have is it has no pickup. Quite sluggish of the line compared to it's counter part the Outback. Perhaps if I would have invested in the Turbo edition I could have avoided this."
"In the decade I've owned my Baja I could fill a book with the ways it has impacted my life. From getting me out of dangerous driving conditions due to its excellent weight to power and all wheel drive to the utility of being able to haul bark dust, young trees, lumber etc. in the bed. It has been a perfect fit for me because I normally need a 'car' for day to day stuff, but often have need of a small light duty truck for yard work and projects. I have also had AWESOME support from Subaru for every issue that has come up and my only complaint is they stopped making the Baja and I need a new one! Mine is still doing great but technology has changed and I'm ready to replace it, there just isn't anything to compare it to on the market. Bad thing about getting the perfect thing you need is that replacing it with anything less perfect is really tough!"