Subaru Baja alternatives
Latest model: Subaru Baja Turbo 2005
The Subaru Baja is a car/truck crossover built by Fuji Heavy Industries. It is based on the Legacy-based Subaru Outback wagon, except instead of a big wagon's trunk space, it has an open pickup truck-like bed, full with a tailgate. The back passenger seatings fold down to enable extension of the open bed into the passenger compartment for long trunk. The Subaru Baja was presented in early 2002 as the company was attempting to fill a gap in the vehicle market that was left with the demise of the (larger) Ford Ranchero and the Chevrolet El Camino, but sales have been poor, most probably thanks to the fact that Subaru has failed to advertise or sphere this automobile in any way.
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Note that in the 1970s, Subaru sold a smaller version of the Coupe Utility body-style called BRAT, which was based on the subcompact Subaru 1600.
The Subaru Baja is targeted at young drivers, and suburbanites, who may need the trunk room once in a while, but don't want to drive a less efficient SUV or full-sized truck.
The original 2003 model came with leather seatings, performance driver's bench, and sunroof. The more economical Sport model, equipped with cloth dashboard and manual seatings, was presented later in the production year.