Good people of Oversteer, I must now turn your attention to one of the strangest Subaru models in recent memory. It’s the Subaru Baja, and, in fact, it’s the high-performance Baja Turbo — and, better yet, it’s the nicest one currently listed for sale on Autotrader: a one-owner example with just 61,000 original miles.
Before I dive into this particular Baja, let’s discuss the Baja in general. It was an all-wheel-drive Subaru pickup truck that was built during the 4-door pickup truck craze of the early 2000s (mentioned in the previous Oversteer post). The Baja was sold from 2003 to 2006, and nobody really bought them, so Subaru canceled it. But the Baja has developed a cult following for its combination of the unusual: the much-loved Subaru brand name, all-wheel drive, a practical pickup bed and four real doors.
That cult following especially applies to the Baja Turbo, which was a regular Subaru Baja with a high-performance turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that made an inexplicable 230 horsepower — good enough to send the relatively lightweight wagony-pickupy-thing from zero to 60 in around 7 seconds. And the cult following really applies to the Baja Turbo models sold with a stick shift. Unfortunately, this example isn’t that — but it’s pretty cool anyway.
I say that because this particular Baja Turbo is the lowest-mileage example on Autotrader, having covered just over 60,000 miles since it was sold new in 2005. It’s also a one-owner "truck," though it appears to have had early use as a Subaru manufacturer-owned vehicle — though it wasn’t titled by Subaru, which preserves its one-owner status. It’s offered by Anchor Auto Group in Rhode Island for $19,991, which may seem like a lot for a 12-year-old Subaru … until you check Autotrader to see what other Baja models are selling for. Find a Subaru Baja for sale