2006 Subaru Baja 5-Speed Is Our Bring a Trailer Auction Pick of the Day￼
Sometimes, you can just feel automotive enthusiasts gushing over a particular vehicle that’s listed on the auction site Bring a Trailer—which, like Car and Driver, is part of Hearst Autos—and this 2006 Subaru Baja Sport checks a lot of boxes. Quirky model from 15-plus years ago? Yep. Low mileage but in excellent condition? Check. Original documentation and CD stereo? Sign us up.
In our review of the 2002 Baja when it was new, we noted that there are certainly some compromises with a bed this short in a sedan, but the decades have made us look at these cars with nostalgia and then some. Smaller pick-ups like the Hyundai Santa Cruz and Ford Maverick have recently entered the market to kind of fit in the same space as the Baja, but there’s really nothing quite like these Subarus. With a raised suspension, fog lights, and sunroof, this is a Baja that might be the closest thing that can take you back to 2006 in an instant. Just take a look at those tinted rear windows. The example for sale is painted in Atlantic Blue Pearl exterior color with lower-body cladding and a black and gray upholstered interior with front bucket seats. Five-spoke, 16-inch alloy wheels wear 225/60 Bridgestone Potenza tires.
The 2.5-liter SOHC engine offered 165 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque when it was new, and with only 8000 miles on the odometer, there shouldn’t be too much to worry about as long as you know a mechanic who’s familiar with head gaskets. The five-speed manual transmission and all-wheel-drive capability should still offer some of the fun to whoever gets to sit behind the wheel when all is said and done.