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Unique "Truck" by imbachick (Nashville) on 02/08/2008. Trim: 2005 Subaru Baja Sport, Owned 4 years.
Pros: Love the unique look, handling, all wheel drive, and versatility. Handles great in snow, mud, etc.. Truckbed has come in handy several times. Subaru is supposed to be dependable and long lasting, which I hope is true (this is my first one), as I plan to drive it until the wheels fall off! Great if you ride bikes, as you won't have as much wind drag with the bikes in the truckbed instead of on the back or top.
Cons: Acceleration. I wish I had gotten the turbo instead. My husband's Honda Element (also a 4 cylinder) accelerates MUCH better. It was so annoying, I actually took it to the dealer, but they insist it is normal. It really seems to struggle up hills sometimes. Not a lot of leg/head room in back, but not a big deal for me. Wish it had a little more interior space. If you have ANY gear (backpacking, camping, etc), you will be limited to two people in the car, or chance your gear in the truck bed.
Overall review: If you get one - go for the turbo. The small difference in gas mileage is worth the extra power you will get. Also, you will have more upgrade options (leather seats, etc). Great if you need a truck bed - if not, I would go with the Outback. It has a lot more interior space, I thought it handled just as well (I test drove one), and had a lot more upgrade options. It could use a better stereo system - within the first two years (and luckily under warranty), they had to replace one speaker and the stereo itself. Will be upgrading soon to one that has an IPOD connection and better speakers.
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