Complaints: Enough said.
Praise: Confusing concept, but fun to drive.
Head-turning quotient: Very high, but not always positive. The people who love it do so devotedly. Those who hate it do so with vocal animus.
Ride, acceleration and handling: Excellent ride and good acceleration on paved roads, running unloaded. But it's unimpressive in all three categories when used as a beast of burden.
Capacities: The Baja seats four people comfortably. It can carry a payload of 1,005 pounds and tow a trailer weighing up to 2,400 pounds. The gas tank holds 16.9 gallons of gasoline (regular unleaded is fine).
Engine/transmissions: It comes with a 2.5-liter, horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine that develops 165 horsepower at 5,600 revolutions per minute and 166 foot-pounds of torque at 4,000 rpm. A five-speed manual transmission is standard; a four-speed automatic is optional.
Safety: Standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes.
Mileage: We averaged 24 miles per gallon mostly in highway cruising. Not bad for a truck. Not impressive for a car.
Price: Base price for the tested upscale Baja is $24,795. Dealer invoice on that model is $22,501. Price as tested is $26,320, including a $525 destination charge and $1,000 in options.
Purse-strings note: A toy, especially in comparison with trucks that are similar in concept but more substantial, such as the Chevrolet Avalanche, Dodge Dakota Quad Cab, Ford Explorer Sport Trac and Nissan Frontier Crew Cab XE-V6.