Thanks Mike. The AWD on these things is pretty good. I tired yesterday and I can lay down in the rear quite well diagonally, if I put the rear seat down flat. That is exciting because I can now go car camping if I choose to!
Photo below is from Google, but you can see how much space there is in the back. The thing that is good is that the rear seat is much more usable than the XJ in terms of legroom. There are rear headrests and they are designed to come out and store nicely to get the full flat rear.
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There is an interesting community of people that mod these things. Most popular is putting a turbo from a JDM only STI version, and the other is putting WRX suspension components (and I've seen people do both). I saw a company (Anderson Design and Fab) that sells some crazy suspension stuff for lifting and whatever. I have no desire to put larger tires on this thing .. just not needed where it'll go. I'll still have the TJ for all big tire needs
Definitely build a STi version. All the cool kids are doing it!