Long story short, totaled my 04 XC70. Loved that thing for two reasons; AWD for PNW winters and it was spacious for a mom wagon. I want some input on other AWD (not 4wd) cars/suvs that would be able to get up and down from the mountain during winter and be able to fit a bed in the back. Also, Im headed out to Montana State for the next four years so think Montana winters and stuff when recommending anything.
Heres my list so far so any input is appreciated
WRX/Saabaru (maybe a little small?)
3rd gen 4runner limited
Grand Cherokee limited/laredo
Whatever car im going to end up getting is getting a few things. First, a little lift. I regretted never putting a bad swede lift on my xc70 so if i get a wagon, you better believe its goin up 2-2.5 inches. Same goes for the 4runner and jeep. If i end up getting a midsize like those id probably do an old man emu 3.5 lift on them and put some 31 or 33s underneath. I also get that more than just springs are needed to lift properly so don't go chewing my ass out in the comments for something along those lines haha. Second thing the car is getting is better bumpers. This is up for grabs on the subarus but I probably wouldnt have totaled my volvo if I had a little shitty tube bumper on the front or something of the sort. Lastly, the thing is getting racked up. I work for a rack shop so I have access to all the normal rack stuff plus the "fuck it, lets weld that bitch to the roof" sorta things too.
Anyways, any input/help would be appreciated from the car geeks of NS. Also any tips with these cars/good components for them would be helpful too. Thanks peeps.