I went from a little import sports car to what seemed a "big" vehicle. I came to love it like no other vehicle I have ever owned. On snow and ice it handles beautifully. For an SUV it gets great gas mileage. I personally don't like 4 door SUV's because they seem too long and ugly so the Sport model was right up my alley. It looks cool, rides great, and is just plain fun to drive.
I love the body style of the 96. It's curvy enough to not look boxy, yet not so curved as to seem shapeless. It really is a great looking SUV.
I do agree that the back seats are uncomfortable. The passenger seat legroom leaves something to be desired if you are tall.