I'm one of those who has a lot of use for a truck, but who doesn't much like the traditional pickup arrangement. Honda did an intelligent job of rethinking the pickup and came up with something that for this user, continues to make a whole lot of sense. I've hauled a great deal with it, from wobbly old wooden boats to loads of lumber, carrying 6500 pounds at 70 mph over hundreds of miles sometimes. This truck can do the work. Meanwhile, I can keep my tools secure in the trunk, not out in an open bed. I can carry long lumber and spars on the roof rack. It's awesome on snowy, variable roads, or blasting down a dirt road at 40 mph. 87k on the first set of tires. Don't get the RT--the seats stain
The rigid body, coupled with the independent suspension all around, gives the truck a great feel on the highway, and great traction. In towing, the disadvantage of not having a solid rear axle to dominate the load is made up for with the excellent traction of the rear end.
Get rid of the cloth seats that stain if you look at them cross eyed. I also only average 17 mpg and it seems like it ought to be better, but this is a pretty heavy vehicle at 4500 pounds. Wish I didn't have to upgrade so far for heated mirrors and better seats.