I compared this truck to the new Tacoma and Chevy Colorado. At the end of the day, the look of this truck and the engine power won me over. The exterior is really nice (most people think it's a titan at first), and the interior is no nonsence. The engine is solid and has a nice response. The stock tires and wheels are nice. The back seats are roomy and the fold up seats are great for cargo you don't want to put on the bed
The Manual transmission is clean (but could be improved)and the engine picks up great at any gear and has a nice sound. Cabin is really quiet.
The manual shifter is a bit soft. I would like to see it a bit firmer. The ride is a bit bouncier than I would like. Even on the freeway. Not much else that I can think of improving at the moment.