Purchased 04 standard cab new, basic nuts and bolts truck. I did put a cab cover on. The thing that stands out most on this truck is its durability. I live in a city that has lots of bad roads, and while Honda CVCC's are tiptoeing around pot holes I plow right through them, and love to look in my rear views at expressions of awe. I did have to replace the front brakes at 45K, but other than that it's very reliable and a blast to drive.
Reliability, inexpensive to maintain, fun to drive.
Better seating, I would say better power but its a 4cyl and was upgraded to 160hp in the 05 model year anyway.