Felt the same way 18 years ago, and bought an El Camino, still
drive it everyday. The S10 is a modern replacement, no where near the
class. Jap pickups are very popular. Once had a full size pickup, not
a good choice for everyday car. [ Hard to park ]
You did not mention lifestyle, price range, or is it an only car.
Not having a backseat could be an issue for some, that's why the
Mini Van / SUV craze. If you need 4WD, most are. Beds rot out quick
on many mini pickups, a fabricated flatbed could solve some problems.