As far as I can gather, these things are reliable, available in manual, can be had with a supercharger (for a whip-whopping 210HP!), cost a little more than a 1996 T100 SR5 in excellent condition, about as fuel inefficient, but are 8 years newer. I think they look pretty good and are still “pickup-sized” and not TRUHHHK-sized. It’s basically Nissan’s answer to the crew-cab Tacoma of that year — with an actual 6' bed.
Well anyway, it was just a thought.