The S-10 mimics the big Chevy pickups with the horizontal bar grille and nicely rounded contours. It looks like a truck. No trick, no gimmicks, just sincere serviceability.
A bedliner, available as an accessory from the dealer, is good for keeping the double-wall pickup box safe from dents and scratches and helps things ride more quietly. The bed has four tie-downs, one at the upper edge of each corner. More tie-downs would be helpful, actually, in securing loads of various sizes.
Unlike many 4WD pickups, the standard 4x4 S-10 doesn't shout its identity. Aggressive P235/75R15 on/off road tires are a hint. The five-spoke aluminum wheels available only with four-wheel drive offer another clue. More important for those with work to do: The tailgate on the 4x4 drops for a 22.7-inch lift-over height, actually lower than the extended cab 4x2 S-10's load height; that can save on back strain.