Whilst my folks are galavanting around Europe, I have had a chance to galavant around in my Dad's ute. Aside from being a little more difficult to negotiate out my driveway, it's been excellent. Especially for transporting dogs and gear to a dog show. You would not hazard the amount of crap one lugs in and out to show one small dog off to his potential.
I also quite like being higher up on the motorway. And I have even quite enjoyed driving a manual again.
Thanks Hilt - she's bloody beaUTEy, boy!