IMHO, Drum brakes work very well in most applications. If you are a true sporty driver, you MAY notice a difference. Most folks will not notice any difference. Unless you ford a few creeks on your way home, the wet = no brakes is a non issue. Hot brakes = no brakes is also not a problem, unless of course, you are in the mountains with a large load on the rig going down a loooong steeeep hill. In that case, use your gears.
My one ton pick up has drum brakes on the rear axle. I almost always have a good sized load on it. With just my tools & full tanks of fuel it weighs in at 7,500 lbs. I am usually towing a double or triple axle trailer, that has (Gasp!), drum brakes! I live & work in the Colorado Rockies. For my work, I am often on steep, unimproved roads. Many times, I ford creeks to get to & from the job site. So far, ten years now, the drum brakes have been a non issue. YMMV as usual.
When I lived & worked in Western Oregon in the coast range mountains, (120" rain annually), driving similar rigs with drum brakes, they were also a non issue 15 years there.
I agree that “people bemoaning some pedestrian people mover that still has drum brakes are being car snobs.”
If we were talking about a true sports car, OK, drum brakes are not the best. We are talking about a Toyota Corolla for Christs sake!:smack: Get a grip! If the brakes will stop the car, & last a long time, all is good.