Don't you mean "... just BETTER looking?"Same as a Deluxe just not as fancy looking.
There are a handful of '79 Standards. Partly into the model year, Honda pulled them from North America and offered the Custom and Deluxe exclusively. I've only seen one or two in person.I believe 1978 was the only year the CX came with a Standard seat (at least in the US).
According the the '79 Addendum in the FSM, the '79 Standard has the later-style square reservoir. Of course, some you may see are a later substitution on a '78.The round brake reservoir is also another tell for a standard model vs the rest.
The CX Custom is technically a cruiser: with the teardrop tank, lower seat, and pegs positioned further forward.
I have to disagree with you on this ! Yes the Custom DOES look like a cruiser but the seat is not any lower, it's 31 inches and the pegs are not forward as much if at all like MOST cruisers.
I've always said the bike has an identity crisis in that it looks like a cruiser, but has a tall seat for a taller person but short distance to the pegs for a shorter person and is more comfy riding leaned forward like a "standard" or "touring bike" than a crusier.
It's like a a mish mash of different styles rolled into one.....just my opinion.