Hooniverse Asks: Which current production car/truck is most closely analogous to the Soyuz spacecraft?

It would have to be something totally reliable, durable, hella safe, in production for a very long time with incremental improvements over time, and have a very utilitarian flavor of bad-ass-ity to it. My initial thought was the original Land Rover, but it’s been out of production for a long time, and the Soyuz is still here today. Which of TODAY’S vehicles is worthy of comparison?

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17 responses to “Hooniverse Asks: Which current production car/truck is most closely analogous to the Soyuz spacecraft?”

  1. neight428 Avatar

    Current generation dates back 10 model years
    Antiquated basic functional systems
    No adaptations of latest technology
    Demand increasing

    This is the Hooniverse

    The answer is 4Runner.

    1. Maymar Avatar


      I though breadloaf, but either way, UAZ is severely on brand.

      1. outback_ute Avatar

        The Toyota Hiace has recently released a new generation, but the previous cabover model would qualify as it ran 14 years and very much placed basic utilitarianism above comfort or safety.

    1. Kamil K Avatar
  2. caltemus Avatar

    Grumman LLV. Largely unchanged since it’s inception, and still running long past the original scope of design.


    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

      Wow, unexpectedly excellent answer!

      1. caltemus Avatar

        “The mail trucks are so old the Postal Service has trouble recruiting automotive techs who know how to fix them.”

        ref: https://www.trucks.com/2019/09/03/postal-service-delays-new-mail-truck-contract/

        They’ve done testing on the new replacements. I can’t wait to get an old GLLV and repower it for a useful little runabout. Those bodies will never degrade, even if the mechanicals leave a lot to be desired.

  3. nanoop Avatar

    VW Multivan, T4: it’s proven, reliable, not primitive but robust, everybody has used one at some point, and owners don’t want to junk it just yet.


  4. Vairship Avatar

    Soyuz was introduced in 1967 and, several generations later, upgraded versions are still being made.

    Looking through the Wikipedia list of cars introduced in 1967, the answer is obvious: the Chevy Camaro. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Cars_introduced_in_1967.
    Bonus points: the entity that launched it (USSR/Old GM) went bankrupt and was replaced by a slimmed down new entity (Russia/New GM).
    And it was a replacement for an earlier vehicle (Voskhod/Corvair) which was surpassed by a competitor (Gemini/Mustang).

  5. salguod Avatar

    Answer that fits the criteria and yet will offend everyone – Prius.

    Extremely reliable (tops in CR and True Delta surveys)
    Extremely durable (used as taxis around the world)
    Though they’ve been through a few redesigns, the basic design and technology is the same.

    Like the Soyuz, it does what it was intended to do with little fanfare and does it well, over and over again.

    1. Vairship Avatar

      And it drives as if it is being remotely piloted from thousands of miles away! 😉

  6. P161911 Avatar

    Hasn’t been updated in ages, still in production despite changes in corporate (Old/New GM vs USSR/Russia). Just does the work required. The Chevy https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7c06b2d785523d3fd87c61fa14357160498f07bc755a3d341c39ac2c04e1f862.png

  7. John Osborn; Avatar
    John Osborn;

    Let’s see: It’s been in continuous production since the mid-1960s and while it appears unchanging to the casual observer it actually has had several major revisions and a steady stream of updates every few years to the extent that virtually nothing remains of the original design other than the general concept. It’s a 911.