Vehicles play an important role in The Last of Us, as they offer transportation and serve as blockades. After 20 years, most vehicles have run out of fuel, their parts have rusted, their batteries drained, or their tires decayed.
List of VehiclesEdit
This vehicle is identical to a 2007-2013 GMC Sierra 2500HD SLT, but it doesn't have any emblems/badges. It was acquired by Joel in Bill's Town, where Bill agreed to help him find a car in order to travel to Wyoming. The truck was found by Ellie in a house where Frank had killed himself. When Ellie tried to start it, the trio discovered that the truck was still driveable. Though possibly brand new and at most a few years old at the time of the outbreak, the truck is at least twenty years old by the events of the game. Once started, the truck idles a little rough and sounds like it needs a tuneup, but ultimately runs and drives just fine. The tires do not seem to be rotted and the electrical system works as well. The cassette player even works, as shown when Ellie plays an old country music tape (stolen from Bill) on the drive to Pittsburgh. The truck's air conditioner seems to work, as the part of the game in which it is driven takes place during the summer and the windows are up during the drive. If the A/C system has not developed a leak, it is possible for it to hold a charge indefinitely. It can only be assumed that Frank repaired any issues with the truck using scavenged parts and put in all new fluids (oil, coolant, gas, etc.).
The truck has a manual transmission, so the trio pop the clutch to start it. Bill and Joel pushed the truck down a hill, while Ellie was trying to start it. After saying their goodbyes, Joel and Ellie head to Pittsburgh, where they discovered the road was blocked by abandoned cars. The truck was totaled when a Hunter driving a bus crashed into the truck and caused it to crash into a convenience store. Despite being in a major wreck, the truck's airbags do not deploy, more than likely because years of neglect had caused the system to deteriorate to the point of being inoperable.
The same model pickup truck is also featured in a photograph along the wall leading downstairs in Joel's house; Joel and Tommy are posing in front of it.
Armed with a .50 caliber mounted machine gun, the Humvee was used to seek out areas to look for any remaining supplies. One of them was salvaged from the fighting in Pittsburgh. The Hunters were able to fix the Humvee and ever since they used it to kill any survivors that they find. Unlike standard Humvees, the vehicle was wrapped with barbed wire and had a body strapped to the hood, along with a RUN sign revealing that the Hunters are sadistic. The Hunters managed to salvage it after the uprising there, and later used the Humvee to kill 2 other survivors, and attempt to kill Joel, Ellie, Sam and Henry.
Troop Transport TruckEdit
This vehicle was used to carry soldiers to different places. Like the Humvee, they were used to check out areas and look for any remaining supplies. One can found crashed into the high school in Bill's Town. Frank managed to take the battery from the truck and install it in the pick-up truck. The Fireflies launched an attack on one in Boston when Joel and Tess were hunting Robert.
Tommy owned an SUV resembling a 1997-2001 Jeep Cherokee at the start of the game. Tommy's SUV was wrecked by another truck, resembling a 2006-2008 Dodge Ram, when he was trying to escape the town with Joel and Sara. In the final chapter, Joel stole an SUV resembling a 2004-2009 Dodge Durango from the parking garage of the hospital in Salt Lake City and used it to drive to Jackson, but it broke down right on the outskirts and he and Ellie had to walk the rest of the way.
Cars, vans, buses, RVs, SUVs, and trucks were abandoned when the Infection started. They serve as obstacles and some must be climbed in order to advance through an area. All vehicles are generic and unnamed but are obviously based on real vehicles. For example the police cars in every town are based on 1998-2011 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors. Taxicabs are based on the Crown Victoria as well. One type of SUV appears to be a combination of styling from the 1999-2004 and 2005-2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Full-size vans and ambulances are based on the venerable real-life 1992-2007 Ford E-series platform. There is also a van that looks like a Dodge Sprinter. Other vehicles found in the game that look like real-life vehicles include an old pickup that resembles the 1967-1972 Chevrolet/GMC CK trucks, a compact pickup that resembles a Ford Ranger, a hatchback that looks like a 1980s Honda Civic, a compact 4-door that looks like a 1st-gen Chevy Aveo, a fire engine that resembles a Mack MC Pumper and a larger 4-door that looks like a combination of a late 1990s Toyota Camry and a 1997-2004 Chevy Malibu. Another vehicle is what seems to be a blend of a 1972 Ford Ranchero and a 1970 Chevrolet El Camino found in the suburbs right when the sniper is encountered. It is also found in the prologue in Joel's backyard and outside of the bar where Tommy holds back the infected from Joel and Sarah. The University chapter also prominently features a model of box truck which resembles an Isuzu delivery truck, several of which are scattered around the campus. Several M2 Bradley IFVs are seen dotted around Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City.
- The pickup truck appears to be a 2007-2013 GMC Sierra SLT. However it supposedly has a manual transmission. Neither the Silverado or Sierra came with an option for a manual transmission for those years.
- Ellie is told to hit the clutch however there is no clutch pedal in the truck, just a gas pedal and brake pedal. This is possibly an error the game artists left out
- As Joel and Bill jump in the truck to escape the neighborhood filled with infected, Ellie shifts near the center console, however, the shifter is on the steering wheel column.
- Ellie steals a country music cassette from Bill and plays it in the truck. The design of the truck is modeled on a 2007-2013 GMC Sierra SLT, including the interior. A cassette player was never an option on this generation. The CD player is visible, but the cassette player is not. When Ellie inserts the cassette into nothingness, the digital display for the truck's air conditioner/HVAC controls, not its radio, flashes "TAPE."
- The truck is a two-toned color and appears to be a 2007-2013 model, however GMC phased out two-toned color trucks in the 1990s.
- The SUV that Joel and Ellie drove to Tommy's town in the ending is the same as the SUVs that Ellie and Riley threw bricks at in the mall in Left Behind
- It is possible that Joel has an interest in classic cars. In the Hometown chapter, there is a vehicle what seems to be loosely based off a mid 70's El Camino in his backyard. On the wall in his office, as he is about to shoot Jimmy Cooper, a picture of a fictitious American muscle car called a GT 143 can be seen hanging on the wall.