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A Mesa in GTA V.
(Rear quarter view; without top).
Also known as Mesa Grande
Vehicle type Civilian car
Body style 2-door SUV (3D Universe)
4-door SUV (HD Universe)
Capacity 2 (driver and passenger, 3D Universe)
4 (driver and 3 passengers, HD Universe)
Appearance(s) GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Vice City Stories
Grand Theft Auto V
Manufacturer Canis (HD Universe)
Related vehicle(s) Crusader
Merryweather Mesa

The Canis Mesa is a compact SUV that appears in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories and Grand Theft Auto V. In its original appearance and VCS, it is known as the Mesa Grande. The beta version of this vehicle was probably dubbed the "Desperado", as indicated in some game files.


3D Universe

Resembling a 1987–1995 Jeep Wrangler (as evidenced by its rectangular headlights and signal lights) and differing by its horizontal slitted grille design, the Mesa Grande is evidently a compact SUV with a heightened ground clearance and large wheels to facilitate offloading. The Mesa Grande comes in three variations with regards to the occupants' compartment, including a canvas top, a rollbar or nothing at all. The Mesa Grande can only seat two.

While more common in GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories, the Mesa is a rather rare vehicle in GTA San Andreas, as it does not spawn much, and only has prominent appearances in Missions and when wanted in the Exports and Imports side-mission. GTA San Andreas' Mesa, however, can be upgraded at TransFender.

HD Universe

In GTA V, the Mesa resembles the 2007-2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. The rear of the truck lacks the spare tire that the older Mesa Grandes used to have. There are now circular headlights instead of square. The front fascia and grille resemble that of a UAZ 469. There are also various other cosmetic differences from a Jeep Wrangler, such as different taillights. Although the Mesa is always a convertible, it may appear both with or without its removable hard-top.


3D Universe

The Mesa Grande's performance is similar to that of the Blista Compact and Sentinel, due to its light weight and short wheelbase, the Mesa Grande is significantly nimble and possesses above average pickup and torque than speed. However, as a compact SUV, the Mesa Grande only has a moderate top speed. Its light weight and stiff suspension may also result in frequent rollovers on uneven terrain or in accidents. The Mesa is powered by a six-cylinder engine, which is large and powerful. The engine has been an inline throughout the 3D universe.

HD Universe

The Mesa is powered by a Seminole's V6, wich grants average top speed and good acceleration due to it's light weight, However, it has a wide turning radius and needs to be driven moderately, off-roading as expected, it performs very well due to it's full 4WD and light weight, it can climb near-vertical hills.


GTA San Andreas

  • The Mesa Grande has been adopted for use by the National Guard. In GTA San Andreas, Mesa's are featured in "Robbing Uncle Sam" to be used by the National Guard (sometimes with a green roof), while a military variant of the Mesa Grande in GTA Vice City Stories, painted in military green, is available in the Fort Baxter Air Base. Both variants are still referred to by their original names, Mesa and Mesa Grande.


There are three variants of the Mesa in GTA V:

  • The Crusader, a military version operated by the army, only found in Fort Zancudo.
  • A snow covered variant, which can be seen during the mission Bury the Hatchet.
  • An off-road version used by Merryweather operatives with raised suspension, bigger wheels and tires and a snorkel intake. This variant also features various military enhancements such as reinforced bumpers, a winch and a full tubular exo-skeleton with a roof rack and high-power lamps. Like the regular vehicle, it may appear both with or without its removable hard-top. Performance-wise, the Merryweather Mesa is slower than its civilan counterpart but makes up for it with impressive torque, allowing it to climb near-vertical hills. It is also more capable off-road, owing to the higher ground clearance and aggressive off-road tires, but the ground clearance means it also has a tendency to roll on corners with bad camber. The bodywork is able to withstand a remarkable amount of damage thanks to the external roll cage.


GTA San Andreas

Type Upgrade Cost
Color Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $ 150
Exhausts Large Exhaust $ 250
Medium Exhaust $ 200
Twin Exhaust $ 300
Lights Round Fog Lamp $ 100
Square Fog Lamp $ 50
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000
Wheels Import $ 820
Atomic $ 770
Ahab $ 1000
Virtual $ 620
Access $ 1140
Off Road Wheel $ 1000
Mega $ 1030
Grove $ 1230
Twist $ 1200
Wires $ 1560
Car Stereo Bass Boost $ 100
Hydraulics Hydraulics $ 1500
  • The Transfender in Las Venturas charges 20% more for every modification except colors.


GTA Vice City

GTA San Andreas

GTA Vice City Stories


GTA Online

  • The Merryweather version may be obtained by calling mercenaries on someone and then stealing one from them.
  • The normal Canis Mesa can be found around Blaine County and Los Santos.


  • The Mesa Grande plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • "Mesa Grande" is Spanish and Portuguese for big table.
  • In GTA San Andreas, if a fat Grove Street gang member sits on the passenger seat of the Mesa, the seat will completely disappear and in its place will be his body. The seat will reappear again once the gang member exits the vehicle.
  • In GTA V, on several occasions, this vehicle spawns in black, and when it's referred with this color, it would be called a 'Black Mesa', which refers to the name of the research facility present in Half-Life, which is called Black Mesa Research Facility.


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