The Vapid Stanier is a four-door executive sedan found in Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto V. There have been two generations of the Stanier in the HD Universe of GTA.. Theories suggest that Stanier's are fleet only vehicles, which then can be sold as civilian units after their primary function with various agencies.
The Stanier is based primarily on the Ford Crown Victoria. The Crown Victoria is a popular vehicle for police and taxi applications for its performance and durability due to its body-on-frame construction, rear wheel drive layout, and V8 powertrain. While GTA IV only had the 1st generation Stanier, two versions, can be seen in GTA V.
1st Generation (GTA IV)
Regardless of its application, the Vapid Stanier features a front pushbar, CB radio equipment, and black wheels with chrome centercaps. Law enforcement models additionally have a police computer, roof-mounted lightbars, and a spotlight mounted on the driver's side. The taxi variants have a rear pushbar, fare meter, taxi lights and markers, and a hood-mounted taxi medallion; some taxis may also have roof-mounted advertising.
1st Generation (GTA V)
1st generation Stanier models from GTA IV can be seen as civilian units in GTA V. The conclusion can be drawn up that these untis were former fleet cars then sold to civilians. This supports the theory that Stanier's are fleet vehicles only. It can be assumed that the LSPD used the same Vapid Stanier vehicles that the LCPD used in GTA IV, but only with LSPD markings.
2nd Generation (GTA V)
The updated Stanier that has been released prior to the events of GTA V, features a commercial model, which is the basis of the Police Cruiser, Taxi, Sheriff's Cruiser and Unmarked Cruiser. This variant is based on the 1998-2011 model of the Crown Vic. Civilian versions of the newer Stanier are not in GTA V. Compared to the first generation, this unit is more square in shape then the more bulbous 1st generation Stanier.
The Stanier is powered by a 4.6L V8, coupled to a 5 speed gearbox in a RWD layout. Acceleration is good, and the top speed is above average and its braking and suspension are very good. It has a low rev limit, which can be felt at higher rpms. Also, the engine feels as if it runs out of steam before the transmission switches gear. It has a higher top speed than its Declasse- branded competitor (Merit).
The car's weakness lies in its poor suspension, as the car experiences incredible amounts of body roll and has a tendency to oversteer off throttle. Stability is average at high speeds, but due to its very soft suspension the car does wallow and float about quite a bit. The car does appear to have some decent tires on it, however, which does help with improving the handling quality, if only just a bit.
Crash deformation is also average, and the suspension does not take very long to start meandering one way or the other. The engine is not fragile, but is certainly not the toughest to destroy in the game, although it fares better than the Police Buffalo.
Spawns rarely, at the morning (between 8am and 11am), in Strawberry District.