"The Crusader is a military-grade SUV popular with US armed forces in the Middle East and lesbians in the Pacific North West. Perfect for navigating hostile terrain like bombed-out villages and vegan craft fairs. Its four-cylinder diesel engine comes nowhere near to meeting US emission standards, but we're guessing that carbon footprint isn't top of your priority list."
Warstock Cache & Carry description.

The Canis Crusader is an off-road SUV that appears in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. The vehicle is the military variant of the Mesa.


Grand Theft Auto V

The Crusader is a military SUV a resembles a 2007–2009 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon for the sides and rear, with the front fascia being inspired by the UAZ-469. It may also be based on the Jeep J8, a military variant of the Jeep Wrangler.

In-game, it shares the overall design with the regular civilian Mesa, but comes with flat bumpers (as opposed to rounded bumpers seen on the Mesa) and two small step-bars at the rear quarter panels. The Crusader always has a desert camouflage along with a military star printed on the sides, similar to the stars on Willys Jeeps during World War 2.

Crusaders often comes with a black top that covers the upper side of the cab and the rear compartment, although in rare ocassions, it comes without them. By entering a Crusader, a Carbine Rifle is awarded to the player.

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Grand Theft Auto V

The Crusader is stated to be powered by a four-cylinder diesel engine, true to its in-game engine model, laid transversely in a front engine, all wheel drive layout, however, the cover is more similar to that of a V8. Its engine noise is different from its civilian version, sounding similar to the Cavalcade and the Sandking. Strangely, despite being almost identical to its civilian variant, the Crusader's engine layout and position is also completely different.

The acceleration and top speed are unremarkable, but it makes up for this with better handling. However, over-steer may become a problem, especially at high speeds. Its high center of gravity may make it prone to tipping over on uneven terrain. It is not capable of very much besides surviving excessive gunfire and multiple crashes before stalling or catching fire. It is somewhat slower than the regular Mesa, but makes up for this because of its improved durability.

The Crusader's headlights seem to be more vulnerable to being broken than the civilian Mesa's. This is due to the flat bumpers, which are less protective than the rounded bumpers on the civilian Mesas. Also, the Crusader, due to being classified as a Government/Emergency vehicle, cannot be modified at Los Santos Customs, but are still allowed to be repaired.

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Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
N/A 81 / 130 5 N/A AWD
60% FWD
40% RWD
2400 / 5291 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A N/A N/A 4-Cylinder Diesel (Website) N/A N/A N/A
Observed / First-Person Speedometer (Enhanced version)
N/A N/A 5 F4 V8 (Cover)
F4 DOHC Inline-4 (In-game model)
AWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Grand Theft Auto V

  • Crusaders can only be found at Fort Zancudo, or driving outside there if the player first approaches the fort before turning back to the highway.
    • Once inside, Crusaders will pursue the player, with either two or three men inside. The Crusaders will continue to pursue the player for a while after they leave the base, before eventually handing the chase over to regular police units.
  • Spawns during and can be obtained after completion of Trevor's fourth rampage, providing that the player leaves one un-destroyed during the mission. The roofless Crusader can also be obtained in this mission.
  • Can be bought for $225,000 from Warstock Cache & Carry, being delivered to the hangar of any protagonist that bought it. It can vary from roofed and roofless.

Grand Theft Auto Online



  • The Crusader is the second military SUV in the whole Grand Theft Auto series. The first is the Patriot, but only the 3D Universe model that is based upon the HMMWV and Hummer H1, as the HD Universe rendition (similar to the Hummer H2) does not have a military variant. In real life, Willys Jeeps are no longer used in combat, being replaced by the HMMWV, the real world equivalent of the Patriot.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • There was a bug that prevents the Crusader from appearing in the player's hangar after purchasing it from Warstock Cache & Carry. If the character owns any aircraft, the Crusader will not appear in the vehicle roster, however, this has been patched, and now the player can buy it and pick it up at the hangar normally.
  • In the beta version of the game, the Crusader was the only vehicle in the Cargo Plane in the mission Minor Turbulence (as it was seen in the second trailer), but was replaced with the Merryweather Mesa.
  • Unlike the Barracks and the Barracks Semi, the Crusader features a mark on the cargo compartment that says "Los Santos National Forces". However, like the mentioned trucks, the marks are mirrored in the right side.
  • Although Crusaders are available only in a desert camouflage, those that are obtained from Fort Zancudo will have white trimmings found on the inverse of panels and inside the trunk bed. However, those that are purchased from the website will come will an applied color on the same trimmings, usually a red color.

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Strangely, the Crusader can only be selected in a online race as a "SUV" instead of a off-road vehicle, despite the fact that it is highly recommended for off-roading, it does not appear in the off-road list, while the normal Mesa does.
  • If the player selects the Crusader for a GTA Online race, and recolours it, the colour will be applied to only the white trimmings found on the inverse of panels and inside the trunk bed.

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