- "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 webpage.
The Canis Crusader is an off-road vehicle that appears in Grand Theft Auto V. The vehicle is the military variant of the Mesa, and as such, receives different features suited for combat use, such as armour. The automatic wanted level acquired when entering Fort Zancudo can make the Crusader difficult to obtain, although the car can simply be purchased.
In-game, it shares the design with the regular civilian Mesa, but with flat bumpers (as opposed to rounded bumpers seen on the Mesa), along with a different grille. 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. In real life, Jeeps are no longer used in combat, being replaced by the HMMWV, the real world equivalent of the Patriot.
The Crusader is powered by a naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder diesel engine. 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 its better durability.
- Can be bought for $225,000 from Warstock Cache & Carry.
- Found at Fort Zancudo.
- It can also be found driving outside Fort Zancudo if the player first approaches the fort before turning back to the highway.
- It spawns in Franklin's hanger if the player does not own any aircraft because it spawns where the aircraft does.
- The default radio station for the Crusader is:
- GTA V: Rebel Radio.
- There is 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.
- The Crusader is the second military SUV in the whole Grand Theft Auto series. The first is the Patriot.
- 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 a Mesa.
- Due to the Crusader being classified as a Government/Emergency vehicle, it can't be modified at a Los Santos Customs.
- The Crusader's headlights seem to be more vulnerable to being broken than the civilian Mesa's.
- In real life, the United States military would not be using Jeeps as their standard vehicles. They would be using Humvees.
- Its engine noise is different from its civilian version, being it sounding similar to the Cavalcade and the Sandking.