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The Merit is a four-door sedan featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto IV. It is manufactured by Declasse in the HD Universe.

Design

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Merit is originally based on a fifth generation (1991-1996) Mazda 929, and is one of a handful of vehicles in GTA San Andreas with a rounded body design.

Grand Theft Auto IV

In Grand Theft Auto IV, the Merit, now bearing a Declasse badge, is redesigned with a similar look to the 1999-2005 Chevrolet Impala LS (evidenced by the foglights and the spoiler, as does the real-life Impala LS.), with the back seemingly inspired by a fifth generation 1995-1997 Honda Accord. The front bumper could be derived from a variety of cars, but the headlights and front grille are reminiscent of a fourth generation Pontiac GTO. The wheels seem to be based on American Racing's line of chrome IROC-Z wheel replicas. Unlike the Chevrolet Impala, which is a FWD car, the GTA IV rendition of the Merit is a RWD car. The Merit is the civilian counterpart of the Police Patrol and a variant of the Taxi in GTA IV. The vehicle is equipped with a GPS system with a female voice, but only if the player leaves the "selected cars" (default) option in the audio menu.

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Performance

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

This rendition of the Merit is designed as a balanced out performance, having average brake response and cornering, and good acceleration and speed. Coupled with its four-seat capacity, the Merit is practically a good choice for drive-bys and police evasion although crash deformation is not impressive. The Output HP for the Merit is 205HP. The Merit is a good starting car for new street racers as it can compare with cars like the Euros and Alpha. The top speed of the Merit is 212KPH.

GTA San Andreas Overview


Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.cfg
N/A 103 / 165 5 Petrol RWD 1800 / 3968
Observed
N/A N/A N/A N/A RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto IV

The GTA IV rendition of the Merit is powered by a twin cam Inline-4, mated to a 5-speed transmission in a RWD layout. Acceleration is good, but nothing special, and in line with the Merit's vanilla, everyday sedan image. Braking is very good. The suspension is very firm, keeping the Merit flat through corners, and enabling it to corner effectively at speed. Accident deformation is acceptable, as the Merit will survive a few frontal impacts before being rendered unusable. The Merit seems suited towards any situation; it is capable of high speeds and it seems able to survive a serious car chase, making it a versatile addition to any parking space.

GTA IV Overview


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engines Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.dat
N/A 87 / 140 5 N/A RWD 1750 / 3858
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A 5 FR DOHC Inline-4 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed

Modifications

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Merit can be upgraded at TransFender.

Type Upgrade Cost
Color Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $ 150
Hood Fury Scoop $ 150
Exhausts Large Exhaust $ 250
Medium Exhaust $ 200
Twin Exhaust $ 300
Upswept Exhaust $ 400
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000
Roof Roof Scoop $ 80
Spoilers Drag $ 200
Fury $ 350
Worx $ 200
Alpha $ 250
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

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Variants

Taxi (Declasse)

Main article: Taxi

The Declasse Taxi in Grand Theft Auto IV is the public service variant of the Merit, having the typical taxi yellow color, taxi sign and pushbars on both ends of the vehicle. It is operated by the L.C.C. Taxis.

Police Patrol

Main article: Police Patrol

The Police Patrol from Grand Theft Auto IV is the police version of the Merit, having the same accesories as the Vapid Police Cruiser, such as emergency lights, sirens and a front pushbar. It is operated by the LCPD.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Notable owners

Locations

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto IV + Episodes from Liberty City

Rewards

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • After collecting all thirty cars for Stevie, he agrees to purchase cars from Niko Bellic, with the Merit fetching $1,800.

Trivia

General

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • The Merit has the same engine sound as the ZR-350.

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • The beta version of the Merit has different grille and rims, as seen in the first trailer.
  • The GTA IV rendition of the car unusually features a metal partition between the front and rear occupant compartments, similar to the Taxi and Police Patrol, despite being a private vehicle and thus, having no need for it.
  • Sometimes in GTA IV, if police are chasing a criminal on foot, and the player exits a regular Merit, it may be commandered by the police.
  • In GTA IV, there is a wrecked version of the Merit. It appears to be the beta version, due to having a different grille and lights. It also appears in GTA V, but with better textures. In GTA V, it can be found at the Scrap Yard, near a destroyed Packer, at a place beside the Harmony Gas Station, and at a yard of a repair shop near LSMC.

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