Resembling a 1987–1995 Jeep Wrangler (as evidenced by its rectangular headlights and signal lights) and differing by its horizontal slitted grille design, the vehicle is evidently a compact SUV with a heightened ground clearance and large wheels to facilitate offroading. The vehicle comes in three variations with regards to the occupants' compartment, including a canvas top, a rollbar, or nothing at all. The vehicle can only seat two, despite having additional back seats.
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. In GTA San Andreas it can be upgraded at TransFender.
The vehicle is updated, now a four-door SUV that resembles the 2007-2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. The rear of the car lacks the spare tire that the older variants 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 it is always a convertible, it may appear both with or without its removable hard-top.
Its performance is similar to that of the Blista Compact and Sentinel, due to its light weight and short wheelbase, and it is significantly nimble and possesses above average pickup and torque than speed. However, as a compact SUV, it only has a moderate top speed. Its light weight and stiff suspension may also result in frequent rollovers on uneven terrain or in accidents. It is powered by an inline six-cylinder engine, which is large and powerful. The engine has been an inline throughout the 3D universe.
It is powered by a what is modeled as an Inline-4, however, the engine sound is more similar to a V8, as well as the engine cover. The engine gives the Mesa an average top speed and good acceleration due to its light weight. However, it has a wide turning radius and needs to be driven moderately. The vehicle performs well off-road due to its full 4WD drivetrain and light weight, and it has excellent torque which allows it to climb very steep hills. Durability is excellent, as the vehicle is able to take considerable abuse from gunfire and collisions before the engine fails.
GTA V Overview
(0 - 60mph / 0 - 100km/h)
(mph / km/h)
(AWD / FWD / RWD)
Number + Type
(Kg / lb)
|n/a||81 / 130 (Handling.dat)||
2400 / 5291
|12.3 Seconds||85 / 137||
V8 (sound + cover)
Mass cannot be observed.
GTA: San Andreas
- The Mesa Grande has been adopted for use by the National Guard. In GTA San Andreas, they 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 only 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 civilian 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
- The Mesa can be modified at TransFenders.
|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|
|Off Road Wheel||$ 1000|
|Car Stereo||Bass Boost||$ 100|
- The Transfender in Las Venturas charges 20% more for every modification except colors.
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GTA: Vice City
- Commonly spawned throughout Vice City.
- Sometimes spawns in the car park behind the Hyman Memorial Stadium.
GTA San Andreas
- During the mission "Robbing Uncle Sam" at the army depot in Ocean Docks, Los Santos. Occasionally features a dark green roof.
- Sometimes spawns around the Mulholland Safehouse.
- At the base of Mount Chiliad (only when wanted for export).
- Importable from Easter Basin docks after being delivered, for $20,000.
- During the mission "Misappropriation" in various spots around Aldea Malvada, Tierra Robada.
- Seen commonly in Verdant Bluffs and around beach areas in Los Santos, such as Verona Beach, East Beach and Santa Maria Beach.
- Common around Missionary Hill.
- Seen around Greenglass College and Blackfield Stadium.
GTA: Vice City Stories
- Parked in the parking lot at 1102 Washington Street in Washington Beach.
- A military version is found in the northwest area of Fort Baxter Air Base.
- Rarely spawns near the curb at Fort Baxter Air Base, near the bridge that links to Little Havana. This happens most often when you're already in a Mesa Grande.
- Fairly common around Los Santos.
- Spawns around Blaine County and other rural areas.
- Spawns in the parking lot at the Korean Plaza.
- Spawns in Two Hoots Falls in Tongva Valley, Los Santos County, San Andreas.
- There are two story missions in which the Merryweather version can be obtained, and only Michael is able to obtain it.
- The Wrap Up - when Merryweather arrive at the Kortz Center and attack Michael, steal one of the Mesas and use it to make your escape. You are able to keep it after the mission.
- Meltdown - when Merryweather reinforcements arrive in the Mesas, steal one and store it on Michael's garage. It will still be there post-mission.
- Also it can be obtained by other characters with save editing.
- Spawns in the parking lot at the Rebel Radio Building on Route 68 in Grand Senora Desert, Blaine County.
- Spawns fairly commonly in Paleto Bay.
- Parked next to the curb of the Paleto Tattoo parlor on Duluoz Avenue in Paleto Bay.
- The normal Canis Mesa can be found around Blaine County and Los Santos.
- The vehicle plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
- "Mesa" in Spanish and Portuguese means table and "Grande" means big.
- The name of the vehicle is a reference of the geological formation of the same name, an elevated area of land with a flat top and sides that are usually steep cliffs. It takes its name from its characteristic table-top shape. As an off road vehicle, the name implies it can pass through mesa areas easily.
- In GTA San Andreas, if an overweight Grove Street gang member sits on the passenger seat, 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 Online, it can be selected as both Off-road and SUV in a race, but the Crusader appears only in the "SUV" list, despite being slower, not luxurious and highly used as an off-road vehicle.