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The Mesa, also known as the Mesa Grande, is a compact SUV featured in both the 3D Universe and HD Universe. It is manufactured by Canis in the HD Universe.


3D Universe

Resembling a 1987–1995 Jeep Wrangler YJ (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.

HD Universe

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.

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3D Universe

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 what sounds like an inline-6 engine, which is large and powerful. The engine has been an inline throughout the 3D universe.

Grand Theft Auto V

It is powered by a what sounds like an diesel Inline-4, however, the cover is more like that of a V8. 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

Source Acceleration
(0 - 60mph / 0 - 100km/h)
Top Speed
(mph / km/h)
Engine Details
(Cubic Capacity/Layout/Type)
Number + Type
(Kg / lb)

(i.e. Game data definitions, or claimed in-game.) (Claimed Top Speeds)

n/a 81 / 130 (Handling.dat)


10% FWD
90% RWD


2400 / 5291

(i.e. recorded/tested using in-game data.) (Observed Top Speeds & Acceleration Times)

12.3 Seconds 85 / 137

F4 V8 (Cover)
Inline-4 Diesel (Sound)



Mass cannot be observed.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Type Upgrade Cost
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
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
  • The Transfender in Las Venturas charges 20% more for every modification except colors.

Grand Theft Auto V

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3D Universe


In GTA: SA and GTA: VCS, a Mesa depicted to be part of the Military is seen in specific moments in both games:

Grand Theft Auto V

There are three variants of the Mesa in GTA V.


The Crusader is 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 is featured in the game. It has almost the same features as any snowy vehicle.


An off-road variant of the Mesa is used by Merryweather Security, commonly referred to as the Merryweather Mesa.

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • 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.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • 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.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Whether the Snow variant of the Mesa spawns with a top or not, the interior is still clean for some reason.
  • Given that the Snow variant of the Mesa can only be seen immediately before the shootout in the Churchyard begins (and is absent afterwards) it is likely that the vehicle was obtained by Trevor as a getaway car to escape with.

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • 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.


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