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"The Classic commercial delivery truck. Inconspicuous, secure, reliable. What happens in the back, stays in the back."
―Civilian Mule, Warstock Cache & Carry description.
"Instead of being stuck behind one of these on a narrow road, why not be the one causing the traffic jam instead? Move everything from furniture to laboratory equipment or keep it empty and just enjoy the ride."
―Heist Mule, Warstock Cache & Carry description.

The Mule is a box truck that appeared in every game after Grand Theft Auto III with the exception of Grand Theft Auto Advance and Chinatown Wars. It is manufactured by Maibatsu in the HD Universe.


With the exception of Grand Theft Auto V, the Mule can only support two occupants in the cab; the cargo hold does not normally open, but the cargo hold can be exposed when the door is removed - the truck will contain various items of cargo in Vice City, San Andreas, and Vice City Stories. In Grand Theft Auto V, the cargo hold allows 4 passengers to sit on the wheel wells (needs verification).

When introduced in Grand Theft Auto III, the Mule served as a mid-size straight "luton" truck a step below the Yankee, thus being smaller in size (in actuality being narrower) and lighter. As a result, the Mule fares better in speed and acceleration but still possess average-to-poor cornering. In addition, the truck's high center of gravity may also result in easier rollovers and an inability to return upright in many occasions. The small wheels on the Mule also relate to this problem. The GTA III era Mule most closely resembles a 1989 or 1990 Ford E-350 cube van.

In GTA IV, it resembles a mid 1990's Mitsubishi Fuso FM series and the fifth generation Isuzu Elf N-Series. It doesn't tip over as easily as previous games' renditions of the Mule, but is still slow, at 97 mph. The GTA IV Mule is manufactured by Maibatsu, and has a 3 litre diesel engine, according to the badging. ABS braking is standard. The Mule comes with various company names painted on the sides, as well as a version with no markings.

In GTA IV, like the Benson, the Mule does not power with air-brake but instead, it powers with disc/disk-brake and/or drum brake.

In Grand Theft Auto V, the Mule allows rear passengers to stand in the back or on the roof, in addition to 4 passengers sitting on the rear wheel wells. To sit on the rear wheel wells, both front seats must be filled. Once the front seats are filled, a player can press the enter vehicle button and they will "pop" onto one of the rear wheel wells. Pressing the shoot or buttons while seated on a wheel well will open the rear door allowing other players to stand in the back.


3D Universe

Overall, the Mule has a good durability, but not as good as any other truck, however, the truck has a good top speed, and an acceptable acceleration, capable of getting to a decent speed with causing too much over steer. The truck's brakes are its main downside, they seem to take a while to make the Mule come to a complete stop, and when it does, it usually results in a crash, or the truck taking a while to regain speed, making it a bad choice for a getaway vehicle.

HD Universe

Returning to GTA IV and V, the truck returns as a much more durable and acceptable vehicle, it can now reach high speeds at a better time, and its top speed is also higher. Over steer isn't as common, but can still happen, and, if steering is performed to quickly, it will result in the vehicle to tipple over, but usually doesn't fall onto its side, which is unusual for a vehicle of its size.

Available in GTA Online is the Armored version of the Mule, which sports an added bull-bar, and a metal undercarriage (useful to prevent other vehicles from getting stuck in-between the wheels). In comparison to the standard Mule, the Armored version has slightly improved acceleration and top speed, but no overall change in braking or handling. The main difference between the two is ramming power, where the Armored version has similar ramming capabilities to the Insurgent, as it can ram vehicles at a high speed without losing too much speed itself, and move vehicles smaller than it with little to no wheelspin, both something the standard Mule cannot do.

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 100 / 161 (handling.dat)


RWD (handling.dat)

5 (handling.dat)

5500 / 12125 (handling.dat)

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

10.32 Seconds 82 / 132

FR Inline-4



Mass cannot be observed.



A Vice Voice Mule in GTA Vice City, with stacks of newspapers visible in the back.

III Mule signs

Company liveries: The Mars Gas Corporation, Turtle Head Fishing Company, Sparki, Yo-Ma's Frozen Fish Products.

Mule sign 4

Graffiti tags.

Mule sign 1

Graffiti tags.

Mule signs

GTA IV Company liveries: Betta Pharmaceuticals, Bean Machine Coffee, Alpha Mail Couriers, Easy Lay Carpet, Candybox, Cherenkov Vodka.



GTA Vice City

GTA San Andreas

GTA Liberty City Stories

  • Parking area of Portland Harbor, Portland, Liberty City

GTA Vice City Stories

GTA IV + Episodes from Liberty City


GTA Online


3D Universe

HD Universe

  • An all black Mule appears in the missions Master Data and Truck Off in GTA Online.
  • A unique armored version is available as part of the Heists Update. It's distinguished from the civilian version by having a protective bullbar and side barriers, looking like a "mini-Benson" from GTA V.

GTA V variations

GTA SA variants




  • By default, the Mule plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • In the Saints Row series, there is also a truck named Mule. However, it is larger and shaped more like a moving truck, which resembles the HD Universe Benson
  • The name Mule is a reference to "drug mule", the term for someone that smuggles drugs for someone else. This is strengthened by the GTA V Warstock Cache and Carry Description of the Mule.
  • To enter the back of the Mule, shoot the back doors lightly and then climb onto the roof of the Mule.
  • It is the third vehicle and also the first box truck to appear in the entire series. (For a brief moment). The second being Banshee and the first being Securicar.


  • Due to its height, the Mule in GTA IV cannot be sold at Stevie's garage, as it will not fit inside.
  • The Mule seen in first trailer seems to have a black line of text or graffiti in the front. It is not seen in the final game.


  • In Grand Theft Auto V, the Mule's jacking animation cannot be interrupted by any input. So, when you hit someone else's car and he tries to pull you out to attack you, he instead enters your Mule and drives off.
  • In GTA V, Mules from a distance will appear to have bright white wheels, this is most likely a texture glitch. This is most effective at night.
    • Due to increased render distances, this is fixed in the enhanced version of the game (PS4/XB1/PC).
  • In GTA Online, if a player stands on the front end of the cargo-hold's roof while another player drives, the truck may randomly "wheelie", causing the player to fall off.
  • Getting on top of the Mule while it's moving will not result the player to fall off unless it crashes, tips over or if it goes under a low underpass.

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