The NOOSE Cruiser shares the chassis of the Police Cruiser (based on a Ford Crown Victoria), albeit with a red and blue LED light bar in place of the Police Cruiser's red and white rotary halogen V-bar, and NOOSE livery rather than that of the LCPD. Like the NOOSE Patriot, the LED light bar does not make a distorted sound after being crushed or shot at with a weapon like the Police Cruiser's/Patrol's V-bar.
The NOOSE Cruiser's livery is loosely based on the livery of Homeland Security vehicles. The livery also bears a passing resemblance to the New Jersey State Police livery, both containing blue and yellow vertical stripes.
Strangely, despite being a NOOSE-issued vehicle, only regular police officers occupy it.
When compared to the similar Police Cruiser, the NOOSE Cruiser has superior performance stemming from an array of upgrades. The engine seems more lively and features a significantly better power band resulting in better acceleration and a higher top speed. The brakes are far sharper, the suspension is less susceptible to roll, gear shifting is quicker, and the steering appears to be more precise. Traction also seems to be improved over its LCPD counterpart.
The most significant upgrade, however, isn't the improvements made to the overall handling; Rather, a unique feature loosely based around the function of the electronic stability program that drastically improves its capacity to corner at speed. Essentially, the inner wheels tend to brake heavier than the outer wheels when cornering, pulling the vehicle closer to the apex without producing under steer on the exit. Ironically, despite being such a cumbersome sedan, this Cruiser can match the performance of the more balanced upper-class super cars.
The NOOSE Cruiser is sometimes called out when a 3-star Wanted level is attained, and is used to create roadblocks and pursue the player. The car serves roughly the same role as the NOOSE Patriot. The NOOSE Cruiser most commonly appears when the player attempts to cross the bridges or when the player is on foot.
In The Ballad of Gay Tony, the NOOSE Cruiser appears to spawn more often than in GTA IV when Luis is being chased by the police. It even goes as far as to replace Police Cruisers, which are usually the designated pursuit vehicles.
- Hijacking a NOOSE Cruiser without a wanted level will not gain a wanted level.
- When the player steals a NOOSE Cruiser from a roadblock, the headlights will stay on whether it is night or day and the player can only switch them to high beam or low beam.
- Unlike the Police Cruiser/Patrol drivers, the NOOSE Cruiser doesn't try to block the player's car. Instead, they act much like the NOOSE Patriot, ramming directly on the car.
- Also unlike Police Cruiser, when the front passenger shoot at the player, he will hold one hand on the roof of the car and another hand on the weapon while sitting on the door, as opposed to the Police Cruiser who simply aims the weapon at the player without sitting on the door.