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For a similar vehicle in Grand Theft Auto V, see Rancher XL.
Guy#1: "What kind of moron would drive this car?"
Guy#2: "Hey, my wife drives one of these."
Guy#1: "Oh, sorry man."
—GTA Vice City Website.

The Rancher is an 4X4 off-road vehicle that appears in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and Grand Theft Auto IV. It is manufactured by Declasse in the HD Universe.

In Grand Theft Auto V, the Rancher is absent and instead, a 4-door version of the car is featured, known as the Rancher XL.


3D universe

The Rancher is a medium-sized SUV designed with off-road capabilities in mind, featuring large tires, soft suspensions and a high ground clearance. Despite its size, the two-door Rancher is only capable of holding two occupants, as its rear compartment is not capable of carrying passengers, similar to two-door pickup trucks in the series. In general, the Rancher resembles a 1981-1988 Chevrolet K5 Blazer (but with added turning signals and different taillights).

Despite being absent from GTA VCS, the SUV has its gang version. It also has its FBI version, which is "semi-absent" (it needs a cheat device in order to appear).

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Rancher returns to GTA IV with a highly similar design, only now higher quality and slight cosmetic adjustments. It is based on the same vehicle.

The GTA IV rendition, however, resembles a Cheyenne Trim 1989-1991 K5 Blazer; the taillights and the slight lean of the rear of the cab resemble 1980-1996 Ford Broncos. The overall body design resembles that of the 2-door version of the Jeep Cherokee XJ.

The vehicle follows a two-tone color scheme, where the primary color covers the majority of the vehicle, such as the hood, roof, some parts of the side profiling, and the rear bed. The secondary color poses as a stripe-like print on the sides and rear of the vehicle. In the frontal area, basic square headlights with small slit-indicator lights are found at the very edge of the grille-area. The grille is a basic rectangle with 6 splitters, finished in chrome. A basic singular bumper is found, with the front registration plate placed in the center, housed in a black frame. On the hood, a groove can be seen spanning the entire depth of the hood, curving off at the end. The entire hood is slightly raised near the edges. A simple flat front windscreen is found with also-simple rectangular side mirrors attached to the front doors with thin rods. The side windows are lined with a white outline, not present on the front windshield.

On the side, the most distinctive feature is the piped side steps found on either side of the vehicle. They attach to the underside of the vehicle. The Declasse logo is printed just behind the front fenders. The vehicle holds a compact design in the side profiling, being a compact 2-door SUT (and SUV when the rear camper-shell is attached). The wheel arches mostly avoid curves, with basic square-shaped arches with a small black arch trim outlining this. On the roof, a small aerial is present in the center.

On the rear, the vehicle features thin lighting units curving around the rear quarter. The vehicle's main brake lights are fitted in the center of the housing, with the indicators being at the top of the unit, and the reverse lights being squared, surrounded by the rear fog-lights (which appear unusable in-game). The Declasse's text logo is printed on the left side of the rear tailgate, and "Rancher" appears in a red format on the right side of it. The rear license plate is embedded into the tailgate, positioned to the right. The secondary colored "stripe" wraps most of the rear tailgate. The rear diff is also centralized on the rear axle. On the underside, the exhaust can be seen clearer, revealing it holds a large silencer directly after the exhaust tips are exposed. The exhaust pipe then diagonally crosses the chassis and follows the driveshaft back to the engine. While the suspension remains too unclear to identify, the Rancher appears to use a mix of both A-frame-dependent suspension (lightly indicated on the front axles) and leaf-suspension (seen on the rear axle, with only a small number of steel packs, hinting its light weight capacity).

The Rancher has 6 spoke alloy rims wrapped in high profile off-road tires, with knobbly treads and wide profiling.

On the rear underside, the exhaust can be seen. The exhaust takes a basic single exit, twin exhaust configuration, relating back to the modeled straight-4 engine. It is mounted on the left. The Rancher may come with several accessories:

  • A rear bed-cap (known as camper shells).
  • Rear mounted roll-bar with spotlights and card boxes in the bed.
  • Two different front bullbars.
  • A rear bedbox with several card boxes also in the rear.

Current Design Gallery

Version History Gallery


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the Rancher is one of the better SUVs in the game. Performance is only average, but its chassis is better. Its handling is above average with a very low speed. The suspension is soft, which makes the car quite comfortable, even on broken surfaces such as railroad tracks.

Grand Theft Auto IV

In Grand Theft Auto IV, the Rancher is not an on-road performance oriented vehicle. Its suspension consists of solid axles front and rear, as opposed to the independent suspension on more refined SUV's and pick-ups. This layout, coupled with a potent four cylinder engine, means that on-road cornering is an erratic affair, with plenty of sliding and body roll.

However, the old-fashioned suspension, together with 4WD and an easily controlled engine, starts to pay off when the vehicle is taken off-road. In the hands of a skillful driver, the Rancher is an excellent off-roader. The high ground clearance means boulders are negotiated with ease. The solid axles keep the vehicle planted, although the driver must always be wary of the risk of a roll-over (due to the high center of gravity).

The vehicle features a modeled double overhead camshaft inline-4, laid longitudinally in a front-engine, all wheel drive layout. The vehicle also features a large rear diff and silenced exhaust system.

GTA IV Overview

(0 - 60mph / 0 - 100km/h)
Top Speed
(mph / km/h)
Engine Details
(Layout/Type/Decal Detail)
(Number + Type)
(Kg / lb)


Top Speed (Handling.dat)
Top Speed (Tested)

F4 Inline-4 (In-game model)

Drivetrain (Handling.dat)
Drivetrain (Tested)

Gears (Handling.dat)
Gears (Tested)


Modifications (GTA: San Andreas)

The Rancher can be modified at the TransFender mod garage with paint (two colors), hoods, exhausts, spoilers, lights, nitrous (All), roofs, wheels, stereo (Bass Boost) and hydraulics. However, the Rancher spawned by Cheats (with blacked out windows) cannot be modified, nor can it be exported.

The Rancher can be modified at TransFenders.

Type Upgrade Cost
Color Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $ 150
Car Color 2 (64 different colors) $ 150
Hood Fury Scoop $ 150
Champ Scoop $ 100
Exhausts Large Exhaust $ 250
Twin Exhaust $ 300
Upswept Exhaust $ 400
Lights Round Fog Lamp $ 100
Square Fog Lamp $ 50
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000
Roof Roof Scoop $ 80
Spoilers Drag $ 200
Worx $ 200
Pro $ 400
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.

Image Gallery


Gang Rancher

Main article: Gang Rancher

The Gang Rancher is a gang variant of the standard Rancher. Contrary to the original, it looks older and features 4 doors.


Main article: Sandking

The Sandking is a sportier version with body upgrades and different performance.

FBI Rancher

Main article: FBI Rancher

The FBI Rancher is an FBI version of the Rancher, with 4 doors and a black paint scheme.


Main article: Ranger

The Ranger is a police variant used by police officers in rural areas.

Rancher XL

Main article: Rancher XL

The Rancher XL is a four-door variant of the Rancher in GTA V.

Police Rancher

Main article: Police Rancher

The Police Rancher is a police variant of the Rancher XL used by the North Yankton State Patrol in GTA V, in conjunction with Police Roadcruisers.

Special Variants

  • A unique "Lure Rancher" (internal name "rnchlure") can be spawned with a spawn cheat in GTA San Andreas. The vehicle's internal name suggests that it was intended for use in the mission "Lure", however a regular Rancher is used in that mission. The only distinction of this variant from the normal Rancher are its black-tinted windows (which obscure the occupants of the vehicle, a central element of the Lure mission). Unlike the normal Rancher, the "lure" version cannot be exported or modded at mod garages.
  • A completely black Rancher, looking like a shortened FBI Rancher, can be obtained in GTA Vice City. To do this, the player must complete the "Test Track" mission three times, each time faster than the previous. On the fourth attempt, a PIG driving a black Rancher will appear and start driving around the track. He will not try to harm the player, even when the car gets stolen from him. This car can not be found anywhere else in the game without cheating.
  • In GTA IV, a Rancher is among a range of cars requested in Stevie's Car Thefts, featuring a unique blood red and light gray body color. The Rancher may come with or without a camper shell, as well as one of a range of accessories, much like a regular Rancher.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto IV



  • In its appearances in GTA San Andreas and GTA IV, the Rancher plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • The name "Rancher" is similar to Ranger, a compact pickup manufactured by Ford. The "Ranger" name is further used in San Andreas as the police version of the Rancher.
    • The Rancher also somewhat resembles a Ford Bronco, the Ranger's 4X4 variant.
  • The vehicle makes a cameo appearance in the Rockstar Vancouver game, Bully [1].

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the rear-view mirrors will not have its reflectors rendered fully when the Rancher has its headlights on, this is a probably due to it being an improper render or graphical error.

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • There is a wrecked version of it which can be seen in most ghettos and junkyards in Grand Theft Auto IV.

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