"The perfect car to go with your flesh tunnel earrings, frosted spikes, and oversize jeans. Buy this and you'll never fail to be mistaken for a small town drug dealer again."
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description.

The Kuruma is a four-door compact sedan featured in Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, and Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the Heists Update. It is manufactured by Karin in the HD Universe.


3D Universe

The word "kuruma" means "car" in Japanese (, くるま), which may suggest that the car is of Japanese origin. "Kuruma" may also be a reference to the Toyota Camry, the bestselling midsize sedan in the United States, with "Camry" being an Anglicized phonetic transcription of the Japanese word kanmuri (冠, かんむり) for "crown". (Toyota has a naming tradition of using the word "crown" for primary models, starting with the Toyota Crown in 1955, continuing with the Toyota Corona and Toyota Corolla, the Latin words for "crown" and "small crown", respectively.)

The GTA III rendition of the car is strongly based on a 2001-2006 Chrysler Sebring sedan or a 1998-2004 Dodge Intrepid (both the design and the fact that the car has a longitudinally mounted engine in Xbox version), and it comes with uncolored (gray) bumpers and trims, giving it the appearance of a base model. The Kuruma in GTA III is also said to bear some resemblance to a 1997-2001 Honda Accord. For GTA Liberty City Stories, the Kuruma has slight cosmetic changes to make it look like a generic Japanese sedan during the late 90's, the front appearing to resemble a 1992-1995 European Toyota Corona or a 1997-2000 Nissan Altima and its bumpers and trim are body-colored to give it a more upscale look, although there still are base Kurumas with unpainted trims and bumpers, especially if the car is sprayed white or grey. It has styling cues from the 1995-2000 Hyundai Elantra.

When originally introduced in GTA III, the car is not seen driven on the streets of Portland Island, but is parked in various locations on the island. In GTA Liberty City Stories, the car is present in Portland traffic.

During development of GTA III, the Kuruma was originally known as the "Sentinal", not to be confused by the Sentinel which is another sedan in the final version of the same game that was previously known as the "Beamer" during development.

In Liberty City Stories, the vehicle has a 3-speed transmission.

Grand Theft Auto Online

The Kuruma returns in the Heists Update for Grand Theft Auto Online, and is now manufactured by Karin. The overall shape of the car seems to be based on the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X as evidenced by the overall design and front fascia. The rear wing and hood scoop closely resemble those of the 2015-2016 Subaru WRX STI. By default, the Kuruma sports an air intake on the hood and a medium-sized spoiler. The Kuruma has two extra sets of brake lights on top of the roof.

Current Design Gallery

Version History Gallery


3D Universe

In GTA III, the Kuruma has a turbocharged four cylinder engine and a FWD powertrain. Whilst the engine is powerful enough to propel the light Kuruma to high straight line speeds, the front wheel drive layout causes understeer. Players may therefore favor using the handbrake to swing around turns at high speed. In GTA Liberty City Stories, its engine is naturally-aspirated and emits a same engine sound as the Manana, Idaho and the Perennial.

The Kuruma's steady handling makes it a good choice as a "beginners' car", and it is the first car the player drives in both GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories (in the missions "Give Me Liberty" and "Home Sweet Home" respectively).

The Kuruma possesses almost identical handling properties to the GTA III rendition of the Taxi.

3D Universe Overview

Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 112 / 180 5 Petrol FWD 1500 / 3307
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto Online

The Kuruma has a modeled twin-cam straight six engine, placed longitudinally in a front engine, all wheel drive layout.

According to Southern San Andreas Super Autos, the car has 6 gears, a top speed of 147mph and weighs 2866lbs. It also has 4WD capability and is very maneuverable. Even with the turbo already equipped, the player can add another turbo for a significantly higher acceleration. Due to the lightweight chassis and top-heaviness on both versions of the car, they have a tendency to lift onto two wheels and even flip during sharp, high speed turns, or roll the car. It is slightly bested by the Sultan in terms of top speed. However, in terms of grip, the Sultan stands a heavy ground when attacking corners at high speed. The Kuruma tends to slide attempting to attack corners at similar speeds. Off-road, the Kuruma is one of the fastest cars in the game, with its high traction allowing for high speeds on off-road terrain which allows it to keep up to even some Super cars.

GTA Online Overview

Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
N/A 89 / 143 6 N/A AWD
33% FWD
67% RWD
1500 / 3307 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A 147 / 237 6 N/A AWD 1300 / 2866 N/A
Observed / First-Person Speedometer (Enhanced version)
N/A 95 / 153 5
Manual (In-game model + Sound )
F4 DOHC Inline-6 (In-game model) AWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Image Gallery

Unique Colors

Teal Blue

A unique blue Kuruma appears in the mission Salvatore's Salvation. It can be obtained by parking it in the garage of the Portland Safehouse and shooting at the trunk.



3D Universe

A law enforcement variant appears as the FBI Car, seen during wanted levels.

Kuruma (Armored)

Grand Theft Auto Online

The Kuruma (Armored) in Grand Theft Auto Online.
(Rear quarter view)


An Armored variant appears in Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the Heists Update, the Kuruma (Armored). It holds armored plating similar to the Duke O'Death.

Notable Owners

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto Online


Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto Online




The working Kuruma featured in Manhunt 2

  • The Kuruma has appeared in Manhunt 2 (see also Kuruma article at Wikihunt).
  • Kuruma also exists as a car manufacturer in another game published by Rockstar Games which is called Midnight Club. It has one model called the Faasuto with 3 variants: The GR, GS, and GT.
  • The Kuruma is referenced in an episode of crime drama NCIS where Agent Ziva David tells Agent Leroy Gibbs The a witness said the car was a "Kuruma" Agent Timothy McGee later explains to his confused superiors: "Kuruma is the name of a car in Grand Theft Auto III. It’s a Chrysler Sebring sedan." A video of the exchange can be found here.
  • The default radio stations for the Kuruma are:

3D Universe

  • The Kuruma in GTA III has more spawn locations in Portland than anywhere else in the city, despite rarely appearing in traffic.
  • The Kuruma in GTA III seems to lack any form of grill or other air intakes. Realistically, this car would constantly overheat. (Even if it has the hood scoop shown on the FBI Car in the mobile versions)

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • The Kuruma in GTA Online does not deform when crashed. It can only be scratched or lose body parts. The same is true with the Panto and Coquette Classic.
    • However, the Kuruma's bodywork deformation from collisions can be seen, but to a lesser extent.
  • Both the Kuruma and the Intruder are the only two vehicles made by Karin that do not have influences from any real-world Toyota vehicles.
  • The Kuruma shares its stock rim design with the Gallivanter Baller II and Surano.
  • When opening the hood, the engine can be seen. However, when rolling the car over, there is no visible engine from the bottom, only an empty space and the "upper" side of the engine bay.
  • Even if not installed the Kuruma will still produce a turbo sound because it has a stock turbocharger that is upgraded by the Los Santos Customs modification.

See Also