"Don't miss this opportunity to snap up a Classic Stratum station wagon at a bargain price. A short-lived Zirconium model that was plagued with bad reviews... Or as we like to call it, Limited Edition!"
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description.

The Stratum is a mid-sized four-door station wagon featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. It is manufactured by Zirconium in the HD Universe.


The Stratum is generally depicted as a conventional station wagon, however, it has a more streamlined design than other station wagons in the series.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Stratum's design is taken from the fifth generation (1994–1997) Honda Accord wagon, however D-pillars have been added. The car's real-life counterpart also fails to fit in the game's time setting of 1992. It could also be based on the Saturn SL1, which sports a similar design and a fitting manufacturing year.

The car is one of the gang cars used by the San Fierro Triads.

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Zirconium Stratum 2.6GT carries over a very similar design in GTA IV, with its primary inspiration taken from the 1998-2001 Citroën Xantia estate and 1999 Toyota Mark II Qualis and the fifth generation Honda Accord station wagon or Saturn SL1 (with the same added pillars as the previous rendition), albeit with a front end derived from the S3-R31 and R32 Nissan Skyline, as seen in the hood, hood badge and grill (R31) and headlight design (R32). The rear end greatly resembles the first generation Subaru Impreza station wagon along with taillights and the Stratum lettering resembling a first generation Isuzu Impulse, although much longer and C-pillars which may be derived from the 1996-2001 Toyota Camry wagon.

The bodywork and rear headlights also has a very large resemblance to the Ford EF Falcon Wagons or the Mk III Ford Sierra Estate.

The Stratum is equipped with a GPS system with a male voice, but only if the player leaves the "selected cars" (default) option in the audio menu.

Grand Theft Auto V

In GTA V, the Stratum's design remains unchanged, although the car's grille is now much shorter. The car also gains an all wheel drive configuration and the interior is further restored in the enhanced version.

Current Design Gallery

Version History Gallery


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Acceleration and speed are surprisingly good, considering the Stratum’s size. The drivetrain is front-engine, rear-drive, making the Stratum a good selection as a drive-by vehicle. The body is weak, however, making the car susceptible to intense damage from high-speed impacts and heavy gunfire.

GTA San Andreas Overview

Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 124 / 200 5 Petrol RWD 1800 / 3968
N/A N/A N/A Inline-4 RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Stratum's handling is quite good, though oversteer can be dramatic at times, and its suspension evens out bumps without being excessively soft. Braking is acceptable, giving the car a good braking time which is helped by its low ride height and small weight. Crash deformation is very good, with the Stratum keeping most of its shape in a collision; engine build quality, however, is less desirable, with the Stratum often left disabled after only a few impacts. Acceleration is rather decent, and has a high top speed, overtaking some other sedans and cars of similar design.

The Stratum appears to be powered by an inline-4 with a single turbo fitted (contrary to the "twin turbo" badging), alongside the turbocharger's air filter (seen at the bottom right). This is coupled to a 5-speed gearbox in a RWD configuration. The engine sound is smooth, comparable to that of the Solair and the Ingot, which are also station wagons.

GTA IV Overview

Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engines Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 84 / 135 5 N/A RWD 1900 / 4189
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A N/A 2.6L Twin Turbo (Badging) N/A N/A
N/A N/A 5 FR DOHC Turbocharged Inline-4 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V

In GTA V, the Stratum performs better thanks to its AWD (40% - 60%, front to rear torque distribution) layout. It also gains more responsive handling, and braking is improved further, although this is still relatively poor compared to other cars in its class. The vehicle is noticeably slightly lighter, as it now seems to glide around corners with little understeer. The steering itself however, feels somewhat heavy and can serve as a handicap to an inexperienced driver.

Again, the engine is the same turbocharged inline-4, now coupled to a 5-speed gearbox in a front engine, all wheel drive layout.

GTA V 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 84 / 135 5 N/A AWD
40% FWD
60% RWD
1800 / 3968 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A N/A N/A 2.6L Twin Turbo (Badging) N/A N/A N/A
15.6 Seconds 95 / 152 5 F4 DOHC Turbocharged Inline-4 (In-game model) AWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas


Possible combinations of modifications that can be given to the Stratum at Wheel Arch Angels in GTA San Andreas.

The Stratum is considered a tuner, and can be upgraded at Wheel Arch Angels in Ocean Flats, San Fierro.

Type Upgrade Cost
Paint Jobs Paintjob 1 $500
Paintjob 2 $500
Paintjob 3 $500
Colors Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $150
Exhausts Alien Exhaust $830
X-Flow Exhaust $720
Front Bumper Alien Front Bumper $1030
X-Flow Front Bumper $930
Rear Bumper Alien Rear Bumper $1030
X-Flow Rear Bumper $920
Roof Alien Roof Vent $230
X-Flow Roof Vent $180
Spoilers Alien Spoiler $620
X-Flow Spoiler $530
Side Skirts Alien Side Skirts $520
X-Flow Side Skirts $430
Wheels Cutter $1030
Rimshine $980
Mega $1030
Grove $1230
Switch $900
Shadow $1100
Classic $1620
Dollar $1560
Import $820
Atomic $770
Car Stereo Bass Boost $100
Hydraulics Hydraulics $1500
Nitro 2x Nitrous $200
5x Nitrous $500
10x Nitrous $1000

Grand Theft Auto V

Type Upgrade Cost (Story) Cost (Online)
Armor Armor Upgrade 20% $500 $4,500
Armor Upgrade 40% $1,250 $7,500
Armor Upgrade 60% $2,000 $12,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $3,500 $21,000
Armor Upgrade 100% $5,000 $30,000
Brakes Street Brakes $2,000 $4,000
Sport Brakes $2,700 $5,400
Race Brakes $3,500 $7,000
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $900 $1,800
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $1,250 $2,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $1,800 $3,600
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $3,350 $6,700
Lights Xenon Lights $300 $3,000
- -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $1,250
Respray - -
Crew Emblem N/A $25,000
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $1,000
Suspension Lowered Suspension $500 $1,000
Street Suspension $1,000 $2,000
Sport Suspension $1,700 $3,400
Competition Suspension $2,200 $4,400
Transmission Street Transmission $2,950 $5,900
Sports Transmission $3,250 $6,500
Race Transmission $4,000 $8,000
Turbo Turbo Tuning $2,500 $30,000
Wheels - -
Windows Light Smoke $200 $1,500
Dark Smoke $450 $3,500
Limo $700 $5,000

Image Gallery

Grand Theft Auto V

Special Variants

Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto V

In both games, the Stratum can spawn as one of four variants, with some variants featuring unique modifications that cannot be applied at Los Santos Customs in GTA V. These variants are as follows:

  • Stock variant. Completely stock with the sun roof closed.
  • Roof rack variant. Has roof racks and an open sun roof.
  • Front bumper variant. Has a custom front bumper and a closed sun roof.
  • Twin Turbo variant. This variant features a roof spoiler, a "Twin Turbo" badge on the back, and an open sun roof. This variant of the Stratum seems to be rarer than the other three.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • Puncture Wounds - CJ has to burst the tires of the Stratum driven by a woman, toward the countryside, with one of three spike strips available, as CJ and Cesar need a Stratum to complete Wang Cars' list.

Notable Owners

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V


The Stratum is part of two vehiclemodelsets, "CARS_STATION_WAGON" and "CARS_TOURIST". The first set of cars is exclusive to the Stratum, Regina and Ingot. It isn't very common, but does appear in specific locations which guarantees a 1/3 chance of the Stratum spawning. The Tourist selection of cars is a collection of several low-medium end cars such as the BeeJay XL and Camper, which spawn in specific "tourist" locations.

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Scenario: Ingot | Regina | Stratum


Grand Theft Auto IV

  • In GTA IV, after completing Stevie's text message car thefts, the Stratum may be sold in his garage for $1,800.

Grand Theft Auto Online



Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • The Stratum's front turning lights will not light up. However, only the light reflection on the ground is visible. This is most likely a minor cosmetic glitch.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • If the player fits an X-Flow front bumper to it, it will show a mirrored license plate without the registration number.


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