The Vapid & Declasse Taxi is a four-door sedan-based taxicab featured, in some form or other, in every Grand Theft Auto game, with (one exception being Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, where the Cabbie is the only taxi).
GTA 1 — GTA 2
In Grand Theft Auto 1, there are three versions of the Taxi; the Liberty City version is based on the Portsmouth, the San Andreas version is based on the Vulture, and the Vice City version is based on the Flamer. The Taxi in Grand Theft Auto 2 is similar to a rounded Checker Taxi. with the checkered stripe crossing the roof horizontally.
GTA III — GTA Vice City Stories
- In GTA III, the Taxi resembles a cross between a 4th generation Chevrolet Caprice and a 1st generation Ford Crown Victoria. There are minor variants available, with darker bumpers, and different taxi lights.
- In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the Taxi is a Ford LTD look-alike.
- In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas the Taxi is based on the Premier, designed after the 4th generation 1991-96 Chevrolet Caprice with boxy style
- The Taxi in GTA Advance has little indication of which car it is based on, but is generally more boxy in design when compared to the game's Police vehicle.
- The taxis in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories are largely identical to the GTA III and GTA Vice City renditions, respectively. The GTA Liberty City Stories rendition may appear with yellow, black or grey bumpers.
There are two different taxi sedans in Grand Theft Auto IV; one built by Declasse, based on the Merit, which is the 2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala, and the other based on a Stanier, built by Vapid, influenced strongly by the 1992–1997 Ford Crown Victoria P72, with frontal design cues more similar to a 1998–present model. The Vapid taxi shares the same body design as the LCPD Police and NOOSE Cruisers, and its chassis is not used in any non-fleet car (only in GTA V it's civilian variant appears). The taxis shares the same rim design as the LCPD cars and Noose trucks.
While the Taxis come standard with regular taxi lights, some have rooftop advertisements for "WTF", "Banging Trash Can Lids for an Hour", Conjoined Twins, "The Science Of Crime", and Weazel News, both of which can detach in collisions. Both models contain a medallion on the front hood, which is used to indicate that New York City Taxi are licensed to pick up passengers; they also have a red marker on the back left. Vapid Taxis may also have yellow, grey or black bumpers.
Players can enter Taxis in GTA IV and, for a fee, take taxi rides to destinations.
GTA 1 — GTA 2
Early renditions of the Taxi are generally undesirable due to their mediocre performance. While differing between cities and partially based on muscle vehicles, GTA 1's taxis are generally slow, but compensate with good steering. In GTA 2 the opposite is the case, with moderate speed but sluggish controls, inferior to the Taxi Xpress. Both games' renditions have moderate crash endurance.
GTA III — GTA Vice City Stories
Although the appearance of the Taxi between GTA III and GTA Vice City Stories varies drastically, the Taxi's performance in all the games of this era may be described as all-round average. With moderate speed, moderate acceleration, light construction, moderate endurance, capable steering and stable cornering (all traits which are helpful during Taxi Driver missions), the Taxi is generally an acceptable vehicle to drive. The vehicle is also front wheel drive, reducing the chances of tailspins when cornering and allowing the vehicle to perform 180-degree turns backwards or forward with ease.
The Declasse Merit-based taxi in GTA IV is powered by a V6, coupled to a 5 speed gearbox in a RWD layout. Acceleration is very good, and the top speed is above average. The brakes have been upgraded over the regular Merit, requiring a shorter stopping distance. The suspension has also had an upgrade, making this vehicle corner more effectively at speed. Crash deformation is acceptable, and the cab can survive a few frontal hits before failing.
The Stanier-based Taxi is powered by a 4.6L V8, coupled to a 5 speed gearbox in a RWD layout. Acceleration is good, and the top speed is above average. Its braking and suspension are very good, identical to that of the Police Cruiser; ABS is standard, and the suspension easily handles cornering and smooths out the bumpy roads of Liberty City. Crash deformation is good, and the vehicle can sustain multiple frontal impacts before failing.
The taxi in GTA V is the second-generation Vapid Stanier, and is powered by a 4.6L V8, coupled to 5 speed gearbox in RWD layout. It has exactly the same specs as the Stanier Police car except that the engine is quite weaker than the Police cars. The engine of the Taxi will emit a knocking noise at idle and when you let off of the throttle after revving it. This is probably to show the realism of real taxis being worn down from constantly being in use.
Taxi side missions
GTA San Andreas
The Taxi is one of only a handful of public vehicles that could be customized at a modification workshop, specially, at Transfender.
The modification options (see Transfender article for pricing) of the vehicle include:
|Color||Car Color 1 (64 different colors)||$ 150|
|Hood||Fury Scoop||$ 150|
|Champ Scoop||$ 100|
|Exhausts||Medium Exhaust||$ 200|
|Twin Exhaust||$ 300|
|Nitro||2x Nitrous||$ 200|
|5x Nitrous||$ 500|
|10x Nitrous||$ 1000|
|Off Road Wheel||$ 1000|
|Car Stereo||Bass Boost||$ 100|
- Borgnine Taxis
- Downtown Cab Co
- Express Car Service
- Kaufman Cabs
- L.C.C. Taxis
- Mean Street Taxis
- Sunnyside Taxis
- Vice City Cabs
- Parked in the parking lot of Francis International Airport.
- Parked in an alley north-west from the entrace of Salvatore's Gentlemen's Club.
GTA Vice City
- Occasionally spawns in the parking lot next to the North Point Mall.
- Spawns occasionally in the parking lot near the Washington Mall.
GTA San Andreas
- Spawns always around the main cities and sometimes in some parts of the state, as the Taxi is one of the most seen Public Service vehicle.
GTA Liberty City Stories
- At the Mean Street Taxis depot.
GTA Vice City Stories
- Sometimes spawns in the North Point Mall parking garage.
GTA IV + Episodes from Liberty City
- A Declasse Merit Taxi may occasionally be parked on Asparagus Avenue in front of the LTA Headquarters,
- A Vapid Taxi can be found parked in an alley near Manganese Street and Burlesque in Star Junction, Algonquin.
- Taxis are the most commonly spawning vehicles in Liberty City, and are particularly common in Downtown Broker, Francis International Airport and throughout Algonquin, especially The Triangle and Star Junction where Taxis make up the majority of road traffic. Taxis are less common in peripheral, industrial and suburban areas of the city; notably, taxis will rarely spawn in eastern Dukes and northern Alderney and never spawn in Acter Industrial Park (Alderney), and in parts of Bohan.
- A Vapid taxi is seen parked near the construction barrier in the mission Bang Bang.
- Can be called to come to the player's current location. NOTE: It's best to face the camera away from the road as facing the road seems to make taxis not spawn.
- Taxis are harder to come by than in previous games, probably reflecting the the real life western USA, which sees a low demand for taxi use relative to denser East Coast cities such as New York.
- Taxis can be found with moderate frequency around most areas of Los Santos.
- Taxis spawn most commonly in the Los Santos International Airport district, where they can often be seen pulling away from the curb outside the terminal buildings with newly arrived passengers.
- Taxis also spawn commonly in Downtown Los Santos.
- Taxis spawn fairly commonly across wealthy parts of Los Santos to the North and West of the city but are rarer in the poorer districts. Taxis will never spawn in the port areas in the far south of the city, and very rarely outside of the city itself.
- In some of the games in the series, Taxis' radios default to certain stations. They are as follows:
- Grand Theft Auto:Head Radio
- GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories: Espantoso or VCPR
- GTA San Andreas: CSR 103.9
- GTA Liberty City Stories: Radio Del Mundo
- GTA IV: San Juan Sounds, The Beat 102.7 (Declasse Taxi); WKTT, PLR, Integrity 2.0, The Beat 102.7 (Vapid Taxi).
- GTA V: East Los FM and when hotwired, West Coast Talk Radio
- In GTA Vice City, Taxis have white spots on the windshield due to an error in applying the vehicle's reflection map.
- In GTA III and GTA Vice City, Taxis may spawn without their lights on top. The roof will still glow as if there was a light there when Taxi missions are activated. In GTA IV, the taxi light can be broken off by impacts. The sign can fly off of the front like when the player hits something on a motorcylce; It goes fllying straight. this can hurt and even kill civilians without granting a wanted level
- In GTA III, if you look carefully to the front grille of Taxi, you will see a manufacturer badge, which resembles the one that real-life car company Ford uses.
- Taxi drivers tend to be vengeful, exiting their vehicle and assaulting the player if he or she damages their vehicle; they may pull the player out of their own vehicles, or throw punches if they meet the player on foot. In GTA IV, they hold onto the player's car door while he or she attempts to escape, until the gaining speed forces them to let go or they get knocked off by an object.
- The GTA IV rendition of the Taxi originally had a black variant, as seen in the Vladimir Glebov trailer. The reason for removing that texture was probably for one of Niko's lines for calling taxis while drunk;Yellow Car!.
- In GTA IV, most taxi drivers are men, however, you can usually find a woman taxi driver in Hove Beach. This is probably a glitch, as the female taxi drivers have no taxi driver dialogue.
- In Grand Theft Auto IV, the Vapid and Declasse Taxis have six different horns, differing in pitch with some with a high pitched, medium pitched, and lower pitched horns. The pitch determines how well and strong the horn sounds. The higher ranges usually are weak, mid-ranges usually have a somewhat over-blown or out of tune horn, while the lower pitches have healthy and loud horns. Five of the horns used can be traced back to civilian vehicles of different brands (such as Intruder, PMP 600, DF8-90, Primo, Patriot, etc.).
- In Grand Theft Auto IV, the lighted advertisement/"TAXI" signs on the roof of the taxis are very fragile as a minor collision is most cases is all it takes to dislodge the sign and have it break off the vehicle's roof.
- In Grand Theft Auto IV, most of the taxi drivers are Greek. If a gun is pointed to them, they will say "I'm Greek, you know". They also can be heard cursing traffic in front of them with the Greek phrase "malaka", which is slang for numerous derogatory remarks.
- Oddly if you slam into the rear of a taxi with a passenger in the backseat and kill the driver in the front seat, the passenger will climb out of the backseat and flee unharmed.
- The turn signal in the Vapid Taxi is combined with the brake light, making it the only car in the game with a red turning light.
- If you're taking a taxi ride in GTA IV and shoot outside the car, the driver will stop the car, make a comment and then run away, leaving Niko in the back seat of the stationary vehicle. This will also happen if the LCPD are chasing the player.
- A Taxi can be seen in several screenshots and in Franklin's trailer for Grand Theft Auto V
- Oddly, The Taxi is FWD, unlike its counterpart, the Police, which is RWD. However, in GTA 4, it's changed to RWD.
- There is a glitch in GTA 4 when you read an email after exiting a taxi, the taxi drives off and the taxi driver disappears, the camera will follow the taxi as if you were driving it.
- In GTA 2 NPC pedestrians may also use the Taxi services and jump into NPC controlled cabs as their lights are always on as if on the job. Like when in a player controlled cab, fares will get out of the Taxi if it stops for too long and it's light will come back on.
- In GTA IV, on a super rare occasion, Taxis will somehow disappear or not spawn anywhere in Liberty City. This is possibly an error due to some unknown reason. This happens with the Cabby as well. This has been seen on the PS3 version. The only way to fix this is to complete a main mission, or restarting/loading the game.
- In GTA IV, when Niko takes an NPC out of the backseat of a cab (If already in), they would sometimes say, "That's my wife's car, take it!" or tell Niko it's their car. This is a possible glitch, because it uses the same mechanics as if you were hijacking someones car.
- In the 3D Universe, the Taxi's engine sound is similar to that of SUVs and pickup trucks (excluding GTA San Andreas where it sounds more like a higher end cars).
- London Cab, the British equivalent featured in Grand Theft Auto: London, 1969 and London, 1961.
- Taxi Xpress, another taxi featured in Grand Theft Auto 2.
- Cabbie, the older, Checker cab-style equivalent seen in the GTA III era.
- Cabby, a minivan taxi featured in Grand Theft Auto IV.
- Roman's Taxi,a custom grey taxi used by Express Car Service.
- Cavalcade, another taxi used by Express Car Service.
- Bickle 76, A Modified Variant of the Taxi featured in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.
- Premier, the civilian version of the Taxi in GTA SA.