- "Is there a more iconic town car than the Washington? Own a piece of livery history! (Just don't loiter for too long at traffic lights or someone will get in the back and ask you to take them to the airport)"
- ―Southernsanandreassuperautos.com description.
The Washington is a range of executive sedans found in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto V. It is manufactured by Albany in the HD Universe.
It can be widely found throughout cities, particularly the residential area in GTA: Vice City and GTA: San Andreas, and is available in many colors throughout the games.
Depictions of the Washington prior to Grand Theft Auto IV bear a similarity to a 1984-1987 Lincoln Continental, while also shares styling elements with the 1984-1987 Cadillac Seville, BMW E23 and Cadillac Cimarron.
The Washington features a generally boxy but then contemporary design resulting in the car being one of the newest cars at the time of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City's and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories's 1980s settings. For Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the car remains largely similar, with the exception of wider headlight clusters, a modified front grille and rear light clusters that light up as a whole at night. While similar to the GTA: Vice City rendition, the GTA: Vice City Stories Washington sports additional side trims derived from the FBI Washington, implying the FBI Washington's vehicle model was used in place of GTA: Vice City's original Washington model. The Vice City Stories version of the Washington also spawns in white, which it does not in GTA: Vice City.
In Grand Theft Auto IV, the Albany Washington is based on the 2003-2011 Lincoln Town Car, and shares styling elements with the Cadillac Catera and 2006-2009 Ford Fusion. It features "Executive" badging, much like some Town Cars. The rear portion of the greenhouse has an unusually round shape, similar to a fourteenth generation Chrysler New Yorker, the rest of the rear also bears a subtle resemblance to it. It also bears a very subtle resemblance to a 2006-2011 Cadillac DTS.
In Grand Theft Auto V, aside from brighter rear LED strips, the overall design of the Washington remains unchanged from GTA IV.
Current Design Gallery
Version History Gallery
Pre-Grand Theft Auto IV Washingtons are generally regarded as having only moderate performance, being a V6 with RWD powertrain, which is largely attributed to its bulky design. Its longer wheelbase and weight often results in under-steer and poor cornering, while its size may also be a factor in its moderate acceleration, and its top speed is also estimated to be moderate. So getting it to top speed and good acceleration takes longer than sports cars. Nevertheless, its superior size and weight allows the Washington to ram aside other sedans more easily. In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the Washington has a V8 engine same with the Sentinel XS.
The HD-era Washington shares its 4.6L V8 with the Admiral and Stanier, coupled to a 5 speed automatic gearbox in an FR drive-train layout. Acceleration is slightly below average, also top speed is slightly below average at 136 mph (218 km/h). Braking is very good, and ABS is standard across the line up. The suspension is very soft, designed to flatten out bumps in a road, not for high speed cornering, leaving the Washington fishtailing and spinning out of control when cornering at speed. Accident deformation is superb, making the Washington ideal for ramming vehicles. The engine build quality is also above average, and will sustain multiple direct impacts before smoking, or being set ablaze.
GTA V Overview
(0 - 60mph / 0 - 100km/h)
(mph / km/h)
(AWD / FWD / RWD)
Number + Type
(Kg / lb)
|n/a||87 / 140 (Handling.dat)||
1800 / 3968 (Handling.dat)
|9.8 Seconds||101 / 163||
Mass cannot be observed.
- It can only be modified at TransFender.
|Colors||Car Color 1||$ 150|
|Exhausts||Large Exhaust||$ 250|
|Medium Exhaust||$ 200|
|Twin Exhaust||$ 300|
|Upswept Exhaust||$ 400|
|Off Road Wheel||$ 1000|
|Car Stereo||Bass Boost||$ 100|
Grand Theft Auto V
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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
A black/white version is reserved for the FBI Washington in GTA: Vice City and GTA: Vice City Stories.
The FBI Washington is a specialized version of this vehicle (only appearing in GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories), which has side body moldings not found on regular Washingtons. Its acceleration is quite impressive, which becomes useful for catching up to distant criminals when on a vigilante mission. In GTA Vice City, it is dark gray and found parked behind a music store in Downtown Vice City; though the FBI instead use the FBI Rancher at the five star wanted level. In Vice City Stories, the FBI Washington is used by the FBI at the five star wanted level (replacing the FBI Rancher), isn't parked anywhere, and is white, sometimes black.
Similarly, two uniquely black Washingtons may be seen driven by the French in GTA: Vice City during "All Hands On Deck" in GTA: Vice City. While it is possible to reach the cars and enter them, it is impossible to drive them (as the mission immediately ends and the car is lost). It is also impossible to push the cars to a garage as an alternative, as the player is only given a brief window of time before Juan Cortez is killed, leading to mission failure which warps the player back to the nearby mission trigger with the cars vanished.
Grand Theft Auto IV
A special wagon version of the Washington is used for the game's rendition of the Romero hearse. A Washington is also requested as part of Stevie's Car Thefts; unlike most vehicles in the side mission, the Washington appears with a black body color that is not unique, as many black Washingtons can be seen around Algonquin.
Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
- Can be seen around the airport and Downtown.
- Normally can appear around Washington Beach and Ocean Beach.
- Seen occasionally around the North Point Mall in Vice Point.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
- Spawns next to the Mike Toreno's Ranch (save point) in Tierra Robada.
- Spawns around Easter Basin in San Fierro
- Spawns in Market and Rodeo in Los Santos
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
- Occasionally found in the parking lot of Vice Point Mall in Vice Point, Vice City.
- Found in the parking lot behind Lance Vance's hotel in Downtown, Vice City.
- Found at the car park on the left side of Hyman Memorial Stadium in Downtown
- Spawns regularly around Ocean Beach, Little Havana, and Escobar International Airport
- It is found regularly at the car park near the VIP terminal at Escobar International Airport.
Grand Theft Auto IV + Episodes from Liberty City
- Usually in central Algonquin, Outlook in Broker, and also in Alderney.
- It rarely spawns at Broker, Dukes, or Bohan.
- Parked on Franklin Street in Steinway, opposite Steinway Park for Stevie's Car Thefts.
- Commonly spawns when driving a Stretch around Broker, Dukes, and Bohan.
- Spawns in Berchem.
Grand Theft Auto V
- Seen driving around randomly in Los Santos and along the western coast of Blaine County to Paleto Bay.
- Can be found in a random encounter in which the player has to untie a wedding groom from a telephone pole, after dropping the groom and his friend off, a unique colored Washington can be found near the player which is available to be taken.
- Two white Washingtons can be found parked next to the satellites in the Grand Senora Desert with FIB agents and scientists from 10:00am-11:00am. (Xbox One/PlayStation 4/PC).
Grand Theft Auto Online
- Can be found at the same location in the Grand Senora Desert (XB1/PS4/PC).
- In all its appearances, the Washington plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
- The Washington's name can be a reference to America's capital city Washington, as the car is an executive vehicle, and to George Washington, the first President of the United States. The vehicle's similarities to the Lincoln Town Car is a reference to Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States.
- The Washington is one of the four cars to be named after US Presidents, the other three being the Jefferson, the Monroe and the Roosevelt.
- The Washington and the Idaho are the select two vehicles in the GTA Series to share the name of an American state. Coincidentally, both Washington and Idaho are in the Northwestern part of the US.
- In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, it has the same engine sound as the Sentinel. However, in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, it receives the engine sound of the slower cars like the Perennial and the Romero.
- The Grand Theft Auto: Vice City website mentions that the Washington is an import from the United Kingdom, which would contradict its similarities to Lincoln vehicles as Lincolns are made in America.
- Strangely, on the Xbox port of Grand Theft Auto Vice City, the Washington only spawns in white.
- The GTA VCS rendition of the Washington is the first and one of only two sedans in the GTA series to have a diesel engine, the other being the HD universe rendition of the Glendale.
- In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, it has the same engine sound & horn as the Sentinel XS and GTA LCS rendition of the Mafia Sentinel, despite having a diesel engine.
- In GTA San Andreas, a randomly colored Washington spawns by Mike Toreno's Ranch, however in cutscenes is seen in a pale red color.
- In the mission Badlands in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the number plate of the snitch's Washington reads "Assman". This is a reference to the television sitcom, Seinfeld.
- The GTA IV Washington is equipped with a GPS system with a female voice, but only if the player leaves the "selected cars" (default) option in the audio menu.
- The GTA IV rendition of the Washington will make an audible "door ajar" dinging noise if the player exits the vehicle but leaves the door open. It can be heard clearly in quiet areas with the volume turned up.
- The GTA IV version of the Esperanto faintly resembles the original Washington.
- The Washington is used during the chase scene in To Live and Die in Alderney.
- The car's Southernsanandreassuperautos.com description references the Lincoln Town Car's popularity with businesses such as airport taxi and limo services.
- The HD Universe Washington possibly shares the same platform with the Admiral and Stanier, like their real life counterparts do. (Lincoln Town Car, Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis).
- Strangely, even though the GTA V Stretch is based on the Washington, it isn't made by the same manufacturer, as the Stretch is a Dundreary vehicle, while the Washington is an Albany vehicle.
- The GTA IV rendition of the Washington has its name written on the right side of the trunk, the GTA V rendition doesn't.