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A Kuruma in GTA III.
(Rear quarter view)
A Kuruma in GTA III.
Appearance(s) GTA III
GTA Liberty City Stories
Also known as Sentinal (During GTA III development)
Vehicle type Civilian car
Body style 4-door sedan
Capacity 4 (driver and 3 passengers)

The Kuruma is a four-door sedan seen in Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.



The word "kuruma" means "automobile" in Japanese (), which may suggest that the car is of Japanese origin. However, the car is loosely based on a 1998–2004 Dodge Intrepid and a 2001–2003 Chrysler Sebring. For GTA Liberty City Stories, the Kuruma has slight cosmetic changes to make it look like a generic Japanese sedan during the late 1990s, the front appearing to resemble a 1994–1997 Honda Accord; it also comes with colored or uncolored (gray) bumpers and trims, giving it the appearance of an economy car.

The Kuruma is the first car made available to the player in both GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories, in the missions "Give Me Liberty" and "Home Sweet Home", respectively, probably due to the fact that it handles relatively neutrally. When originally introduced in GTA III, the car is not seen driven on the streets of Portland, but is parked in various locations in 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, another sedan in the final version of the same game, in which it was previously known as the "Beamer" during development. Prior to the game's release, the Kuruma is presumed to have been renamed, while the "Sentinal" name found its way into the Beamer, resulting in the Beamer being renamed the "Sentinel".


The Kuruma is powered by a small, yet gutsy, engine, most likely a four-cylinder, channelled to the front wheels. Whilst the engine is powerful enough to propel the Kuruma to high straight line speeds, the front wheel drive layout causes understeer. Players may therefore favor using the handbrake to swing round turns at high speed. The car has a stiff suspension set-up that compromises stability when going over bumps and rough ends at high speeds. For a mid-size or compact sedan, the Kuruma is relatively heavy for its class, weighing in at 1,500 kilograms[1]. This heavy curb weight hampers acceleration and causes the Kuruma to drive sluggishly. Crash deformation and braking are acceptable, but not excellent.

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


The FBI Car in GTA III is a Kuruma-based law enforcement sedan for use by FBI agents, prominently painted black and features a higher ride height as well as a blue dashboard-mounted strobe light.


Manhunt's rendition of the Kuruma, as a wreck.
Manhunt 2's rendition of the Kuruma.
  • The Kuruma has appeared as both a wreck and a working car in Manhunt and Manhunt 2, respectively.
  • The Kuruma is referenced in an episode of CBS crime drama "NCIS" where a witness tells Ziva David that the getaway car was a "Kuruma", who gets told by her superiors that "kuruma" means car, and that her description of the car is car. Agent McGee steps in and tells his confused co-workers: "Kuruma is the name of a car in Grand Theft Auto III, it's a Chrysler Sebring Sedan, boss."


GTA Liberty City Stories


  1. /data/handling.cfg