In its first appearance in GTA San Andreas, the Merit is originally based on a fourth generation, 1991–1996 Mazda 929, one of a handful of vehicles in GTA San Andreas with a rounded body design.
In Grand Theft Auto IV, the Merit, assuming a Declasse badge, is redesigned with a similar look to the 2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala with the back seemingly inspired by a mid-1990s BMW E36 3-Series, the front bumper could be derived from a variety of cars, and the headlights look more reminiscent of a fourth generation Pontiac GTO than the Impala. This car is also the standard base for the Police Patrol car and taxi cars. After collecting all thirty cars for Stevie he agrees to purchase cars from Niko Bellic, with the Merit fetching $1,800.
GTA San Andreas' Merit is designed as a balanced out performance, having average brake response and cornering, and good acceleration and speed. Coupled with its four-seat capacity, the Merit is a practically a good choice for drive-bys and police evasion.
The GTA IV rendition of the Merit is powered by a V6, mated to a 5 speed transmission in a RWD layout. Acceleration is good, but nothing special; in line with the Merit's vanilla, everyday sedan image. Top speed is good, but again, not impressive. Braking is very good, and ABS is standard equipment. The suspension is very firm, keeping the Merit flat through corners; and making it able to corner effectively at speed. Accident deformation is acceptable, as the Merit will survive a few frontal impacts before being rendered unusable.
Modifications (GTA San Andreas)
- Merit (GTA4) (front).jpg
A Merit in GTA IV.
- Merit (GTA4) (rear).jpg
GTA IV rendition; rear quarter view.