Mesa Grande

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Vehicle
Mesa Grande
A Mesa Grande in GTA Vice City.
(Rear quarter view)
A Mesa Grande in GTA Vice City.
Appearance(s) [[Appearance::GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Vice City Stories]]
Vehicle type Civilian SUV
Body style 2-door light SUV
Capacity 2 (driver and 1 passenger)

The Mesa Grande is an off-road vehicle that appears in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. The vehicle is simply referred in GTA San Andreas in short as the "Mesa". The beta version of this vehicle was probably dubbed the "Desperado", as indicated in some game files.

Description

Design

Resembling a 1987–1995 Jeep Wrangler (as evidenced by its rectangular headlights and signal lights) and differing by its horizontal slitted grille design, the Mesa Grande is evidently a compact SUV with a heightened ground clearance and large wheels to facilitate offloading. The Mesa Grande comes in three variations with regards to the occupants' compartment, including a canvas top, a rollbar or nothing at all. The Mesa Grande can only seat two.

While more common in GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories, the Mesa is a rather rare vehicle in GTA San Andreas, as it does not spawn much, and only has prominent appearances in missions and when wanted in the Exports and Imports side-mission. GTA San Andreas' Mesa, however, can be upgraded at TransFender.

Performance

The Mesa Grande's performance is similar to that of the Blista Compact; due to its light weight and short wheelbase, the Mesa Grande is significantly nimble and possesses above average pickup and torque than speed. However, as a compact SUV, the Mesa Grande only has a moderate top speed. Its light weight and stiff suspension may also result in frequent rollovers on uneven terrain or in accidents.

Variants

The Mesa Grande has been adopted for use by the military. In GTA San Andreas, Mesa's are featured in "Robbing Uncle Sam" to be used by the National Guard (sometimes with a green roof), while a military variant of the Mesa Grande in GTA Vice City Stories, painted in military green, is available in the Fort Baxter Air Base. Both variants are still referred to by their original names, Mesa and Mesa Grande.

Trivia

  • The Mesa Grande plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • "Mesa Grande" is Spanish and Portuguese for big table.
  • In GTA San Andreas, if a fat Grove Street gang member sits on the passenger's seat of the Mesa, the seat will completely disappear and in it's place will be his body. The seat will reappear again once the gang member exits the vehicle.

Locations

GTA Vice City
  • Commonly spawned throughout Vice City.
GTA San Andreas
GTA Vice City Stories