Minivan

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Vehicle
Minivan
A Minivan in GTA IV.
(Rear quarter view)
A Minivan in GTA IV.
Appearance(s) GTA IV
GTA V
Vehicle type Civilian van
Body style 4-door minivan
Capacity 4 (driver and 3 passengers)
Manufacturer Vapid

The Vapid Minivan is a four-door minivan featured in Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto V.

Description

Design

The Minivan resembles a fourth generation (2001–2007) Dodge Caravan or (2001–2003) Chrysler Voyager. The taillights resemble those found on the 2001–2005 North American Ford Ranger. The van may come with a roof-mounted luggage rack or a rear spoiler. Unlike other cars (like the Vincent and its spoiler variant), the badging does not change with its accessories, and it always bears a "Minivan Sport" badge. Unlike its real-life counterpart, the Minivan does not have rear sliding doors; instead, it has hinged rear doors, which are not commonly found on minivans sold in North America, but are common in Europe.

The Minivan is badged as both a Vapid vehicle and, in the case of the Cabby taxicab, a Schyster, which may be an allusion to the Dodge Caravan being sold under different names (Chrysler Town and Country and Plymouth Grand Voyager). it may also suggest a partnership between Vapid and Schyster, or it may suggest a larger mother company like General Motors which produces the same vehicles under different brands. Alternatively, the Cabby's "Limited Vapid Design" badging suggests that the Cabby could be manufactured under license by Schyster.

Performance

The Minivan is powered by a 24V engine, presumably a V6 with 4 valves per cylinder, paired to a 4 speed gearbox in a RWD configuration. Acceleration is very poor, taking upwards of 10 seconds to reach 60mph (100 km/h). The top speed of the Minivan is also very poor (81 mph - 130 km/h), putting it on par with the Willard as the slowest passenger vehicle. The suspension is moderately firm, giving the Minivan ample support in the curves, albeit with drastic understeer. Braking is good, and ABS is standard across the line. Accident deformation is marginal and a head on crash with a wall can not only damage the outside the car, but the inside as well. However, it takes 3 to 4 direct frontal hits at a high speed to cause the car to stall or catch fire. Pedestrian safety is poor though as the shape of the car suggests that if involved in a crash with a pedestrian, there is a high risk of being pulled under the wheels and being crushed to death.

Trivia

Distant view of a Minivan in Max Payne 3.
  • The Minivan's generic name is probably a parody of the Dodge Caravan's.
  • The Minivan can be sold for $2,000 at Stevie's S&M Auto Sales in GTA IV after completion of Stevie's Car Thefts.
  • The default radio station of the Minivan is The Vibe 98.8 in GTA IV.
  • Despite the Minivan is, as implied, a van, the police dispatch in GTA IV calls it a hatchback.
  • The Minivan is featured in Max Payne 3, a Rockstar Vancouver game, as a background vehicle in wide environment levels (including Chapter II: Nothing but the Second Best and Chapter IV: Anyone Can Buy Me a Drink).

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