The Rancher is an SUV/pickup truck that appears in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto IV. Unlike most vehicles from GTA Vice City, the Rancher is absent from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.
The Rancher is a medium-sized SUV designed with off-road capabilities in mind, featuring large tires, soft suspensions and a high ground clearance. Despite its size, the two-door Rancher is only capable of holding two occupants, as it rear compartment is not capable of carrying passengers, similar to two-door pickup trucks in the series. In general, the Rancher resembles a 1981-1991 Chevrolet K5 Blazer (but with added turning signals and different taillights). The GTA IV rendition, however, resembles a Cheyenne Trim 1989-1991 K5 Blazer; the taillights and the slight lean of the rear of the cab resemble 1980-1996 Ford Broncos. The GTA IV rendition is manufactured by Declasse.
Until GTA IV, the Rancher is depicted with a camper shell permanently included over its bed. The GTA IV rendition, however, features variants of the Rancher with or without a camper shell. Pickup variants of the Rancher may also include a roll bar with top-mounted offroad lights, a brush guard, or a bull bar. All variants of GTA IV's Rancher also feature nerf bars. The rear bed-lids of pre-GTA IV Ranchers are hinged to the top, while those of the GTA IV rendition are hinged at the bottom on the truck bed, with an additional glass lid hinged to the top for the camper shell variant.
In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the Rancher is one of the better SUV's in the game. Performance is only average, but its chassis is better. Its handling is above average. The suspension is soft, which makes the car quite comfortable, even on broken surfaces such as railroad tracks.
In GTA IV, its braking isn't as good as the GTA SA rendition. having moderate acceleration and top speed. Handling is below average with the car understeering on normal curves, and the car can oversteer if pushed too hard. One reason for the poor handling could be the soft suspension, which is the softest in the game. This leads to heaps of body roll and a floaty ride quality. It is better offroad. The car has enough ground clearance to navigate certain obstacles such as rocks, and the cars AWD also keeps the car controlled.
Overall, the Rancher has great top speed but poor braking and soft suspenson but it is a very fun truck to drive. Because of its acceleration, the pickup is very strong and powerful. It can withstand alot of damage before failing so if you are in a cop chase, the Rancher might be a wise vehicle to use.
The Rancher can be modified at the TransFender mod garage with paint (two colours), hoods, exhausts, spoilers, lights, nitrous (All), roofs, wheels, stereo (Bass Boost) and hydraulics. However, the Rancher spawned by cheat (with blacked out windows) cannot be modified, nor can it be exported.
- FBI Rancher (GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas, GTA Chinatown Wars as the "FIB Rancher" and GTA Vice City Stories by using cheat devices)
- Police Ranger (GTA San Andreas)
- An unique Rancher (internal name "rnchlure") can be spawned with a spawn cheat in GTA San Andreas. The vehicle's internal name suggests that it was intended for use in the mission "Lure", however a regular Rancher is used in that mission. The only distinction of this variant from the normal Rancher are its black-tinted windows (which obscure the occupants of the vehicle, a central element of the Lure mission). Unlike the normal Rancher, the "rnchlure" version cannot be exported or modded at mod garages. (GTA San Andreas)
- Gang Rancher (GTA Vice City Stories)
- A Rancher in GTA IV is among a range of cars requested in Stevie's Car Thefts, featuring a unique blood red and light gray body color. The Rancher may come with or without a camper shell, as well as one of a range of accessories, much like a regular Rancher.
- In its appearances in GTA San Andreas and GTA IV, the Rancher plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
- There is a wrecked version of it, which is not drivable, and can be seen in most ghettos, and junkyards in GTA IV.
- The SUV despite being absent from GTA VCS has its FBI version, which is "semi-absent" (it needs a cheat device in order to appear, as mentioned above).
GTA San Andreas
- Spawns regularly in the desert and countryside
- Parked by a garage to the south west of the form at Blueberry Acres, Red County (only when wanted for export)
- At the Import/Export Ship at Easter Basin, San Fierro for $40,000
- Parked next to a building northwest of Hunter Quarry and east of Cluckin' Bell in Bone County.
- Parked between trailers north of Ammu-Nation in eastern Bone County.