| name = Taxi
| front_image = Taxi-GTA3-front.jpg
| image_size = 300
| caption = A Taxi in GTA III
| rear_image = Taxi-GTA3-rear.jpg
| rear_image_add_caption = different bumper color and taxi sign
| manufacturer = [[Vapid]] and [[Declasse]] (GTA IV)
| vehicle_type = [[:Category:Taxicabs|Taxicab]]
| body_style = 4-door sedan
| capacity = 4
| top_speed =
| endurance =
| appearances = [[Grand Theft Auto 1|GTA 1]] [[Grand Theft Auto 2|GTA 2]] [[Grand Theft Auto III|GTA III]] [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City|GTA Vice City]] [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas|GTA San Andreas]] [[Grand Theft Auto Advance|GTA Advance]] [[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories|GTA Liberty City Stories]] [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories|GTA Vice City Stories]] [[Grand Theft Auto IV|GTA IV]]
| based_on = See [[#Design]].
The '''Taxi''' is a four-door sedan-based taxi featured, in some form or other, in nearly all of the games in the [[GTA|Grand Theft Auto series]] (one exception being [[Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars]], where the [[Cabbie]] is the only taxi). Distinguishable by its yellow livery, it is often one of the most common vehicles on the road. Between [[GTA III era|GTA III and GTA Vice City Stories]], the Taxi can be used to perform [[Taxi Side Missions|taxi side-missions]].
== Design ==
=== GTA 1 — GTA 2 ===
In [[Grand Theft Auto 1]], there are three versions of the Taxi; the [[Liberty City in GTA 1|Liberty City]] version is based on the [[Portsmouth]], the [[City of San Andreas|San Andreas]] version is based on the [[Vulture]], and the [[Vice City in GTA 1|Vice City]] version is based on the [[Flamer]]. The Taxi in [[Grand Theft Auto 2]] is similar to an elongated [[wp:Fiat 500|Fiat 500]] with the checkered stripe crossing the roof horizontally.
Taxi (GTA1) (Liberty City).png|GTA 1 ([[Liberty City in GTA 1|Liberty City]]).
Taxi (GTA1) (San Andreas).png|GTA 1 ([[City of San Andreas|San Andreas]]).
Taxi (GTA1) (Vice City).png|GTA 1 ([[Vice City in GTA 1|Vice City]]).
Taxi (GTA2).png|GTA 2 ([[:Image:Taxi (GTA2) (in-game).jpg|In-game, with lights]]).
Taxi (GTA2) (Larabie).jpg|[[Ray Larabie]]'s original design for GTA 2's Taxi.
=== GTA III — GTA Vice City Stories ===
From [[Grand Theft Auto III]] onwards, the Taxi is usually based on the same model as the [[Police Car|police car]] from its respective game:
* In GTA III, the Taxi resembles a cross between a late model [[wikipedia:Chevrolet Caprice|Chevrolet Caprice]] and [[wikipedia:Ford Crown Victoria|Ford Crown Victoria]]. There are minor variants available, with darker bumpers, and different taxi lights.
* In [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]], the Taxi is a [[wp:Ford LTD|Ford LTD]] look-alike.
* In [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]] the Taxi is based on the [[Premier]], designed after the [[wp:Chevrolet_Caprice#1991-1996|1991-96 Chevrolet Caprice]].
* The Taxi in GTA Advance has little indication of which car it is based on, but is generally more boxy in design when compared to the game's [[Police Car|Police]] vehicle.
* The taxis in [[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]] and [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]] are largely identical to the GTA III and GTA Vice City renditions, respectively. The GTA Liberty City Stories rendition may appear with yellow, black or grey bumpers.
Taxi-GTA3-front.jpg|GTA III ([[:Image:Taxi-GTA3-rear.jpg|Rear quarter view; different bumper color and taxi sign]]).
Taxi-GTA3-comparison.jpg|Comparison of two differences available on Taxis in GTA III.
Taxi-GTAVC-front.jpg|GTA Vice City ([[:Image:Taxi-GTAVC-rear.jpg|Rear quarter view]]).
Taxi-GTASA-front.jpg|GTA San Andreas ([[:Image:Taxi-GTASA-rear.jpg|Rear quarter view]]).
Taxi-GTALCS-front.jpg|GTA Liberty City Stories ([[:Image:Taxi-GTALCS-rear.jpg|Rear quarter view; different bumper color and taxi sign]]).
Taxi-GTAVCS-front.jpg|GTA Vice City Stories ([[:Image:Taxi-GTAVCS-rear.jpg|Rear quarter view]]).
=== GTA IV ===
There are two different taxi sedans in [[Grand Theft Auto IV]]; one built by [[Declasse]], based on the [[Merit]], and the other built by [[Vapid]], influenced strongly by the [[wp:Ford Crown Victoria|Ford Crown Victoria P72]]. Vapid Taxis may have yellow, grey or black bumpers; some have rooftop advertisements for WTF, Conjoined Twins, [[The Science Of Crime]], [[Weazel News]], and Banging Trash Can Lids For An Hour. The Vapid taxi shares a chassis with the [[Police Cruiser|Police]] and [[NOOSE Cruiser|NOOSE]] Cruisers; this chassis is not used in any non-fleet car. The taxi lights and rooftop advertisements can detach in collisions. Both models contain a [[wp:Taxicabs of New York City#Medallion taxicabs and livery taxicabs|medallion]] on the front hood, which is used to indicate that New York City taxis are licensed to pick up passengers; they also have a red marker on the back left.
Taxi-GTA4-Declasse-front.jpg|A Declasse "Taxi Car" in GTA IV ([[:Image:Taxi-GTA4-Declasse-rear.jpg|Rear quarter view; without roof-mounted advertising]]).
Taxi-GTA4-Vapid-front.jpg|A Vapid "Taxi Car" in GTA IV ([[:Image:Taxi-GTA4-Vapid-rear.jpg|Rear quarter view; with roof-mounted advertising and different bumper color]]).
== Performance ==
=== GTA 1 — GTA 2 ===
Early renditions of the Taxi are generally undesirable due to their mediocre performance. While differing between cities and partially based on muscle vehicles, GTA 1's taxis are generally slow, but compensate with good steering. In GTA 2 the opposite is the case, with moderate speed but sluggish controls, inferior to the [[Taxi Xpress]]. Both games' renditions have moderate crash endurance.
=== GTA III — GTA Vice City Stories ===
Although the appearance of the Taxi between GTA III and GTA Vice City Stories varies drastically, the Taxi's performance in all the games of this era may be described as all-round average. With moderate speed, moderate acceleration, light construction, moderate endurance, capable steering and stable cornering (all traits which are helpful during [[Taxi Driver]] missions), the Taxi is generally an acceptable vehicle to drive. The vehicle is also front wheel drive, reducing the chances of tailspins when cornering and allowing the vehicle to perform 180-degree turns backwards or forward with ease.
=== GTA IV ===
The [[Declasse]] [[Merit]]-based taxi in GTA IV is powered by a V6, coupled to a 5 speed gearbox in a RWD layout. Acceleration is very good, and the top speed is above average. The brakes have been upgraded over the regular Merit, requiring a shorter stopping distance. The suspension has also had an upgrade, making this vehicle corner more effectively at speed. Crash deformation is acceptable, and the cab can survive a few frontal hits before failing.
The [[Vapid]] [[Police Cruiser]]-based Taxi is powered by a 4.6L V8, coupled to a 5 speed gearbox in a RWD layout. Acceleration is good, and the top speed is above average. Its braking and suspension are very good, identical to that of the [[Police Cruiser]]; ABS is standard, and the suspension easily handles cornering and smooths out the bumpy roads of Liberty City. Crash deformation is good, and the vehicle can sustain multiple frontal impacts before failing.
== Hailing a cab ==
In [[GTA Vice City]], and every subsequent game in the [[GTA III Era]], if the player gets [[Busted]] or [[Wasted]] during a mission, a cab outside the police station or hospital can return them to the mission's starting point.
A new feature introduced in GTA IV is the ability to hail cabs. The player can whistle for a cab, and, provided he is not [[Wanted Level in GTA IV|wanted]] by the police, take a seat in the back and be driven anywhere in the city for a fee. Upon entering the Taxi, the player can use a terminal within the vehicle to direct the driver to various preset landmarks (safehouses, mission starting locations, recreational facilities such as bowling alleys or the [[Helitours]] depot, etc); the player can also direct the driver to any waypoint they set, and during some missions, the player can take a taxi to (stationary) mission markers. The taxi fare is determined by distance, and whether the player used the 'hurry' option (which allows the driver to drive aggressively and ignore road rules) or 'trip-skip' option (where the journey is omitted entirely, the game resuming as the cab pulls up at its location). If the player acts aggressively or receives a wanted level while riding in a taxi, the driver will stop the car and run away in fear.
Cabs that already have passengers won't normally stop when hailed, but if caught, they can still be used - the player will pull the passenger out of the back seat and hop in. Passengers do not retaliate, and there is no [[Wanted Level in GTA IV|Wanted]] penalty or reaction from the driver.
In GTA IV, the player can get free cab rides from [[Roman Bellic]] after the player has earned his respect (Roman will call to inform the player once the service is available). Selecting "Car Services" from Roman's address-book entry in the [[Cell Phone]] will initiate a call to Roman, and he will dispatch one of his [[Roman's Taxi|cabs]] to the player's location. In the beginning of the game, Roman's taxis are customised dark grey [[Esperanto]]s (see [[Roman's Taxi]]), but as his fortunes rise, his company switches to using dark grey [[Cavalcade]]s.
== Taxi side mission ==
==Modifications (GTA San Andreas)==
The Taxi is one of only a handful of public vehicles that could be customized at a modification workshop, specially, at [[Transfender]].
The modification options (see Transfender article for pricing) of the vehicle include:
* 1 color: For the body.
* 2 scoops: Champ and Fury.
* 2 exhausts: Medium and Twin.
* 3 types of nitrous boasts: 2x, 5x and 10x.
* 2 spoilers: Win and Alpha.
* 10 wheels: Import, Atomic, Ahab, Virtual, Access, Off Road Wheel, Mega, Grove, Twist and Wires.
* Bass boast on car stereo.
*[[Mean Street Taxis]]
*[[Vice City Cabs]]
*In some of the games in the series, Taxis' radios default to certain stations. They are as follows:
** [[GTA Vice City]] and [[GTA Vice City Stories]]: [[Espantoso]] or [[VCPR]]
** [[GTA San Andreas]]: [[CSR 103.9]]
** [[GTA Liberty City Stories]]: [[Radio Del Mundo]]
** [[Grand Theft Auto IV|GTA IV]]: [[San Juan Sounds]] (Declasse Taxi); [[WKTT]], [[PLR]], [[Integrity 2.0]] (Vapid Taxi)
* In GTA Vice City, Taxis have white spots on the windshield due to an error in applying the vehicle's reflection map.
* In GTA III and GTA Vice City, Taxis may spawn without their lights on top. In GTA IV, the taxi light can be broken off by impacts.
* Taxi drivers tend to be vengeful, exiting their vehicle and assaulting the player if he or she damages their vehicle; they may pull the player out of their own vehicles, or throw punches if they meet the player on foot. In GTA IV, they may cling onto the player's car door while he or she attempts to escape, until the gaining speed forces them to let go.
* The GTA IV Taxi originally had a black variant, as seen in the [[Vladimir Glebov]] trailer.
* In GTA Vice City, a beta texture from taxi can be seen from afar.
* A Vapid Taxi can be found parked in an alley near Manganese Street and Burlesque in [[Star Junction]], [[Algonquin]].
* Taxis are the the most commonly spawning vehicles in Liberty City, and are particularly common in [[Francis International Airport, Dukes|Francis International Airport]] and throughout [[Algonquin]], especially [[Star Junction]] where Taxis make up the majority of road traffic. Taxis are less common in peripheral, industrial and suburban areas of the city; notably, taxis will never spawn in [[Acter Industrial Park]] ([[Alderney]]), and during the night in [[South Bohan]] ([[Bohan]]). They are also constantly driving through the streets of [[ Beachgate ]] ([[ Broker |Broker]]).
*[[London Cab]], the British equivalent featured in [[Grand Theft Auto: London, 1969]] and [[Grand Theft Auto: London, 1961|London, 1961]].
*[[Taxi Xpress]], another taxi featured in [[Grand Theft Auto 2]].
*[[Cabbie]], the older, Checker cab-style equivalent seen in the GTA III era.
*[[Cabby]], a minivan taxi featured in [[Grand Theft Auto IV]].
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