Rear quarter view; different bumper color and taxi sign)|
A Taxi in GTA III.
GTA 1 |
GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Liberty City Stories
GTA Vice City Stories
The Lost and Damned
The Ballad of Gay Tony
|Body style||4-door sedan|
|Manufacturer||Vapid and Declasse (GTA IV)|
The Taxi is a four-door sedan-based taxi featured, in some form or other, in nearly all of the games in the Grand Theft Auto series (with the exception of Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 and London, 1961, which instead featured the London Cab, and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, where the Cabbie is the only taxi).
GTA 1 — GTA 2
In Grand Theft Auto 1, there are three versions of the Taxi; the Liberty City version is based on the Portsmouth, the San Andreas version is based on the Vulture, and the Vice City version is based on the Flamer.
GTA 1 (Liberty City).
GTA 1 (San Andreas).
GTA 1 (Vice City).
Ray Larabie's early design of GTA 2's Taxi.
GTA 2 (In-game, with lights).
GTA III — GTA Vice City Stories
- In GTA III, the Taxi resembles a cross between a late model Chevrolet Caprice and Ford Crown Victoria, although shrunken to the size of a compact sedan (the Caprice and Crown Victoria were full-size sedans). There also appears to be resemblances of the Fiat Marea (1996–2002), particularly the shape. There are minor variants available, with darker bumpers and different taxi lights.
- In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the Taxi is a Ford LTD look-alike.
- In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas the Taxi is based on the Premier, designed after the 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 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 gray bumpers, as well as two types of TAXI signs, a traditional one with the writing on the sides, and one with orange lights on the sides and the writing facing forwards.
GTA Vice City (Rear quarter view).
GTA San Andreas (Rear quarter view).
GTA Liberty City Stories (Rear quarter view; different bumper color and taxi sign).
GTA Vice City Stories (Rear quarter view).
GTA IV — GTA V
There are two different taxi sedans in Grand Theft Auto IV; one built by Declasse, based on the Merit, which is the 2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala, and the other built by Vapid, based on the Stanier, influenced strongly by the 1992–1997 Ford Crown Victoria P72, with frontal design cues more similar to a 1998–2011 model.
While the Taxis come standard with regular taxi lights, some have rooftop advertisements for "WTF", "Banging Trash Can Lids for an Hour", "Conjoined Twins", "The Science Of Crime", and Weazel News, both of which can detach in collisions. Both models contain a medallion on the front hood, which is used to indicate that New York City Taxi are licensed to pick up passengers; they also have a red marker on the back left. Vapid Taxis may also have yellow, grey, or black bumpers, much like the Taxis in GTA Liberty City Stories.
Players can enter Taxis in GTA IV and take taxi rides to destinations, which is often a quicker alternative to driving themselves.
Warning: in The Ballad of Gay Tony, using a taxi during missions will often result in the completion challenges for that mission being voided due to being able to bypass the time limit using one.
A Vapid "Taxi Car" in GTA IV (Rear quarter view; with roof-mounted advertising and different bumper color).
Declasse "Taxi Car" in GTA IV (Rear quarter view; without roof-mounted advertising).
GTA V (Rear quarter view).
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 these games 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.
The GTA III rendition of the Taxi possesses almost identical handling properties to that of the Kuruma. However, the Taxi does not suffer from the stiff suspension and heavy kerb weight the Kuruma has.
The GTA San Andreas rendition of the Taxi has a 0-60 mph (97 km/h) acceleration time of only 5.4 seconds and a top speed of only 89 mph (144 km/h).
Two taxi models are present in 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: 87 mph (140 km/h). The brakes have been upgraded over the regular Merit, requiring a shorter stopping distance and thus reducing the risk of being ejected through the windshield after a frontal impact. The suspension has also had an upgrade, making this vehicle corner more effectively at speed. Crash deformation is acceptable, and the car can survive a few frontal impacts before giving.
The Vapid Stanier-based Taxi is powered by a 4.6 L V8, coupled to a 5 speed gearbox in a RWD layout. Acceleration is good, and the top speed is above average: 87 mph (140 km/h). 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.
Strange enough, both cars are slightly slower than the GTA San Andreas rendition, which can reach 89 mph (144 km/h).
The Taxi in GTA V is based on the second generation Stanier. Its gearbox, engine specs, and layout are exactly the same as the first-generation Stanier. Overall performance is identical to the Police Stanier, although its engine is markedly less powerful.
Taxi side missions
If Franklin purchases Downtown Cab Co., then all taxi rides will be free for him, and will also unlock special taxi missions just for him.
Customization in GTA San Andreas
In 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 of the vehicle are modest, and are nearly identical to the modification options available for the Premier, which the Taxi is based on (the only option unavailable is the roof scoop option, which presumably clashes with the Taxi's rooftop taxi sign).
Italicized pricing denotes prices at the Las Venturas TransFender, which charges 20% more except Colors.
- In some of the games in the series, Taxis' radios default to certain stations. They are as follows:
- 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 very rarely spawn without their lights on top. In these cases, saving the car in a garage will not fix it. In GTA IV, the taxi light can be broken off by impacts.
- In GTA III, the player will get $25 after carjacking a taxi.
- Taxi drivers tend to be vengeful, exiting their vehicle and assaulting the player if they damage the taxi; they may pull the player out of their own vehicles, or throw punches if they meet the player on foot. In GTA IV, they hold onto the player's car door while he or she attempts to escape, until the gaining speed forces them to let go. Oddly, sometimes they will pull the player out of their car, and then utter something before running back to their taxi and drive off.
- The GTA IV Taxi originally had a black variant, as seen in the Vladimir Glebov trailer.
- In GTA Vice City, the beta texture of the taxi appears when it is seen from afar.
- In GTA IV, most taxi drivers are men, however, you can usually find a woman taxi driver in Hove Beach, Broker.
- In GTA IV, the Vapid, Declasse, and Schyster Taxis have three different horns, differing in pitch with some with a high pitched, medium pitched, and lower pitched horns. The pitch determines how well and strong the horn sounds. The higher ranges usually are weak, mid-ranges usually have a somewhat over-blown or out of tune horn, while the lower pitches have healthy and loud horns. Most of the horns used can be traced back to civilian vehicles of different brands (such as Intruder, Pinnacle, DF8-90, Patriot, etc). A glitch sometimes happens when either taxi is stored in a parking spot and after a period of time, the horns will change no matter if it has been used or not, such as loud and healthy horns will change to the high pitched weak horns for no apparent reason. Loading any game saves changes them as well.
- In GTA IV, if a Taxi is rammed at a high enough speed, the taxi driver will die more easily than if any other car is rammed.
- Most of the taxi drivers in GTA IV speak in the Greek language, as well as most of the. A taxi driver may say "I'm Greek, you know" when held at gunpoint. Also, they usually cuss out traffic in front of them in Greek as well.
- In the first trailer to Grand Theft Auto IV a early version of the Vapid taxi can be seen on the Algonquin Bridge.
- In GTA IV, if the taxi sign is broken off of a taxi, it will still react as if it were attached. If the player turns off the engine, the light for the advertisements will turn off, and will turn back on when the player gets back in the taxi. Also, when the player destroys the cab, it will appear burnt no matter how far away it is from the car.
- In GTA IV, if a taxi is stored in a parking spot with the "on hire/duty" lights illuminated on the signs, they will sometimes spawn turned off or on randomly. However advertisement signs don't react with it.
- In GTA V, when switching to Franklin, he will be seen being dropped off by a Taxi in front of his house while saying goodbye to a young woman in the back seat. The taxi is missing a roof sign and sometimes has no license plate text. It can be obtained by killing the driver and attempting to open the locked door, in which this taxi will respawn next to Frankin's home the next time he's there. The lady runs away and Franklin can't shoot her for some reason, but can be still killed.
- In GTA V, oddly, if you slam into the rear of a taxi with a passenger in the backseat and kill the driver in the front seat, the passenger will climb out of the backseat and flee unharmed.
- A Taxi can be seen in several screenshots and in Franklin's trailer for Grand Theft Auto V.
- In GTA V, Taxis are harder to come by than in previous games, probably reflecting the real life western United States, which sees a low demand for taxi use relative to denser East Coast cities such as New York.
- The GTA V taxi's backseat has a lot of stickers. Among these stickers is the old 255 for Liberty City Government Services sticker from the IV Taxi.
- While the logo on the trunk of the GTA V taxi says "Taxi Cab", looking at it closer at an angle shows the writing "Police Cruiser" embossed under it. This is because while the Taxi model uses a different texture for the logo, its normal map is still that of the Police Cruiser.
- Despite this, both logos appear randomized when calling for a taxi.
- In GTA V, on both backseat passengers doors, there are warnings that say "Driver carries a firearm and will use it in defense". Note that no taxi drivers in GTA V are actually armed. This may refer to the fact that you're able to do taxi missions and all three characters are armed.
- When entering a cab as a passenger in GTA V, the character may say one of the lines they normally say while carjacking someone.
- It is seen in the GTA V film Meltdown that Liberty City still use the first generation Stanier (on which the GTA IV taxi is based on) instead of the second generation Stanier featured in GTA V.
- In GTA V, if the player hops around or the rear doors are blocked, the player may ride in the front passenger seat next to the driver. Note that the cab driver still looks back as though the player was in one of the rear seats when the location is chosen, if the location is chosen again or changed, or if the cab is stopped by the player with the start/stop option.
- While riding as a passenger in a taxi in GTA V:
- If the player takes multiple trips with the same cab driver and rushes each one, the player may start yelling out of anger to go. The player also yells if the GPS location is chosen again or changed.
- If the point of view camera is on the hood view and aimed at the windshield when the driver finishes the trip, then the next time the player enters (before getting busted or wasted), the unchanged view of the dash should stay even after the location is chosen.
- It is possible for the driver to become "stuck" behind an automatic gate due to approaching it from the wrong side. The driver will stay waiting for the gate to open until the player tells the driver to hurry up, or leaves the cab.
- The player can bail out of a moving taxi, skipping out on paying the driver his fee. This will likely result in a one star wanted level.
- The driver can respond to this; "Really?"
- If the player doesn't tell the driver to hurry, the cab driver will drive much slower than other NPCs (especially on highways).
- If the player obtains a wanted level, the driver will pull over, and the player will exit. Attempts to get back in as a passenger will result in the player carjacking the cab driver.
- If the player is spotted by members of a gang that are hostile towards them (i.e. if Trevor is spotted by members of The Lost MC), they will not confront or attack the player. Instead, they will flee as if they were scared.
- If passing a random encounter involving a hitchhiker, the player can tell the cab driver to stop, allowing the hitchhiker to enter.
- If the player replays a mission, they will no longer be riding in the cab upon returning to the restore point.
- If the player tries to pick up a passenger in a damaged taxi that is missing a wheel, the passenger will not enter the car, and eventually wander off. This is most likely due to the fact that the taxi is continuously leaning over onto the ground and back off, thus simulating movement, and obviously pedestrians cannot enter the "moving" vehicle.
- In GTA Online, the players must pay the cash on hand if riding a taxi, as cash will not be paid if it's banked.
- In GTA V, if the player does not have enough money to pay the ride he will gain a wanted level and the taxi driver will likely swear at the player.
- GTA 2
- GTA III
- Parked on the opposite side of the road to Salvatore's Gentlemen's Club, Saint Marks, Portland.
- Commonly parked in Newport Multistory Car Park, Newport, Staunton Island.
- Parked in the parking lot of Francis International Airport, Shoreside Vale.
- Two parked in front of the terminal of Francis International Airport, Shoreside Vale.
- GTA Liberty City Stories
- Parked outside Mean Street Taxis, Trenton, Portland.
- Commonly parked in Newport Multistory Car Park, Newport, Staunton Island.
- Parked in front of the stairs leading to the Shoreside Terminal LCS, Francis International Airport, Shoreside Vale.
- GTA IV
- A Declasse Merit Taxi may occasionally be parked on Asparagus Avenue in front of the LTA Headquarters,
- 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 Downtown, Broker, Francis International Airport, and throughout Algonquin, especially The Triangle and 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 rarely spawn in eastern Dukes and northern Alderney and never spawn in Acter Industrial Park (Alderney), and in parts of Bohan.
- GTA V
- Calling Downtown Cab Co. will send one to the player's location.
- 6 Taxis always spawns in Downtown Cab Co. Headquarters in East Vinewood.
- Sometimes spawns in front of the Oriental Theater. (Usually 2 at a time)
- Always spawn in Los Santos International Airport, usually picking up and dropping passengers off.
- Taxis spawns in affluent and moderate areas of Los Santos, but rarely in residential areas and never spawns in southern and eastern areas of Los Santos, in industrial zones such as Terminal and Blaine County.
- London Cab, the British equivalent featured in Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 and 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.