The Albany Cavalcade is a four-door luxury full-size SUV featured in Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. A second generation was added in Grand Theft Auto V.


First Generation

"You could scarcely cross the street without getting mown down by a soccer mom or drug dealer in one of these during the early 2000s. The glory days of the excessively-large, gas-guzzling SUV might be over, but the Cavalcade takes no prisoners."
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description.
The Cavalcade is a larger but sportier SUV (in comparison to the Landstalker) obviously based on the 2002-2006 Cadillac Escalade while portraying traits reminiscent of that of the Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon. The Cavalcade comes in a variety of both body and rim colors, though it has one primary body style, and may also come with or without roof racks and running boards.

In GTA IV, the vehicle shares the same rim design as the Super Drop Diamond, from The Ballad of Gay Tony.

Second Generation

"The old man luxury automobile, but once you sit inside this comfy car that steers like a boat, you'll know why your old man often fell asleep at the wheel."
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description.
Exclusive to Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online, there is an updated version of the Cavalcade that looks more like the 2008-2014 Escalade, but the D-pillars are much more slanted. Daytime running lights are present on this version. The tail lamps resemble those of the L405 Range Rover or the U502 Ford Explorer.

Current Design Gallery

Version History Gallery


Grand Theft Auto IV

Despite the sheer size of the Cavalcade, it accelerates quick enough to worry high-displacement saloons. The Cavalcade's top speed is rather high. The Cavalcade's brakes are strong, but seem to lack feel. The suspension is moderately firm, and will keep the Cavalcade surprisingly well balanced through the bends, though some oversteer can be felt on longer turns, an odd handling characteristic for a 4WD SUV to have. On rough roads or when clipping curbs, the Cavalcade is fairly unstable and at high speeds in these conditions is susceptible to tipping over. Crash deformation is minimal; the Cavalcade holds its shape after multiple accidents.

For its off-road performance, the Cavalcade performs reasonably well. With Herculean torque, this can climb steep hills and large rocks. The 4WD system helps keep the vehicle on the straight and narrow in even the worst terrain. With all-round independent suspension, the car often feels like it will rollover. However, if obstacles are tackled with reasonable speed, the player would have to be very unlucky to roll a Cavalcade. It is worth noting that if the vehicle is intended for off-road use, especially over boulders, then the version with side steps should be avoided, as these will be damaged easily.

The Cavalcade is powered by a high-displacement V8 (based on the engine cover), paired to a 5-speed gearbox in a AWD (50% front, 50% rear) layout.

GTA IV Overview

Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engines Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 84 / 135 5 N/A AWD
50% FWD
50% RWD
3500 / 7716
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A 5 F4 V8 (Cover) AWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V

The Cavalcades have a diesel engine which has the same sound as the Landstalker's diesel. The car performs similar to its GTA IV appearance, except it is lighter than in its previous appearance. While not intended for off-road purposes like most other off-road cars (such as Dune Buggies or Merryweather Mesas), Cavalcades are still a good option for uneven terrains thanks to its suspension. Its suspension is now firmer and stiffer than its IV counterpart due to the physics alterations. Acceleration and top speed seem to be a minor improvement.

GTA V Overview

Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.meta [?]
N/A 79 / 127 4 N/A AWD
60% FWD
40% RWD
2400 / 5291 80
Website Statements [?] / Badges
10.5 Second 95 / 152 4 F4 V8 (Cover)
F4 DOHC Inline-4 (In-game model)
AWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Grand Theft Auto V

  • Note that only the first generation Cavalcade features modifications.
Type Upgrade Cost (Story) Cost (Online)
Gen 1 Gen 2 Gen 1 Gen 2
Armor Armor Upgrade 20% $1,250 $1,250 $5,250 $5,250
Armor Upgrade 40% $3,125 $3,125 $8,750 $8,750
Armor Upgrade 60% $5,000 $5,000 $14,000 $14,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $8,750 $8,750 $24,500 $24,500
Armor Upgrade 100% $12,500 $12,500 $35,000 $35,000
Brakes Street Brakes $5,000 $5,000 $10,000 $10,000
Sport Brakes $6,750 $6,750 $13,500 $13,500
Race Brakes $8,750 $8,750 $17,500 $17,500
Bumpers Custom Front Splitter $1,250 N/A $2,500 N/A
Extreme Aero Front Bumper $1,650 N/A $3,300 N/A
Chassis 10000W ICE Install $550 N/A $1,100 N/A
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $2,250 $2,250 $4,500 $4,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $3,125 $3,125 $6,250 $6,250
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $4,500 $4,500 $9,000 $9,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $8,375 $8,375 $16,750 $16,750
Exhaust Performance Exhaust $375 N/A $750 N/A
Grille Mesh Grille $375 N/A $750 N/A
Chrome Grille $670 N/A $1,340 N/A
Lights Xenon Lights $1,000 $1,000 $5,000 $5,000
- - - -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A N/A $2,000 $2,000
Full Coverage N/A N/A $7,500 $7,500
Respray - - - -
Crew Emblem N/A N/A $25,000 $25,000
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A N/A $6,000 $6,000
Side Step Side Steps & Roof Rack $1,500 N/A $3,000 N/A
Suspension Lowered Suspension $500 $500 $1,000 $1,000
Street Suspension $1,000 $1,000 $2,000 $2,000
Sport Suspension $1,700 $1,700 $3,400 $3,400
Competition Suspension $2,200 $2,200 $4,400 $4,400
Transmission Street Transmission $7,375 $7,375 $14,750 $14,750
Sports Transmission $8,125 $8,125 $16,250 $16,250
Race Transmission $10,000 $10,000 $20,000 $20,000
Turbo Turbo Tuning $6,250 $6,250 $35,000 $35,000
Wheels - - - -
Windows Light Smoke $200 $200 $1,500 $1,500
Dark Smoke $450 $450 $3,500 $3,500
Limo $700 $700 $5,000 $5,000

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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online


Cavalcade FXT

Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

The Cavalcade FXT in Grand Theft Auto IV.
(Rear quarter view)


The Cavalcade FXT is the pickup truck variant of the Cavalcade, evidently based on the Escalade EXT. It appeared only in Grand Theft Auto IV, its episodes and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.

FIB Rancher

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

The FIB Rancher in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.


The FIB Rancher in GTA Chinatown Wars bases itself on the Cavalcade, sharing the same vehicle body but sporting additional accessories.

Special Variants

Grand Theft Auto IV

A unique dark grey Cavalcade replaces the Esperanto used by Roman's Taxi service once the player completes Hostile Negotiation. However, the same driver, Mohammed, will be driving it and will still throw insults at Niko. Unlike Roman's Taxi, there is no enhanced performance in this version.

  • A dark red Spanish Lords Cavalcade with special gold rims, a roofrack/roofrail and stereo system in the rear. These vehicles' stereos feature a noticeable increased bass effect due to the subwoofers. The Spanish Lords Cavalcades are mostly found around South Bohan, as well as Alderney CityCerveza HeightsEast Holland and rarely in Fortside or Boulevard. Strangely, regular pedestrians can be seen driving around in this Cavalcade in Fortside.
    • There is also a Cavalcade which is similar to the Spanish Lords variant, but this variant doesn't come with a stereo system or a roof rail, or sometimes both.
    • When requesting vehicles from Henrique, the Cavalcade that follows him might be colored the same way as the Spanish Lords version, but without the roof bars and rear sound system.
  • A unique black-tinted (the main color varies) Cavalcade with black rims is also available during the mission Deconstruction for Beginners. It is parked in an alley in Castle Gardens where Playboy X has left it with a supply of weapons. The player can drive this Cavalcade to a safehouse to store it, and still return to complete the mission.
    • In the same mission, another Cavalcade is seen. When the player snipes down one of the guards, he will fall on the top of a dark gray-tinted Cavalcade although with black rims. The guard may destroy the car slightly, or just fall on causing no damage to it.
  • A similar black-tinted Cavalcade is the target of one of Stevie's Car Thefts; this Cavalcade has a unique green color, black chrome wheels (as opposed to the normal alloy wheels) and a black chrome grille. As a new Cavalcade will respawn at the same place until the player delivers one, the player can keep one before delivering another one.
  • A similar black-tinted Cavalcade is one of the vehicles requested by Brucie. It has a unique maroon color with black chrome wheels and black chrome grill. It's similar to the Spanish Lord variant. If the player wants to keep it they must fail the Exotic Exports mission involving the Cavalcade. This will lower Brucie's like and respect.

The Ballad of Gay Tony

  • In TBoGT there is a version which is internally named "cavalcade2". It is always painted black, has black wheels and its trunk opens slightly higher than its normal counterpart. Armando sells weapons to the player out of the trunk of this vehicle. This car is easily obtainable, as it is most often left in the street after the Drug Wars missions with Armando and Henrique. It can also be obtained by killing them both at the start of the mission Corner Kids.

Notable Owners

  • Roman Bellic owns a fleet of graphite Cavalcade taxis after retiring his original Esperanto taxis fleet.
  • Armando Torres and Henrique Bardas own a black Cavalcade with black rims, tinted glass and black roof rails. It also may be armored due to its substantially higher health.
    • Playboy X also owns one similar to this, however it is not armored and features a unique undertone, it may be blue, yellow or red.
  • The Messina Family construction workers own a Cavalcade that a worker falls on.
  • The first generation of the Cavalcade is driven by Lester's target, which is silver in color.


Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

First Generation
Second Generation

Grand Theft Auto Online

First Generation
Second Generation
  • Like in story mode, it is very common across the state.
  • Can be bought on Southern San Andreas Super Autos for $70,000.


Grand Theft Auto IV

  • Upon completion of all 30 of Stevie's Car Thefts, standard Cavalcades may be sold at his garage for $6,500. Roman's Cavalcades, if sold to Stevie in perfect condition with their original grey body color, will earn the player $20,500; if resprayed, their payout drops to the default $6,500.

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • The first generation Cavalcade sells for $6,000 and the second generation Cavalcade for $7,000, both at Los Santos Customs.



  • The word "Cavalcade" means a procession or parade, like the presidential cavalcade, which includes Escalades, which the Cavalcade is based on, thus why the car is called Cavalcade. It also sounds like a combination of the names "Cadillac" and "Escalade".
  • The default radio stations are:

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • As seen on the VIG Insurance commercial on the Weazel channel, the Cavalcade originally had a chrome trunk door handle which did not have a badge on it, chrome door division bars and slightly different rims, they are notably different in size and they did not have bolts, but the overall design remained the same. The Cavalcade also did not have a hood ornament.
  • If a player drives the Spanish Lords or Armando Torres' variant for several game hours, the special trim affect may wear off and become a normal silver color.
    • Regular Cavalcades can be repainted with the Spanish Lords paintjob and trim, but only in the Ballad of Gay Tony.
  • A standard Cavalcade is always provided when going on friendship activities with Armando and Henrique. The color and variant may vary.
  • Unlike the normal variant of the Cavalcade, Roman's taxi Cavalcade when entered plays Tuff Gong Radio or Massive B Soundsystem 96.9.
  • In the song intro of GTA Chinatown Wars, the Cavalcade is used in the song; "Hunt my prey, in the Cavalcade".
  • If the player takes a Cavalcade to a Pay 'n' Spray too many times it will turn black with a white pearl. This color will then be permanent, and no amount of subsequent resprays will change it. This is most likely a glitch, as almost every other car in the game will continually cycle through its available colors each time the player visits a Pay N' Spray.

Grand Theft Auto V and Online

  • Unlike the first generation of the Cavalcade, the second generation has limited modification options in Los Santos Customs.
    • While the first generation can be modified to resemble the Spanish Lords variant, its grille and side steps cannot be painted at all.
  • As of Title Update 1.30, although the Cavalcade can be upgraded with the 10000-ICE sound system, it does affect the sound output in-game.

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