"Do you hate your family and your job? Are you remortgaged up to your nipples? The last time you ate Mexican food did it give you IBS? If so, then our statistics suggest you're overwhelmingly likely to buy a sensible four-door family SUV with a vaguely peppy name. And here it is."
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description.

The Emperor Habanero is a four-door mid-size crossover SUV found in Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.


Grand Theft Auto IV

The Habanero appears to be based primarily on the 2003-2008 Lexus RX (a rebadge of the Japanese Toyota Harrier), but it is slightly bulkier and sits lower to the ground, resembling the Toyota Venza. The wheels resemble the design on the hybrid version of the former (RX 400h). Noticeable differences from the Lexus are front turn signal location (bottom edge as opposed to top corners), rear license plate location (bumper as opposed to trunk lid), and tail-lamps (red as opposed to silver). It may have the tail lights reassembling 2005-2007 Mitsubishi Outlander's tail lights.

The interior of the vehicle bears a likeness to that of an Imponte DF8-90. The Habanero is equipped with a GPS system with a male voice, but only if the player leaves the "selected cars" (default) option in the audio menu.

Grand Theft Auto V

The Habanero assumes the same design as in GTA IV, but the rear quarter window is no longer kinked upwards as on the Lexus, but rather straightened as on the Venza.

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Grand Theft Auto IV

The Habanero is powered by a numb-feeling Inline-4 with a modeled Turbocharger, paired to a 5 speed gearbox in an front engine, all wheel drive (50% front, 50% rear) configuration. Borrowing its specifications from the Lexus RX, the Habanero focuses more on stability and luxury rather than performance, leaving acceleration below average, with a decent top speed. Although it sports an AWD configuration, off-roading in this vehicle leaves much to be desired, as sliding and spin-outs are common, and the ground clearance is minimal at best. Braking is below average, due in part to constant front wheel lockup. Handling at high speeds is fair, though the suspension does not perform as well as what would be expected. At slow speeds, it's far too soft leading to body roll, while at high speeds it is far too firm and unforgiving. Its durability also has much to be desired from a vehicle of its size, and the engine will begin smoking after about three to five severe frontal crashes. With this said, the Habanero is one of the least desirable vehicles to drive in GTA IV. It lacks the durability of trucks and certain other SUVs, as well as the speed of any sedan or two-door.

The GTA IV rendition shares the sound with the Minivan.

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 81 / 130 5 N/A AWD
50% FWD
50% RWD
2200 / 4850
Website Statements / Badges
6.75 seconds 94 / 151 5 F4 V8 (Cover)
F4 DOHC Turbocharged Inline-4 (In-game model)
AWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V

Again, the Habanero performs the same as in GTA IV, having almost the same performance. Top speed and handling is slightly increased, but it is still outclassed by most AWD vehicles and resistance is the same. The vehicle has a tendency to lift the inside wheels under high speed cornering.

The player may notice that the Habanero is fitted with a modeled Turbocharger by default. This also applies to the Seminole, Huntley S and Dubsta 6x6. Note that this will not affect performance, and is purely cosmetic, unless the player purchases a Turbo modification at Los Santos Customs.

The GTA V rendition shares the sound with the Issi.

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 85 / 137 5 N/A AWD
40% FWD
60% RWD
2400 / 5291 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
7.5 seconds N/A 5 F4 V8 (Cover)
F4 DOHC Turbocharged Inline-4 (In-game model)
AWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Grand Theft Auto V

Category Modification Cost (GTA V) Cost (GTA Online)
Armor No Armor $100 $200
Armor Upgrade 20% $500 $4,500
Armor Upgrade 40% $1,250 $7,500
Armor Upgrade 60% $2,000 $12,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $3,500 $21,000
Armor Upgrade 100% $5,000 $30,000
Brakes Stock Brakes $100 $200
Street Brakes $2,000 $4,000
Sport Brakes $2,700 $5,400
Race Brakes $3,500 $7,000
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $900 $1,800
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $1,250 $2,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $1,800 $3,600
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $3,350 $6,700
Explosives Ignition Bomb N/A $5,000
Remote Bomb N/A $7,500
Horns Main article: Los Santos Customs/Horns - -
Lights Headlights Stock Lights $100 $200
Xenon Lights $300 $3,000
Neon Kits Main article: Los Santos Customs/Lights - -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $5,250
Plates Blue on White 1 $50 $200
Blue on White 2 $50 $200
Blue on White 3 $50 $200
Yellow on Blue $75 $300
Yellow on Black $150 $600
Respray Main article: Los Santos Customs/Respray Colors - -
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $4,200
Transmission Stock Transmission $100 $200
Street Transmission $2,950 $5,900
Sports Transmission $3,250 $6,500
Race Transmission $4,000 $8,000
Turbo None $500 $1,000
Turbo Tuning $2,500 $30,000
Wheels Main article: Los Santos Customs/Wheels - -
Windows None $100 $500
Light Smoke $200 $1,500
Dark Smoke $450 $3,500
Limo $700 $5,000

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Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

Enhanced version



Grand Theft Auto IV

  • If the boot of the Habanero falls off, the rear lights will still work regardless. This is most likely a glitch.

Grand Theft Auto V


  1. 1.0 1.1 As part of the After Hours update continuation.


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