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The perfect car to go with your flesh tunnel earrings, frosted spikes, and oversize jeans. Buy this and you'll never fail to be mistaken for a small town drug dealer again.
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description.

The Kuruma (Japanese: 車, くるま, lit. "Car") is a four-door compact sedan featured in Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto Online, the latter as part of the Heists Update. It is manufactured by Karin in the HD Universe.


3D Universe

The Grand Theft Auto III rendition of the car is heavily based on a 2001-2006 Chrysler Sebring sedan and 300M (both the design and the fact that the car has a longitudinally mounted engine in the Xbox version). The trunk sitting noticeably higher than the beltline was taken from the Sebring's predecessor, the Chrysler Cirrus. The beta version's more bulbous design seems to take more from the 300M whereas the final version leans more towards the Sebring. It comes with grey bumpers and trim, giving it the appearance of a base model. Despite the Japanese inspired name, the only similarity to a Japanese car is how the front end and hubcaps bear some resemblance to a fifth generation Honda Civic. Kurumas spawn in a variety of body colors with secondary-colored bumpers (always set to white).

For Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, the Kuruma has slight cosmetic changes to make it look like a generic Japanese sedan during the late 1990s, the front appearing to resemble a 1992-1995 European Toyota Corona or a 1997-2000 Nissan Altima (styling cues from the 1995-2000 Hyundai Elantra). The bumpers and trim can be body-colored to give it a more upscale look, although there still are models with unpainted trims and bumpers, especially if the car is sprayed white or grey.

During the development of GTA III, the Kuruma was originally known as the "Sentinal", not to be confused with the Sentinel which is another sedan in the final version of the same game that was previously known as the "Beamer" during development. It's beta internal name was "Intrepid", bolstering the connection to the Chrysler Sebring, as the Intrepid was Dodge's variant of that same car. Indeed, the beta version more closely resembled the Dodge Intrepid before the changes that made it appear closer to the Sebring.

Grand Theft Auto Online

The Kuruma returns in the Heists Update for Grand Theft Auto Online, this time depicted as a sports sedan. The overall shape of the car seems to be based on the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, as evidenced by the overall design and front fascia. The rear wing and hood scoop closely resemble those of the 2015-2016 Subaru WRX STI.

On the front, the central portion is predominated by a trapezium-shaped split mesh grille, featuring a chrome trim on the surrounding, a plastic wide separation acting as the bumper and a manufacturer emblem on the upper grille, as well as a plastic insert below the grille, having pointy ends aligned with the body-coloured sections beside it. Next to the lower grille there are two intakes with plastic trim, circular fog lamps on the lower outer corners and LED stripes above these, while the areas next to the upper grille have a set of dual headlamps, turn signal and light strips surrounded by chrome trimmings, denoting an aggressive aspect. The bonnet sports an intake/scoop on the middle.

The sides of the car have a slight concave design passing through the doors, with the front fenders having thin vertical exit vents with a chrome detail above. The greenhouse area features plastic trim around the windows and on the roof, black mirror shells and what look like vortex generators with additional brake lights.

On the rear, the car features a boot with a chrome detail over the license plate, a medium spoiler and the corresponding badges. The tail lamps follow a similar pattern to the headlamps, consisting of inner brake with reverse lamps on the boot, and marker with turning lamps on the edges. The bumper features red marker lights on the edges and a plastic section on the centre, with mouldings for the twin exit, twin exhaust tubes. The interior is shared with the Sultan.

The primary colour of the car is applied on the bodywork and the interior stitching, while the secondary colour seem to be applied on certain modifications. The Kuruma shares its stock rim design with the second generation Baller and the Surano.

Current Design Gallery

Version History Gallery


3D Universe

In GTA III, the Kuruma has a five-cylinder engine with a turbocharged sound, a five-speed gearbox and a FWD powertrain. Whilst the engine is powerful enough to propel the light Kuruma to high straight line speeds, the front wheel drive layout causes understeer. Players may therefore favor using the handbrake to swing around turns at high speed. In GTA Liberty City Stories, its engine is naturally-aspirated, coupled to a three-speed gearbox and emits the same engine sound as the Manana, Idaho and the Perennial.

The Kuruma's neutral handling makes it a good choice as a "beginners' car", and it is the first car the player drives in both GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories (in the missions "Give Me Liberty" and "Home Sweet Home", respectively).

The Kuruma possesses almost identical handling properties to the GTA III rendition of the Taxi.

3D Universe Overview

Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 112 / 180 (GTA III)
99 / 160 (GTA LCS)
Petrol FWD 1500 / 3307 (GTA III)
1600 / 3527 (GTA LCS)
FF Inline-5 (In-game model) FWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto Online

The Kuruma has a modeled twin-cam straight six engine, placed longitudinally in a front engine, all wheel drive layout (a rather unique distribution of 1/3 of the engine power to the front wheels and the rest to the rear wheels). According to Southern San Andreas Super Autos, the car has a 6-speed gearbox, a top speed of 147mph and weights 2,866lbs. The Kuruma features a turbo dump-valve sound effect by default, although the player can add another turbo for a significantly higher acceleration.

Due to the lightweight chassis and top-heaviness on the car, The Kuruma has a tendency to lift onto two wheels and even flip during sharp, high speed turns, or roll the car. It is slightly bested by the Sultan in terms of top speed. However, in terms of grip, the Sultan stands a heavy ground when attacking corners at high speed. The Kuruma tends to slide attempting to attack corners at similar speeds. Off-road, the Kuruma is one of the fastest cars in the game, with its high traction allowing for high speeds on off-road terrain which allows it to keep up to even some Super cars.

The Kuruma does not deform easily when crashed, as it can only be scratched or lose body parts (it still has bodywork deformation, albeit to a lesser extend). The same is true with the Panto and Coquette Classic.

GTA Online Overview

Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto Online
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.meta [?]
N/A 89 / 143 6 N/A AWD
33% FWD
67% RWD
1500 / 3307 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A 147 / 237 6 N/A AWD 1300 / 2866 N/A
N/A 95 / 153 5
Manual (In-game model + Sound)
F4 DOHC Inline-6 (In-game model) AWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Grand Theft Auto Online

Category Modification Price Image
Armor No Armor $1,000
Armor Upgrade 20% $7,500
Armor Upgrade 40% $12,000
Armor Upgrade 60% $20,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $35,000
Armor Upgrade 100% $50,000
Brakes Stock Brakes $1,000
Street Brakes $20,000
Sport Brakes $27,000
Race Brakes $35,000
Bumpers Stock Front Bumper $2,200
Body Color Front Splitter $4,600
Secondary Color Front Splitter $7,400
Carbon Front Splitter $11,700
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $9,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $12,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $18,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $33,500
Exhausts Stock Exhaust $260
Oval Exhaust $750
Race Exhaust $1,800
Chrome Tip Exhaust $3,000
Explosives Ignition Bomb $5,000
Remote Bomb $7,500
Horns Main article: Los Santos Customs/Horns -
Lights Headlights Stock Lights $600
Xenon Lights $7,500
Neon Kits Main article: Los Santos Customs/Lights -
Livery None $
Black Single Side Stripes $18,240
White Single Side Stripes $19,380
Classic Rally Side Stripes $20,520
Black Thick Race Stripes $21,660
White Thick Race Stripes $22,800
Black Double Race Stripes $23,370
White Double Race Stripes $23,939
Paint Drip $24,510
Disruption Logistics $25,080
Karin Race $25,650
Redwood Rally Unreleased
Stance Andreas Unreleased
Junk Unreleased
Solid Camo Unreleased
Yogarishima Camo Unreleased
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker Too Hot
Full Coverage Too Hot
Plates Blue on White 1 $200
Blue on White 2 $200
Blue on White 3 $200
Yellow on Blue $300
Yellow on Black $600
Respray Main article: Los Santos Customs/Respray Colors -
Roll Cages No Roll Cage $700
Roll Cage and Chassis Upgrade $1,100
Sell Sell Vehicle Too Hot
Skirts Stock Skirts $2,500
Body Color Street Skirt $5,500
Secondary Color Street Skirt $8,000
Carbon Street Skirt $10,500
Body Color Slick Skirt $14,000
Secondary Color Slick Skirt $14,500
Carbon Slick Skirt $15,000
Spoilers Stock Spoiler $6,000
Secondary Color Stock Spoiler $7,050
Carbon Wing $10,000
Color Coded Wing $13,000
Carbon Wing Type II $14,000
GT Wing $16,000
Suspension Stock Suspension $200
Lowered Suspension $1,000
Street Suspension $2,000
Sport Suspension $3,400
Competition Suspension $4,400
Transmission Stock Transmission $1,000
Street Transmission $29,500
Sports Transmission $32,500
Race Transmission $40,000
Turbo None $5,000
Turbo Tuning $50,000
Wheels Main article: Los Santos Customs/Wheels -
Windows None $500
Light Smoke $1,500
Dark Smoke $3,500
Limo $5,000

Image Gallery

3D Universe

Grand Theft Auto Online



Grand Theft Auto III
The FBI Car in Grand Theft Auto III.
(Rear quarter view)

A law enforcement variant appears as the FBI Car, seen during a 5-star wanted level.

Kuruma (Armored)

Grand Theft Auto Online
The Kuruma (Armored) in Grand Theft Auto Online.
(Rear quarter view)

An Armored variant appears in Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the Heists Update, the Kuruma (Armored). It holds armored plating similar to the Duke O'Death.

Special Variants

  • A unique teal Kuruma appears in the GTA III mission Give Me Liberty. The player can simply complete the next mission, Luigi's Girls, in this car to obtain it.
  • A unique teal Kuruma appears in the GTA LCS mission Salvatore's Salvation. It can be obtained by parking it in the garage of the Portland Safehouse and shooting at the trunk.

Notable Owners

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto Online

The Kuruma frequently appears as the vehicle of choice of the Kkangpae:


Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto Online

Bugs and Glitches

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • After the Los Santos Tuners update, all the windows of the vehicle are unbreakable. Therefore, the vehicle's occupants are unable to get shot by normal bullets, just like the Kuruma (Armored). However, even with the doors open or off, the occupants cannot get shot.
    • When using throwables, the player's hand phases through the windows.
    • Gunshot holes do not show anywhere on the vehicle.



  • Besides the meaning of "Car" in Japanese, "Kuruma" may also be a reference to the Toyota Camry, the bestselling midsize sedan in the United States, with "Camry" being an Anglicized phonetic transcription of the Japanese word kanmuri (冠, かんむり) for "crown". (Toyota has a naming tradition of using the word "crown" for primary models, starting with the Toyota Crown in 1955, continuing with the Toyota Corona and Toyota Corolla, the Latin words for "crown" and "small crown", respectively.)

The Kuruma featured in Manhunt 2.

  • The Kuruma has appeared in Manhunt 2, another Rockstar Games title.
  • The Kuruma also exists as a car manufacturer in Midnight Club: Street Racing, another game published by Rockstar Games. It has one model called the Faasuto with 3 variants: The GR, GS, and GT.
  • The Kuruma is referenced in an episode of crime drama NCIS where Agent Ziva David tells Agent Leroy Gibbs The a witness said the car was a "Kuruma". Agent Timothy McGee later explains to his confused superiors: "Kuruma is the name of a car in Grand Theft Auto III. It’s a Chrysler Sebring sedan." A video of the exchange can be found here.
  • The default radio stations for the Kuruma are:

3D Universe

  • The Kuruma in GTA III has more spawn locations in Portland than anywhere else in the city, despite not appearing in traffic.
  • The Kuruma in GTA III seems to lack any form of grille or other air intakes. Realistically, this car would constantly overheat (even if it has the hood scoop shown on the FBI Car in the mobile versions).
  • In GTA Liberty City Stories, the Kuruma has the door sound of older cars, despite being a modern sedan. The same trait is also shared with the Yakuza Stinger and the Blista.
  • The Kuruma was supposed to appear in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, but was cut during development. This is evidenced by an unused handling line found in the files, where it had the same performance traits as in GTA III.

Grand Theft Auto Online

See Also