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Guy#1: "What kind of moron would drive this car?"
Guy#2: "Hey, my wife drives one of these."
Guy#1: "Oh, sorry man."
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Website.

The Rancher is an 4×4 off-road vehicle that appears in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto IV. It is manufactured by Declasse in the HD Universe.


3D Universe

Both renditions of the Rancher resemble a 1973–1991 Chevrolet K5 Blazer, particularly the 1979 and 1981–1988 models. It is stylised as a medium-sized SUV designed with off-road capabilities in mind, featuring large tires, soft suspensions and a high ground clearance. Despite its size, the two-door Rancher is only capable of holding two occupants, as its rear compartment is not capable of carrying passengers, similar to two-door pickup trucks in the series.

Both renditions follows a two-tone color scheme, where the primary color covers the majority of the vehicle, such as the hood, roof, some parts of the side profiling, and the rear bed. The secondary color poses as a stripe-like print on the sides and rear of the vehicle. The Grand Theft Auto: Vice City rendition always have the lower section in a black color, resulting in three different colors on a single car. This was changed in the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas rendition, so the lower section will have the same color as the upper section of the vehicle. Both cars only differs in minor details, such as the headlights, tail lights, rear end and wheels.

Despite being absent from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the SUV has its gang version, which shares most of the characteristics, but its details are very different.

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Rancher returns to Grand Theft Auto IV with a highly similar design, only now higher quality and slight cosmetic adjustments.

This rendition appears to be based on the Cheyenne Trim 1989–1991 K5 Blazer, while the tail lights and the slight lean of the rear of the cab resemble the 1980-1996 Ford Bronco.

Again, the vehicle follows the same two-tone color scheme, in the same manner as the GTA San Andreas rendition. In the frontal area, basic square headlights with small slit-indicator lights are found at the very edge of the grille-area. The grille is a basic rectangle with 6 splitters, finished in chrome. A basic singular bumper is found, with the front registration plate placed in the center, housed in a black frame. On the hood, a groove can be seen spanning the entire depth of the hood, curving off at the end. The entire hood is slightly raised near the edges. A simple flat front windscreen is found with also-simple rectangular side mirrors attached to the front doors with thin rods. The side windows are lined with a white outline, not present on the front windshield.

On the side, the most distinctive feature is the piped side steps found on either side of the vehicle. They attach to the underside of the vehicle. The Declasse logo is printed just behind the front fenders. The vehicle holds a compact design in the side profiling, being a compact 2-door SUT (and SUV when the rear camper-shell is attached). The wheel arches mostly avoid curves, with basic square-shaped arches with a small black arch trim outlining this. On the roof, a small aerial is present in the center.

On the rear, the vehicle features thin lighting units curving around the rear quarter. The vehicle's main brake lights are fitted in the center of the housing, with the indicators being at the top of the unit, and the reverse lights being squared, surrounded by the rear fog-lights (which appear unusable in-game). The Declasse's text logo is printed on the left side of the rear tailgate, and "Rancher" appears in a red format on the right side of it. The rear license plate is embedded into the tailgate, positioned to the right. The secondary colored "stripe" wraps most of the rear tailgate. The rear diff is also centralized on the rear axle. On the underside, the exhaust can be seen clearer, revealing it holds a large silencer directly after the exhaust tips are exposed. The exhaust pipe then diagonally crosses the chassis and follows the driveshaft back to the engine. While the suspension remains too unclear to identify, the Rancher appears to use a mix of both A-frame-dependent suspension (lightly indicated on the front axles) and leaf-suspension (seen on the rear axle, with only a small number of steel packs, hinting its light weight capacity).

The Rancher has 6-spoke alloy rims wrapped in high profile off-road tires, with knobbly treads and wide profiling.

On the rear underside, the exhaust can be seen. The exhaust takes a basic single exit, twin exhaust configuration, relating back to the modeled straight-4 engine. It is mounted on the left. The Rancher may come with several accessories:

  • A rear bed-cap (known as camper shells).
  • Rear mounted roll-bar with spotlights and card boxes in the bed.
  • Two different front bullbars.
  • A rear bedbox with several card boxes also in the rear.

Current Design Gallery

Version History Gallery


3D Universe

The Rancher is one of the best SUVs. Though its' top speed and acceleration are only average, its' handling, grip, and ride quality off-road is unmatched. What sets it apart from other SUVs like the Landstalker and Patriot is its' excellent suspension, making the toughest of bumps and hurdles almost nonexistent, and keeping the car stable throughout even San Andreas' winding country roads and rolling hills. Its' 4WD powertrain and large tires provide ample grip for climbing steep hills.

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the car makes an excellent choice for the racing mission Wu Zi Mu, where its' excellent suspension and grip allow it to easily overtake the adversaries, who primarily use rear-wheel drive on-road vehicles such as the Stallion.

3D Universe Overview

Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 106 / 170 5 Petrol AWD 2500 / 5512
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto IV

In Grand Theft Auto IV, the Rancher is not an on-road performance oriented vehicle. Its suspension consists of solid axles front and rear, as opposed to the independent suspension on more refined SUV's and pick-ups. This layout, coupled with a potent four-cylinder engine, means that on-road cornering is an erratic affair, with plenty of sliding and body roll.

However, the old-fashioned suspension, together with 4WD and an easily controlled engine, starts to pay off when the vehicle is taken off-road. In the hands of a skillful driver, the Rancher is an excellent off-roader. The high ground clearance means boulders are negotiated with ease. The solid axles keep the vehicle planted, although the driver must always be wary of the risk of a roll-over (due to the high center of gravity).

The vehicle features a modeled twincam inline-4, laid longitudinally in a front-engine, all wheel drive layout. The vehicle also features a large rear diff and silenced exhaust system.

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
2500 / 5512
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A 5 F4 Inline-4 (In-game model) AWD Cannot be observed


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Rancher can be modified at the TransFender mod garage with paint (two colors), hoods, exhausts, spoilers, lights, nitrous (all), roofs, wheels, stereo (Bass Boost) and hydraulics. However, the Rancher spawned by Cheats (with blacked out windows) cannot be modified, nor can it be exported.

The Rancher can be modified at TransFenders.

Type Upgrade Cost
Color Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $ 150
Car Color 2 (64 different colors) $ 150
Hood Fury Scoop $ 150
Champ Scoop $ 100
Exhausts Large Exhaust $ 250
Twin Exhaust $ 300
Upswept Exhaust $ 400
Lights Round Fog Lamp $ 100
Square Fog Lamp $ 50
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000
Roof Roof Scoop $ 80
Spoilers Drag $ 200
Worx $ 200
Pro $ 400
Wheels Import $ 820
Atomic $ 770
Ahab $ 1000
Virtual $ 620
Access $ 1140
Off Road Wheel $ 1000
Mega $ 1030
Grove $ 1230
Twist $ 1200
Wires $ 1560
Car Stereo Bass Boost $ 100
Hydraulics Hydraulics $ 1500
  • The Transfender in Las Venturas charges 20% more for every modification except colors.

Image Gallery



Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas & Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
The Sandking in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.
(Rear quarter view)

The Sandking is a sportier version with body upgrades and different performance. Although having altered details, the overall shape is essentially the same as the Rancher.

Gang Rancher

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
The Gang Rancher in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.
(Rear quarter view)

The Gang Rancher is a gang variant of the standard Rancher. Contrary to the original, it has an older appearance and features four doors.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
The Ranger in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
(Rear quarter view)

The Ranger is a police variant operated by the San Andreas Police Department and used by the Rural Police. It is fitted with the basic police equipment and standard black/white paintjob.

FBI Rancher

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City & Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
The FBI Rancher in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
(Rear quarter view)

The FBI Rancher is an FBI version of the Rancher, with four doors and a black paint scheme.

Rancher XL

Grand Theft Auto V & Grand Theft Auto Online
The Rancher XL in Grand Theft Auto V.
(Rear quarter view)
The Police Rancher in Grand Theft Auto V.
(Rear quarter view)

The Rancher XL is a four-door, extended wheelbase variant of the Rancher in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. While the original Rancher does not appear in the game, the XL version appears as a replacement.

The North Yankton State Patrol uses their own variation of the Rancher XL, dubbed Police Rancher. This version only appears in the Prologue. (Grand Theft Auto V only)

Special Variants

  • A unique "Lure Rancher" (internal name "rnchlure") is spawned with the spawn a Rancher cheat in GTA San Andreas. The vehicle's internal name suggests that it was intended for use in the mission "Lure", however a regular Rancher is used in that mission. The only distinction of this variant from the normal Rancher are its black-tinted windows (which obscure the occupants of the vehicle, a central element of the Lure mission). Unlike the normal Rancher, the "lure" version cannot be exported or modded at mod garages.
  • A completely black Rancher, looking like a shortened FBI Rancher, can be obtained in GTA Vice City. To do this, the player must complete the "Test Track" mission three times, each time faster than the previous. On the fourth attempt, a PIG driving a black Rancher will appear and start driving around the track. He will not try to harm the player, even when the car gets stolen from him. This car can not be found anywhere else in the game without cheating.
  • In GTA IV, a Rancher is among a range of cars requested in Stevie's Car Thefts, featuring a unique blood red and light gray body color. The Rancher may come with or without a camper shell, as well as one of a range of accessories, much like a regular Rancher. As with the other Theft vehicles, the player can take it, store it and then go back to find another one to complete the mission with.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • Stevie's Car Thefts - The Rancher is one of the 30 vehicles wanted by the Stevie's Car Thefts in the side-mission of the same name.


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto IV


Grand Theft Auto IV



Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • The rear-view mirrors will not have its reflectors rendered fully when the Rancher has its headlights on, this is a probably due to it being an improper render or graphical error.

Grand Theft Auto IV

A Rancher wreck in Grand Theft Auto V.

  • Rusting wrecks of Ranchers can also be found in various dilapidated areas and junkyards in GTA IV. The same also appears in Grand Theft Auto V.

See Also

Variants of the Rancher
Similar vehicles