"Don't miss this opportunity to snap up a Classic Stratum station wagon at a bargain price. A short-lived Zirconium model that was plagued with bad reviews... Or as we like to call it, Limited Edition!"
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description.

The Stratum is a mid-sized four-door station wagon seen in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto IV and its episodes, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. It is manufactured by Zirconium in the HD Universe.


The Stratum is generally depicted as a conventional station wagon. However, it has a more streamlined design than other station wagons in the series.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Stratum's design, performance, and its likely V6 engine suggest that it is derived from the fifth generation (1994–1997) Honda Accord wagon; however D-pillars have been added. The car's real-life counterpart fails to fit in the game's time setting (1992). It could also be based of the Saturn SL1 wagon because of the time period, styling and plastic body.

The car is one of the gang cars used by the San Fierro Triads.

HD Universe

In GTA IV, the Zirconium Stratum 2.6GT still takes its primary inspiration from the 1998-2001 Citroën Xantia estate and the fifth generation Honda Accord station wagon or Saturn SL1 (with the same added pillars as the previous rendition), albeit with a front end derived from the S3-R31 and R32 Nissan Skyline (hood, hood badge and grill from the R31 and headlight design from the R32). The rear end greatly resembles the first generation Subaru Impreza station wagon although much longer and C-pillars which may be derived from the 1996-2001 Toyota Camry wagon. The bodywork also has a very large resemblance to the Ford EF Falcon Wagons or the Mk III Ford Sierra wagon.

In GTA V, the Stratum's design remains unchanged,, except for an added all-wheel-drive.

Current Design Gallery

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Version History Gallery


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Acceleration and speed are surprisingly good, considering the Stratum’s size. The engine is most likely a powerful V6 or Inline-4 and the drivetrain is front-engine, rear-drive, making the Stratum a good selection as a drive-by vehicle. The body is weak, however, making the car susceptible to intense damage from high-speed impacts and heavy gunfire.

HD Universe

The model appears to be an Inline 4 with a single turbo fitted, alongside the Turbocharger's air filter (seen at the bottom right). This is coupled to a 5 speed gearbox in a RWD configuration. Acceleration is rather decent, and has a high top speed.

The Stratum's handling is quite good, though oversteer can be dramatic at times, and its suspension evens out bumps without being excessively soft. Braking is acceptable, and ABS is standard on all Stratum station wagons. Crash deformation is very good, with the Stratum keeping most of its shape in a collision; engine build quality, however, is less desirable, with the Stratum often left disabled after only a few impacts.

GTA IV Overview

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In GTA V, the Stratum performs better thanks to its AWD layout. Other than that, the Stratum remains the same as in GTA IV.

GTA V Overview

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas


Possible combinations of modifications that can be given to Stratums at Wheel Arch Angels in GTA San Andreas.

The Stratum is considered a tuner, and can be upgraded at Wheel Arch Angels in Ocean Flats, San Fierro.
Type Upgrade Cost
Paint Jobs Paintjob 1 $ 500
Paintjob 2 $ 500
Paintjob 3 $ 500
Colors Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $ 150
Exhausts Alien Exhaust $ 830
X-Flow Exhaust $ 720
Front Bumper Alien Front Bumper $ 1030
X-Flow Front Bumper $ 930
Rear Bumper Alien Rear Bumper $ 1030
X-Flow Rear Bumper $ 920
Roof Alien Roof Vent $ 230
X-Flow Roof Vent $ 180
Spoilers Alien Spoiler $ 620
X-Flow Spoiler $ 530
Side Skirts Alien Side Skirts $ 520
X-Flow Side Skirts $ 430
Wheels Cutter $ 1030
Rimshine $ 980
Mega $ 1030
Grove $ 1230
Switch $ 900
Shadow $ 1100
Classic $ 1620
Dollar $ 1560
Import $ 820
Atomic $ 770
Car Stereo Bass Boost $ 100
Hydraulics Hydraulics $ 1500
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000

Grand Theft Auto V

Type Upgrade Cost (Story) Cost (Online)
Armor 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 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
Lights Xenon Lights $300 $3,000
- -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $1,250
Respray - -
Crew Emblem N/A $25,000
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $1,000
Suspension Lowered Suspension $500 $1,000
Street Suspension $1,000 $2,000
Sport Suspension $1,700 $3,400
Competition Suspension $2,200 $4,400
Transmission Street Transmission $2,950 $5,900
Sports Transmission $3,250 $6,500
Race Transmission $4,000 $8,000
Turbo Turbo Tuning $2,500 $30,000
Wheels - -
Windows Light Smoke $200 $1,500
Dark Smoke $450 $3,500
Limo $700 $5,000

Image Gallery


  • The game's Stratum may appear in two forms; the standard model and the "Twin Turbo" variant, which features an additional spoiler over the rear windscreen and a "Twin Turbo" badge in the rear. The GTA IV rendition also features an optional sunroof or luggage rails.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • Puncture Wounds - CJ has to burst the tires of the Stratum driven by a woman, toward the countryside, with one of three spike strips available, as CJ and Cesar need a Stratum to complete Wang Cars' list.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V



Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • In the beta version of GTA San Andreas, the Stratum had an emblem on the hood.[1]
  • The Stratum had a glitch that if you fit an X-Flow front bumper to it, it will show a mirrored license plate without the registration number.
  • In GTA San Andreas, it is one of the gang cars used by the San Fierro Triads, the other two being the Elegy and the Sultan; it heavily increases CJ's sex appeal.

HD Universe

  • The GTA IV Stratum 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.
  • In GTA IV, after completing Stevie's text message car thefts, the Stratum may be sold in his garage for $1,800.
  • In GTA Online, The Stratum makes a good car for people starting off, despite it being a wagon, it has a reasonable top speed, cheap to get back once destroyed and is controllable on all terrain due to its four wheel drive. Players do need to be mindful that the Stratum has no visual modifications in Los Santos Customs, unlike in San Andreas' Wheel Arch Angels.


  1. Beta Stratum


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