[Top 10] GTA Online Best Vehicles for Beginners

Best Vehicles for Beginners in GTA Online
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Once you step your first foot in Los Santos, you’re going to be left at the mercy of outlaws and griefers. 

Running around the streets and stealing pathetic civilian vehicles to run away or make a few bucks isn’t going to cut it for long. You will have to eventually start building your fleet of vehicles that’ll not only boost your criminal endeavors but also give you a fighting chance against your enemies. 

This article lists the 10 best vehicles that beginners in GTA Online should be eyeing to get. 


10. Nagasaki BF400

The BF400

BF400 review

Price: GTA$ 95,000

One of the best motorcycles, and probably the best-performing off-road vehicle, is the BF400. Based on the Suzuki Bandit, the BF400 is going to help you out a lot in navigating through uneven and challenging terrains. 

It’s a great beginner’s vehicle because:

  • It’s affordable.
  • It performs commendably.
  • It pulls off remarkable wheelies.

BF400 stats:

  • Speed: 77.80
  • Acceleration: 72.50
  • Braking: 36.67
  • Handling: 65.15
  • Overall: 63.03

Nagasaki BF400 full details: https://gta.fandom.com/wiki/BF-400


9. Benefactor Schafter V12

The Schafter V12

Schafter V12 review

Price: GTA$ 116,000

The Schafter V12 is the perfect 4-door sedan in the game that’s not just in an affordable price range but also commendably fast. It’s based on the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class series. 

It’s a great beginner’s vehicle because:

  • It’s at an affordable price point.
  • It’s got decent speed and acceleration.
  • It can carry 4 people.
  • It’s one of the fastest cars in the Sedan class; it’s great for races.

Schafter V12 stats:

  • Speed: 80.48
  • Acceleration: 75.00
  • Braking: 31.67
  • Handling: 77.27
  • Overall: 66.11

Benefactor Schafter V12 full details: https://gta.fandom.com/wiki/Schafter_V12


8. Bravado Banshee 900R

The Banshee 900R

Banshee 900R review

Price: GTA$ 565,000 (For conversion) Original Banshee’s price is GTA$ 105,000

With the high inflation rates plaguing the automotive market in Los Santos, the Banshee 900R is a Supercar that can be bought for a bargain. It’s supposedly based on the Dodge Viper.

It’s a great beginner’s vehicle because:

  • It’s one of the cheapest Supercars in the game.
  • It’s pretty fast.
  • The customizability of it is quite in-depth.

Banshee 900R stats:

  • Speed: 80.48
  • Acceleration: 86.88
  • Braking: 33.33
  • Handling: 75.76
  • Overall: 69.11

Bravado Banshee 900R full details: https://gta.fandom.com/wiki/Banshee_900R


7. HVY Nightshark

The Nightshark

Nightshark review

Price: GTA$ 1,245,000

A great armored vehicle you should have your eyes on getting early is the Nightshark. It’s probably going to be your best choice withstanding explosive damage from aggravating griefers while you’re busy hustling.

It’s a great beginner’s vehicle because:

  • It’s pretty fast for an armored vehicle.
  • It can take 8 RPGs and a whopping 26 Homing Missiles before exploding.
  • It’s going to provide you the best protection against Oppressor Mk II griefers while you try getting around the map conveniently. 
  • It can tow an Anti-Aircraft Trailer.

Nightshark stats:

  • Speed: 75.12
  • Acceleration: 67.50
  • Braking: 25.00
  • Handling: 63.64
  • Overall: 57.81

HVY Nightshark full details: https://gta.fandom.com/wiki/Nightshark


6. HVY Insurgent

The Insurgent

Insurgent review

Standard Price: GTA$ 897,750

Trade Price: GTA$ 675,000 (By completing the Humane Labs Finale)

The Insurgent is a rough and tough off-road vehicle that’ll give you ample protection against explosive damage. It’s pretty much a fast tank without offensive capabilities. As a beginner, you’ll want an insurgent in your arsenal, as it’s a great value-for-money vehicle. 

It’s a great beginner’s vehicle because:

  • Its speed and handling are commendable.
  • It can take 8 RPGs and a whopping 26 Homing Missiles before exploding.
  • It’s going to provide you good protection against Oppressor Mk II griefers while you try getting around the map conveniently.
  • You can easily ram other cars with it.

Insurgent stats:

  • Speed: 69.75
  • Acceleration: 50.00
  • Braking: 20.00
  • Handling: 60.61
  • Overall: 50.09

HVY Insurgent full details: https://gta.fandom.com/wiki/Insurgent


5. Pegassi Bati 801

The Bati 801

Bati 801 review

Price: GTA$ 15,000

The best beginner motorcycle to own in GTA Online is the Bati 801, period. It’s a replica of the Ducati 1098, and Rockstar did a hell of a job giving the bike an Italian character that it truly deserves. It’s also got a sportier variant, the Bati 801RR, that technically performs the same.

It’s a great beginner’s vehicle because:

  • It’s dirt cheap.
  • It’s fast and great for running races and time trials.
  • It’s easy to handle.

Bati 801 stats:

  • Speed: 80.48
  • Acceleration: 75.00
  • Braking: 46.67
  • Handling: 70.30
  • Overall: 68.11

Pegassi Bati 801 full details: https://gta.fandom.com/wiki/Bati_800


4. Imponte Duke O’Death

The Duke O'Death

Duke O'Death review

Price: GTA$ 665,000

A spectacular armored vehicle that you should have as a beginner is the Duke O’Death. It’s basically the Imponte Dukes but on steroids, and it looks like something straight out of a Mad Max movie. It’s not only got the perks of a muscle car, but it’s also decently resistant to explosives. 

It’s a great beginner’s vehicle because:

  • It is comparatively cheap.
  • It can take 2 RPGs, 8 Homing Missiles, and 2 Sticky Bombs before blowing up.
  • It’s a fast car.

Duke O’Death stats:

  • Speed: 81.56
  • Acceleration: 87.50
  • Braking: 30.00
  • Handling: 68.48
  • Overall: 66.89

Imponte Duke O’Death full details: https://gta.fandom.com/wiki/Duke_O%27Death


3. Nagasaki Buzzard Attack Chopper

The Buzzard Attack Chopper

Buzzard Attack Chopper review

Price: GTA$ 1,750,000

If you’re a beginner looking to purchase the first flying vehicle that will aid you in grinding and ranking up quickly, then you should consider getting yourself a Buzzard without even thinking twice. 

One of the best things about the Buzzard is that it’s a CEO vehicle. Once you own a Buzzard, you can call it in for free while registered as a CEO, and it will spawn right next to you like any other personal ground vehicle.

It’s a great beginner’s vehicle because:

  • For a relatively affordable price tag, the Buzzard won’t put a deep dent in your wallet.
  • The ability to call in the Buzzard practically anywhere, while registered as a CEO, makes earning money way much easier than having to take the road to travel.
  • The fast & agile handling coupled with the armaments on the Buzzard is sufficient for you to get yourself out of hairy situations. 
  • You can carry 3 of your mates on board as well.

Buzzard Attack Chopper stats:

  • Speed: 83.00
  • Acceleration: 87.00
  • Handling: 71.00
  • Overall: 80.33

Nagasaki Buzzard Attack Chopper full details: https://gta.fandom.com/wiki/Buzzard_Attack_Chopper


2. Annis Elegy RH8

The Elegy RH8

Elegy RH8 review

Price: FREE

A must-have vehicle on this list is the Elegy RH8, a Nissan GT-R (R35) rip-off that is going to win you races and get you around the map fast. Once you do get some extra cash piled up, you can even convert it to the Retro Custom variant at Benny’s, which is another great customizable vehicle in the game.

It’s a great beginner’s vehicle because:

  • It costs zero dollars!
  • It’s a brilliant Sports car.
  • It has considerable customization options.

Elegy RH8 stats:

  • Speed: 81.56
  • Acceleration: 82.50
  • Braking: 16.67
  • Handling: 81.82
  • Overall: 65.64

Annis Elegy RH8 full details: https://gta.fandom.com/wiki/Elegy_RH8


1. Karin Kuruma (Armored)

The Armored Kuruma

Armored Kuruma review

Standard Price: GTA$ 698,250

Trade Price: GTA$ 525,000 (By completing the Fleeca Job Heist)

If you’ve just begun your criminal journey in Los Santos, then your priority for the acquisition of an asset should be the Armored Kuruma. This bulletproof vehicle will single-handedly carry you through the ranks of a feared gangster.

The key feature of owning the Armored Kuruma is its ability to protect you from getting shot. The windows on this vehicle will make you immune to taking any damage whatsoever while getting shot by NPCs and other players.

All in all, here’s why you should be its proud owner:

  • It’s a well-rounded Sports car that performs exceptionally while trying to outmaneuver your rivals.
  • The affordable price tag makes it the best value-for-money vehicle in GTA Online.
  • The safety it provides against bullets is unmatched.
  • It’s, by miles, the best vehicle to carry out heists, and the safest to execute contact missions.

Kuruma (Armored) stats:

  • Speed: 78.87
  • Acceleration: 77.50
  • Braking: 16.67
  • Handling: 74.24
  • Overall: 61.82

Karin Kuruma (Armored) full details: https://gta.fandom.com/wiki/Kuruma_(Armored)


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