Based on the Pontiac Silver Streak, the Crusader Chromium is a standard mid-1930s car of a rounded design comparable to the Schubert Extra Six, Guardian Terraplane and Wright. Confusion between the Crusader Chromium and its aforementioned counterparts may arise due to nigh-similar body designs, but can be identified foremost by its ornamental, Art Deco-styled front grill and hood with a streaking ornament, its slightly angular form, and a lower ground clearance.
Unlike many other cars with multiple body colors, the Crusader Chromium's range of body colors among variants differs; the Tudor is available only in green or dark blue, while the Fordor is only available in red or a lighter blue.
As indicated by the Carcyclopedia, the performance statistics of the Crusader Chromium is identical for both variants:
- Weight: 1,500 kg
- Power: 85 HP (62.5 kW)
- Maximum speed: 80 mph (130 km/h)
- Engine: Eight cylinder
- Swept volume: 3801 ccm
- Gear box: Three speed, mechanical
Translated to actual performance on the road, the car is superior over Schubert Extra Six, but is revealed to be inferior to both the Guardian Terraplane and Wright, both of which feature more powerful engines and are thus capable of higher top speeds, with the former additionally better in acceleration due to a lighter weight. Steering and braking are competent but do not match those of the Guardian Terraplane, due also to weight.
The car is also one of only two car lines with a mechanical gear box, the other being the Falconer.
The Crusader Chromium begins to appear in Mafia's storyline during Happy Birthday, both in traffic and at Salieri's Bar when Tommy Angelo requests from Ralph a car intended "for one use". The player gains the ability to steal or access the car after Ralph tutors the player on how to lockpick the car.
- The car also alternately referred to as the Crusader Chromium Streak during Happy Birthday, when the game notifies that the player can lockpick the car.