Most people who have a driving licence either own a car, or have owned a car at some point in their life, and end up totally reliant on them. They could be the easiest way to get to work, a traveling wardrobe, or the perfect place to hone your karaoke skills as you kill the miles on the road. However, cars can also be a huge talking point. They can be a way to impress others, a chance to flex your financial muscles as you roll up in the latest supercar, or something that can provide the ultimate comfort as you whizz around the roads showing off.
Whatever you use your car for, there is a model for everyone out there. The award for the most expensive car in the world currently goes to the Koenigsegg Trevita that comes in at a whopping $4.8 million but is closely followed by the likes of the Lamborghini Veneno at $4.5 million, and the W Motors Lykan Hypersport that retails at $3.4 million. Who could ever afford a vehicle like these? You might think that celebrities are the first on the waiting list for many of these lavish purchases. Although some can’t wait to get the best, most expensive set of wheels they can lay their hands on, other A-listers would rather opt for a tamer choice of vehicle.
Dwayne Johnson (Ford truck)
Would any car live up to the legend that is The Rock’s super-sized personality? After breaking out into the world of show business as a professional wrestler, this star has gone on to conquer the world of acting as well. Dwayne has appeared in hits such as the action The Fast and the Furious franchise, as well as the action comedy Baywatch, the animated musical Moana, and the action-adventure Hercules. Now, the star squeezes his oversized frame into a Ford truck as he can’t fit into the smaller sports cars.
Jennifer Lawrence (Volkswagen Eos)
For two years, this star was the highest-paid actress in the world. Jennifer’s fortunes came from her time in the sci-fi action Hunger Games franchise, as well as starring in the rom-com Silver Linings, the comedy biographic movie Joy, and the superhero X-Men franchise. Even with all that money in the bank, this actress continues to drive her $35,000 Volkswagen Eos. We wonder if she is saving her money or if there are some lavish secret purchases hidden away?
John Goodman (Ford F-150)
This actor has one of the most recognizable faces and voices thanks to all his work in film and TV. On the small screen, John can be seen playing Dan Conner in the sitcom Roseanne, while on the big screen the actor is known for his time in the animated movie We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story, the crime comedy O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and the animated comedy Monsters Inc. So if anyone could pull off a 1997 Ford F-150, we’re pretty sure it’s John Goodman.
Zac Efron (Oldsmobile Alero)
Many of us recognize this actor from his time as Troy Bolton in the musical movies from the High School Musical franchise. Since then, the Zac has continued to act and appeared in hits such as the comedy film 17 Again, the comedy movies Neighbors 1 and 2, the action comedy film Baywatch, and the musical drama movie The Greatest Showman. Even with all his starring roles, Zac continues to get spotted out and about in his 1999 Oldsmobile Alero.
Colin Farrell (Ford Bronco)
Colin began acting in the UK until a Hollywood producer discovered the star. Now, Colin Farrell is a household name thanks to his time in the war drama movie Tigerland, the action crime film Miami Vice, the comedy movie Horrible Bosses, and the sci-fi hit Total Recall. Although he is now a millionaire, this actor still drives his Ford Bronco. It is thought the car was once worth around $40,000. However, it is now estimated to be just $5,000.
Jay Leno (GMC Syclone)
This comedian has one of the biggest car collections in the world. Jay currently owns more than 200 vehicles that are estimated to be worth $50 million. So what does this star drive around in every day? A Lamborghini? A Ferrari? No. Jay opts for a modest $26,000 GMC Syclone. So where does his money go? It’s reported that Jay hasn’t spent any earnings from his time as host on the talk show The Tonight Show, and instead uses his comedy routine wages to fund his passion for cars.
Mark Zuckerberg (Acura TSX)
Mark is the founder and owner of the biggest social media site in the world: Facebook. Since its release back in 2004, the owner has grown his net worth to around $66 billion. With all that money, and owning one of the most recognized companies in the world, is anything too much money for Mark? Apparently, this billionaire is often spotted in his $30,000 Acura TSX. When quizzed on why he chose such a cheap car, Mark replied the vehicle is comfortable and safe.
Christian Bale (Toyota Tacoma)
This actor has been growing his career since he was a youngster. Over the years, Christian has appeared in the likes of the horror comedy American Psycho, the psychological thriller movie the Machinist, and playing Batman in the superhero franchise The Dark Knight Trilogy. Christian has had a love-hate relationship with the media over the years, and it appears this star prefers to hide away from the limelight. Perhaps that is why he has bought himself a $20,000 Toyota Tacoma?
Steve Ballmer (Ford Fusion Hybrid)
Most of us are familiar with Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft. However, have you heard of Steve Ballmer who works as the CEO of the company? You should, as he is now deemed to be the 21st richest person in the world thanks to his $38.7 billion net worth. Even though this man makes more a minute than most of us do a year, the businessman has opted for a $35,000 Ford Fusion Hybrid as his choice of wheels. How very modest.
David Spade (Buick Grand National)
David Spade is one of the leading sitcom actors out there. Over the years, the actor has appeared in Just Shoot Me!, 8 Simple Rules, Rules of Engagement, and Hot In Cleveland to name just a few. Even with all of his acting prowess, David still opts to drive his 1987 Buick Grand National. The actor has reported having a special attachment to the vehicle thanks to its rarity, but surely there is only so long the engine can keep ticking?
Britney Spears (Mini Cooper)
The Baby One More Time star rose to fame back in 1999 thanks to her hugely successful premier album. Then over the next few years, Britney continued to release single after single as she dominated the charts. Although the star ended up taking a few years away from the media to deal with some personal issues in her life, she has returned bigger and better than ever with her new albums and Las Vegas show. Rather than spending her fortune on flashy wheels, Britney has opted for a $25,000 Mini Cooper.
Kirk Cousins (GMC Savana passenger van)
This football legend is currently the leading quarterback from the Minnesota Vikings. As he brings in nearly $24 million a season, you may think that Kirk is used to enjoying the finer things in life? Oh no, this football star has confessed that no sports star knows how long they are going to be playing, so he intends to save every penny he can. Although Kirk’s van would have once been worth $33,000, the noticeable dent and 100,000 miles on the clock now make it pretty worthless.
Alfred Morris (Mazda 626)
Alfred is a football star that has played for all kinds of teams over the years, including his time in the NFL as well as places on various college football teams. His skills as a running back have seen Alfred become one of the most popular choices for many football teams, and the star subsequently brings in a huge paycheck. However, that didn’t stop him from spending just $2 on his 1991 Mazda 626 that he has been driving for the majority of his career. Mazda has since refurbished the vehicle thanks to Alfred’s loyalty.
Jeremy Piven (Ford Bronco)
Jeremy is best known for his time in comedy-drama series Entourage where it is rumored the actor was earning around $100,000 per episode. That is quite the paycheck at the end of filming! Even with all this money, Jeremy continues to drive his Ford Bronco. Although he may not have splashed out on his vehicle, the actor now uses his money to upgrade his car, including adding oversized wheels… Now everyone can see this star coming down the street.
Justin Timberlake (Volkswagen Jetta)
This legend hasn’t only taken over the world of music, Justin has also become a major star on the big screen thanks to his various movie roles. Some of his most prominent parts include characters in the biographical movie The Social Network, the rom-com Friends with Benefits, and the comedy movie Bad Teacher. When he isn’t taking the world by storm, Justin can be seen in his $16,000 Jetta. It seems as though you don’t always need nice things to make you happy.
LeBron James (Jeep Wrangler Unlimited)
Even though LeBron is one of the leading basketball players in the world, he still drives his Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. However, that doesn’t mean he has gone for the cheapest option. LeBron has bought one of the most upgraded models that retail for around $40,000. It seems as though his millions of dollars are spent elsewhere as this basketball player owns a $9 million mansion in Biscayne Bay, Florida, in addition to a $21 million home in Los Angeles.
Kawhi Leonard (Chevrolet Tahoe)
Since joining the NBA back in 2011, it is reported that Kawhi has brought home over $25 million. For many, that would be enough to live with for the rest of their lives. However, this sports star is determined to recover from a quadriceps injury and continue to make waves in the basketball world. After earning all his fortune, Kawhi continues to drive his 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe. Why? Kawhi says he has owned the car since he was a teenager and it still runs, so why not?
Ludacris (Acura Legend)
Christopher Brian Bridges, better known as Ludacris, is an American rapper that has slowly taken the world by storm thanks to his turn of the century album release, Back For The First Time. With all those sales under his belt, would he blow it all on an expensive ride? Apparently not! Instead, Ludacris has been driving around in his 1993 Acura Legend since he was finally able to purchase his dream car. Ludacris put 283,000 miles on the engine until someone wrote it off. Thankfully, Acura is now working on restoring his vehicle.
Ron Artest (Hyundai Genesis)
NBA players have been known to live some pretty flashy lifestyles over the years. Their paychecks and fame offer these basketball stars the chance to live in huge mansions and drive some of the trendiest cars around town. Even though Ron Artest, aka Metta World Peace, was one of the biggest basketball legends since his breakthrough to the sport in 1999, he has opted for a tame Hyundai Genesis. However, there is a twist. The car has been customized and was a gift from the comedian George Lopez
B.J. Novak (Audi A5)
Benjamin Joseph started out his career as a stage comedian. The youngster would travel around various nightclubs to perform his routines and worked his way up the ladder from there. Over the years, B.J. has appeared in multiple TV shows and films, with his most notable being for his role as Ryan Howard in the mockumentary The Office. To top it off, B.J. also produced and wrote a lot of the show. His big paychecks have seen the actor buy a $40,000 Audi A5. Reasonably modest considering his bank balance
Clint Eastwood (GMC Typhoon)
Even with his many movie roles, Clint Eastwood still drives the streets in his GMC Typhoon estimated to be worth $29,000. The actor first gained fame for his role in the Spaghetti Western Dollars Trilogy. From there, it was onwards and upwards, and now Clint is seen as one of the leading masculine figures in Hollywood. In addition to his acting work, Clint has worked behind the cameras as a director for many years. Even his million dollar paychecks haven’t been enough to tempt him to upgrade his car.
Alice Walton (Ford F-150 King Ranch)
With a $46 billion net worth, Alice is now officially the wealthiest woman in the world. That is quite the title. Alice inherited her wealth from her father, founder of Walmart, Sam Walton. Even with all that money in the bank, and owning a huge portion of the largest store in the world, Alice opts to drive a $40,000 Ford F-150 King Ranch. There may be more reasons than just financial though, as it is reported that Sam Walton also drove the same model until he passed away in 1992.
Warren Buffett (Cadillac XTS)
How do CEOs grow to be so successful? Clever business choices, being frugal, and being business savvy. So when it comes to Warren Buffett, he puts his $87.5 billion net worth down to saving pennies where he can. Over the years, he has gained plenty of media popularity thanks to his frugal behavior, such as never spending over $3.17 for breakfast. Back in 2014, Warren forked out $45,000 on his Cadillac XTS, but only because his daughter found his previous Cadillac embarrassing.
Daniel Radcliffe (Fiat Punto)
It may be hard to picture Harry Potter ever stepping into a car again after the incident with the Whomping Willow in the 2002 fantasy movie Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This actor is mainly recognized for his time as the star in the films, but has also branched out to star in the horror movie The Woman in Black, the comedy-drama film Swiss Army Man, and the thriller movie Now You See Me 2. Even with all that money, Daniel still proudly drives his stylish $17,000 Fiat Punto.
Conan O’Brien (Ford Taurus SHO)
What hasn’t this comedian been involved with? Conan rose to fame thanks to his contributions as a writer towards the talk show Saturday Night Live and the hugely successful animated comedy show The Simpsons. Then, it was onwards as he took over as host of the talk show The Tonight Show. Even with all his comedy skills and paychecks behind him, the star still drives his 20-year-old Ford Taurus SHO. This star doesn’t need fancy wheels to impress the world!
Pope Francis (Renault 4)
Many of us may be used to seeing Pope Francis in the back of his popemobile, but what does he do when he has some personal errands to run? Pope Francis is the 266th Pope, and has spent a lot of his public time fighting for the rights of the more unfortunate people in the world, as well as opting to tone down the Pope’s possessions. Whenever he heads out, Pope Francis can be seen in his 1984 Renault 4 – very modest.
Leonardo DiCaprio (Toyota Prius)
Leo is one of the biggest names ever to hit Hollywood – and now he finally has his Oscar! At long last, that space on the shelf is complete. Over the years, the actor has appeared in the psychological thriller Shutter Island, the western movie Django Unchained, the crime film Catch Me if You Can, and the epic western movie The Revenant just to name a few. Regardless of his million dollar paycheck, this actor opts for a Toyota Prius as he waves to all of his Los Angeles neighbors. Maybe this star has some finer things in life to spend his bank balance on instead? Perhaps another shelf for the influx of Oscars he is expecting?
Tom Hanks (Scion xB)
Tom Hanks has been in just about every genre of film out there. From his time in the war movie Saving Private Ryan to the crime film Catch Me If You Can (along with fellow normal-car-driving Leonardo DiCaprio), and the animated children’s Toy Story franchise to the drama movie Forrest Gump, this man is no stranger to Hollywood. In fact, Tom has even earned himself a net worth of around $350 million thanks to all his years of hard work. Even so, this actor opts for a tame $15,000 Scion xB to get around town. While he may have been seen playing the faces of many over the years, Tom is only ever seen behind the wheel of a reasonably priced car.
Mel Gibson (Toyota Cressida)
When it comes to a lengthy resume, Mel Gibson is up there thanks to his 43 movies, as well as producing 11 of his own, and even writing two movies himself. The actor is now recognized for his time in the action Mad Max franchise, the action comedy Lethal Weapon movies, and the biographical film Braveheart. Even so, Mel sticks to his 1988 – 1992 Toyota Cressida as his choice of car. These vehicles can fetch up to $10,000. However, in a rundown condition, they can also be worthless.
Cameron Diaz (Toyota Prius)
This actress rose to fame after her debut role in the comedy The Mask where she starred alongside fellow actor, Jim Carrey. Since then, Cameron has continued to act in a vast number of productions, including the animated children’s Shrek series, the sci-fi movie Vanilla Sky, the musical film Annie, the crime thriller The Counselor, and the comedy The Other Woman. Now, this actress is all about saving the planet as she is often spotted in her black Toyota Prius.
Ariel Winter (Range Rover Sport)
Ariel Winter is only 20 years old, and already one of the most familiar faces in the world, thanks to her role in the popular, award winning comedy Modern Family. Although she can probably afford a more ostentatious car, the actress opted for a Range Rover Sport (which is actually pretty impressive as well for a 20-year-old). She also previously owned Mercedes-Benz, both C-Class AMG, and G63. Not bad at all, if you ask us, but a Range Rover isn’t the most flashy car either.