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The Growing Trend of Celebrities Who Drive Super Ordinary Cars

The glitzy lives of Hollywood stars usually involve a sportscar or two. Why not indulge on the road? With nearly unlimited funds at their disposal, it’s easy to buy automotive luxury. But not every celeb wants the latest and greatest when it comes to transport. Believe it or not, some just want to be left alone! Introducing: The intentionally ordinary car.

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With a totally unrecognizable set of wheels, the famous can finally enjoy life again. Paparazzi, be darned: Celebrities get to indulge in a little nostalgia, from the days when they were ordinary. On the new side, some are opting for basic, eco-friendly cars. Secretive shopping and saving the planet? It’s a growing trend of yes, please!

Jennifer Lawrence: Volkswagen Eos

Jennifer Lawrence has come a long way since fans first saw her in The Hunger Games. As one of the richest actresses in Hollywood today, it would be easy to assume she rides around on golden rims. Au contraire! Despite her net worth of $130 million, Jen sometimes sneaks around LA in a white Volkswagen Eos.

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What was the appeal? The affordable Eos was introduced back in 2006 as a covert convertible. The hardtop roof opens up in seconds, for an easy-breezy California summer. There was that. But the ability to stealth her way around the press must have been priceless. Smart buy, Katniss!

Zac Efron: Oldsmobile Alero

Zac Efron danced his way into our hearts in High School Musical. He made us chuckle in Neighbors, alongside buddy Seth Rogan. And now, he has one more surprise. Occasionally, Zac drives around in an old favorite: The Oldsmobile Alero. Sturdy, dependable, discreet. Just how he likes it!

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This Hollywood hunk knows how to get the best of both worlds, car-wise. Attention when he wants it, privacy when he needs it. Shoppers may notice the Alero can be bought for less than $1,000, used. With more than $25 million to his name, Zac could buy a whole fleet of old Oldsmobiles. Has he even thought of that?

Justin Timberlake: Volkswagen Jetta

Singer, songwriter, part-time SNL funny favorite. What doesn’t Justin Timberlake have on his resume, by now? For anyone who thought Jetta owner wasn’t on the list, it’s time for a reality check. Whenever he wants, Mr. NSYNC cruises around in a VW like the old days. His choice model? Fresh, clean, white. Just like his kicks!

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The new 2021 car starts at just $18,995. With $250 million, JT could do better. But better is relative, isn’t it? According to Justin: “The worst thing about being famous is the invasion of your privacy.” Maybe that’s why he jumps in the Jetta. Bye, bye, bye!

Justin Bieber: Smart Fortwo

Canadian-born Justin Bieber is nothing if not the American dream. But many fans have no idea that the singer came from a pretty humble background. According to JB: “I grew up below the poverty line; I didn’t have as much as other people did, I think it made me stronger as a person, it built my character.”

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A lot has happened since his teeny-bopper days, financially. Justin has a net worth of $285 million, and the cars to prove it. His collection is extensive and flashy. But sometimes, he wants a break from one-of-a-kind, top-shelf luxury. An all-electric smart car like the Fortwo does just the trick!

Heidi Klum: Volkswagen Beetle

Original 90s supermodel Heidi Klum has done well for herself on and off the runway. With a net worth of $160 million to date, she is a formidable businesswoman. Some would assume her transportation would reflect that. But as it turns out, Heidi has a soft spot for her native German VW. For a while, she was designated a Volkswagen celeb ambassador in the USA. Check out her ride, here!

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The Beetle is a very special model, indeed. Designed almost 100 years ago to be affordable for one and all, it remained true to its roots. The reboot was priced at less than $30,000 sparking a buying craze. The vintage version looked similar. But it didn’t come in Heidi’s favorite neon green!

Mark Zuckerberg: Acura TSX

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is not doing too badly. With around $117.8 billion, he could be forgiven for a flashy car or twelve. But shockingly, Mark shows up to work in something much more relatable. He seems to really enjoy using his Acura TSX. Once, he called it “safe, comfortable, and not ostentatious.” That sounds about right!

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Yes, MZ opted for the leather upholstery on the inside, and he enjoys the powered sunroof. Automatic climate controls came with the deal, too. But for a guy with billions in the bank, Mark’s cars tend to be overly understated at work. Some have seen him driving a Volkswagen Golf GTi and a Honda Fit, too. The man is just mechanically modest!

Christian Bale: Toyota Tacoma

From American Psycho to Batman Begins, few have made their mark in Hollywood the way Christian Bale can boast. He’s an A-lister, without a doubt. And his net worth shows it: $120 million. Hows does he choose to get around Los Angeles when he’s not filming a classic?

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Why, this Toyota Tacoma seems to do the trick. The roomy pickup truck is a common choice throughout the U.S. for ordinary folks. It starts at an accessible $26,150 and runs all the way up to $44,075 for 2021 models. But for Christian, the entire range is pocket money. He just likes the anonymity!

Britney Spears: Mini Cooper S Convertible

Britney Spears has sold over 100 million records worldwide since the 90s. Her car collection has changed with trends, but fans notice she doesn’t always opt for the fanciest ride. The former teen queen of pop laid low in recent years, in part thanks to her purchases. What’s this, right here?

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Mini Cooper fans know it’s an S model convertible. Cute, compact, and affordable, for pop stars or pop lovers, the two-door starts at just $27,400. With so many paparazzi run-ins over the years, it must be a welcome relief to blend in with traffic. She’s so lucky, she’s a star. But sometimes, that can be a bit much!

Conan O’Brien: Ford Taurus

Late-night legend Conan O’Brien has been making audiences chuckle after nine for decades now. It’s not clear where he actually is during the day, or what he drives. But fans got a little more information on one show when Conan revealed a secret. All this time, he has been hoarding his old Ford Taurus. And sometimes, he even drives it!

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What’s more, Brad Pitt once drove it. The old, faded 1992 Ford Taurus SHO has a manual transmission and a scratch along the driver’s side. It’s been loved, and it shows. Conan bought it new, and never found a reason to sell. Surprisingly, in 2007, the make was discontinued. Sad times!

Leonardo DiCaprio: Toyota Prius

Leonardo DiCaprio is a passionate guy, on and off screen. Most true blue Leo fans are aware he has a fascination with all things green. As an advocate for future tech that helps the planet, his vehicle is no surprise. He explained: “I own a Toyota Prius; it’s a step in the right direction. It’s a gasoline-electric midsize car that gets about 50 miles per gallon. We have the technology to make every car produced in America today just as clean, cheap and efficient.”

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His net worth currently hovers around $260 million. That’s more than enough for a few green toys, and he didn’t stop at the Prius. He also owns a $100,000 electric Tesla and an even pricier premium Fisker. Leo seems to be a real collector, walking the walk and talking the talk. What will he buy next?

Tom Hanks: Scion XB

Actor Tom Hanks has been an advocate of electric cars for years. These days, he is spotted in LA in an affordable but futuristic hybrid Scion XB. Since it costs $55,000, it could be anyone, really. But indeed, it is Forrest Gump. Before this sleek model, he drove a rare, vintage version. Why doesn’t anyone know about it?

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According to Tom: “When the car companies collectively, and, to some, diabolically, decided to take these cars back, the electric vehicles disappeared. But not mine. I have the pink slip. I own that car, and it is still driven every day, albeit by one of my crack staff of employees. My electric car recently crossed fifty thousand miles on the odometer with its original battery but without so much as a splash of gasoline.” Tell ’em, Tom!

Pope Francis: Renault 4

Pope Francis might be the leader of more than a billion people. But he likes to keep it humble when he is outside the glorious walls of the Vatican. Followers noticed his old Renault 4, and found it charming. As a gift from a fellow priest, it was a manual and had more than 190,000 miles on the odometer. What better way to drive around St. Peter’s Square, right?

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Pope Francis is said to have driven the same type of car back in Argentina. It seemed like a good fit for the man in white. But recently, another car was added to the papal collection. In a green move, his Holiness accepted a hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai. Still relatively modest, though!

Jeremy Piven: Ford Bronco

Jeremy Piven is an actor, comedian, and producer. But of course, almost everyone knows him for one role: Ari Gold on Entourage. In real life, he not entirely an LA schmoozer. A Chicago native, Jeremy likes to spend a lot of time in the windy city where he maintains a residence. There, the subway is an option. But when forced to spend time in Cali, he does have one favorite car to cruise the strip in style.

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Despite $30 million dollars and a fistful of Emmy Awards, JP loves his open Ford Bronco. A 70s release that just sold and sold, the model has been through many designs over the years. Jeremy picked a vintage one, suited to his tastes. And even better, there are plenty of these parked in the city. Sorry, paparazzi!

Zach Galifianakis: Vespa Scooter

Hangover star Zach Galifianakis has made a real name for himself in recent years. A wacky and wild name, specifically. Fans will be pleased to see that it all worked out, financially. ZG has made $40 million for all his antics. The insanity was worth it! Has he gotten a big head, since?

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By the looks of his modest, vintage Vespa, not really. Plus, he drives farm equipment! According to the funnyman: “I have a 60-acre farm in North Carolina, and I have a tractor and a farmhouse. As soon as I groom the land, I want to put cabins around and have a place where people can write and hang out.” Are a Vespa and a tractor ordinary or extraordinary? We report, you decide.

Mark Wahlberg: Toyota Sienna

Marky Mark has come a long way in the acting biz. The transition from rapper to Mr. Mark Wahlberg has turned out to be a great financial decision. After films like Planet of the Apes, The Italian Job, and The Departed, he has accumulated $350 million. What in the world can a man of such means comfortably drive?

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Well, Mark is a family man behind the scenes. It’s no wonder he has been opting for comfort over style, with this black Toyota Sienna. It’s big enough to hold his wife and four kids, that’s for sure. And it has a five-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty —  not that he needs it. This Oscar nominee could replace it in a heartbeat!

Natalie Portman: Lexus RX

Academy Award winner Natalie Portman has every reason to be a snob. But is she? The mom of two has been spotted cruising around to Pilates in a rather humble car, given her means. Once, she mused: “When you get older, you realize it’s a lot less about your place in the world but your place in you. It’s not how everyone views you, but how you view yourself. “

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Maybe this sentiment is behind her choice to drive a Lexus RX. Besides, there’s no shame in this vehicle. The award-winning luxury SUV gets from point a to point b with ease and boasts a five-star safety rating. At just $40,000, it’s easier than ever to be like Natalie. On the road, anyway!

Kristen Stewart: Mini Cooper S

Twilight fans are in a class of their own. But plenty of other people realized Kristen Stewart was an it-girl when they saw Snow White and the Huntsman and Into the Wild. More than once, Kristen was named the world’s highest-paid actress. Just what does an established talent drive to escape the cameras?

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According to K-Stew: “I would have been very happy just working from job to job, paying my rent one movie at a time. I never wanted to be this famous. I never imagined this life for myself.” Perhaps that’s the reason she keeps driving around a Mini Cooper S. It’s her preferred way to sneak to Vinyasa Flow Yoga, cameras be darned.

Chris Hemsworth: Acura MDX

You can take the Australian out of Australia, but the reverse is rarely true. Chris Hemsworth may be a gigantic star in the states, but he is known for his down-to-earth vibe. Fans recognize him everywhere as Thor from eight MCU movies. But he doesn’t drive like the former king of Asgard. Behold, an Acura MDX!

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Chris took himself off the market early. He married a Spanish model and became a dad to three. Now he has practical wheels for real life, outside the magic of Marvel. What’s more, he has been spotted in multiple Acuras just to switch it up. Loyalty seems to be a theme here!

Lily Allen: Ford Focus RS

Lily Allen made it big on the UK pop charts, sure. But borders couldn’t contain her. Globally, fans went wild. With all the records sold under her name, it would be easy to get glamorous on the road. Lily didn’t, though. Her Ford Focus RS might be eye-catching, but it’s no one’s definition of luxury. Bright green was a great move, though!

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As far as Fords go, the model is pretty powerful. With a specially engineered 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine, it can zoom from 0‑62 mph in just 4.7 seconds. That makes it one of the speediest hatchbacks out there, for ordinary folks. Lily once sang that life was “all about fast cars and cussing each other”. Now, that’s easier than ever!

Clint Eastwood: Fiat 500e

Clint Eastwood has had his share of fast cars over the decades. He’s even had a real-life Gran Torino. But it seems he wanted to expand his collection to tiny, at least in the case of his Fiat 500e. Everyone knows he can afford a Ferarri. What does he have to prove, at this point?

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Still, Clint makes purchases for a reason. Perhaps he was impressed by the specs: The unusual electric car claims to have zero harmful emissions. It runs on 600 lbs. of batteries and boasts a horsepower of 111. In 9.1 seconds, this itty bitty clown car reaches 62 mph. Pretty impressive, actually!

Selena Gomez: Ford Escape

Selena Gomez is a verified pop princess at this point. Gone is her reputation as a child star and the girlfriend of Justin Bieber. Financially, she is so much more. Selena can probably collect private jets. In the past, she wanted to be a little stealthy. Over time, the press noticed her silver Ford Escape. Sad times!

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At 19, her net worth was already $16 million. But back then, she rocked this bestselling SUV. It was so common, and it was a smart choice to blend right in. Selena was never meant for that, though. Fans say she is a standout, and there’s nothing she can do about it!

Ben Affleck: Lexus RX

In yet another case of real-life Batman, Ben Affleck drives a sleek, black ride to take on the town. But it isn’t the model from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice or Justice League. Neither is it featured in Suicide Squad. What did director Zack Snyder have against the Lexus RX?

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Sometimes the truth isn’t good enough, as Bruce Wayne says. Perhaps Zack didn’t know this Lexus model is super spacious. Or maybe, he didn’t hear about the 3.5-liter V6 engine. Either way, actor Ben does like to use this as a stealth vehicle when he’s not looking for attention. It’s pretty nondescript, isn’t it?

Daniel Radcliffe: Fiat Punto

Daniel Radcliffe was chosen to be Harry Potter at a pretty young age. While not all child acting works out, this time it did. Today, he has a net worth of more than $100 million. Fans probably have no idea! They also probably wouldn’t know that he still likes to creep around in his old Fiat Punto. Take a look at this thing, Potterheads.

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Some may question the purchase for a bonafide Hollywood star. But there’s a logic here. First, Daniel only paid around $17,000 for the model. And besides the great deal, it was a way to be environmentally conscious. This tiny car doesn’t pollute heavily, and that was fine by him. It’s no broomstick, but it gets the job done!

Lebron James: Jeep Wrangler

Legendary NBA star LeBron James has enough dough to buy jets, boats, and Bugattis. And perhaps he does own all that. When he was just 18 years old, he signed a $90 million deal with Nike. He hasn’t struggled much, since. Sometimes, though, he just wants to take it easy and be a man of the people. What is his strategy?

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For a while, he did it in this low-key orange modified Jeep Wrangler. He paid $33,000 for it, reports say. But since then, it has been auctioned off. How much did it make? Bids started at $50k, but the final amount was never disclosed. The mystery continues!

Calista Flockhart: Toyota Prius

Calista Flockhart was a key part of 90s TV on Ally McBeal. The slender beauty caught the eye of the nation, as well as the eye of Harrison Ford. Happily married for years, the couple has no concern over money. Cal has a net worth of $30 million. And her hubby is worth $300 million, somehow!

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The fact that Callista drives around an affordable Prius Prime may be surprising to those following the numbers. But its impressive fuel economy and electric charging feature made this one a real winner for the actress. Sometimes, celebrities just want to live their values out loud. Why not try a hybrid?

Warren Buffet: Cadillac DTS

Moneyman Warren Buffett probably swims in pools of coins like Scrooge McDuck. But when he leaves the mansion, he never drives anything too flashy. For years, he rocked a 2006 Cadillac DTS. When he replaced that, he stuck with the brand, opting for a 2014 Cadillac XTS. Why does Warren keep his car budget between $44,600 and $69,095?

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Apparently, he just doesn’t drive much. Mr. Buffett claims to drive just 3,500 miles per year. He says he doesn’t need a fancy car for such travel. He does drive himself to the office daily, but that is located just five minutes away. A practical investor, if there ever was one!

Ed Begley Jr: Toyota RAV4 EV

Ed Begley Junior has crafted an environmentally conscious image for decades in Hollywood, perhaps before it was cool. He was frequently spotted riding bikes and even using public transportation, despite his star status. Today, he also owns a 2003 Toyota RAV4 EV. His real passion was always in the promise of electric vehicles. What are his thoughts on the industry?

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According to Ed: “I bought my first electric car in 1970…It was as primitive as you can imagine — it was an electric vehicle made by a company called Taylor-Dunne. They still make electric cars today. When I say electric car, I am being quite grand. It was a golf cart with a windshield wiper and a horn. It didn’t have a high top speed — about 20 mph — and the range was about 20 miles.” Undoubtedly, brands have innovated a lot since!

Colin Farrell: Ford Bronco

Colin Farrell is one of Ireland’s biggest names, overseas. He has reason to show off. But does he? In terms of car choice, this old Ford Bronco certainly doesn’t seem like it. According to Colin, wheels are just not his thing: “I’m not keen on cars and motorbikes. I tried to be a biker, but it wasn’t me. I bought a Harley-Davidson and dumped it.”

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Estimates of Mr. Farrell’s net worth put him around $80 million. But the Bronco? A new 2021 model starts at $29,995. For a guy set to play Batman in 2022, there couldn’t be a greater contrast. This hardly measures up to a modern Batmobile. The most exciting feature here is the cup holder!

Ludacris: Acura Legend

Rapper Ludacris was proud of his 1993 Acura Legend back in the day. After making millions, one might think he retired the car. But no! For some reason, the wheels that helped him get famous hold a special place in his heart. He still has it, and still shows it off on Instagram.

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Famously, Ludacris got into an accident in this car. But today, it still looks pretty fresh. Maybe that’s because Luda had Acura do a full restoration. Fans love that he keeps that vintage vibe going. Even with 255,000-plus miles on the meter, he’s not giving up!