One way people try to measure someone’s wealth is by looking at the possessions they own. Nothing says wealth like driving a beautiful, expensive car. Some celebs do this, not because they’re into cars, but because of an image they perhaps feel the need to portray. A lot of actors have said they feel more comfortable playing other people – it’s a sense of escapism. But of course, there are others who are gearheads. They have the funds to indulge their hobby of car collecting. There are some actors who are big car lovers and drive impressive cars. It’s a statement that shows off their wealth. But it mainly shows that they just love their cars.
On the flip side, there are those who couldn’t really care less about cars. For them, a car gets them from A to B. It’s a means of transportation, nothing more. They’re not really into the whole stereotypical image of actors driving flashy cars just because they’ve got cash to splash. They drive beaters in comparison to these car lovers. These are 10 actors who drive beaters and 10 who drive the nicest cars.
20 DRIVES A BEATER: LEONARDO DICAPRIO
Surprisingly, considering he is one of the world’s top actors and wealthiest actors, Leonardo DiCaprio doesn’t splash the cash. In fact, he’s a pretty innocuous looking guy. He’s known for being perpetually good looking, and not having aged since those Titanic days. Perhaps Leo not being preoccupied with owning this and that has something to do with that.
Leo’s very environmentally conscious. It’s one of many projects he’s passionate about. That’s why he drives energy-conscious cars. He drives a Tesla electric car. He's got a Prius too. Leo practices what he preaches.
19 HAS THE NICEST CARS: IDRIS ELBA
Idris Elba is a proper gearhead. He’s made no secret of his love of cars. Being a movie star has given him plenty of opportunities to explore his love for motors. He’s hosted his own car show. He’s done documentaries and videos about cars. The fact that his dad worked for the motor company Ford contributed to his passion for motoring. He’s indulged his love for cars, especially classic cars, and has a sweet car collection including a Bentley Continental GT and a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.
18 DRIVES A BEATER: ZAC EFRON
Okay, so writing that Zac Efron drives beaters might be overstating things a bit. But if you look at the price tags of his motors, they are beaters in comparison to the cars Idris Elba has in his collection, for example. We know that Zac has a thing for Audis. He’s owned an Audi S5 and Audi S6. But his pride and joy is his 1965 Ford Mustang – his grandpa’s Mustang to be more specific, which he lovingly restored to all its glory. It’s a classic car that doesn’t come with the hefty price tag.
17 DRIVES THE NICEST CARS: JENNIFER LOPEZ
You shouldn’t be surprised that J-Lo drives an amazingly nice car. She’s all about style, glitz and glamor, and looking fabulous. Over the years she’s owned some super-luxurious cars. She’s owned some of the nicest cars in the world. Some would argue the Rolls Royce Ghost is the most luxurious car under her ownership. Other would say it’s the Bentley Continental GT convertible, and some would vote for the Aston Martin DB 7 as the height of luxury. J-Lo has a fondness for British cars.
16 DRIVES A BEATER: TOM HANKS
Tom Hanks has been around in Hollywood for absolutely ages. He’s acquired a sizeable fortune during the course of his career. But he doesn’t splurge this wealth on luxury motors. It seems that for him, a car that gets you from A to B in one piece is the main thing. Tom recently revealed on social media that he’d gotten a new car. Nope, it wasn’t a Rolls-Royce or a Bentley. Tom got the small economy city car, the Fiat 126P. He’s very happy with his new roadster too.
15 DRIVES THE NICEST CARS: HALLE BERRY
Halle Berry isn’t exactly a car lover. But she still knows how to travel in style. For Halle, it’s about functionality as well as looks. She’s got kids, and she’s been spotted shepherding them around to this and that over the years. Some of the nicest cars in Halle’s collection that she’s owned over the years are a Mini Cooper, a BMW, Lexus and Alfa Romeo. She’s eco-friendly too. Halle mainly drives a Lexus Hybrid, which is worth around $46K. That’s luxury in most people’s books.
14 DRIVES A BEATER: CHRISTIAN BALE
Christian Bale is best known for – amongst one of his many roles – his portrayal of Batman. Many rate him as the best Batman ever. You’d think that the actor playing Batman would be able to pull off driving a car – perhaps not as luxurious as a Batmobile – but one’s that luxurious all the same. Christian could, but doesn’t really care to. But what he’s been spotted driving has taken many people by surprise. He’s been spotted cruising around LA in his Toyota Tacoma, which is essentially a pickup truck.
13 DRIVES THE NICEST CARS: NICOLAS CAGE
Nicolas Cage has had a lot of personal issues in the past, including money problems. He hasn’t exactly been the best at making savvy financial decisions. He’s a guy who loves to splurge. You may think he can afford to do so. Well, he used a lot of his money on luxury cars. We’ll give him this – he’s had some amazing motors over the years. The Rolls-Royce Phantom, Ferrari Enzo, Rolls-Royce Ghost and Eleanor are just some of the amazing cars that are part of his collection. He also has a thing for vintage, classic motors.
12 DRIVES A BEATER: JENNIFER LAWRENCE
Jennifer Lawrence is regarded to be one of the most down-to-earth, humble actresses around. She was the highest-paid actress in the world in 2015 and 2016, and has worldwide star appeal. But her feet have remained firmly on the ground. She’s not flashy, and doesn’t lead the typical celebrity lifestyle. That’s demonstrated by the car she drives. The highest-paid actress in the world drives a Volkswagen Eos. She can definitely stretch to something a little more high-end. But Jennifer doesn’t need to. She doesn’t want to.
11 DRIVES THE NICEST CARS: KALEY CUOCO
Due to the success of The Big Bang Theory, Kaley Cuoco has become the biggest star on TV. As a result of her fame and success, she’s been earning big bucks for quite some time. We know that Kaley loves to embrace the celebrity lifestyle, and why shouldn’t she? She has earned it. She treats herself by buying a little something now and again. And by a little something, we mean a $250,000 silver SLS AMG GT Mercedes-Benz car. Most can only dream about owning the gleaming silver convertible. For Kaley it’s a reality.
10 DRIVES A BEATER: RYAN GOSLING
Ryan Gosling’s another actor who’s all about doing his bit for the environment. He owns an eco-friendly car: a black Prius. Due to his choice of motor, you might think that Ryan isn’t really a car kind of guy. But he is, he’s seriously into cars. Remember the movie Drive? In that film he drove a 1973 Chevelle Malibu. That’s actually his car. He helped to restore it for the movie, after which he kept it for himself. It wasn’t a great muscle car then and it still isn’t now. Ryan certainly seems to think so, though.
9 DRIVES THE NICEST CARS: ROBERT DOWNEY JR.
Due to his Marvel superhero movies, over the past decade, Robert Downey Jr. has become one of the wealthiest actors in the world. He certainly has no problems finding things to splurge his cash on. He has garages filled with exotic cars. He spends lavishly on the super-exotic. Here are some of the cars he owns: Audi R8, Bentley Continental GT, Mercedes-Benz G-Class, Nissan GT-R, Ferrari California T, Audi A8 L a Cadillac Escalade, and I could just go on and on.
8 DRIVES A BEATER: CAMERON DIAZ
Okay, so it might be a bit unfair to call the Prius a beater of a car. But in comparison to some of the luxury motors other celebrities drive, and what these stars could drive, it’s certainly in that category. You’ve probably noticed by now that the Toyota Prius is a common choice amongst celebs. Celebs love this green machine. Cameron certainly does. During an appearance on the Jay Leno show, her beloved Prius was all she could talk about.
7 Drives THE NICEST CARS: JERRY SEINFELD
Stand-up comedian, actor and writer Jerry Seinfeld has been in the limelight for over four decades. During this time, due to all of his successes, he’s amassed a small fortune. He loves to spend his cash on cars. He knows his stuff too. Not too long ago he was the proud owner of a collection of 46 Porsche models! Seinfeld is all about luxury, vintage, classic motors. He’s even had the likes of Barack Obama staring at his cars in admiration.
6 DRIVES A BEATER: COLIN FARRELL
Colin Farrell has been in the industry for over two decades. During this time, he’s become a much-loved actor, and has tasted a lot of success. But you wouldn’t have guessed it if you saw Colin in his car. Let’s say that Colin has simple tastes when it comes to cars. He drives an SUV from the mid-90s, a fifth-generation Ford Bronco. It’s not exactly a luxury car. But it’s simple and does the job for Colin. It’s old school and would have depreciated in value quite a bit.
5 DRIVES THE NICEST CARS: VIN DIESEL
Vin Diesel is known for being into cars due to his onscreen role in the Fast and the Furious movies. Vin’s a car lover in real life too. He’s got a very impressive car collection. A number of his cars have appeared in those Fast and Furious movies. He’s also gotten inspiration from those films to add to his personal collection. Mazda RX7, Dodge Charger, Plymouth Roadrunner, and the Chevrolet Chevelle are just some of the impressive motors he owns.
4 DRIVES A BEATER: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
Not many people would’ve guessed that all-round celebrity, Justin Timberlake, would be making his rounds in a Volkswagen Jetta. It’s a car that the average Joe would buy. Justin Timberlake is no average Joe. He’s one of the biggest entertainers on the planet. But his 2002 Volkswagen doesn’t give you any indication that he leads that type of life. But in his private life, he likes to remain distant. He and his wife, Jessica Biel, don't like to bask in the limelight. This car will certainly help Justin remain incognito.
3 DRIVES THE NICEST CARS: DWAYNE JOHNSON
Go inside Dwayne Johnson’s garage, and you’ll instantly know that you’re on the property of one of the wealthiest celebs in the world. Dwayne’s a big guy and likes to spend big. His cars of choice are the big SUVS, trucks rather than dainty little sports cars. That’s probably because he can’t fit into a lot of those streamlined motors! Dwayne has a Custom-built Ford F150, Rolls-Royce Wraith, Cadillac Escalade; oh, and he does have one supercar that he acquired on a complimentary lease: the limited-edition Ferrari LaFerrari.
2 DRIVES A BEATER: SANDRA BULLOCK
Sandra Bullock is someone who likes to keep her private life private. So, she’s not all about the flashy cars that instantly draw people's attention. She’s got kids. Her cars are all about being practical. She is the soccer type mom after all, so needs a car to shepherd her kids around here and there. In her collection, Sandra has an Audi A6 Wagon and a Lincoln Navigator. They do the job.
1 DRIVES THE NICEST CARS: GAL GADOT
In the Fast and the Furious movies, Gal Gadot is portrayed as being a slick, confident driver, someone who’s got a need for speed and is a car enthusiast. She has a passion for cars in real life too and drives some truly stunning motors. Gal owns a Jaguar XJ, Jaguar F-Type S Cabrio, Jaguar F-Type – yes, she’s got a thing for Jags! – a Mercedes GLK, and a Mercedes E-Class Cabrio. Gal has some of the nicest cars around – it is a car collector’s dream.