The world of Hollywood is usually associated with fast and opulent cars, with most celebrities driving around in some of the most expensive cars available in the market. Some celebs even go out of their way to buy complete custom cars like the Rolls-Royce Wraith modified by WCC, recently picked up by Justin Beiber, while others prefer rolling around in old-school cars like Kevin Hart recently added a mint resto-modded 1959 Corvette to his collection.
A lot of celebs, however, prefer driving around in regular cars, especially from brands like Toyota and Honda for their reliability and easy ownership experience. Ever since the oil crisis back in the 1970s, Japanese cars started gaining popularity thanks to their reliable and efficient engines compared to the big Americans of the time. Honda and Toyota continue to lead the charge even today with thoroughly modern models, catering to a wide range of customers.
Recent models like the new 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser are equally at home on an off-road trail as it is hauling the family around on a weekday. There is plenty of luxury too, with a plush and spacious interior that can seat up to 8 passengers, and a smooth yet powerful V8 engine that doesn’t break a sweat no matter wherever the journey takes you.
Compact cars like the 2021 Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla are also very popular because of their practical and easy-to-use nature. Some performance-oriented models like the Civic Si and Civic Type-R are also fun-to-drive without breaking the bank. Honda updated the new Civic with plenty of modern features, including several driver assistance features as standard.
The Toyota Prius has also been a very popular car among celebrities ever since its launch in 1997 as one of the first hybrids in the market. Thanks to its environment-friendly nature, several celebrities including Ryan Gosling, Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Tom Hanks have owned a Prius. In fact, Tom Hanks auctioned off his first Prius back in 2010 with the proceedings going to returning war veterans.
Both Toyota and Honda are very popular among celebrities, some of the celebrities who use regular cars are:
Christian Bale – Toyota Tacoma
Christian Bale is known for his stellar performance in several movies like the Dark Knight trilogy, American Hustle, and more recently, Ford v Ferrari, where he takes the role of legendary racer Ken Miles who is responsible for perfecting the Ford GT.
Bale also owns a V8-powered 1999 Mercedes C43 AMG, but he prefers driving around in a humble Toyota Tacoma which also helps him avoid attention. The Tacoma is finished in black just like the bat-mobile and is the TRD model, which adds extra performance.
Ryan Gosling – Toyota Prius
Ryan Gosling is known for his performance in The Notebook, La La Land, Blade Runner 2049, and Drive, in which he portrays a stunt driver. Ryan helped build the 1973 Chevelle Malibu featured in the film and still owns it. The Malibu was a very popular muscle car back in the 1970s, with plenty of examples still available for a reasonable price. Even with a successful lifestyle, Ryan still prefers to drive around in his black Toyota Prius. Which coincidentally, is one of the most popular regular cars among celebrities.
Mark Zuckerberg – Honda Fit
Even after becoming a billionaire after his success with the social media website Facebook, Mark owns a fleet of humble vehicles which include a Volkswagen Golf, Acura TSX, and a small Honda Fit. The Honda Fit is one of the cheapest and most practical small cars on the market which starts at just $16,000.
Hale Berry – Honda CR-V
With a net worth of more than $70 million, and known for blockbusters like Die Another Day, Kingsman, and John Wick Chapter 3, Hele Berry is one of the most successful actors in the industry. She is often seen driving around in a white Lexus RX SUV. Surprisingly, she has also been spotted several times driving around in a 2014 Honda CR-V, which is still one of the best crossovers in the market.
Tom Hanks – Toyota Scion XB
Tom Hanks is one of the most popular actors in the industry, with several blockbusters under his belt like Cast Away, Captain Phillips, Forrest Gump, and plenty more. He owns plenty of luxury cars like the Mercedes-Benz S Class but is often seen driving around humble cars like the Chevrolet Tahoe and Toyota Prius. He bought his first Prius back in 2004 which was auctioned off in 2010. Recently some polish fans gifted him a rare 1974 Fiat 126P for his birthday. He is also a big fan of Toyotas and has owned a Toyota RAV4 for 6 years.
Mark Wahlberg – Toyota Sienna
Mark Wahlberg is best known for his performance movies like 2 guns, Ted, Lone Survivor, and has also produced several movies. He is a huge car enthusiast and owns several exotic cars including a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Rolls-Royce Cullinan, 1999 Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster, Bentley Azure T, Porsche Panamera, and more. He also owns a humble and practical 2015 Toyota Sienna minivan which is perfect for hauling a family in comfort. He has modified it somewhat with black wheels, tinted windows, and an entertainment system. The Sienna is called the “Mintmobile” in the family because he stores an endless supply of mints in the car.
Mel Gibson – Toyota Cressida
Mel Gibson is best known for his performance as the outlaw police officer in the Mad Max trilogy which features a 1972 Holden Monaro V8 coupe. Over the years, he has acted in several Hollywood movies including the expendables, lethal weapon, patriots day, and more. He also owns a huge car collection which includes cars like the Bentley Arnage, Mercedes Maybach S560, Rolls-Royce Phantom, Chevrolet Corvette, and more. He has also been spotted several times driving around in a humble 1990s Toyota Cressida.
Kristen Stewart – Toyota Tacoma
Kristen Stewart started her career with the Twilight series and has acted in several successful movies since then like snow white, charlie’s angels, equals, and more. She owns a Mini Cooper, Dodge Magnum, and a humble red Toyota Tacoma pickup truck
Gwen Stefani – Honda Odyssey
Gwen Stefani is well known for her performance in trolls, the aviator, and Zoolander. She also wrote the soundtrack for several shows and movies including Captain Marvel, the handmaid’s tale, and many more. She owns a fleet of expensive cars like the Porsche Panamera, Maserati Quattroporte, Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon, and more. She also owns a humble and practical Honda Odyssey minivan for carrying her kids around.