Many celebrities cruise around in cars that cost more than what the typical person makes in a year, but some celebs stay more on the modest side. Surprisingly, a few major Hollywood stars actually drive cars the everyday person can afford and insure.
Julia Roberts – Toyota Prius
Julia didn’t opt for a more a less expensive car because she couldn’t afford it — she wanted to help the environment. The Prius, which can run for about $27,600, is a hybrid vehicle that has sold well among its environmentally friendly competitors. It seems Julia cares about being green more than driving in luxury. And if you think Julia’s alone in her stance, check out Leonardo DiCaprio, who’s another pro-Prius celeb.
Elijah Wood – MINI Cooper
Starring in one of the most epic trilogies of all time apparently didn’t land Elijah in a super-expensive ride. He’s been spotted driving around in his MINI, a car that goes for an average of $19,865 to $35,343 for the 2012 model. Who knows — maybe he wanted a car he wouldn’t mind Wilfred destroying. Or maybe he’s just a down-to-earth guy.
Conan O’Brien – Ford Taurus
We’re guessing Conan didn’t buy this gem when he was already making good money, but he was driving it during his first couple of years working on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Plus, he loves referencing his 1992 Taurus on the air, including during his first week on the Tonight Show. Unsurprisingly, the thing is covered in dirt and barely drivable at this point, but it’s definitely brought his fans a lot of laughter.
Zac Efron – Audi S5
Compared to Conan’s Taurus, the Audi S5 may as well be a Lamborghini. It does rank as the most expensive on this list, but that doesn’t mean it’s on the celebrity end of the price spectrum. It’s not just Efron who favors these chic vehicles — Katy Perry, Anne Hathaway, and Sarah Jessica Parker have all owned Audis, as well.
When you think of celebrity spending, you probably don’t imagine the stars getting from place-to-place in pretty average (or even slightly above average) cars. While some may be spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a vehicle, others probably travel the streets amid the common folk, completely unnoticed.