Leonardo DiCaprio's Cars: The Hollywood Star Has Taste

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He's absolutely a car person, and he loves a hybrid.

Back in 2006, Leonardo DiCaprio bought a Toyota Prius and described the then-new hybrid car as "a step in the right direction." Immediately he was vilified by the right as one of the "liberal Hollywood elites," which was unfair.

He was right, and history is bearing that out. Since then, car culture has largely forgotten or mocked DiCaprio. He has credentials, though. DiCaprio's first car was a 1960s V8 Mustang as a kid. "It was incredibly fast, and I could smoke anyone on the road," he told Top Gear.

However, you won't see him photographed in the latest McLaren, Ferrari, or Lamborghini, but that doesn't mean he's not an enthusiast. Or that he doesn't like to drive fast. He's owned fast cars, but that's not necessarily the mark of a car enthusiast. Being enthusiastic about cars is what defines a car enthusiast. And DiCaprio is an enthusiast, as we'll see. And if you're wondering about Leonardo Dicaprio's car collection, you will be disappointed. He's not a rich actor that stocks a garage full of collectibles. Instead, he puts his money where his mouth is (a lot of money) and owns just a couple of cars he loves to drive.

Toyota Prius

The story goes that Dicaprio was (and still is) constantly being photographed wherever he went, whether he wanted to or not. That's just the price of his fame as one of the world's premier movie actors. He decided to make it work in his favor as he has been environmentally aware since the late 1990s and wanted to make a difference. Dicaprio figured that if people were going to make such a fuss about where he goes, what he wears, and what he drives, he could leverage it. He was interested in hybrid car technology and showed up to the Oscars in one. He was so impressed by the Prius he bought them for his family members.

"I own a Toyota Prius; it's a step in the right direction," he said in 2006, "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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Fisker Karma

The Fisker Karma had some significant pros and cons. but made the Leonardo DiCaprio cars list.

It's undeniably gorgeous, as pretty much everything Henrik Fisker has designed is. It's a luxury hybrid car that uses the engine as a generator to charge the battery when needed; it's also fast, but the cabin is incredibly snug, and the rear seats are optimistic at best.

There are some cars out there with tiny back seats, so that's not as big of a problem as the hybrid system which BMW initially employed, then left behind. It was a stab at the first high-end hybrid sports car but never got real traction. DiCaprio believed in Fisker and his view of how hybrid cars could become a mainstream deal and invested in the company.

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Lexus RX Hybrid

According to the logbook of an old 1999 GS 400, the RX Hybrid he currently drives isn't his first Lexus.

For comfort, we would take the Volvo XC90 over the RX, but if you want range and economy, the Lexus gets 31 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, and you don't need premium gas.

DiCaprio might have a net worth in the hundreds of millions, but he's clearly not a wasteful person. It's not a particularly special car, but we suspect a large part of its draw to DiCaprio is that it's stylish but flies under the radar in traffic even better than the Volvo.

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Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-In Hybrid

It's not the most expensive SUV you can buy, but it is one of the best luxury SUVs you can get unless off-roading is your thing.

There's a reason Jeremy Clarkson has owned four, although DiCaprio's was a hybrid. The current version makes 455 hp and will hit 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds, which is quick for any vehicle still, but it gets 55 MPGe and has a range of around 27 miles on pure battery power.

It's also a big luxury SUV that doesn't stand out in traffic, and DiCaprio likes to keep a low profile and drive himself around.

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Polestar 2

Leonardo DiCaprio and Tesla have had a relationship, and he even took part in a promotional tour when the Tesla Roadster was a real thing.

However, like many, he found range anxiety to be real and was afraid of being stranded on the Pacific Coast highway needing a charge. In 2021, though, he put his money where his mouth is on pushing environmentally friendly cars and invested in Polestar.

Polestar, an offshoot of Volvo backed by Geely, went public by merging with a blank cheque company. Soon after, the Leonardo DiCaprio and Polestar relationship was publicly cemented by the press photographing him going about his business in LA driving a Polestar 2. The Polestar 2 sacrifices range for performance, but 249 miles in its dual-motor configuration is plenty for city driving.

Its 476 horsepower is more than enough to have fun in the canyons.

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Does Leonardo DiCaprio Drive A Tesla?

According to the internet, in general, he owned an original Roadster, but it's hard to pin down if that's true or not. It's also impossible to form a list of DiCaprio's cars barring what he allows to be known. It's no surprise he's secretive.

The paparazzi are out for a celebrity like DiCaprio. They can sell photos of him, reporting inanities like: "Leonardo DiCaprio, 47, looked relaxed and casual during a recent sighting as he took a drive in his pricy all-electric Polestar."

Photographing celebrities is a whole industry and results in a lot of stalking and many stories of the lengths stars go to to avoid that. Given some of those stories involve arriving somewhere in one car and leaving in another, and DiCaprio likes to drive, he likely has his Polestar for when he knows he's going to be spotted. The actor likely has a few low-key cars in the garage and then hires some more to keep things varied.


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