Poll: If You Were Wealthy, Would Prius Be Your Car of Choice?

An automotive website this week released a surprising finding. For the California wealthy, the little Toyota that could was a winner.


Okay, let's say you're wealthy.

Life is good.

No worries about work, because your book is selling well. No worries about a mortgage on your multi-million dollar home, because you paid it off years ago. No worries about your health, because the private trainer that comes to your home every Tuesday and Friday says you're in great shape.

But, there is the worry about the campaign dinner you're hosting tonight, because you forgot to purchase several cases of wine this week, and need to stock up.

No problem. You hop in your car, and head down to the liquor store. But here's the question: What brand of car will you be driving?

Will it be the Mercedes? The Bentley? The Land Rover?

Well, curiously, it seems the wealthy - at least here in California - prefer, well, a Toyota Prius.

This week, automotive website TrueCar published results of a study that looked at the car-buying preferences of folks in ten very wealthy zip code regions of the United States. And to the surprise of many, California car owners in Century City (average income $751,000) and Ross (average income $497,000) preferred the Prius to traditional favorites Porsche, Mercedes, BMW and Jaguar.

"They're not buying it because it's cheap," Jesse Toprak, vice president of market intelligence for TrueCar, told The Huffington Post. "They're buying it because it symbolizes a certain lifestyle and gets a message out. Plus, it's extremely practical for stop-and-go traffic, parking and gas mileage."

Even Atherton (average income $768,000) put the Prius in the top two, beaten only by that Mercedes Benz E-class sitting in my driveway. (Just kidding.)

So this is like one of those annoying questions TV reporters ask, something like "What would you do with the money if you won the lottery?"

Here's our poll. If you had enough money to buy whatever car you wanted, weren't worried about the insurance premiums, didn't give a hoot about $5.00/gallon gas (what is the price, by the way?), and could pay cash for the darn thing, what would you buy?

Tell us in the comments. Then take our poll below.

Brian August 11, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Hell no! I'd be in a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. It goes 267 MPH. And I would throw my litter out the window for my butler to later come pick up! LOL
Anne Ernst August 11, 2012 at 03:52 PM
I like your spirit, Brian!
Julie K August 11, 2012 at 04:54 PM
If I had the money, I would buy a Prius for sure.
Tamra~Kathleen August 11, 2012 at 05:10 PM
A Tesla for me! It's electric and sexy!
Chris August 11, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Prius is a vagina on wheels.
Mason Mccarty August 11, 2012 at 05:40 PM
If I had a ton of money in my fantasy world i wouldnt buy a Prius. Nope. I'd buy a metal flaked black cherry 1950 Mercury with a chop top and back wheel skirting (the lead sled). Then since have loads of money I'd upgrade it to be a hybrid because why should hybrid cars be ugly. If I can't upgrade it it I'd buy a Prius and fiberglass the body to look like the Merc- if it works for corvettes why no this haha.
Mason Mccarty August 11, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Stick shift and white wall tires!!!
Cathy P. August 11, 2012 at 05:53 PM
If I were wealthy, what kind of car to drive would be the last thing on my mind. I'd be scouting out a nice house on the beach - nothing huge or fancy - just a place I could hear and see the ocean. That would be paradise for me. Who needs a car?
randy August 11, 2012 at 06:48 PM
My vehicle would be a 1966 canary yellow chevy super sport. Black interior, convertible, bench seat,automatic, 396 engine with rochester carb. Nothing special.. but this will do.
Frank Geefay August 11, 2012 at 06:51 PM
If I were rich I would probably buy the all electric US made Tesla Roadster or Model X, probably both since money is not object. I would have an environmentally friendly car that is fun to drive. For long trips I would hop in my Learjet. However if I weren't that rich I would either purchase a Chevy Volt because it is electric with a backup engine that charges the batteries and made in America or my 2nd choice a plug in hybrid Toyota Priest.
Anne Ernst August 11, 2012 at 11:08 PM
There are some very creative uses of abundant money here.
barnaby jones August 12, 2012 at 01:13 AM
if i had the money.. i would buy a prius and drive it into a brick wall..those cars have no soul and no power..just proves most people with money are clueless..if you real want to save the world, give up your 10K sqare foot mansion and go sit in a mud hut all day and bang on a drum.
Anne Ernst August 12, 2012 at 01:20 AM
barnaby jones...ouch! A Prius has "no soul"??? Awwww, c'mon. Why do you say that?
Martin August 12, 2012 at 04:39 AM
I think I would wait for the Bentley hybrid....
1RS August 12, 2012 at 04:47 AM
No Prius for me - a good German car would be great!
Mari August 12, 2012 at 03:38 PM
You are giving Vaginas a bad name Chris! This woman prefers her 560 HP, supercharged american made beast. I may get gallons to the mile instead of miles to the gallon, but boy do I have fun doing it!
Mari August 12, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Do you hear that? That's the sound of my supercharged, 556 HP Cadi CTS-V burning fuel made from the tears of tree-hugging hippies and self-righteous Prius drivers worldwide!
Mari August 12, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I'd buy tickets to see that!
Ashley S. August 13, 2012 at 05:26 PM
That's a pretty ridiculous question. You don't have to be wealthy to own a prius. the Prius C starts at 19k and the regular Prius is comparable in price to the Camry and Accord. It's just a matter of caring enough to buy a prius instead of one of those or other similarly priced cars.
Watzon McWats August 14, 2012 at 12:09 AM
I'm torn between the "German" and "common sense" options, so I went with the more fantasy fueled option and chose German. Make mine a 911 please. The Prius is a decent car and all, but I couldn't see myself buying one anytime soon. The social stigma that comes along with them just isn't my thing.
Watzon McWats August 14, 2012 at 12:13 AM
I afford a home in Santa Cruz county WITHOUT roommates AND afford a nineteen thousand dollar car, you do indeed need to be wealthy. *insert laughing so hard I'm crying emoticon here*
Mayra Flores de Marcotte August 14, 2012 at 01:54 AM
I like how you think, Mason! I agree. Hybrid's shouldn't be so ugly and nothing beats the classics.


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