It’s estimated that more than 2 billion people across the world actively use a Facebook account each month. A majority of Americans have a Facebook account, which we use to share updates, play games, connect with people and much, much more. None of that would be possible if it weren’t for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, a former Harvard student that grew the social media website from a page that was only for Harvard students into a global empire.
Because of that, Zuckerberg has become one of the most influential people in the world, and became the youngest billionaire on Earth. Now just 33 years old, you can expect Zuckerberg to keep expanding his empire, even if Facebook doesn’t stick around forever. There are plenty of other business ventures on the horizon for Zuckerberg.
With a net worth of nearly $75 billion (yes, with a ‘B’), Zuckerberg would be able to afford any car in the world that he wanted. He would even be able to buy helicopters, airplanes and tanks and still have money left to buy multiple expensive supercars. Instead, Zuckerberg has opted to go for a vehicle a little more subtle and a lot lower on the price spectrum.
Zuckerberg opts to drive an Acura TSX, which he says is “safe, comfortable and not ostentatious.” It’s believed that Zuckerberg drives the 2010 year model, and the car has since been discontinued. 2004 was the first model year for the TSX, and it was discontinued in 2014 in favor of the Acura TLX and ILX. While the TSX was still considered to be a luxury vehicle, it’s certainly among the most affordable, and was listed at $33,000 MSRP, which went up to nearly $38,000 if opting for the V6 engine model.
The TSX has been referred to as an “entry level” luxury car that comes with features such as a leather interior, power moonroof and other bells and whistles, but nothing that’s too over the top like you’d see in a McLaren or Ferrari. Surprisingly, the fuel mileage doesn’t stand out too much above those types of cars. Instead, the TSX receives an estimated 19 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highways.
Receiving a “Good” safety rating from the IIHS, the five-seater TSX uses a 3.5-liter V6 engine that can produce 280 horsepower and 254 lb-ft of torque. It’s not as fast as some of the other luxury cars, reaching a 0-60 mile per hour time in 5.9 seconds, finishing a quarter mile in 14.5 seconds. Acura didn’t list an official top speed, but tests have shown that it’s capable of reaching 120 miles per hour.
The TSX has a curb weight listed of 3,620 pounds, and the V6 version can be a little difficult for a novice driver to handle. Still, it’s certainly a more practical car than others that billionaires are driving around. If you want to get your hands on a 2010 TSX, it might be more affordable than you think. The TSX isn’t one of those cars that appreciates in value, and has actually dropped pretty significantly. Used ones are going for between $10,000 and $15,000 for lower mileage.
Zuckerberg still doesn’t have plans on ditching the TSX, unless he’s open to buying yet another practical car in the future. When not using the TSX, Zuckerberg actually has a backup plan. In his garage is also a black Volkswagen GTI with a manual transmission. When released, it was around the same price as the TSX, with an MSRP of $30,415.
The difference is the GTI has a hatchback, which can make it more functional for longer trips when luggage needs to be brought along. Many billionaires have garages that are packed with millions of dollars worth of cars, but the two known cars that Zuckerberg drives were under $70,000 combined MSRP and are worth even less now to make up even less than a fraction of a percent of his net worth.