What Kind of Car Does Kawhi Leonard Drive?

Have you ever wondered was LA Clippers star Kawahi Leonard Drives? The same car he did in high school—a 1997 Chevy Tahoe.
Written by Andrea Barrett
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
Regarded as one of the best defenders in the NBA, Kawahi Leonard sits behind the wheel of a shockingly humble 1997 Chevy Tahoe—the same car he drove in high school. Despite his four-year, $176.3 million-dollar contract with the LA Clippers, this basketball star isn’t phased by fancy vehicles with ferocious price tags.
Most people have a special relationship with their cars, whether it be sentimental value, reliability, or pride in their massive paycheck. For LA Clippers' small forward Kawhi Leonard who racks in more than $40 million a year, there really is no car off-limits. But for him, it’s not about fancy cars and stardom—it’s about the game itself. 
While you may expect a basketball player with as high of status as Kawhi to drive a million-dollar car, what he drives would probably drop your jaw—a 1997
Chevy Tahoe
nicknamed “Gas Guzzler”. 
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If you’re curious about what’s in the garage of this NBA star, we're giving you the scoop on all of Kawhi Leonard’s cars. 

1997 Chevrolet Tahoe LS

Starting price: $30,106
Engine: 5.7L V8
Although fancy cars may be on your list for A-listers like Kawhi Leonard, he prefers to ride around LA in the same beat-up car he drove across Southern California's Inland Empire in high school. The 1997 4-door
Chevy Tahoe LS
is as basic as it comes with no added options and has an estimated value of around $1,390. This may not be your first thought for a guy making over $40 million a year, but his “rehabbed” ‘97 Tahoe runs—and it’s paid off. 
With a 5.7L V8 engine, the 1997 Chevy Tahoe comes standard with a 4-speed automatic transmission and is available in all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive. Whether you’re looking for a daily driver or a family car, the Tahoe is the perfect full-size sport-utility vehicle for anyone looking for versatility and the ability to carry passengers and cargo. 
Regardless of the number on his paycheck, the Tahoe is a reliable, quality car that gets Kawhi from point A to B—in true NBA style.

2021 Rolls Royce Cullinan

Starting price: $335,350
Engine: 6.7L twin-turbo V12
With as many achievements as Kawhi has, you know he’s got to treat himself to one of the most popular cars for the rich and famous—a Rolls Royce. While Rolls is known for its limo-like sedans, the Cullinan is the pinnacle of an SUV. This behemoth of a machine’s name comes from a massive diamond, which is surprisingly appropriate considering its opulence and price tag. 
With a mega-powerful twin-turbo V12 engine with 563-hp and a zero to 60 time of just 4.5 seconds, the Cullinan is a force of luxury to be reckoned with. But despite being large and luxurious, this monster is surprisingly capable off-road (though we’re not sure who would really want to take this baby off a paved road). 
It’s hard not to stand out riding around in a
, but for Kawhi Leonard, there’s no need for a flashy Rolls. His car was pictured on the Champion Motoring’s Instagram account tacked with a red bow with a white exterior, tinted windows, and black wheels—not flashy in the slightest. The interior follows suit with a dual-tone white and black theme.
Although his daily driver may be an original, his new ride is anything but.
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