Quick Stats: Gabriel Iglesias, comedian
Daily Driver: 2013 Ford Flex (Gabriel's rating: 7 on a scale of 1 to 10)
Other cars: see below
Favorite road trip: to Northern California
Car he learned to drive in: 1988 Ford Escort
First car bought: 1968 VW Transporter
If you're doing a double take because while driving in Los Angeles you see a 2013 Ford Flex with the word "Fluffy" on the hood where "Flex" should be, don't worry, you're not seeing things -- just comedian Gabriel Iglesias' tricked-out daily driver.
Iglesias, who was a contestant on "Last Comic Standing," is known for his stand-up specials "I'm not Fat…I'm Fluffy" and "Hot and Fluffy." With the help of more than 5 million Facebook fans, 2.4 million Google+ followers, and millions of views of his YouTube clips, he sells out venues around the country.
His success affords him the ability to buy new rides on a whim. While Iglesias can pick any supercar he fancies, most of the rides in his garage come out of Detroit. It wasn't a matter of supporting American automakers. He just likes these cars.
2013 Ford Flex
The Ford Flex is Fluffy-friendly. The minute he sat in one, he loved that it was super-spacious. "The Ford Flex is a really, really cool car. You get inside and you have so much headroom and it's really comfortable to drive and it's real techy inside. You look at the screen and it's blue and you've got all kinds of controls. Everything is digital. I'm trying to get used to certain features like voice command, I don't use it as much as I should," he says. "It's harder to use. I'd rather just get my phone and pick a song out."
Fluffy Guy fans on social media have recently seen his Fluffy edition Flex, which he proudly posted on Instagram when he first brought it home. He chuckles when describing how he changed the "Flex" badge to "Fluffy." "It's pretty pimped-out. The wheels, the engine, the interior -- it's very custom," he says. "There are so many things you can do to it. The interior was not offered in black, so I had my car guy change the entire color scheme inside the Flex, so it's black on black inside. Looks really cool."
While he loves the Flex and drives it most often, this is his third-favorite car in the garage, and that's why he gives it a 7 out of 10 rating. There was one small thing he didn't like on the Flex.
"This going to sound stupid -- the license plate thing in the back, it looks a little funky, so I put a toe hitch to try to cover it up because I didn't like it and the toe hitch has an outline of my logo," he says. "Visually that was it. It looked like it was missing something. As far as everything else, it's got great power. We put some dual exhausts on it, so it sounds real beefy now. Before, it sounded like a four-cylinder."
Iglesias goes to Madness Autoworks in Signal Hill, California for all his custom work. "They do really great work. I actually met the owners at Subway," he says. "It was one of those things. I was eating, they saw me and like, 'Hey! We noticed that you were driving this.' We started talking and they invited me to come down. The next thing I know, I'm putting Lambo doors on my Chrysler 300. I mean, they souped this car up, ugly! I was really, really excited and every car that I've got now, I've taken to them."
2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8
While the Flex is the family car, the brand-new, pimped-out Dodge Challenger SRT8 serves a different purpose. "The Challenger is definitely going to be the, 'I'll see you later, I gotta go' car," he says. "It's a comfortable car. It doesn't have all the techy stuff inside of it like the Ford Flex. This car's a lot more basic. I almost got the standard model, but the guy talked me into it. He said, 'Dude, don't worry about it, it's going to have the same power, it's going to be just as good."
Even though it's a sports car, it has to be comfortable for a Fluffy Guy. "That was the No. 1 thing when I got into the car -- 'How am I going to feel when I'm in it?' And it's very, very comfortable," he says.
2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8
This isn't your average 300 SRT8. "That one's a 10 all the way," he says, rating it and then starts to laugh. "The things they did to that car - you can hear it from two blocks away. It rumbles. The windows are tinted. It's a smooth car; it just picks up. I'll go to 60 in about 3 seconds. It's insane. It's got so much power. It was already a fast car and they did stuff to the exhaust. It's definitely a beast."
The Lamborghini doors make it stand out. Iglesias can't help but break out into a boisterous laugh when talking about them. "It looks really, really cool. If you're a car guy or car girl, you can appreciate it," he says. "My girl was not so happy about that. She hates it. She goes, 'This is so stupid, why do you need Lambo doors on a frickin' Chrysler?'" he says, with a laugh. "I went, 'Because I can!' The guy showed it to me. He goes, 'Dude you could get Lambo doors if you want.' 'Yeah, go for it!'"
Iglesias traded a 2012 Infiniti QX56 for the 300 because he just didn't feel right in the Infiniti. "I went back there to go visit a buddy of mine who sold it to me and I saw the Challenger and I'm like, 'Oooh! I want that car!'"
"Before that, I used to have a Hummer. I was big on the big cars for a while," he says. "I had two Hummers. I had a GMC Denali truck. It was all big cars in the driveway for a while. I think what helped too is I dropped about 80 pounds, so I was a lot more car-friendly again."
Iglesias admits he's become spontaneous with his car purchases. "I almost bought a DeLorean the other day just because. If I see something that I think is cool and I like it, I'll go for it," he says.
Iglesias is a big fan of the "Back to the Future" movies and says he just had a 12-year-old moment. "The car itself is not very Fluffy-friendly. It's not big guy-friendly," he says. "I wouldn't be as comfortable driving it. It would just be like, 'Oh, look, I have a DeLorean!' The whole idea is for me to be able to drive the cars and enjoy the cars. If I can't do it, then it's pointless. When I tried getting into it, it was like, 'Yeah, not going to happen.' It's like being a XXL T-shirt and you're trying to force a medium on yourself. You can get it on, but it's not going to be comfortable."
Iglesias has a warehouse for his cars, like other funnyman car enthusiasts Jay Leno and former Celeb Drive Adam Carolla.
"I recently purchased a building in Signal Hill, so I have room to buy cars now. I got the idea from comedian Jeff Dunham. We both have the same accountant and my accountant was telling me, 'Yeah, man, Jeff bought a building.' I go, 'Really? He just bought a building?' 'Yeah, to keep his toys.' I go, 'I want a building to keep my toys!'" he laughs. "So we went out and found a building in Signal Hill. I'm storing my cars and operating my clothing company out of there."