The Best Episodes of Top Gear (US)
Last Updated: May 26, 2019
Featuring super-cars, extreme stunts and challenges, car reviews and celebrity interviews, Top Gear is the home for anyone with a love of cars. The U.S. version will be chock-full of high-adrenaline action entertainment as it tracks the colorful history of the automobile as well as the eccentric adventures of its hosts with Top Gear’s customary wit and humor.
#1 - One Tank
Season 3 - Episode 4
How far can you get on one tank of gas? The guys find out as they race from Portland, Oregon to San Francisco without being able to fill up. Whoever makes it closest gets the chance to drive the toughest off road machine in the world in a high-octane race in the remote Colorado mountains.
#2 - Police Cars
Season 3 - Episode 1
It's the battle of the big 3 as the guys compete over which is the best new police car to replace the Crown Vic, in a series of madcap challenges around Detroit, Michigan. The winner gets to race the fastest Police Car in the country -- the Corvette ZO6 -- in an action film style chase through the Long Beach docks as he tries to catch a "perp" riding the ultimate escape vehicle.
#3 - Can Cars Float?
Season 4 - Episode 6
Is it possible to make a vehicle that's as good on land as on the water? Rut, Adam and Tanner build their own and put them through a series of road tests before embarking on a huge water challenge, attempting to cross Lake Ontario from Buffalo to Toronto.
#4 - 150 MPH Challenge
Season 3 - Episode 10
Getting to 150 mph used to be the preserve of supercars. These days you can reach that speed in a new 30,000 dollar car, but what's the least you can spend and still reach this epic speed? The guys find out as they spend as little as possible on three used cars, put them through their paces and then head out to the famous El Mirage dry lakebed to attempt to reach 150. The winner gets to review the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse--the fastest and most expensive production car in the world.
#5 - Continental Divide
Season 2 - Episode 12
The early pioneers and settlers crossed the Rockies in covered wagons, braving tough weather and harsh terrain. So how would modern day covered wagons cope with the same journey, carrying the same things and having to cross the same rivers and mountains? Rutledge, Adam and Tanner decide to find out, and set out to conquer the Rockies in soccer-mom vans.
#7 - Mammoth Mountain
Season 3 - Episode 14
The guys choose their favorite SUV's and meet up on California's Pismo Beach to start an epic journey and put their vehicles through a series of challenges.
#8 - Minnesota Ice Driving
Season 3 - Episode 15
Getting your car ready for winter can cost a lot of cash and the brutal weather can cause serious wear and tear. So the Top Gear hosts set out to solve this issue by finding three cars that cost less than it costs to prepare your car for the snow and ice and put them through a series of tough challenges to find out which is the best winter car.
#9 - Coast to Coast
Season 4 - Episode 1
Adam, Tanner and Rutledge race from New York City to Los Angeles on an epic 3000 mile road trip, determined to prove that their chosen 'supercar' is best. Adam drives the new SRT Viper, Rut the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Stradale and Tanner, the McLaren 12C Spider.
#10 - Luxury Car Challenge
Season 2 - Episode 5
New Jersey is home to more luxury cars than anywhere else in America. Tanner, Rutledge and Adam head to the Hamptons to see if they can pass off these cars to locals. Plus, Tanner puts the new 911 GT2 through its paces.
#12 - 80's Power
Season 4 - Episode 13
Many insurance companies consider a car over 25 years old to be a classic, but can a car from the 1980's really be the kind of investment that a typical classic car can be? Rutledge, Adam and Tanner each choose their favorite 80's car and compete in a series of challenges to see which is the best, and seek final judgment from a mystery 80's celebrity.
#13 - Taxis
Season 3 - Episode 11
Being a taxi driver always ranks among the most challenging jobs in the country, so the guys head to Las Vegas on a quest to create the ultimate taxi, aiming to keep both driver and passengers happy. After getting some experience riding along with real cabbies, they reveal their creations, put them through a series of tests and then hit the Vegas strip to see who can get the most tips. Then we review the newest supercar to come out of the UK--the McLaren MP4-12C, and see how it stacks up against a good old American NASCAR Cup car.
#14 - Viking Trucks
Season 3 - Episode 16
The hosts head to Iceland - home of some of the toughest winter off-roading on the planet - to try and prove to the locals that American trucks still have what it takes to conquer the world. Their challenge is to drive their trucks over mountains, across frozen rivers and through 30 foot deep snowdrifts to the virgin land at the top of an active volcano. What could possibly go wrong?
#15 - The Tractor Challenge
Season 3 - Episode 5
The guys head to rural California and attempt to help a farmer in one of the biggest tractors on the market. It quickly descends into chaos as they try to transport livestock and heavy equipment and complete farm chores. We then review the fastest 'tractor' of them all – the new Lamborghini Aventador – and see how its claims stack up in a race against a crop dusting plane.
#16 - America's Biggest Cars
Season 4 - Episode 4
Which is the best big car ever built in America? The Top Gear hosts find out as they drive along the mighty Mississippi and inland from Memphis to Nashville. The winner gets to test drive the new Corvette Stingray.
#17 - Off Road Racing
Season 4 - Episode 3
Tanner's favorite motor sport is Rally racing... but how hard is it really? Rut and Adam enroll themselves in a rally school and with the help of professional driver Bucky Lasek, prepare themselves for a race against Tanner. Meanwhile, Tanner takes part in a genuine rally race in a stock Mini Paceman S, before they all meet up for the final race, which doesn't go the way Tanner is expecting.
#18 - Beater Boot Camp
Season 1 - Episode 5
Tanner, Adam and Rutledge head to Detroit to choose their favorite old GM cars and put them through a series of crazy challenges to decide which one should be brought back into production. Skateboard legend and game designer Tony Hawk gets on the Top Gear test track.
#20 - Cool Cars for Grownups
Season 4 - Episode 16
Is it possible to have a family vehicle without giving up your high horsepower dreams? Tanner, Adam and Rutledge each choose a brand new car and push them to their speed and maneuverability limits to find out which is the best family friendly super car. In the end, the guys take their vehicles to the edge in a race up the legendary Pikes Peak.
#21 - Dangerous Cars
Season 2 - Episode 11
The hosts each choose a car that has at some point earned the title of "most dangerous car in the country" and try to restore its reputation in a series of crazy challenges ending in a demolition derby. And Rutledge tries to teach Adam that it's possible to drive a car without breaking it by getting him behind the wheel of one of the quickest, most dangerous vehicles around.
#22 - Texas
Season 2 - Episode 1
Tanner, Rutledge and Adam wrangle, haul and race their way across Texas in a crazy attempt to find an alternative to the pickup. Comedian Adam Ferrara, champion rally and drift racer Tanner Foust and racing analyst Rutledge Wood return for an all-new season of Top Gear.
#23 - Need for Speed
Season 4 - Episode 18
Tanner, Rut and Adam travel to Germany for the ultimate high speed road trip. The tour sees them battling it out to reach top speeds amongst traffic on the legendary no-speed-limit Autobahn and competing to set the fastest time on the famous Nürburgring road course.
#24 - Fountain of Youth
Season 4 - Episode 10
If you're trying to avoid a mid-life crisis but you're on a budget which car should you choose? Adam, Rut and Tanner find out on a journey across Florida involving alligators, obstacle courses and the glitz of Miami.
#25 - America vs. Europe
Season 6 - Episode 2
Tanner, Adam, and Rutledge tackle automotive stereotypes by taking on the age old question: which country makes the best car? The guys battle it out in cars from past and present manufactured in the countries of their ancestors: Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom; and go head to head against one of America's most badass, track prepped speed demons.