The BEST Episodes of Top Gear (US)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 18, 2021

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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.

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Desert Trailblazers

#1 - Desert Trailblazers

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 10, 2014

Tanner, Adam and Rutledge meet in the Arizona backcountry with three of the most technologically advanced off road machines available, where they are challenged to find their way to the Grand Canyon like the trailblazers of old - without GPS.

star 8.34
237 votes
Can Cars Float?

#2 - Can Cars Float?

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 29, 2013

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.

star 8.09
322 votes
Need for Speed

#3 - Need for Speed

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 7, 2014

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.

star 8.03
203 votes
Off Road Racing

#4 - Off Road Racing

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 17, 2013

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.

star 7.94
294 votes
America's Toughest Trucks

#5 - America's Toughest Trucks

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 16, 2011

Tanner, Rutledge and Adam set out to answer the question of which is America’s toughest truck, in Americas toughest state, Alaska.

star 7.92
497 votes
Police Cars

#6 - Police Cars

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 14, 2012

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.

star 7.89
358 votes
American Muscle

#7 - American Muscle

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 3, 2014

Drag racing runs in America's blood, and now Ford, Chevy and Dodge make production drag cars that anyone can buy and race. Two of the hosts will get the chance to compete in the Gatornationals drag race in these vehicles, but to find out which two, they must compete a series of challenges in "resto-mod" muscle cars designed to see which of them has the skills it takes to race in the big leagues.

star 7.88
222 votes
Cool Cars for Grownups

#8 - Cool Cars for Grownups

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 8, 2014

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.

star 7.88
218 votes
80's Power

#9 - 80's Power

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 17, 2014

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.

star 7.86
212 votes
America's Biggest Cars

#10 - America's Biggest Cars

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 24, 2013

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.

star 7.82
275 votes

#11 - Taxis

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 26, 2013

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.

star 7.82
427 votes
One Tank

#12 - One Tank

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 4, 2012

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.

star 7.81
408 votes
America vs. Europe

#13 - America vs. Europe

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 26, 2016

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.

star 7.79
213 votes
Cult Classics

#14 - Cult Classics

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 28, 2012

Could you own a classic car and not know it? The guys each get a car that they think is seriously undervalued and set out to rehabilitate its image before creating a live commercial in San Diego and attempting to make money on it. The two losers have to entertain two celebrities in a crazy race in equally crazy vehicles, and it gets out of control fast.

star 7.79
395 votes
Coast to Coast

#15 - Coast to Coast

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 3, 2013

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.

star 7.79
411 votes
Rubicon Trail

#16 - Rubicon Trail

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 26, 2016

The guys travel deep into California's rugged Sierra Nevada Mountains to do something that's never been done before--photo map the Rubicon Trail. They take on America's most notorious 4x4 route in a race against time to photo map the entire trail before they must present their images at Google headquarters.

star 7.77
218 votes
Minnesota Ice Driving

#17 - Minnesota Ice Driving

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 26, 2013

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.

star 7.72
331 votes

#18 - Texas

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 24, 2011

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.

star 7.72
526 votes
Weekend Race Cars

#19 - Weekend Race Cars

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 14, 2014

One of the best ways to get into professional auto racing is to start racing with your personal car. But what if you want to try different kinds of racing? Could there be a daily driver that is competitive in many types of races? Tanner, Adam and Rutledge decide to find out when they each pick a competent daily driver then compete in a series of different races.

star 7.71
172 votes
Winter Drop Top

#20 - Winter Drop Top

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 14, 2016

Tanner, Adam, and Rut head to the Rocky Mountains for some time in the snow. However, against common sense, they have chosen to bring all-wheel drive convertibles. On the snowy peaks they take part in some epic challenges and try not to freeze to death in the process.

star 7.69
174 votes
Car for Life

#21 - Car for Life

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired May 10, 2016

The average American owns 8 cars in their lifetime, but what if you only had one? Tanner, Adam, and Rutledge each pick a vehicle from their birth year that they think excels in every stage of life and are given a series of challenges to determine the most suitable vehicle. The guys also have a predictably out of control mid-life crisis in which they trade up to the latest high-powered sedans.

star 7.69
215 votes
Muscle Cars

#22 - Muscle Cars

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Feb 21, 2012

Which is the best modern muscle car? Adam, Rutledge and Tanner fight it out on the way to a high speed attempt at a NASCAR track, and Rutledge takes Tanner into the Utah desert to prove how fast their new mustangs are in a relay race against horses.

star 7.68
305 votes
Snow Show

#23 - Snow Show

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 24, 2014

With massive storms devastating ill equipped parts of America this winter, Tanner, Adam and Rutledge decide to do their civic duty by trying to make a multi-tasking municipal hybrid in the form of a snow-plow school bus. The person whose contribution is deemed the most useful gets to race the Nissan GTR against a competition level snowmobile.

star 7.68
231 votes
Continental Divide

#24 - Continental Divide

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 6, 2012

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.

star 7.67
337 votes
150 MPH Challenge

#25 - 150 MPH Challenge

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Feb 19, 2013

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.

star 7.66
318 votes