At this point in the season, with only one episode left to review, it’s safe to say that the new hosts of Top Gear America are finally getting their mojo. The awkwardness of the first episodes is dissipating and you can see some real chemistry starting to develop. It’s this chemistry that made the original Top Gear trio so special to watch and if they can get even a quarter of what those three had, then TGA has got a bright future ahead of it.
This episode’s theme is “the best”. To start the show, and for its longest segment, the fellas have the challenge of finding and competing in the best car they can buy for $7,000. I’d be surprised if some car enthusiasts of the 90’s/ early 2000’s don’t get a bit of nostalgia from from this bit. I know I did!
While the choices are a bit obvious, the challenges, including a drag race, street circuit, and track lap by the Stig, not to mention some unexpected trouble, make for some solid entertainment.
The rest of the episode is surprisingly SUV focused. Antron and Bill debate over what makes the best SUV while making their way to a gorgeous scenic view, showcasing a classic 1951 Chevy Suburban, a Cadillac Escalade, and a 1978 Jeep Wagoneer.
It’s a classic debate of old vs new, and in this case, I think old wins. Plus, you get more of Bill’s trademark Americana speeches, which I don’t think anyone has gotten tired of.
Episode 7 also features guest star, Xzibit, who absolutely deserves a mention for giving us this seasons most exciting guest lap, so far.
The episode wraps up with Antron reviewing the new Maserati Levante, Maserati’s foray into SUV territory.
While the segment ends with one of the Levante’s front tires going flat, I can say assuredly that Top Gear America hasn’t.
We give Episode 7, four out of 5 stars.