'Top Gear' (US) 1.07 'Used Car Salesmen' Review


The best episodes of Top Gear, in my opinion, are the ones that give Jeremy, Richard and James the most potential for embarrassing hijinks (drivetime radio, anyone?). In this episode of the American edition, Adam, Tanner and Rutledge are challenged to become used car salesmen - so I figured if ever they were going to get in trouble, this would be the time.

Before we get to that, though, we travel to San Francisco, where Rutledge is testing out the Honda CR-Z (Compact Renaissance Zero) hybrid. He tells us it has "two seats and a weird space" in it, and refers to it as a "cruel joke" for going so slow initially. That's not exactly a ringing endorsement. To really make up his mind, though, he decides to race the CR-Z against a pair of cyclists, bringing Adam along to be his navigator. This segment is most notable for the ensuing hijinks: the pair immediately start bickering, at one point they nearly kill the cyclists, and at another Rutledge takes both hands off the wheel while driving. I'm not sure if it's good that the clip is entertaining, or bad that I completely lost interest in the car in favor of the mayhem.

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