TGUSA is trying and dang it, I like the hosts. Rutledge & Adam are genuinely nice (have exchanged tweets with both more than once). Tanner's not as witty/funny but he's a good foil to both and the lad can DRIVE. The challenge with the Camaro, Mustang, and Challenger was a nice one.
They'll never live up to TG UK standards because they're not writers. The TG UK guys are, first and foremost, and that difference comes out in the scripts that they write for themselves. They have a much more natural voice, there's conflict and discovery and joy and poignancy and I think that's what sets TG UK apart from any other motoring show...in the world.