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Jil McIntosh
Interests: horse racing, fountain pens, antique cars, automobiles, tattoo
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Starting with the 2015 model year, cars are going to get poorer fuel economy. But it isn't the vehicles themselves; rather, Canada is moving to a more realistic method of testing them. Find out more in my story over at... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The 2014 Jeep Cherokee won the AJAC Utility Vehicle of the Year award, and I think deservedly so. Read my review over at Autofocus! Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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If your car's been asleep all winter, there are steps you need to take to make sure it comes out of its hibernation safely. Find out more in my photo gallery over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Another story on DriveGuard, a new run-flat tire made for cars that didn't originally come with them. Find out more in my story in Metro. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Bridgestone says it's an industry first: a replacement run-flat tire for cars that didn't originally come with them, such as the Honda Civic or Toyota Camry. Like a regular run-flat tire, they'll get you home when you've lost all the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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You can't beat a minivan for practicality, and Honda's Odyssey is a very good one ... but it's also fairly pricey. Find out more in my review over at the Toronto Star. Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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She never wanted to be in the car industry - she was far more interested in math - but Dianne Craig worked her way up the ladder at Ford and now holds the top position at the company's Canadian operations.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Organized crime rings deliberately crash into your car and then collect the benefits, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada. Find out more - including hints on how to tell if it's happening to you - in my Driving Force... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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For some reason, I have an odd little fondness for Toyota's smallest hybrid, far more so than anything I feel for its larger Prius hatchback sibling. But it's still a love-hate relationship, and if you're looking at it, go into... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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My colleague, friend, and "brother from another mother," Michael Clark, has an in-depth look at the 2015 Chrysler 200 on YouTube. I join him during the last eight minutes as we discuss this newest sedan, which turned out to be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I'd heard of "staged crashes," where people deliberately run into you and then collect fraudently on the insurance company, but I had no idea it was as bad as it is. It turns out there's organized crime involved, and it's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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While it tends to blend into the landscape, I've always had a certain fondness for the Lexus RX. It's a nice size, it's super-comfortable, and while it's certainly no sports machine, it's a pleasant daily driver. Find out more in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Kia will be introducing an all-electric version of its Soul later this year. Drivers need to stay warm, but that creates an issue: electric heaters use power, which reduces the car's driving range. Kia tackles the problem with an all-new... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Small diesel cars have been trickling into the Canadian marketplace, starting with Volkswagen's Jetta and Golf models, and then Chevrolet's Cruze. But this is what the station down the road from me was advertising last week. What happens now? Read... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The Escape's a pretty decent vehicle overall - well, okay, MyFord Touch aside - and you can find out more in my video review over at Autofocus - which, as always, owes so much to the quality work of videographer... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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For as long as I can remember, Chrysler has had a problem: it couldn't make a really good midsize sedan. So when I got an invitation to drive the all-new 200, I figured it would be more of the same.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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They're annoying, and they can also do serious damage to your vehicle if you hit them hard enough. Find out more in my Driving Force column in Metro. Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Automakers spend untold millions of dollars crash-testing their vehicles to make them safer ... but more than a few of those crashes are to protect people when they don't bother to put on their seatbelts. And it makes me angry.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's not as cute as its two-door sibling, but the Fiat 500L turned out to be extremely practical and a pretty good car for the money. Find out more in my review over at the Toronto Star. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Although the Honda Insight was the first hybrid to go on sale in North America in 2000, the Prius was the world's first mass-produced hybrid when it was offered in Japan in 1997. It's come a long way, but has... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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After a long winter, your car needs a thorough cleaning. Find out more in my story over at Metro. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The North American Free Trade Agreement was supposed to benefit all of the countries signing it, but two decades later, a clear winner has emerged ... and it isn't the United States. Find out more in my Driving Force column... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Renault and Nissan, Daimler and Chrysler, GM and Saab, and even Packard and Studebaker - there have been some interesting auto marriages over years, with varying degrees of success. Find out more about them in my photo gallery over at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca