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Jil McIntosh
Interests: horse racing, fountain pens, antique cars, automobiles, tattoo
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Audi's A3 lineup gets spruced up for 2017, with some new styling cues and a new engine for its front-wheel-drive version. I went to Munich to get some time behind the wheel. Check out my story, which is also my... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Not only was my Limited tester luxuriously outfitted, but it also came with Ford's new Pro Trailer Backup Assist, which automatically turns the wheels when you turn the corresponding dial to help you back up a trailer. How well does... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I was on the launch of the redesigned 2017 Honda Ridgeline, which now receives more truck-like styling, in addition to a new engine and numerous new features and tweaks. Find out more in my story at the Toronto Star. Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The blue button will get you such services as directions or roadside assistance, but if you're in trouble and you press that red button, you get someone who's specially trained to guide you through medical issues until first responders show... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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To Infiniti, and beyond! Sorry ... I just had to do that. There's a lot new in Infiniti's smallest sedan this year, including my tester's 2.0-litre turbo. Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I had to keep this under my hat for a little bit, but you're looking at my Big Move. I've always been a freelancer, but for the last 30 years or so, my newspaper outlet was the Toronto Star. The... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Yesterday, I played tour guide in Toronto for some visiting relatives. The city was packed, as the city always is, and it wasn't always easy to drive there, as is always the case. I almost hit two people: one a... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Winter is hard on vehicles, and giving them a good spring cleaning can potentially make them last longer. Check out the steps in my story over at the Toronto Star. Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Whether it's sliding around snowbanks in Porsche's Camp4, or driving through the mountains to a luxury resort, all of Porsche's driving experiences are put together in Toronto by Jennifer Cooper. Find out what it's like to have such a cool... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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For the record, I think they're great: you can't do better when you have to haul a crowd. And we certainly have had a wide choice over the years. Find out more about the historical highlights in my gallery over... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's been redesigned for 2016, and while it's not a wow-that's-incredible! performer, you get a lot for the price. Find out more in my review at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's fast and it's smooth, and it should be for the price. It should also be just a bit noisier when you hit the go-pedal. Find out more about the Jaguar XF-S in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Depending on the model you have, your car may warn you if you're drifting out of your lane, following the car ahead too closely, or even if you're too tired to drive. Your tires? They're not so talkative -- at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Designer Ian Callum doesn't just design for Jaguar: he redesigned it. He joined the company and was tasked with turning stodgy vehicles into exciting ones. Read my interview with him at the Toronto Star. Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Do you know what a Jeep has to do to be "Trail Rated"? What "military-grade" aluminum is? Or what's so special about winter gasoline? Find these - and more! - in my gallery over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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You may recall that I recently posted a photo of a sign that went up on a business nearby. Well, after a while, a crew showed up with a crane-equipped truck and, undoubtedly at no small expense, removed the sign and took it away to be fixed. Crew and truck recently returned, and put the repaired sign back up. Well, to its credit, the company will now sell you a faucet, instead of the previous forcet, although judging by its placement on the sign, you may discover that your water fixture will be installed slightly higher than your sink is.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at Jil McIntosh: Rude, Lewd & Tattooed
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I've always liked "tall wagons" but most of them have disappeared. But the Soul's still around, and it's still a funky little hauler that does most things right. Find out more in my review over in Metro. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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At $9,995, the base version was Canada's least-expensive car, until Nissan promptly dropped its Micra to undercut it by seven bucks. So what's it like? Well, it's definitely not a powerhouse, and you'll be pretty warm on hot summer days,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Back in the 1960s, a tariff on its chicken had the U.S. government crying "fowl!" It responded with a tariff of its own ... and one that some automakers are still feeling today. Find out more in my story over... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's gorgeous, it handles well, and its V8 engine takes you into ticket territory before you can blink, but it's surprisingly unengaging to drive. Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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These quarts counter tops are for smaller kitchens. Larger kitchens will require the gallon size. Extra points for the interesting spelling of "faucet," too. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at Jil McIntosh: Rude, Lewd & Tattooed
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While gasoline still rules the roost, we've tried just about everything over the years -- not just the more conventional ones like diesel or propane, but such way-out stuff as coke gas and even wood. Find out more in my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Can a vehicle do a few things wrong, and still be right? Just about every one of them does, and it's figuring out the pros-and-cons that will help determine which vehicle you should buy. Find out more in my review... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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This car really should have received a new name with its makeover, because it's night-and-day over the last model that bore the 200 name. And while Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne told the press it's being discontinued, that doesn't mean... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Plug in your Porsche? Yes, you can with this version. The E-Hybrid not only operates as a conventional hybrid, but can be plugged in for a short range of fuel-free driving. Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca