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Jil McIntosh
Interests: horse racing, fountain pens, antique cars, automobiles, tattoo
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It can actually make it worse, according to expert Jeff Speck. And the very design of our roads makes them very hazardous for drivers and pedestrians. Find out more in my "How It Works" column at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Yes, it's vanilla, but it's damn good vanilla. The Golf is one of those cars where nothing stands out, but it all works together to produce a truly decent driver. Find out more in my review at AutoTrader. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto is primarily about new cars, but there's always a great display of old ones. And this year, in honor of Canada's 150th birthday, there are several that were made only in Canada, like... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The Canadian International Auto Show is a great place to find your next affordable runabout, but if you have some spare change rattling around in your pocket, you might want to check out the really pricey stuff on display. Get... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's not the best on the block, but it's worth a look, especially for its winter performance and long warranty. Find out more in my review at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Most people have heard of issues with Takata's exploding airbags, or with Toyota's "unintended acceleration," but did you know the dirt on scandals like Takata's seatbelts, or kickbacks at Honda? Find out about these and more at my gallery at... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The Canadian International Auto Show opens in Toronto on February 17, and this year it will include a special display of Canadian cars in honor of the country's 150th birthday. Toronto's auto shows aren't quite that old, but they have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Is it the best compact SUV on the market? No. But could it be the right one for you? Possibly so. Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Do you think you should never move vehicles after a crash? That the middle lane is the "driving lane"? Or that you should always be polite on the road? If you do, check out my list of nine driving myths... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Autonomous cars seem to be on everyone's lips these days, but it might be a while before they're actually on the road. There's a lot more to it than just brake and throttle. They'll need to interact with traffic signals,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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You might think it's a lightweight driver taking the car out on the track, but it's actually all done in a lab. And in addition to fuel consumption, you'll also know more about emissions on the labels as well. Find... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I normally don't delve into politics here, but I've seen enough and I can't be quiet anymore. Today, the news is filled with reports of Kellyanne Conway and her assertion that the mainstream media didn't cover a terrorist massacre in Bowling Green, Kentucky during the Obama administration. Media didn't cover it because it never happened. Conway pulled a cute little "mea culpa" before then putting the blame back on the press. And now media, Facebook, Twitter, and all else are filled with comments about it. And while everyone's laughing at it, make no mistake - that's exactly what was intended.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at Jil McIntosh: Rude, Lewd & Tattooed
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Honda's completely revamped its compact sport-ute for 2017, and it shows. Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Back in 1973, the oil-producing nations in the Middle East shut off oil shipments to countries that supported Israel -- and that included the United States. The result was gasoline price spikes, shortages, and in some cases, stations that had... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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How about a seatbelt that moves around your window? A fly-tying kit in your Bentley? Or ... well, a rim blow? Find them all in my photo gallery over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Okay, so you've got seven compact hatchbacks: Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic, Kia Forte, Mazda3, Subaru Impreza, Toyota Corolla iM, and Volkswagen Golf. Which one's the best? I was one of the writers tasked with finding out -- see what won... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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You need to, because knowing how they work can help you stay safe around them. Find out more in my "How It Works" column at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Infiniti might have been a bit lacklustre a while ago, but it looks like it has a newfound focus, if the new Q60 is any indication. Check out my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Headlights have come a long way from the first ones, which used an actual flame, and it might not be long before your lights are lasers. Find out more in my "How It Works" column in the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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On its way out, but still one very sweet ride, the Volkswagen CC is gorgeous to boot. Find out more in my review at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Many people think it arrived in the 1980s, but some auto manufacturers were working on it before the turn of the 20th century...and the first U.S. production car with it came out in 1929. Find out more in my "Rearview... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's one of the loveliest cars out there, and gives you the swoopy profile of the Mercedes-Benz CLS or Audi A7 at a fraction of the price. But this is also its swan song...find out more in my review at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The Pathfinder first had to overcome an identity crisis: it started as a truck-based sport-ute, went to unibody, back to a frame, and then back to unibody again. And now it's been upgraded and has turned into one very decent... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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How does the gas pump know when to turn off? How does your heater maintain its temperature? How do rain-sensing wipers know it's raining? Find the answers to these and more in my gallery over at Autofocus! Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's all because of what's in the rubber, and what's on the tread. Find out more in my "How It Works" column at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca