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Jil McIntosh
Interests: horse racing, fountain pens, antique cars, automobiles, tattoo
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Nothing beats a convertible on a summer day, but not all ragtops are created equal. Some of them were unusual or just plain strange. Check out these fifteen versions in my gallery over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Honda let its best-selling sedan idle along for a while, but an all-new version turned it into a great little driver last year, and that continues into this edition. Find out more in my review at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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For all the safety items that your car may have, the most important ones touch the road: your tires. Everything else is there to get your butt out of the fire once the tires lose their grip. Find out more... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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"I don't want you just hauling air," my editor said, and so I looked around to see what I could pull. And lo and behold, there's my 1995 Ram just begging to go out for a ride. Find out how... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I've always had a soft spot for Ram, ever since I bought my 1995 version based solely on its looks. There are only minor tweaks on the 2017 version, but one includes somewhat better steering feel. Find out more in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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So it's more of a targa top than a full-out convertible, and there's more weight because of it, but this is still pretty much the most fun you can have with your clothes on. Find out more in my story... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It isn't much more powerful than before, and the general shape hasn't changed, but Mazda's middle SUV has been improved considerably. It's better to drive and much better inside, and stacks up well not just against its own competition but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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What do those numbers mean, such as 5W-30? How often should you change your oil? And what does it mean when that oil warning light comes on? Find out in my "How It Works" column at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Real all-wheel-drive for $20,000? My Subaru Impreza tester was a bit more than that, but not by much, and while it's not a powerhouse, it's an overall decent driver nevertheless. Find out more in my review at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
It never will be affordable. The high price tags are part of the exclusivity, and that's part of the appeal to buyers. I once asked the president of Lamborghini if he'd like to sell more cars. He said he didn't; he never wanted to get to an intersection and find two of his vehicles there, because it would take away from the cachet of the nameplate.
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Forget everything you've heard or know about the old Jeep Compass. This is an all-new one that only carries over the name. It's not the swiftest or the quietest, but get the right model and you can pretty much conquer... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I've always liked the Forester, and the 2017 update is a good one -- this won the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year award from the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, after all. Check out my review at Auto Trader. Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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A partnership between two British men formed the world's best-known luxury car, while two German automakers briefly tore it apart. And in between, there was a horrible aviation first, and a mistress who's now on every model. Find out more... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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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 Feb 22, 2017 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 Feb 21, 2017 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 Feb 20, 2017 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 Feb 17, 2017 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 Feb 17, 2017 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 Feb 17, 2017 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