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Jil McIntosh
Interests: horse racing, fountain pens, antique cars, automobiles, tattoo
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The "four-door coupe" sport-ute craze is on, and Mercedes-Benz joins it with its GLC Coupe. There's a GLC 300, but if you want more fun factor, there's also an AMG 43...and an AMG 63 is coming. Find out more in... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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There's a new Super Duty in town, and it's pretty impressive, too. Find out more as I get behind the wheel of the F-350 over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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There's a battery and there's a motor, but how do they work together to get you where you're going? Find out more in my "How It Works" column over at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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How do I love thee, Raptor? Let me count the ways...ridiculously capable off-road, big and brawny, and just a blast. But does the all-new Raptor out-Raptor the last-gen model? Find out in my review at AutoTrader. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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More cars from Viva Las Vegas -- that's a '51 Chevy in the photo, and while it now resides in California, some of it was built in my garage. Find out more about the cars and people at this rockabilly... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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More pictures from Viva Las Vegas, the fabulous rockabilly music and car event last weekend. Get an eyeful in my gallery at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I got happily sunburned at Viva Las Vegas 2017, an enormous rockabilly music and hot rod car show celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Check out some of the cars I saw over at my gallery at Roadkill. Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's quite a step up in price from the four-cylinder, but I like the V6-powered Passat nevertheless, and if you're going to treat yourself, it's worth a test-drive against the smaller engine. Find out more in my review at AutoTrader. Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Actually, there isn't one -- a car shouldn't be completely silent, because you need at least some noise to judge your speed and how your car is reacting to your foot on the throttle. But they do spend huge blocks... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Shopping in the subcompact market is tougher than you think, because the features are all over the map, and no model offers everything. Find out what the Toyota Yaris gives you in my review--with video--at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Many people think his book Unsafe at Any Speed was just about the Chevrolet Corvair, but Nader went after the entire auto industry, as well as the government and insurance companies. His actions didn't just result in safer cars, but... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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A Suburban is a Chevy, a Durango is a Dodge, and a Land Cruiser is a Toyota, yes? Well, it wasn't always that way! Have a look at ten car names that originally started on something else -- in my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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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 Mar 26, 2017 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 Mar 23, 2017 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 Mar 22, 2017 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