This is Jil McIntosh's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following Jil McIntosh's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
Jil McIntosh
Interests: horse racing, fountain pens, antique cars, automobiles, tattoo
Recent Activity
Image
It's not the most powerful sport-cute on the planet, but I like the way it rides and drives ... with one exception. Get the CVT, not the stick shift. Really? Really. Here's why ... over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
Image
Mazda will be gradually rolling out a new technology, G-Vectoring Control, across most of its models, but its effect is so subtle you might never even realize it's there. (The photo is the specially-equipped prototype I was driving: your car... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
Image
Mazda has unveiled a new system, coming out first on the Mazda3 and Mazda6 and then eventually on almost all vehicles, to improve handling. Called G-Vectoring Control, it's a method of weight transfer that's complicated from an engineering standpoint, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
Image
I like work vehicles, and I really like the Metris. It's a good size -- the only midsize van in the Canadian market right now -- and it does almost everything right. Find out more in my review over at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
Image
Three bucks in gas for a week? Yes, that's what it cost me to drive Hyundai's plug-in hybrid, plus whatever electricity I spent charging it up. Find out how I did it in my story over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
Image
What do Fargo, Beaumont, Meteor, Russell, and Winnipeg all have in common? They were all Canadian cars, built for the Canadian market. Find out more about "our" auto history in my Rearview Mirror column at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
Image
I love old cars with all my heart -- and my wallet! -- but just like anything else, there have been so many improvements over the years in the auto industry. I've compiled a list of some of them in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
Image
Volvo is now in the process of making itself over with new models, built on an all-new modular architecture, and a policy of four-cylinder engines only. How's that working out? Find out more about the two latest ones coming down... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
Image
It's huge but there's no room inside, it's awesome off-road but awful on it, and it's ridiculously expensive. Find out more in my review over at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
Image
If you're looking at the bargain-basement end of the new-car market, what should you be considering? There are a few contenders, but while the Chevrolet Spark isn't the sharpest-handling of the bunch, you get a considerable number of pricier-car features... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
Image
Not too big, not to small: Mercedes-Benz has opened an entirely new segment in Canada with its Metris cargo van and wagon. Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
Image
After several years of same-old same-old, Volvo has fired up the grill and is starting to turn out some pretty impressive machinery. Its first all-new model, the XC90, has had its platform and driveline tapped to turn out two more:... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
Image
That's Gita Ravindran, and she works on connectivity systems for General Motors of Canada. How do you get a job like that? Well, in Ravindran's case, you start as an aerospace engineer working on the Mars Rover. Find out more... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
Image
The more something weighs, the more energy it takes to move it around, which is why automakers are putting their cars on diets: less weight equals better fuel efficiency. Still, there's a lot more to it than just using lighter... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
Image
It can be tough being an auto reviewer these days. Almost everything on the road is of decent quality, and writing about them can often come down to nit-picking. And then, every now and again, one gets dropped in your... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
Image
Think you have to drive a hybrid or an electric car to get better fuel economy? The fact is that you can undoubtedly improve your mileage no matter what you drive, including pickup trucks or even sports cars. Last week,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
Image
That's me, after driving an Argo off the trail and right out into the water. Made in Canada, these six- or eight-wheeled off-road vehicles can pretty much go anywhere, and I sure had fun driving one around. Find out more... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
Image
Every now and again, I drive a car where nothing stands out for me, but the whole thing as a package just works. That's the Nissan Altima, which is simply a genuinely nice car to drive. Find out more in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
Image
If you think the car market is competitive, you've never checked out the work vehicle segment. Automakers have been updating or adding vans and trucks to meet the market, and there are a considerable number of choices out there. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
Image
In my new home at the National Post, I'll be writing a column each month on automotive history. My first installment is on some of the scandals surrounding diesel. Yes, your first thought was Volkswagen, but there was a massive... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
Image
Greg Carrasco, general manager of Thornhill Hyundai, doesn't approve of the way most dealerships sell cars. So his store doesn't pay commission to its salespeople, and he won't hire anyone who's worked at a dealer before. Find out more in... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
Image
Another look at the refreshed 2017 Audi A3, this time over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
Image
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 May 26, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
Image
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
Image
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