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Jil McIntosh
Interests: horse racing, fountain pens, antique cars, automobiles, tattoo
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There's no denying that Lexus has turned out a sports sedan that really is sporty, but it's missing a bit in the luxury department. Find out more in my story over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at WomanOnWheels.ca
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They're more than just a smooth ride: they help keep your car under control. And they do wear out, which can be dangerous if they're not replaced. Find out more in my "How It Works" column at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Automakers often have to cater to a wide audience, and in addition to offering upscale models, they'll often build down to a budget as well. Check out my gallery of affordable automobiles, old and new, over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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There are a lot of very good competitors in the compact car segment, but the one that's the most fun to drive is the Mazda3. And it comes in a hatchback, which I like even better. Find out more in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Also sold as the Scion FR-S (soon to be renamed the Toyota 86), Subaru's BRZ is a rear-drive coupe that's more fun than you should be having for the price. Find out more in my review at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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They may look like simple guard rails, but they're actually very highly engineered, and there are several different types depending on what's needed. Find out more in my "How It Works" column in the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Normally, I don't use this space for politics. But I'm breaking with tradition here, because I'm not happy about what I'm seeing. Not the election result itself -- I'm definitely not happy about that, and yes, I voted -- but about how those on the other side are handling it. First off: Yes, he's your president. I don't like it any more than you do, but that's how democracy (or, at least, the electoral college votes) works. If Hillary had won and Trump's supporters were moaning that "she isn't my president," I doubt you'd be sympathetic. He had the higher... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at Jil McIntosh: Rude, Lewd & Tattooed
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The big SEMA aftermarket show in Las Vegas is actually an automotive trade show, but when it's all about showing off your stuff and drawing people to your booth, wild cars are the ticket. Here are some that I saw,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's possibly the world's largest auto aftermarket show, now celebrating its 50th year, and it's where manufacturers show off their products, and trade buyers decide what will go into stores. But it's also a wild car show as well. Find... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Nissan's all-electric car gets a new battery for 2016, giving it longer range. A battery-powered car still isn't for everyone, but those extra kilometres might be the tipping point for some. Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It has a couple of issues, as do all vehicles, but overall it's a great driver. And that mirror is actually a video feed. Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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He didn't invent the automobile or the assembly line, but he made both the cornerstone of transportation. His stubborn nature helped his company but also hurt it. And he's still, to this day, possibly the most famous person ever in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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While I hope I stay humble, it's also encouraging -- and exciting! -- to be recognized for the hours I spent at this desk. In this year's writing awards from the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), I won Journalist... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Move over, SRX. Cadillac's midsize sport-ute is now the all-new XT5, and it's quite the vehicle. Find out more in my review at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The Prius has been redesigned, but its smaller Prius C sibling and larger Prius V carried on mostly unchanged for 2017. Find out more about this hybrid wagon in my review at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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After you press the pedal, what happens to make your car stop? It's all about using friction to stop a spinning object, which means parts wear down and you need to look after them to stay safe. Find out more... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Very few automakers produce only a single brand anymore. Many mainstream companies have added luxury models, while others are getting into electric mobility. Find out more in my photo gallery at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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There was a lot to see this year, including the coolest thing ever, a full-sized pedal car! See more at my photo gallery over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's actually an electric car that makes its own power while it's driving. Find out more in my "How It Works" column at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's believed to be the largest antique auto swap meet in the world, and even though many people buy their parts online these days, it still attracts fans from around the world--including me. Find out more in my story over... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Lead can be deadly to humans, but for decades, we spewed it out of tailpipes, spilled it on the ground, and let it leak into waterways. Find out the history of leaded gasoline and what finally ended its reign in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Never mind the election debates; if you want to start some fireworks, ask truck fans if Honda's Ridgeline is a "real truck." Well, it is different from what they're used to driving, but for a large number of truck buyers,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The greasy bits haven't changed from 2016, but Nissan's smallest SUV receives some styling updates, some interior tweaks, and some new features for the coming year (along with a hybrid, but alas, Canadians won't be getting that one, at least... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The U.S. automakers have turned out some of the world's finest cars, but they've also created more than a few that don't really qualify for the title. Check 'em out in my photo gallery at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's big and blingy, and you'll have to bring cash, but that's quite the engine under that hood. Find out more in my review at the National Post. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at WomanOnWheels.ca