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Jil McIntosh
Interests: horse racing, fountain pens, antique cars, automobiles, tattoo
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Minivans aren't all that popular anymore, but they should be: they can be far more practical than an SUV or crossover. Find out more in my review at Metro. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's big and bulky, but Ford's done such a good job on the handling that the new 2015 Expedition actually felt agile on a twisty mountain road. Yes, seriously! Read more in my story over at the Toronto Star. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Driveway sealing has a bit of a bum rap with many homeowners, primarily because there are a lot of semi-shady characters knocking on doors with an offer to do the job "because we have some left over from the job... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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When the top goes down on any vehicle, all is good. Find out more about this particular one in my review over at Autofocus! Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I have to admit that when I first drove an electric car, I thought they were primarily little puddle-jumpers suitable for people who didn't go anywhere. Having driven several, I now realize that while they're certainly not for everyone, they're... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's big, it's heavy, but ye gods, it's fun. And yes, that Shaker hood scoop should be called the Trembler when you put it on a fuel-injected engine instead of a rumbly old Hemi, but ye gods, it's fun. Hey,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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All models are now four-cylinder, the interior's vastly better, and the spare tire's under the cargo floor. Find out more about the Toyota RAV4 in my review over at Metro. Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Companies stay profitable by giving customers what they want. So which one of you demanded a self-driving car? Who figured they wanted a vehicle with a steering wheel that they'd never touch? Really - which one of you is to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The FJ Cruiser was never meant to be - it was a show concept that went into production - but it turned out to be quite the success. It's bowing out now at the end of the 2014 model year,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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"I heard gunfire, but I thought it was a car backfiring!" the witness cries out on camera to the news reporter. "You've probably never heard a car backfire in your life!" I yell at the television screen. And then I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Almost 75 years later, Jeep's still got it going. It's rough, it's bouncy, it's choppy, and that is certainly not a criticism. Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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There's an art to wringing more horsepower out of an engine, including using such items as turbochargers or free-flow exhaust. Find out more in my Driving Force column in Metro. Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The truck-torque-tow wars are in full swing, and this time around it's Ford's Super Duty. Go to the biggest, and you can essentially drive the equivalent of half a tractor trailer. Find out more in my story over at the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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There are things you should do, before and during delivery, to protect yourself when you're buying a used car ... even if it's from a dealer. Find out what they are in my story over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Turbocharged engine and two fewer doors? Check and check, so let's take this car for a spin over at Autofocus! Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's a very exciting time to be a truck fan, as the manufacturers are constantly updating their vehicles to keep an edge in this white-hot market. Find out what GM has done with its trucks in my review over at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Ever heard the phrase, "What's the worst that can happen?" Well, when you're driving, that could include a crash, a fire, a flat tire, or your brakes failing. If you're not sure what to do in these emergencies, check out... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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In many cases, your car is "telling" you it needs repair, but you need to know how to speak its language. Come and see some common symptoms, and what you need to do when they show up, over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The Transit Connect essentially kick-started the compact work van segment, and now there's a new one that's even better than the original. Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Manufacturers generally bring out a new model, and then "refresh" it after a couple of years ... but it's a far bigger job than you might think. Find out more in my Driving Force column in Metro. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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"We're bringing 26 cars out of the museum," said Dodge on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. "Would you like to come?" "I'd love to see them," I said. "Oh, no," Dodge said. "You get to drive them." So go... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's redesigned, it has a great new turbocharged engine, and it's nice to drive. But is there $28,000-plus in a compact hatch? Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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... and not every car model started out the way it ended up. Find out how ten automakers switched lanes in my photo gallery over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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They've fallen out of favor with a lot of buyers, who have moved over to crossovers or SUVs, but you still can't beat them for moving people and cargo. Read my review of the Honda Odyssey at Metro. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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That depends on a number of factors - what you're towing or hauling, what features you want, and what cab configuration works best for you. Read more in my story over at the Toronto Star. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca