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Jil McIntosh
Interests: horse racing, fountain pens, antique cars, automobiles, tattoo
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At AJAC's Canadian Car of the Year testing, I was asked to pick my top truck and yap about it on video. So head over to the Toronto Star and have a look! Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I recently visited Chengdu for the Michelin Bibendum Challenge, and I'll have lots on that in upcoming stories. But in the meantime, here's a look at some of the automotive sights that I saw ... check it out over at... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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There's more to gasoline than just refined petroleum. Each gasoline company also adds a proprietary blend of additives and detergents to stabilize it and help keep the engine clean. Find out more in my Driving Force column over at Metro. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I was a judge in the Canadian Truck King Challenge, which this year added a new category of commercial vans. We drove them empty, put heavy loads in them, and finally, spun them around some very tight turns and through... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's actually a question I really don't like answering, because pickup trucks are unique among vehicles: the segment has to address a huge number of needs, from people who need them to tow large trailers, to those who just want... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's big and it's comfy, and it drives quite well: if you're looking for a minivan substitute, the Buick Enclave might fit the bill. But there's still too much hard plastic for the price. Find out more in my review... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The SEMA show - the huge aftermarket trade event in Las Vegas - is primarily about auto parts and accessories. But they have to go on cars, and so there are lots of them as well ... and some of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Well, Christmas has started, it seems. It's November 17, but actually, I've been dealing with Santa and his minions since before Hallowe'en, when the stores started putting out the trees and the lights. And since it's only mid-November, that means that social media is already all ablaze with people whining about how it's "Merry Christmas, not Happy Holidays," and how they're not allowed to repeat the fabled phrase. Depending on the person complaining, it's a either plot against them by (a) Muslims, (b) atheists, or (c) the politically correct. Sometimes it's all three, because dammit, they're out to get me!... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Jil McIntosh: Rude, Lewd & Tattooed
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If you've never heard of SEMA, here's the scoop: it's a huge trade show in Las Vegas where anything and everything for cars is on display, in the hopes that stores and shops will carry them. I have the sore... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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A new face and interior update the Yaris, which has always been a pretty good little car for the cash. Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Your car's paint might look like a single layer, but there are actually numerous coats under the shine. Find out more in my Driving Force column over at Metro. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The last-generation Transit Connect essentially started the compact purpose-built commercial vehicle segment, and I like the all-new version even better. Find out more in my review over at Metro. Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Sometimes automakers have good ideas ... or, in some cases, just ideas ... that aren't quite ready for prime time. Because of technical difficulties, styling, or just being offered at the wrong time, there are many cars that just didn't... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Car insurance can be confusing, what with all the terms, the coverage, and optional add-ons. I have a list of what to ask when you're talking to your broker. See more over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The upscale version of the Dodge Grand Caravan, the Town & Country is poised to become Chrysler's only minivan as the company moves its Dodge division over to performance. I took one on a trip and was impressed with its... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive isn't the first car you picture when you hear "sports car," but it can out-accelerate many of them - at least for a little while - thanks to the nature of electric motors. Find out... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's good-looking, it drives well, and it has a turbo engine: the Kia Forte5 has really come along. Find out more in my review over at Metro. Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The Sonata is all-new for 2015, and I drove the top-end model, the turbocharged 2.0T Ultimate. A nice ride and lots for the money, but there are some down sides too. Find out more in my review over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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You may think "chocolate" when you hear Hershey, but to old-car enthusiasts, it's the giant automotive flea market and car show. And of course I was there! Have a look over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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When you get into your vehicle, you probably just toss your phone or place your cup into the proper cubbies and think nothing of it. But someone's putting a lot of thought into storage spaces in cars, including how to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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As far as driving and handling goes, I think it is, but Ford could face a tough sell with some drivers for its all-aluminum body. Find out more in my review over at the Toronto Star. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It may not look radically different from the 2014 model, but the changes are big: a weight loss of up to 700 pounds, thanks to an all-aluminum body and lightweight steel frame. There's a new smaller engine and a host... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I work in the automotive world, where a single crooked stitch on a luxury car's dash can send a customer reeling with the vapours. But every now and again, I have to dip my toe into other worlds, and I'm left just shaking my head. I got a new cell phone. A flip phone, mind you, because I'm not quite into the 21st century yet. I don't make very many calls, so I never noticed that it wasn't displaying the correct time until I tried to use it as an alarm clock on a recent trip. It wouldn't pick up... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at Jil McIntosh: Rude, Lewd & Tattooed
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Rental fleet fodder? Think again - the Malibu may not be the most stylish car out there, but it impressed me with the way it performs. Find out more over at Autofocus. Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at WomanOnWheels.ca