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Jil McIntosh
Interests: horse racing, fountain pens, antique cars, automobiles, tattoo
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Every automaker does extreme-weather testing, and for GM, much of that happens in Kapuskasing, in northern Ontario. What's it like to freeze your fingers making sure everything works right? Find out in my story at the National Post (Driving.ca). Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2021 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Before you sign on the dotted line, there are things to consider with an SUV, such as whether it's got two-, all-, or four-wheel drive; how well it handles cargo; and what you need it to do. Find out more in my tips-for-buying story at AutoTRADER.ca. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2021 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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So far for 2021, it looks like Ford and Ram are split down the middle on the awards for best truck. So what exactly have they won, and more importantly, how are they selected? Find out more in my story at the National Post (Driving.ca). Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2021 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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There are a lot of features you take for granted on your car, such as keyless entry, and some mysteries - why do some windows go down automatically but not up, or why am I paying for air at the gas station? Find out in my "How It Works" column... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2021 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Right now, Ford's offering the only "full" hybrid pickup in the market, meaning it can drive on its battery alone. You can't cruise fuel-free all that much, but it has some advantages - including an on-board generator that'll do some serious work. Find out more in my story and video... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2021 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Do you know how the gas pump knows to shut off, or why you shouldn't use your cell phone at the pump, or why the price is nine-tenths of a cent? Find out in my "How It Works" column at the National Post (Driving.ca). Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2021 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The Kia Sportage is a fun-to-drive little thing, with an intelligent price to match, although it does have a couple of little flaws. Find out more in my review at AutoTRADER.ca. Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2021 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Add some options onto a high-trim truck, and you can get into the stratosphere pretty quickly - but what about if you want to spend at the other end? Check out Canada's least-expensive trucks in my story at the National Post (Driving.ca). Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2021 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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I enjoyed my time with the Subaru Impreza; it could have used a bit more power, but I found it practical, fun-to-drive, and good on gas. Check out the particulars in my review at AutoTRADER.ca. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2021 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Women buy a lot of cars, but there are times when it seems like auto manufacturers don't actually think about it. So over the years, along with some highlights, there have been more than a few misses when they try to appeal to us. See what they are in my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2021 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The Toyota Camry Hybrid feels like a conventional car, and I mean that as a compliment. For many people, that's the key to going to gas-electric. Find out more in my review at AutoTRADER.ca. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2021 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Lexus' smallest SUV/crossover, the UX, also comes as a hybrid, and that's what I drove. It has some very good points, but also some down sides ... find out more in my review at AutoTRADER.ca. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2021 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's big and it's thirsty, but it's the epitome of luxury and with some very impressive (as well as some very distracting) technology. Find out all about Cadillac's biggest SUV in my review at the National Post (Driving.ca). Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2021 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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You've just taken delivery of your vehicle, and whether it's brand-new or new-to-you, there are some things you should do to make sure all is well. Find out what they are in my story at AutoTRADER.ca. Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2021 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's not a Wrangler, and it doesn't look like it could do the job, but the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk is actually very off-road capable - and then very well-mannered once it's back on the asphalt. Find out more in my review at AutoTRADER.ca. Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2021 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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You might be forgiven for not realizing the Nissan Frontier is still around - the current-generation truck was introduced in 2005. But the 2022 model should change all that, and you can find out more in my "First Look" at the National Post (Driving.ca). Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2021 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Once the all-new 2021 Ford F-150 came out, we knew the Raptor wouldn't be far behind, and now it's broken ground. It's just a virtual look right now, but find out what's what in my story at the National Post (Driving.ca). Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2021 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Wash, rinse, repeat. Car wash videos are surprisingly popular on YouTube, and especially with children with autism. That's what prompted one father to create Reviews By Vince, where he shows how his cars get squeaky-clean. Find out more in my story at the National Post (Driving.ca). Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2021 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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J.D. Power is a powerhouse today, but the enormous company started at a kitchen table ... and you won't believe who the "Associates" in J.D. Power & Associates were. Find out in my story over at the National Post (Driving.ca). Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2021 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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In this corner, we have the 2021 Jeep Gladiator Mojave, and in the other, the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. Which one is the comparison winner? My colleague Clayton Seams and I take them both off-road to find out -- check out our story and video at Driving.ca. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2021 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Modern cars can come with all sorts of high-tech safety assist functions, but they're not infallible. They can be confused or rendered temporarily inoperative by bad weather or some lane markings, and may be permanently put out of business if your collision shop doesn't repair your vehicle properly after a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2021 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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It's rough and tough, and off-road, the Colorado ZR2 does exactly what Chevy says it will. Find out more in my review at AutoTRADER.ca. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2021 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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Genesis has three sedans, and like the Three Bears, the G70 is cramped in the rear seat, the G90 is bigger and pricier than most people need, and the G80 is just right. Find out more in my review at AutoTRADER.ca. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2021 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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While so many automakers are getting away from small cars, Nissan is jumping in, and now there's a new Versa sedan. It's a winner, too - find out more in my first-drive review at AutoTRADER.ca. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2021 at WomanOnWheels.ca
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The Tundra is an elderly design, but that's likely also part of why it consistently rakes in high reliability scores -- the company's had lots of time to get it right. And there are a lot of things that are right about this truck, along with a few weak points.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2021 at WomanOnWheels.ca