McIntosh, Jil


Autofocus, Autosphere, Old Autos, National Post, Post Driving, Automotive News Canada,


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I've been writing about cars since 1983, and my work appears in a variety of places. I review new vehicles, write feature articles, and write about old cars.

You can catch me regularly in the National Post and; at (formerly Autos); in the antique-car newspaper Old Autos; in Automotive News Canada; and in the industry magazines Tire News, AutoJournal and Fleet Digest. For many years I was also the Assistant Editor for (formerly

I was a contributor to the Toronto Star's Wheels section beginning in 1987, and for Metro since 2009, until those outlets dropped their freelance writers in 2016.

I also write on other subjects. I'm a contributor to Pen World, a U.S.-based magazine for fountain pen collectors. In the past, I've also written about cocktails and collecting for Sharp magazine, on rural living for Rural Delivery magazine, and for Harrowsmith, Maclean's, Where New Orleans, Collision Management, Cars & Parts, and Canadian Street Rodder.

Join me on my website at, where you can find a link to all of my online car reviews and some of my stories.

Recent Articles:

  1. From Best to Worst: a closer look at J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study

    Jil McIntosh

    Here's how some of the top and bottom brands and how they ranked in other surveys

  2. How It Works: Electric Vehicle Skateboard Chassis

    Jil McIntosh

    These self-contained platforms will be key to efficiently building electric vehicles

  3. Rearview Mirror: The 10 coolest car innovations that never caught on

    Jil McIntosh

    Downward doors, nuclear power, and a pull-back steering wheel: What's not to love?

  4. In Review: 2020 Toyota Tacoma

    Jil McIntosh

    For 2020, the Tacoma's choices slim down a bit: the four-cylinder is gone, and all models are 4x4 only. But it's still obvious why it's a popular little truck, and you can find out more in my review at

  5. SUV Review: 2020 Kia Sportage

    Jil McIntosh

    The Kia Sportage is a decent little driver, but prepare to be dinged at the pumps

  6. In Review: 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

    Jil McIntosh

    Volkswagen's Tiguan has always been a favorite of mine: it drives well, its seats are supportive, and it's a nice size. And that stays the same, as long as you don't opt for my tester's pricey and pointless third-row seat. Find out more in my review at

  7. SUV Review: 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country

    Jil McIntosh

    The Volvo V60 Cross Country is a wonderful car to pilot, but why isn't the infotainment considered distracted driving?

  8. Buying or selling a car? Here's how to protect yourself

    Jil McIntosh

    You have to watch for payment scams, for vehicles that aren't as advertised, and even for your own personal safety if you're privately selling or buying a car. Find out more in my story at

  9. In Review: 2020 Land Rover Range Rover

    Jil McIntosh

    It's big, it's powerful, and it's comfortable, but heaven help you if you want to work most of its functions, because you have to go through a ridiculously complicated screen. Find out more in my review at

  10. The woman’s guide to shopping for a car that’s right for you

    Jil McIntosh

    Women have their own requirements for comfort, safety, and utility, and the vehicle has to meet them

About our members

The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) is an association of professional journalists, writers and photographers whose focus is the automobile and the automotive industry. The majority of our journalists test-drive, and report on, new vehicles on an on-going basis in various media across the country.

We offer our expertise to consumers in a variety of ways so that they may benefit from our journalists' professional experience.

If you have a question about automobiles, we encourage you to read our journalists' articles in newspapers and magazines, listen to their radio programs or watch their television shows all across Canada.

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