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 its; at; 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. Here's why you're not getting a self-driving car anytime soon

    Jil McIntosh

    Someone recently told me he plans to buy a completely self-driving car when they're available five years or so from now. Yeah. Why won't that happen? Find out in my opinion piece over at

  2. First Look: 2023 Mazda CX-50

    Jil McIntosh

    Toyota has sold 50 million Corollas over the years, so it must be doing something right. What about for 2022? Find out in my review over at

  3. In Review: 2022 Toyota Corolla

    Jil McIntosh

    Toyota has sold 50 million Corollas over the years, so it must be doing something right. What about for 2022? Find out in my review over at

  4. First Drive: 2021 Ford Escape PHEV

    Jil McIntosh

    Plug-in hybrids (PHEV) might be the answer for a lot of drivers: They offer all-electric mode, but without range anxiety. Ford adds a plug to its 2021 Escape for the first time - see what it's all about in my story at

  5. First Drive: 2022 Nissan Frontier

    Jil McIntosh

    It's been a long time coming, but the 2022 Nissan Frontier is finally here, and for those who want a midsize truck, it was worth the wait. Find out more in my "First Drive" review over at

  6. In Review: 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

    Jil McIntosh

    I usually hand back a test vehicle and look forward to the next one, but I was reluctant to return the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport. It's bigger than I personally need, but it's extremely roomy and comfortable, and a pleasure to drive. Find out more in my review at

  7. Pickup Review: 2021 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition

    Jil McIntosh


  8. Ahead of the Curve: 6 things Cadillac did before anyone else

    Jil McIntosh


  9. In Review: 2021 Toyota Camry AWD

    Jil McIntosh

    Many drivers go for an SUV because they want all-wheel drive, and so some manufacturers are putting it in sedans, including Toyota's Camry AWD. It's a smooth and comfortable driver, but pricier than some of its all-wheel rivals. Find out more in my review at

  10. Should you sell your car now when prices are soaring?

    Jil McIntosh

    What are some of the hottest vehicles right now? Used ones, believe it or not - thanks to pandemic-related shortages of new vehicles, pre-owned ones are through the roof. So should you cash in on these historic high prices with your own vehicle? Check out these tips in my story...

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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.

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