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. In Review: 2020 Buick Encore GX

    Jil McIntosh

    In an odd bit of marketing management, Buick's new Encore GX isn't a trim level on its well-known Encore, but an entirely new model. It's handsome, roomy and comfortable, but there are a few items that could use some tweaks ... find out in my review at

  2. In Review: 2020 Mazda CX-9

    Jil McIntosh

    If you're into three-row sport-utes, give this one a test-drive. It's a great driver and has a lot of features, but be sure to check seat comfort when you do. Find out why in my review over at

  3. First Look: 2021 Ford Bronco

    Jil McIntosh

    There's no question Ford's reborn icon looks the part, and the Bronco packs a ton of tricks to out-wrangle the Wrangler

  4. How the numbers stack up between the 2021 Ford Bronco and Jeep Wrangler

    Jil McIntosh

    The Blue Oval aimed its hot new SUV at the iconic Jeep 4x4 with sniper levels of precision, so how do the two compare on paper?

  5. How trucks went from bare-bones workhorses to modern luxury-liners

    Jil McIntosh

    We take a brief look at the evolution of today's pickups, brand by brand

  6. These 7 paradoxes of the automotive world might just blow your mind

    Jil McIntosh

    The weight of gas, the power for pulling, and why can't a sports car go as fast as you want?

  7. How trucks went from bare-bones workhorses to modern luxury-liners

    Jil McIntosh

    We take a brief look at the evolution of today's pickups, brand by brand

  8. 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

  9. How It Works: Electric Vehicle Skateboard Chassis

    Jil McIntosh

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

  10. 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?

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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