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. The history of early electric cars

    Jil McIntosh

    Automakers are offering several different all-electric models these days, but they're nothing new. In 1900, the best-selling car in the United States was powered by batteries. So what happened? It all traces back to a broken jaw...find out more in my story at

  2. Rearview Mirror: British automakers “Brexited” long ago

    Jil McIntosh

    Britain's automakers were bought out by larger companies based in other countries, though most still build their cars in England

  3. Pickup Review: 2019 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 TRD Pro

    Jil McIntosh

    It lives up to its looks, but be prepared for the price


  4. How It Works: Trailer towing assist systems

    Jil McIntosh

    A bevy of new high-tech features are making towing easier than ever


  5. What does "premium recommended" mean?

    Jil McIntosh

    Most vehicles will have a label saying they require either regular-grade or premium fuel, but you'll occasionally come across one that says "premium recommended." So what grade should you choose? Find out in my story at

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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.

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