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Pickup Trucks: Some history highlights

The first motorized truck was German, GMC is older than Chevrolet, and Toyota built a truck before it was even officially an automaker. Find out more in my pickup truck history -- with video! -- at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Ford, Ram, Gm, Autos, Toyota, Dodge, Trucks, Chevrolet, Nissan, Gmc, Jil McIntosh, Four-Wheel Drive, Automotive History, Commercial Vehicles, Auto Trivia


J.D. Power's Initial Quality Study: How do the best and worst rank with others?

J.D. Power recently released its Initial Quality Survey, which asks owners and lessees of 2020 vehicles to rate them after 90 days of ownership. For the first time, a domestic automaker was on top -- and also for the first time, owners talked about Tesla. But how do those winners and losers look on other quality and reliability studies? Find out in my story at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Awards, Testing, Autos, Manufacturing, New Cars, Jil McIntosh, Luxury Vehicles


Ford's new Bronco: Off-road education will be standard equipment

Full news on the new Bronco is yet to come, but Ford has sent out some more teasers, including the news that with the purchase of any Bronco or with the Badlands trim of the Bronco Sport, you'll get an off-road driving experience thrown in (once you get yourself there, of course). Find out more, and check out some Bronco history, in my story at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Ford, Autos, Off-road Driving, Bronco, Jil McIntosh, Four-Wheel Drive, Bronco Sport


Some Canadian cars for Canada Day

Virtually all of the vehicles made in Canada right now are American or Japanese brands, but over the years, there have been various ones made or sold only in Canada -- such as Bricklin, Beaumont, and even the Ford GT. Find out more in my story at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Canada, Classic Cars, Ford, Autos, Canada Day, Jil McIntosh, Old cars, Antique Cars, Bricklin Beaumont


2021 Ford F-150: Here are some of the features

An on-board generator, a workbench tailgate, and a hybrid powertrain...these are just some of the items Ford's offering on the upcoming new F-150. Find out more about them in my story at Driving.ca. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Ford, Autos, Trucks, Jil McIntosh


In Review: 2020 Ford Transit Connect Wagon

It has three rows of seats and a fair number of features in the upper trim level, and while it's definitely not a direct competition to a minivan, the Ford Transit Connect Wagon might be an option for some. Find out more in my review at AutoTrader.ca. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Ford, Autos, Jil McIntosh, AutoTrader, Ford Transit Connect Wagon


The Top 10 car-buying anxities -- and how to deal with them

People love owning new cars, but there aren't very many of us who like buying them. Many buyers are anxious or worried, and that makes everything worse. I've rounded up some of the top issues buyers have, and ways to deal with them, in my story at AutoTrader.ca. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, New Cars, Dealerships, Jil McIntosh, AutoTrader


Your car got flooded -- now what?

If it's bad enough it will end up as scrap, but there are some things you can do to save a car that's gotten wet. Find out more in my story over at AutoTrader.ca. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Safety, Insurance, Maintenance, Autos, Jil McIntosh, Auto Repair, AutoTrader


In Review: 2020 Toyota Sienna

Minivans have fallen out of favor, and that's a shame because they are superior people-movers. Of those that are left, Toyota's Sienna has a lot to offer...find out more in my review at AutoTrader.ca. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Toyota, Sienna, Jil McIntosh, Minivans, AutoTrader


First Look at the 2021 Ford F-150

Normally I'd be standing in the crowd, looking at the truck in person as the wraps come off it, but because of COVID-19 it was all done digitally. Find out more about the new 2021 Ford F-150 with my story and video over at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Ford, Autos, Trucks, Jil McIntosh


In Review: 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid

It's hard to beat the Camry for pleasant performance and a comfortable interior, and the Hybrid ups that with even better fuel economy...but of course with a price premium for the technology. Find out more in my review at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Toyota, Hybrids, Jil McIntosh


What do vehicle value awards mean to you?

A few companies hand them out, and automakers use them in their advertising -- but exactly how should they guide your buying decisions? Find out what they're for, and how to use them, in my story at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Awards, Testing, Used Cars, Autos, Dealerships, Jil McIntosh


Toronto gets ready for the first drive-in Van Gogh art exhibit

A multi-media exhibit of Van Gogh's work was long-planned for Toronto, but then the COVID-19 shutdowns meant no one could walk through to see it. And that's when the organizers got the idea for people to drive in to see it -- with a few vehicle restrictions, so you can't go in a van to see Van Gogh. Find out more in my story at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Toronto, Autos, Van Gogh, Jil McIntosh


How It Works: Electric Vehicle Skateboard Chassis

Electric vehicles offer automakers new ways to put a car together, and one of those is with a skateboard chassis. The driveline components are integrated into it, and the battery becomes part of the floor -- making it easier to assemble and to use in as many vehicles as possible. Find out more in my "How It Works" column at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Technology, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Jil McIntosh


In Review: 2020 Toyota Tundra

It's undergone so few mechanical changes over the years that it's pretty much bulletproof, but that lack of new technology also means the Tundra is a pretty thirsty beast. Find out more in my review over at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Toyota, Trucks, National Post, Jil McIntosh


Ten auto innovations that flopped

Automakers are always trying new things, and while many of them turn out to be hits, there are a few that make it to market but then don't make it in the market. How about retractable steering wheels, heartbeat sensors, or in-car record players? Find out more in my story at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Technology, Safety, Ford, Gm, Autos, Chrysler, Audi, Nissan, Just For Fun, Car Crashes, Jil McIntosh, Automotive Design, Automotive History, McLaughlin-Buick


In Review: 2020 Toyota Prius Prime

You don't plug in the regular Prius hybrid, but you have that option with the Prius Prime, and when you do, you get about 40 kilometres of completely fuel-free driving. Find out more in my review over at AutoTRADER.ca. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Toyota, Hybrids, Jil McIntosh


In Review: 2020 Toyota Prius AWD-e

The AWD-e means the all-wheel system is electric, and provides some extra traction on acceleration and in slippery conditions. Find out how it works -- including a video -- in my review over at Driving.ca. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Toyota, Hybrids, Jil McIntosh


And now...our Driving.ca blooper reel

I work with a very talented bunch of folks at Driving.ca, and we make a lot of videos. But sometimes those two do not go hand-in-hand ... so this time around, check out the blooper reel. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Just For Fun, Jil McIntosh


In Review: 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Toyota's compact Corolla can be configured for those who prefer a hatch to a trunk, and the Corolla Hatchback is a decent little driver with lots of features. There are a couple of downsides, but I like this little car...and you can find out more in my review at AutoTRADER.ca. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Toyota, Jil McIntosh, AutoTrader


In Review: 2020 Toyota Tacoma

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 AutoTRADER.ca. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Toyota, Trucks, Tacoma, Jil McIntosh, AutoTrader


When automakers didn't make cars

Auto companies may be making medical supplies for the COVID-19 pandemic, but it won't be the first time they've produced something other than cars. During the two World Wars, they produced a variety of military supplies. Find out more in my "Rearivew Mirror" column at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History, Rearivew Mirror


In Review: 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

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 AutoTRADER.ca. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Volkswagen, Jil McIntosh, AutoTrader


In Review: 2020 Kia Sportage

Small sport-utes are all the rage with buyers, and overall, Kia makes a pretty decent one. But there's one aspect where it lags behind most of its competitors -- and you can find out what that is in my review at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Kia, Kia Sportage, Jil McIntosh


In Review: 2020 Volvo V60 Cross-Country

I love this wagon for its fantastic good looks, its sweet driving feel, and the fact that it's practical without being an SUV. But then there's that screen in the centre of the dash, and it all falls apart. Find out what I mean in my review over at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Volvo, National Post, Jil McIntosh


In Review: 2020 Land Rover Range Rover

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 AutoTRADER.ca. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Land Rover, Jil McIntosh, AutoTrader


Cleaning your car for COVID-19

These are scary days, and the virus could be anywhere -- including in your vehicle. You need to clean the surfaces, but many products are harsh and can cause damage. Find out how to do it right in my story at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Jil McIntosh


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

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 AutoTRADER.ca. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Used Cars, Autos, Jil McIntosh, AutoTrader


In Review: 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel

You used to have to go quarter- or one-ton to get a diesel, but now the three domestic automakers all put them in half-tons -- and I think Chevy's version is the smoothest of the three. But do the math before you choose, and for that, check out my story and video at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Chevy, Trucks, Chevrolet, Diesel, Jil McIntosh


In Review: 2020 Lincoln Aviator

The new Aviator is a fine little beast overall: it's powerful but smooth, and returns a comfortable ride. But there are some down sides, including optional and very fancy seats that are just a little too much at times. Find out more in my review at AutoTRADER.ca. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Autos, Lincoln, Jil McIntosh, AutoTrader