2019 Ford Edge. Photo: Ford

This week my snowy driveway is brightened by a ruby red metallic Ford Edge Titanium midsize crossover utility.

What's new: The 2019 Edge now comes with Ford's 250-hp, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine, and a new 8-speed transmission.

  • The optional all-wheel drive system uses AI to detect various driving conditions and automatically shift between 2-wheel and all-wheel drive for improved fuel economy when extra traction is not needed.

Safety stuff: Like Honda and Toyota, Ford has decided to make advanced safety features standard on many of its models.

  • The Edge is the first to get Ford's new Co-Pilot360 suite of safety features.
  • That includes tech that can automatically apply the brakes if you don't respond in time and can nudge you back into your lane if you drift.
  • It can also identify and steer into parallel and perpendicular parking spots.
  • An optional Assist+ package adds adaptive cruise control and lane centering, which allows you to take your hands off the wheel for up to 10 seconds.
  • Its new Evasive Steering Assist feature will even bolster your defensive steering maneuvers to ensure you react appropriately.

The bottom line: It's an impressive list of safety technology in a mainstream brand vehicle that costs between $31,000 and $45,000.

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