Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford Edge VS 2017 Nissan Murano Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 Ford Edge

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2017 Nissan Murano

Safety Comparison

The rear seatbelts optional on the Edge inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Murano doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Edge Titanium/Sport’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Murano doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Edge offers optional 911 Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Murano doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Edge and the Murano have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Nissan Murano:

 

Edge

Murano

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Nissan Murano:

 

Edge

Murano

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

71

97

Chest Movement

.6 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

118 G’s

162 G’s

Hip Force

281 lbs.

354 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

114

212

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

297

328

Hip Force

585 lbs.

681 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Edge has a standard 590-amp battery. The Murano’s 550-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 35 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 240) than the Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6. The Edge’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 20 more horsepower (280 vs. 260) and 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (250 vs. 240) than the Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6. The Edge Sport’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 55 more horsepower (315 vs. 260) and 110 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 240) than the Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Edge Sport 2.7 turbo V6 is faster than the Nissan Murano:

 

Edge

Murano

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.9 MPH

91.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Edge SE 2.0 ECOBoost FWD offers an optional system to automatically turn off the engine when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Murano doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Edge has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Murano doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the Murano (245/60R18 vs. 235/65R18). The Edge Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Murano (265/40R21 vs. 235/65R18).

The Edge SE/SEL’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Murano’s standard 65 series tires. The Edge Sport’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Murano Platinum’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge Sport offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Murano’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Edge has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Murano’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Edge’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Murano doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .87 G’s, while the Murano Platinum AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Edge Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure-Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the Murano Platinum AWD (26.2 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Edge is 4.7 inches shorter than the Murano, making the Edge easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Edge Sport uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Murano doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 5.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Murano (113.9 vs. 108.1).

The Edge has .3 inches more front headroom, 2.1 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 1.9 inches more rear legroom, 2.3 inches more rear hip room and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Murano.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Murano with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 32.1 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Murano with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 67 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Edge easier. The Edge’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29 inches, while the Murano’s liftover is 30.7 inches.

The Edge’s cargo area is larger than the Murano’s in almost every dimension:

 

Edge

Murano

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.5”/73.5”

37”/74.4”

Min Width

45.1”

45”

Height

34.4”

33.7”

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Edge’s available cargo door can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Murano doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows standard on both the Edge and the Murano have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Edge is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Murano prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s exterior keypad. The Murano doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Edge SE/SEL’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Murano S’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Edge Titanium/Sport’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Murano SV/SL/Platinum’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Edge Titanium/Sport detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Murano doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Murano offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Murano doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Edge Sport’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Murano doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Edge owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Edge will cost $70 to $1440 less than the Murano over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Edge is less expensive to operate than the Murano because typical repairs cost less on the Edge than the Murano, including $10 less for front brake pads, $47 less for a starter, $193 less for fuel injection, $70 less for a fuel pump and $21 less for front struts.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Edge will be $496 to $862 less than for the Nissan Murano.

Recommendations Comparison

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Ford Edge, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Edge second among midsize suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Murano isn’t in the top three.

The Ford Edge outsold the Nissan Murano by 67% during the 2016 model year.

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