The 2015 Ford Edge and 2015 Nissan Murano have been redesigned for the 2015 model year. While at first glance the changes may appear subtle, both models have big increases in fuel economy and space with less weight.
These two models have been going head to head for over a decade so with the 2015 changes, we compare the Edge and the Murano head to head for consumers that are interested in a sleek, stylish, midsize crossover to see what they have to offer.
Engines & Power
For the first time, the 2015 Edge comes standard with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost 245 horsepower engine with an impressive 270 pound-feet of torque. The engine previously standard in the Edge, the 3.5-liter 285 horsepower V6 is still available as an option. The 3.7-liter V6 seen previously in the Edge Sport, which produced 305 horsepower, is no longer available.
For top-of-the-line Edge Sport models, there’s a new 2.7-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 producing an estimated 320 horsepower. The Edge also has a 3,500 pound towing capacity with all-wheel drive.
The Murano soldiers on with the 3.5-liter 265 horsepower V6 and there is no optional engine. The Murano is also rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds.
Trim Levels & Interior Features
Both the 2015 Ford Edge and 2015 Nissan Murano come in four trim lines to offer customers a range of options to fit their needs and budget. All trim lines feature seating for 5 passengers and ample space. The convertible version of the Murano, the CrossCabriolet is no longer offered.
Inside the 2015 Ford Edge artificial wood is used for the trim, while the Nissan Murano uses natural real wood. This helps to lend a more sophisticated look to the Nissan Murano. However, the Ford Edge offers a touch screen that is almost 3 inches larger, which provides more usability.
The Ford Edge and Nissan Murano both offer plenty of space to comfortably seat five and carry cargo. The space is just configured differently between the two models. The Ford Edge has more space in the rear, while the Nissan Murano has more room up in the front cab area.
Both models have really stepped up in rear cargo room for 2015. The 2015 Murano is 2.5 inches longer than the 2014 Murano and cargo space behind the second row of seats jumps an impressive 7.8 cubic feet. The Edge also improved in this department, increasing rear cargo by 7 cubic feet.
When it comes to fuel efficiency, the Edge has a significant advantage with the new 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost. Without sacrificing accelerated, the Edge is rated at 22-mpg city and 31-mpg highway. The 2015 Murano hasn’t changed in output or displacement but it’s engine has been redesigned for less internal fraction and greater efficiency.
The Murano was already know for its sleek shape but Nissan designers and engineers really took it up a notch for 2015. The Murano’s coefficient drag was reduced substantially from 0.37 to 0.31. The new head and tail-lights helped get these numbers down and enhance laminar flow.
The 2015 Murano is estimated to get 20-mpg city and 26-mpg highway, impressive gains from 2014. But the Edge is the clear winner in this department.
For historical comparison, the 2014 Ford Edge with the 3.5-liter V6 was rated at 18/25 and the 2014 Murano was rated at 18/23.
Both new 2015 models of the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano stack up comparably in terms of weight and size. The Ford Edge is slightly wider (by almost 2 inches) and slightly heavier (by 31 lbs); however, the Nissan Murano is longer by 5.7 inches. While the height and weight differences are not noticeable, the length difference is felt slightly in the rear cargo area.
The 2015 Nissan Murano boasts impressively sized 22-inch wheels, while the Ford has more standard 17-inch wheels. The wheelbase, however, is the same between both cars. While 22-inch wheels look stylish, they can be more expensive to replace and more susceptible to damage from rough roads.
Pricing & Conclusion
With similar price tags overall, the Ford Edge comes in at a slightly more affordable price than the Nissan Murano. The base model of the Ford Edge starts at about $29,000, while the Nissan Murano starts at around $33,000.
Barring a deep love for the Murano’s styling, the 2015 Edge compares favorably to the 2015 Murano. Check out our 2012 Nissan Murano vs. 2012 Ford Edge comparison piece for a historical comparison.