When it comes to mid-size crossover vehicles, the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano are both reliable options that despite being around for over a decade, offer many enticing newfeatures. Both are sensible, stylish vehicles with plenty of interior room. But how do they fare in a head to head competition? Read on to find out in our 2017 Ford Edge vs. 2017 Nissan Murano comparison.
Power & Fuel Economy
The models are well matched in this department. The Nissan Murano is equipped with a 260 hp 3.5-liter V6 and a continuously variable transmission. This engine has been with the Murano since it’s infancy but has been significantly refined over the years. The smooth powertrain delivers instant power and consistent output. The model has a fuel economy rating of 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
The Ford Edge, like the Murano, has a 3.5-liter V6, which produces a more robust 280 horsepower. However, fuel economy is low for the class at 18/26. To make up for this, the Edge also offers a four-cylinder engine with 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque, which is rated at 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. If you want power, the Edge with the optional 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost offers a class leading 315 horsepower from its gas engine.
Style & Space
The Edge aims for a sportier feel, with an aesthetic that fits well with the athletic look of other Ford models. The Murano, on the other hand, offers a sleeker, more sophisticated look. The Murano’s overall appeal takes a slight win for its distinctive styling.
Though the Edge is larger on the inside, the Murano feels roomier and more comfortable. The Edge does offer more cargo storage, but its interior comforts are not as srong, especially when compared to the luxuriously contoured seating in the Murano.
While crash tests results for 2017 are not in, the Murano fared very well in testing in 2016 earning a Top Safety Pick + rating from the IIHS. The Edge, on the other hand, scored only an “Acceptable” score for front crash protection and did not score as well on front small overlap tests. The Murano earned five stars for side impact and four for rollover integrity.
Nimble and Fun Versus Sophisticated
The lighter, zippier Murano took corners better and drives more like a car. Steering is nimble, light, and loose while still being responsive. The Murano is fun to drive. The Edge, however, has excellent handling on the highway. The ride is also surprisingly quiet and smooth.
For 2017, Murano adds an expanded center console with an available 8-inch multi-touch color center display.
Both the 2017 Nissan Murano and 2017 Ford Edge are competitive models in their class. If you prefer a more plush ride, the Murano has a better, more comfortable interior. But the Edge has plenty going for it as well. Both models typically have a starting price in the low $30Ks.
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