While SUV trends have changed in recent years, the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano soldier on and continue to compete for two row midsize crossover supremacy for the 2019 model year. This is the thirteenth consecutive year both models have been offered in the U.S. and in front and all-wheel drive.
Changes in the 2019 Models
The good news for midsize SUV shoppers is that the two models have been refreshed for the model year, four years after the more major makeovers they received for the 2015 model year. Ford has made small changes to the front and rear exterior of the Edge for 2019, making the model sportier. The interior has received updates as well.
The Murano’s front end styling gets a refresh and new taillight styling. Inside the Murano gets a new infotainment system. The model also gets improved safety features with driver assist, lane centering, and adaptive cruise control.
Engines and Performance
These two midsize crossovers offer similar power output and acceleration. Both models carry over last year’s engine offering with a 3.5-liter 260 horsepower V6 for the Murano, while the Edge sports a 2.0-liter, 250 horsepower turbocharged four cylinder engine.
Despite the Murano’s larger engine displacement, fuel economy is reasonable at 21-mpg city and 28-mpg highway, which is comparable to the Edge Sport.
The big news for 2019 s that the new Edge ST line is the Ford’s first true performance SUV. The ST line offers a 2.7-liter twin turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 335 horsepower, and an impressive 380 lb-ft of torque.
The model also features bigger brakes and a sport-tuned suspension. Expect an Edge ST 0-60 time of about 5.5 seconds.
The Edge ST is the better choice if you want more power and towing capability. It boosts max towing to 3,500 pounds, more than double the 1,500 pound limit of the Edge Sport and Murano, which is only offered with one engine.
Both models have a starting price of about $32,000. All-wheel drive adds about $1,600 to the price tag. However, the Edge ST model, with its twin turbo engine and more performance oriented features, can reach $45,000.
Other midsize crossover competitors include the Hyundai Santa Fe and the reborn Chevrolet Blazer, which is all-new.
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