Ford Edge vs. Nissan Murano

The Ford Edge and Nissan Murano compete in the midsize crossover SUV segment. Both offer V-6 engines, sporty styling, 5-passenger seating, and pricing in the $30Ks. The Murano is the original midsize crossover SUV, having first debuted in 2003 with a refresh in 2009, while the Edge in its fifth model year is revised in 2011. Who wins in a Ford Edge vs. Nissan Murano comparison? Read below to find out.

The 2011 Ford Edge is redesigned with marked improvements from 2010. It offers greater power and better fuel efficiency. The Edge has a new interior, new exterior styling, improved suspension, and the debut of MyFord Touch system with an eight inch LCD touch screen. The Edge also offers new options packages, which include a Driver Entry package with perimeter alarm and a power lift gate and remote starter. The Sport trim adds steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and 22-inch wheels, as standard features.

Unlike the Murano, which has only one engine option, a 3.5 liter 265 horsepower V-6, the Edge is offered trim with a 3.5 liter 285-horsepower V-6 engine in the SE, SEL and Limited trim lines, while the Sport trim line is offered with a 3.7 liter, 305 V-6 engine. Both engines come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission. The smaller engine makes more sense as it is lighter, more fuel efficient, and the performance difference is negligible.

The 2011 Murano is offered in four trim lines: S, SV, SL, and LE. For 2011, it sports a revised front fascia, new tail lamps, and 18-inch wheels. The new Murano offers such optional features as 7-inch color monitor, backup camera, USB/iPod connectivity, satellite radio, eight-way power driver’s seat, and BlueTooth phone.

In fuel economy, the Edge SE, which is offered with front-wheel drive only, is the clear winner, achieving 19-mpg city and 27-mpg highway. The Murano returns 18-mpg city and 23-mpg highway with its Continuously Variable Transmission. In early 2011, Ford is expected to begin offering the Edge with a 2.0 liter turbo-charged four cylinder engine producing approximately 237-horsepower, which will offer comparable performance to the V-6s with better fuel economy. Both models are rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds.

In a price comparison, which is one of the most important factors drivers consider, the 2011 Edge SEL with all-wheel drive starts at a base suggested retail price of $32,070. The SEL comes standard with cloth seats, no sunroof, and no navigation system. The 2011 Murano SE with all-wheel drive has a starting suggest retail price of $34,310. It also comes standard with cloth seats, no sunroof, and no navigation system. Well optioned Edge’s and Murano’s both can reach near the $40,000 price range.

Overall, in a Ford Edge vs. Nissan Murano comparison, the Edge tips the scale. It is less expensive, has a more powerful engine, and has an improved interior. However, the 2011 Murano is expected to have a slightly better resale value. Both models offer good utility, all-wheel drive capability, and sporty styling. Ultimately, the SUV buyers’ needs and preferences will determine which of these two models is the winner.

6 Responses

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  3. Viniv Says:

    This is a kind of dilemma im facing right now. I am from Canada, and we are dealing with high car buying cost than you guys in the states. I love the equipment and fitting, versitlity of Ford Edge the best, and i think it trumps Murano by all aspect, except Murano is still more appealling to Female buyers. (almost all female i know have more trust in Murano than Edge) But my dicision has come down to the monthly payment. Just be real, who is going to buy a vehicle with cash. In most cases, whether you are dealling your own bank or manufacturer APR. Ford Canada is doing 6.9% finance rate, but Nissan is able to get 0% finance for 7 years here for year end model. Ford although try doing the employee discount, the borrowing cost still become a big factor.
    I feel sorry that i can’t get the the Ford i think i like most. ( still a little skeptical about the long term reliability) Hands down to the better monthly payment.

  4. Zul Says:

    i agree. The main reason i went form Murano is low monthly paymnets with 0 interest rate for 7 years. I could have look into other options but borrowing cost was way too much. Dont get me wrong here that this is the only reason to buy murano, murano is still very stylish and it gives better resale than ford edge and other american competition plus i love the option of having heated steering wheel which is a blessing in calgary winter time. Murano gives you options which is available on high end vehicle like bmw and mercesdes. Definitely a good bang for your bucks

  5. Joe Says:

    Hate to say it but I thought the Ford Edge defiantly had better options and the best drive out of the group we tested. We drove a Murano earlier in the year and loved it but was shocked at how well the Ford Edge Sport drove. In the end the 0% financing was the closer, it makes a huge difference on the monthly payments. I also didn’t feel too comfortable going with a Ford long term with all those electronic options as I have been burned with domestics in the past.

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