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.