2020 Nissan Murano vs. 2020 Ford Edge

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Safety

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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Murano are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Edge doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Murano has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Edge doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Murano offers optional Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Edge doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Murano (except S) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Edge only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Murano and the Edge have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Murano is safer than the Ford Edge:

Murano

Edge

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Leg Forces (l/r)

242/256 lbs.

423/514 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

25%

32%

Neck Stress

124 lbs.

180 lbs.

Neck Compression

78 lbs.

83 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Murano is safer than the Ford Edge:

Murano

Edge

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

102 G’s

118 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

31 G’s

45 G’s

Hip Force

299 lbs.

647 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

17 inches

18 inches

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

53 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Murano third among midsize suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Edge isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 15th in reliability. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 5 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine

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The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 15 more horsepower (260 vs. 245) than the Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan Murano is faster than the Ford Edge turbo 4 cyl.:

Murano

Edge

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

8.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

19.4 sec

23.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.6 sec

9 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.8 sec

4.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.9 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92 MPH

86 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Murano uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Edge requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

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The Murano has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Edge doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Murano’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the Edge:

Murano

Edge

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.4 inches

The Murano’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Edge AWD are solid, not vented.

The Murano stops much shorter than the Edge:

Murano

Edge

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

187 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Murano has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Edge doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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The Murano Platinum AWD handles at .81 G’s, while the Edge Titanium AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Murano Platinum AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Edge Titanium (27.8 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Murano’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Edge’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.4 feet). The Murano’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Edge ST with 22” wheels’ (38.7 feet vs. 42 feet).

Chassis

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To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Murano has an electronically controlled liquid-filled front engine mount. A computer-controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The Edge uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the Murano Platinum AWD is quieter than the Edge Titanium AWD (66 vs. 68 dB).

Passenger Space

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The front step up height for the Murano is 1.7 inches lower than the Edge (15.8” vs. 17.5”). The Murano’s rear step up height is 2.9 inches lower than the Edge’s (15.1” vs. 18”).

Ergonomics

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If the front windows are left open on the Murano the driver can close them at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Edge can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Murano has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Edge doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

When the Murano SL/Platinum is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Edge’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Murano is less expensive to operate than the Edge because it costs $155 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Murano than the Edge, including $203 less for a muffler, $28 less for front brake pads and $114 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Nissan Murano and the Ford Edge, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its January 2016 issue and they ranked the Nissan Murano Platinum AWD higher than the Ford Edge ST.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Murano third among midsize suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Edge isn’t in the top three.

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