Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Murano VS 2017 Ford Edge Near Austin, TX

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2017 Nissan Murano

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2017 Ford Edge

Safety Comparison

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.

The Murano SL/Platinum offers optional Forward Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Edge offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Murano SL/Platinum’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Edge doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Murano and the Edge have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Nissan Murano is safer than the Edge:

 

Murano

Edge

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Steering Column Movement Rearward

1 cm

5 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

22 cm

25 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

2.1/.6 kN

2.2/1 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

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

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

38 G’s

45 G’s

Hip Force

330 lbs.

647 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

17 inches

18 inches

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

53 G’s

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Murano the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 107 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Edge was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Murano’s reliability will be 71% better than the Ford Edge V6 and 118% better than the Ford Edge 2.0 ECOBoost.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Murano third among midsize suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Edge isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 11th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 27th in reliability. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.

Engine Comparison

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

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Murano gets better fuel mileage than the Edge:

 

 

Murano

Edge

 

2WD

3.5 V6/CVT

21 city/28 hwy

17 city/26 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

4WD

n/a

20 city/27 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

3.5 V6/CVT

21 city/28 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Murano uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Edge with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Murano stops shorter than the Edge:

 

Murano

Edge

 

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 Comparison

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 Sport with 22” wheels’ (38.7 feet vs. 42 feet).

Chassis Comparison

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Murano has an electronically controlled liquid-filled front engine mount and conventional liquid-filled engine mounts. 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.

Passenger Space Comparison

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 Comparison

If the front windows are left down on the Murano the driver can raise them using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Edge can only raise 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.

The Murano has a standard dual zone air-conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air-conditioning is only available on the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Murano is less expensive to operate than the Edge because it costs $54 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Murano than the Edge, including $607 less for a water pump, $99 less for an alternator, $25 less for a timing belt/chain and $88 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Murano, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Ford Edge isn't recommended.

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

The Murano is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The Edge is not ranked.

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