Ford Edge Vs. Nissan Murano: Which Used SUV to Buy

If you are looking for an affordable midsize SUV in Indianapolis, the Ford Edge and the Nissan Murano are good options to consider. These compact models have much in common but still offer their pros and cons. Let’s take a closer look at them to define your winner. 

Comparing the 2016 Ford Edge Vs. the 2016 Nissan Murano

The Nissan Murano and the Ford Edge have similar backgrounds. They are built based on a front-wheel-drive model, although they are equipped with optional all-wheel-drive. Both are medium-sized SUVs with spacious interiors. They don’t have a third row of seats for the sake of attractive, elongated rear proportions and a spacious luggage compartment. 

But if these SUVs have much in common, how to choose the best one? We compared the 2016 Ford Edge vs. the 2016 Nissan Murano to help you make the right choice.

2016 Ford Edge2016 Nissan Murano
Price Range according to Edmunds$18,538 – $26,989.$19,590 – $28,990
Safety Rating *******
Power250 hp @ 5,500 RPM260 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Length/Width/Height (in)192.8/75.4/67.8188.8/85.8/68.3
2016 Ford Edge
Price Range according to Edmunds$18,538 – $26,989.
Safety Rating ***
Power250 hp @ 5,500 RPM
Length/Width/Height (in)192.8/75.4/67.8
2016 Nissan Murano
Price Range according to Edmunds$19,590 – $28,990
Safety Rating ****
Power260 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Length/Width/Height (in)188.8/85.8/68.3

Exterior and Interior

Both models represent refined driving styles and dynamics.

  • When the Murano first saw the light of day, it was one of a kind. Smooth lines prevail in its appearance, and stampings on the body make the car recognizable. The massive radiator grille, large bumper, and wide wheelbase emphasize the power of the model.
  • Ford Edge has a rather laconic design. A huge radiator grille, large bumper, and stylish front lights give the model an aggressive look.

The rear seat space in the Ford Edge is 1,031mm. In Nissan Murano, this figure is 983 mm. Thus, Ford has another slight advantage. However, this advantage of Edge is just on paper. It turns out that the legroom for passengers in the rear seat of the Nissan Murano is more spacious and comfortable.

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The cargo space of the Nissan Murano is 909 liters. The luggage compartment of the Ford Edge is 1110 liters. It offers more space and a lower boot floor, making loading and unloading easier.

Engine and Fuel Consumption

The Nissan Murano is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine (260 hp, 325 Nm). For smooth operation, the power unit is supplemented with a variator. The V6 + CVT combination guarantees instant linear acceleration without any peaks.

Like the Murano, the Ford Edge has a 3.5-liter V6 engine, but the fuel consumption is quite high. A 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine was also offered as an alternative. Its power is 250 hp. The maximum torque is 373 Nm. However, even this engine, paired with an all-wheel-drive system, delivers higher fuel consumption than the Murano’s V6:

  • The Ford Edge spends 11.8 l / 60 miles in urban conditions and 8.4 l / 60 miles on a highway. 
  • The Murano fuel efficiency is 11.2 L / 60 miles and 8.4 L / 60 miles, respectively.

Performance

The Murano Platinum AWD weighs 1,823 kg, which is more than 25 kg less than the Edge Titanium AWD (1,850 kg). This is noticeable when going through corners. In this case, the Murano performs better, resembling the feeling of a passenger car, while in the Ford Edge, it is difficult to forget that you are driving a crossover. 

  • The Nissan’s steering is lighter and feels better. In general, thanks to this, the pleasure of driving the Murano is higher.
  • The Ford Edge driving may feel a bit dull, but it performs better with a smoother ride on the highway. When it comes to soundproofing, it’s clear that Ford has done a great job. Inside, the SUV is so quiet and vibration-free that it resembles a Lincoln MKX.

In terms of braking, Edge wins. The Murano has to put in more force when pressing down on the pedal. In terms of steering effort, the Edge also wins, although the advantage here is not too great.

Towing Capacity

For those looking for the best SUV for towing, the Ford Edge will be a better choice. It comes with a special equipment package that allows towing over 1587 kg. For Murano, the official limit is 680 kg.

FAQ

Are There Any Recalls on 2016 Ford Edge or Nissan Murano?

  • Nissan recalled the Murano manufactured December 17, 2015, to February 11, 2016, equipped with an ABS and a VDC.
  • The 2016 Ford Edge models, including those originally sold, or currently registered in Indiana, were recalled due to possible corrosion.

You can check recalls of the model you are going to buy on the NHTSA website.

Do Nissan Murano or Ford Edge Have Transmission problems?

Transmission problems are uncommon for these SUVs. 

How Long will the 2016 Murano and the 2016 Edge Last?

The average lifespan of these sport utility vehicles is 200,000 miles. With the Murano, you can expect at least 13 years of good service. The Edge is sound enough to provide you with over 15 years easily. 

Ford Edge Vs. Nissan Murano: What Is the Best SUV to Buy?

  • The Murano is a stylish model with a spacious interior for more driving pleasure. The Japanese SUV also performed slightly better in IIHS crash tests, which is an important factor in terms of safety. If you seek smooth driving and a variety of standard comforts, consider a used Nissan Murano.
  • The Ford Edge is a more practical model, which, however, is not devoid of modern conveniences and attractiveness. If you are looking for higher fuel economy and more cargo space, opt for a used Ford Edge. 

The best way to find out which SUV will be your best suit is to take each of them for a test drive. Visit Indy Auto Man in Indianapolis and get behind the wheel of your favorite model today!