Childre Nissan Compares 2010 Nissan Murano VS 2010 Ford Edge Near Macon, GA

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2010 Nissan Murano

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2010 Ford Edge

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Murano are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Ford Edge has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

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

Compared to metal, the Murano’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Ford Edge has a metal gas tank.

Both the Murano and the Edge have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Reliability Comparison

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The Murano’s reliability is better than the Edge’s. In Consumer Reports, the Murano’s reliability is 10% better.

Engine Comparison

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As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Murano is faster than the Ford Edge:

Murano

Edge

Zero to 60 MPH

7.2 sec

8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.2 MPH

85.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Murano AWD gets better fuel mileage than the Edge AWD (18 city/23 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

The Murano has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank (21.7 vs. 19 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Murano has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank (21.7 vs. 20 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Murano

Edge

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.65 inches

Rear Rotors

12.1 inches

11.9 inches

The Murano stops much shorter than the Edge:

Murano

Edge

70 to 0 MPH

178 feet

191 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

149 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

148 feet

159 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Murano S/SL has standard 18 inch wheels. Smaller 17 inch wheels are standard on the Edge.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Murano has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Edge doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Murano’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57.1% to 42.9%) than the Edge’s (60% to 40%). This gives the Murano more stable handling and braking.

The Murano SL AWD handles at .77 G’s, while the Edge SEL AWD pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Murano LE AWD goes through Popular Mechanics’ slalom faster than the Edge Limited (41.2 vs. 40.8 MPH).

Chassis Comparison

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To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Murano has an electronically controlled 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.

As tested by Popular Mechanics while at idle, the interior of the Murano LE AWD is quieter than the Edge Limited (59 vs. 60 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Murano has .1 inches more front headroom, 2.9 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room and .1 inches more rear headroom than the Edge.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Murano. The Edge doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Murano’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Edge’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

On a hot day the Murano’s driver can lower the front windows using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Edge can only operate 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.

The Murano’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Edge’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The Murano’s 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. The Edge SE doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Murano’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Edge SE doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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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 $126 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Murano than the Edge, including $306 less for an alternator, $75 less for front brake pads and $262 less for a fuel pump.

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