Childre Nissan Compares 2012 Nissan Murano VS 2012 Ford Edge Near Atlanta, GA

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2012 Nissan Murano

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2012 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 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.

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.

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

OVERALL STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

25%

36%

Neck Stress

301 lbs.

439 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

524/616 lbs.

1023/628 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

3 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

310

326

Chest Compression

.8 inches

.8 inches

Neck Injury Risk

64%

64%

Neck Stress

309 lbs.

334 lbs.

Neck Compression

55 lbs.

89 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

38/95 lbs.

680/687 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, results indicate that the Nissan Murano is safer than the Ford Edge:

Murano

Edge

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.8 inches

1 inches

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

Engine Comparison

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The Murano’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 20 more horsepower (260 vs. 240) than the Edge’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Murano is faster than the Ford Edge V6:

Murano

Edge

Zero to 30 MPH

3.3 sec

3.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

8.1 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.6 sec

5.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

16.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

87.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The Murano has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank (21.7 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Murano has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank (21.7 vs. 19 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/SV/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 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).

The Murano SL AWD performs Car and Driver’s emergency lane change maneuver faster than the Edge Limited AWD (54.7 vs. 54.1 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.

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.

Both the Murano and the Edge offer available heated front seats. The Murano LE also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Edge.

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 $56 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Murano than the Edge, including $866 less for a water pump, $543 less for an alternator and $166 less for a timing belt/chain.

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