Childre Nissan Compares 2019 Nissan Murano VS 2019 Ford Edge Near Gray, GA

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2019 Nissan Murano

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2019 Ford Edge

Safety Comparison

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.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 5 points, IIHS rates the Forward Emergency Braking optional in the Murano as “Superior.” The Edge scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Murano (except S/SV) offers optional Rear Automatic Braking which use 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.

The Murano’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 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, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems 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 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Edge was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Murano has a standard 550-amp battery. The Edge’s 540-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Murano’s reliability 25 points higher than the Edge.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Murano third among midsize suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Edge isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 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 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 4 places higher in reliability than Ford.

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.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Murano is faster than the Ford Edge turbo 4 cyl.:

 

Murano

Edge

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.8 MPH

89.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Murano stops much shorter than the Edge:

 

Murano

Edge

 

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

129 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

The Murano Platinum AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Edge Titanium pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend 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 Comparison

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.

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 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.

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/ST.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Murano is less expensive to operate than the Edge because it costs $153 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Murano than the Edge, including $194 less for a muffler, $27 less for front brake pads and $112 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

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 AWD.

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