While Nissan withdrew the Murano from some overseas markets a few years ago, Ford has since gone global with its midsize Edge crossover. So, let's see how they compare by putting the 2018 Nissan Murano and the Ford Edge head-to-head.
The Murano was a bit like something from another planet when it was originally launched in 2002. Although its styling has mellowed over the years, it's still pretty distinctive in a class that's increasingly looks all the same. Its current styling might not be to everyone's taste, but Nissan deserves credit for producing a crossover that offers something different.
Meanwhile, the Ford Edge is instantly identifiable as a crossover, but without something to give it scale it could easily be an Escape or an Explorer to the untrained eye. It's a good-looking vehicle that doesn't appear to age, but the more stylish and distinctive Murano gets our vote here.
Nissan doesn't mess around with four-cylinder engines in the Murano, so every version comes with a 3.5-liter V-6 developing 260 horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. of torque. Despite a healthy amount of power, the engine and CVT transmission combination is designed for a comfortable ride and good efficiency over anything resembling white-knuckle driving thrills. There's a wide choice of engines under the hood of the Edge, and at the top of the list is the exceptional 315 horsepower twin-turbo V-6 EcoBoost in the Edge Sport. This round goes to the Ford for greater choice and for additional performance.
Features and Equipment
Nobody is going to complain about a lack of standard equipment in the Murano or the Edge as they're both quite generously equipped in all trim levels. Even the entry level Murano S comes standard with 18-inch alloys, a 60/40-split folding second row, two USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, and an 8-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Apple CarPlay compatibility that's a cut above anything else in its class.
The Ford isn't far behind but connectivity features are a big deal these days, and the below-par Sync infotainment system with the smaller screen hands another round to the Nissan.
Both the Murano and the Edge get a full five-star rating from the NHTSA but both miss out on Top Safety Pick status from the IIHS. If we delve into individual crash test scores, the Nissan fares marginally better than the Ford. Then again, this year Nissan added even more standard safety kit to what was already an impressive roster. Automatic emergency braking is now standard across the Murano lineup. And although most of the same safety features found in the Murano are also available in the Ford, they're usually reserved for high-spec models or come at extra cost. With more advanced safety features standard in the Nissan, this is another win for the Nissan.
With both models shunning a third-row seat, these are comfortable, spacious five-seat crossovers that are stylish and well-equipped as standard. But the 2018 Nissan Murano offers a little bit more in most areas other than under the hood, and it's more individual styling makes it the winner here.