2015 Ford Edge vs. 2015 Nissan Murano

2015 Ford Edge

The 2015 Ford Edge and the 2015 Nissan Murano are two of the year's hottest small crossover SUVs. But which one is right for your family? Arlington Heights Ford is proud to present this handy guide to comparing both vehicles.

Pricing and Trim

The 2015 Ford Edge starts at $27,995 for the base SE trim level. This trim level comes with Ford Sync smartphone connectivity with voice commands and a rearview camera. Upgrade to the Edge SEL at $31,295 and you'll also get a reverse sensing system and push-button start. The premium Edge Titanium starts at $35,495, and adds a hands-free liftgate, while the Edge Sport at $37,995 includes a sport-tuned suspension and leather-trimmed seats.

The 2015 Nissan Murano starts at $29,560 for the base S trim level. This trim level includes a Bluetooth phone and audio streaming system and dual-zone automatic temperature control. The SV trim level starts at $32,620, and adds a remote start engine system and an 8-way power driver's seat. The SL starts at $36,950 and adds heated front seats and an Around View Monitor, while the premium Platinum starts at $39,000 and adds climate-controlled front seats and heated rear seats.

Engine Choices and Fuel Efficiency

The 2015 Ford Edge has a choice of three engines. The base engine is a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged Ecoboost engine with twin-scroll direction injection fuel delivery, which means that the vapors from each cylinder interfere with each other less; this results in great fuel economy, performance, and power for your Edge. You'll get 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque with this machine. It comes with a 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with paddle activation. You'll get your choice between a four-wheel drive that gets 30 mpg highway, or an intelligent all-wheel drive option that gets 28 mpg highway.

You can also choose a 3.5L V6 engine with twin independent variable cam shaft timing. This engine gets 280 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque, and features sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection for more intense power and lasting speed. Finally, the Sport trim level powertrain is a 2.7L EcoBoost V6 with a twin-turbocharged direct-injection engine for fast acceleration and speedy performance. This engine gets an incredible 315 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque.

The 2015 Nissan Murano only has one engine option, the 3.5L V6 engine with a dual overhead camshaft. This engine gets 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque, as well as an option of front-wheel drive or intuitive all-wheel drive. Regardless of type of drive, this engine gets 28 mpg highway. The transmission is an Xtronic continuously variable transmission for smooth shifting.

Interior Space

The 2016 Ford Edge has almost 114 cubic feet of passenger for its five passengers, while the 2015 Nissan Murano only has 108 cubic feet for its five passengers. The Edge has 73 cubic feet of storage space possible, while the Murano only has less than 70 cubic feet of storage space.

In terms of individual area room, the Edge is the victor in every area. It's an average of 2 inches roomier than the Murano in the front leg and in the rear shoulder, rear leg, and rear hip, while it's an average of 1 inch roomier than the Murano in the front head, front shoulder, and rear head room.

Safety

The 2015 Ford Edge received a top rating of 5 out of 5 possible stars for safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which included 5 stars in the frontal crash category and 5 stars in the side crash category. It includes technologies like enhanced active park assist, a front camera with 180-degree vision, a lane keeping system, adaptive cruise control with automatic braking, and a blind spot information system with a cross-traffic alert feature. The 2015 Nissan Murano received a total of 4 stars out of 5 in rankings from the same organization, getting only 4 stars in the frontal crash category.

Which Car Is Right For You?

The 2015 Ford Edge's base MSRP is over $1,500 less than the base MSRP of the 2015 Nissan Murano, and the price difference only becomes more pronounced as the trim levels go up, with the final price difference being over $4,500 to the Ford's advantage. The Ford Edge is stuffed with safety, convenience, and performance features at every level, while the Murano's most impressive features tend to be comfort-based.

The Ford Edge's base engine is comparable in power at 245 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque to the Murano's 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque, but the Ford Edge also has more choices for stronger engines with more fuel capacity and different capabilities, where the Murano only has the one engine. Furthermore, the Edge's base engine is also slightly more fuel-efficient than the Murano's engine.

In terms of the interior, the Ford Edge has an advantage over the Nissan Murano in terms of space, with more space in every possible aspect including passenger room and cargo room. Finally, the safety rating of the Ford Edge is simply better than that of the Murano.

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