The 2013 Nissan Murano and the 2013 Ford Edge have one thing in common; they both attract a very diverse buyer. These are midsize crossovers that are just as appealing to the single person who never hauls passengers or large cargo as they are to the small family that needs room for kids and camping gear. Whether you can be found mostly in rush hour traffic driving in Orange County, or if you generally spend most of your commute time on the highway, you will appreciate the driving experience that you receive from both vehicles.
While Nissan only has one engine available, Ford has a few. Every 2013 Nissan Murano is motivated by a strong 3.5-liter V6 mated to a continually variable transmission. It delivers 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque, and returns 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available. When properly equipped, Murano can safety tow up to 3,500 pounds, which is respectable for a vehicle of this size.
The standard engine in the 2013 Edge is also a 3.5-liter V6 but it pairs up with a six-speed automatic to deliver 285 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. Not only does the same size engine in Ford deliver more power than Nissan, it also yields a bit better fuel economy at 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
All models except Edge Sport can also be equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is good for 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. This “EcoBoost” engine reaches 60 mph in 8.4 seconds, and returns 24 mpg combined.
Edge Sport receives a 3.7-liter V6 that accelerates zero to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, thanks to 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is still respectable at 22 mpg, but towing capacity is significantly less than Murano, at 2,000 pounds.
Driving and Handling
Edge is known for its comfortable ride. It is extremely quiet, composed and agile. If you have driven its Explorer relative and felt as though it was a little cumbersome around corners, you will appreciate the smaller turning circle and responsive steering of Edge. This is a vehicle that you can feel confident driving anywhere you go in Southern California, even if you have only have been behind the wheel of small cars in the past.
The 2013 Murano also gets rave reviews for its fantastic ride quality. The CVT is surprisingly smooth, especially compared to other transmissions of this kind on the market. Steering is sharp and the well-tuned suspension manages to absorb bumps and potholes in the road like a sponge.
One thing to note is that if you do not care for a firmer ride, you will want to stay away from the 20-inch wheels on either vehicle, but many people say they really don’t notice that much of a difference, and most are willing to sacrifice a little smoothness for showy wheels.
Although Ford usually gets the vote for the most modern-looking vehicle in many segments, Murano’s futuristic styling wins this one. Once considered a little too avant-garde, Nissan has refined the styling in recent years to offer a more engaging look. Every single detail works together to create a truly magical appearance. Not to mention, this is the first SUV to offer a convertible option. CrossCabriolet® gives you an all-weather convertible with a double-lined power soft top. This vehicle can take you from a snow storm to the beach with ease.
The exterior of the 2013 Edge commands attention on the road. The bold front grille creates a focal point in the front while bright chrome exhaust tips finish the look in the rear.
Seating is provided with plenty of space and comfort in both vehicles. The 2013 Edge has been voted as having best-in-class second-row leg room, but there is something to be said about the comfort level Murano provides with its reclining seat.
High-quality materials and pleasing aesthetics are present in both vehicles. Murano’s in-car technology is extremely user-friendly, even for those who don’t consider themselves to be too technically savvy, but Ford’s modern interior may make your heart beat a little faster.
Technology and Entertainment
These vehicles are neck-and-neck, when it comes to technology and entertainment features. Both have fantastic navigation systems available with vividly colored three-dimensional maps and turn-by-turn directions. SYNC® with MyFord Touch® is voice-activated technology that allows you to stay connected to the world without taking your eyes off the road, but the dual screen rear seat entertainment system will keep backseat passengers entertained in the 2013 Nissan Murano.
Both vehicles also offer exceptional upgraded audio systems. Murano has an 11-speaker Bose® system with SiriusXM Satellite Radio, but Ford has a 12-speaker Sony® system that includes a powerful rear subwoofer, HD Radio and iTunes® tagging.