When it comes to midsize non-luxury crossovers the 2018 Ford Edge will be one of the first most people will think of. One of its less prolific rivals is the Nissan Murano, so let's see how they compare to each other.
First Impressions: 2018 Ford Edge
These are both very good-looking midsize crossovers, but neither of them is what anyone would call revolutionary. While the first-generation Murano was a truly groundbreaking design, it's toned down into something a lot more family friendly and with a good deal more popular appeal.
The Ford Edge looks timeless and could probably continue in its current form for another decade before starting to look old. At the lower trim levels we'd probably say the fact there are aren't as many Muranos around as there are Ford Edges would give the Nissan the advantage, but the Ford Edge in its Sport trim is a class apart and that model definitely delivers the prize for first impressions.
Performance: 2018 Ford Edge
At lower trim levels, the Murano has a big performance advantage over the Edge because every version of the Nissan comes with a 3.5-liter V-6 under the hood. Its 260 horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. of torque pushes it along nicely, but even the four-cylinder engines in the Ford are only 15 horsepower lower than that and their turbos mean more torque than the Nissan's V-6. But then we have the Edge Sport's 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 that trounces the Murano. Even the standard non-turbo V-6 in the SEL and Titanium trims offers better performance than the Nissan. The Murano is a comfortable, capable family vehicle, but for its driving enjoyment, powerful engines, taut ride and responsive steering, the Edge is way out in front.
Features: 2018 Nissan Murano
All the basics are covered and then some by the Ford Edge, even in its entry-level SE trim. The standard kit includes power features, a rearview camera, air conditioning, cruise control, and an AM/FM/CD player with Bluetooth audio streaming. Even rear-seat inflatable seat belts are an available option.
However, the base Murano S comes with: 18-inch alloy wheels, a 60/40-split folding second row, two USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Apple CarPlay compatibility. The Ford might be better at the high trim levels, but the entry level spec of the Murano gives this round to the Nissan.
Fuel Economy: 2018 Ford Edge
The Murano only being available with a V-6 could hurt it when it comes to fuel economy, but regardless of whether you specify the Nissan with all-wheel drive or not it still gets 21 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg combined. The Ford can beat that with its 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo-four, but only barely. In fact, that version of the Edge only beats the Murano by one mile per gallon on the highway. But a win is a win.
If we're looking at the entry level versions of these two it would be easy to make a case for the Nissan Murano as it comes very well equipped and even has a V-6 engine as part of its standard equipment. But the extra power and performance available with the 2018 Ford Edge and the sensational Edge Sport trim at the top-of-the-line means we have to come down on the side of the Ford overall.