Can the 2021 Nissan Murano Edge out the 2021 Ford Edge?

The 2021 Nissan Murano just hit the crossover SUV scene with some updates. But how does it stack up to the 2021 Ford Edge? Let’s compare these two popular crossovers side by side to see which one is the better option.

When we car shop, it’s important to weigh in our options from multiple angles. We’ll compare these two in terms of power, pricing and reliability, and creature comforts. Which one will come out on top?

The 2021 Nissan Murano vs. the 2021 Ford Edge

First, let’s talk about power. What engine options does the 2021 Nissan Murano offer to potential buyers? The new Nissan Murano has one engine. It’s powered by a 3.5-liter 6 cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). But what about the 2021 Ford Edge?

The new Ford Edge uses a 2-liter 4 cylinder turbocharged engine to power its wheels. This engine is mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The two are actually pretty well stacked on paper. According to CarIndigo, the Nissan Murano engine makes 260 horsepower. The Ford Edge engine horsepower comes up a little short, creating 245 horsepower.

a bright orange new Nissan Murano
2021 Nissan Murano | Nissan

According to MotorTrend, the Edge actually is a little quicker. The standard engine in the new Ford Edge sprints to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds. The new Nissan Murano goes 0-60 mpg in 8.2 seconds. However, the Ford Edge actually has an ace up its sleeve––the 2021 Ford Edge ST. In fact, the Edge ST gets increased power from a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6. This Ford edge engine option makes 335 horsepower with 380 pound-feet of torque. It makes the run to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds.

A 2021 Ford Edge with the new 12-inch touchscreen display.
2021 Ford Edge interior | Ford

Reliability and pricing

The new Ford Edge received a 4 out of 5 rating for predicted reliability from Consumer Reports. Its starting price ranges from $31,250 – $43,100. In addition, consumer satisfaction gets a 3 out of 5 rating.

murano interior plush tan leather
2021 Nissan Murano | Nissan

On the other hand, the new Nissan Murano also gets a 4 out of 5 predicted reliability rating from Consumer Reports. The starting price for the 2021 Nissan Murano ranges from $31,250 – $43,100. It also gets a 3 out of 5 rating for consumer satisfaction. So far, these two crossover SUVs are neck and neck.

Family crossover creature comforts

According to Car and Driver, “the Murano’s cabin is among the nicest, most well-equipped interiors.” Reviews comment on the comfort and luxury the upper trims of the new Nissan Murano offer to its passengers. However, reports say the center-stack is dated.

A photo of the 2021 Ford Edge outdoors.
Ford Edge | Ford

The 2021 Ford Edge offers more cargo space. The understated interior won’t provide as much luxury as the Murano. It’s more function over fashion. This race remains neck and neck. So who is the winner? The choice ultimately comes to that test drive. The buyer’s preference in terms of the driving experience and styling of the interior and exterior is once again a decision-maker.

a blue 2021 murano driving on a scenic road
2021 Nissan Murano | Nissan

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The family crossover SUV

The 2021 Ford Edge and 2021 Nissan Murano each have good reliability and consumer satisfaction scores. In fact, the Ford Edge definitely has, well, an edge on the Murano with its more powerful ST engine offering. However, families who care more about a plush ride and luxurious finish will favor the Nissan Murano.