SUV Challenge: 2013 Ford Edge vs 2013 Nissan Murano vs 2013 Chevrolet Traverse

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2013 Ford Edge Sport

Hillcrest Ford in Huntsville, TX (serving College Station, Conroe, Madisonville and greater Houston area) realizes the car buying process can be difficult with so many available features and technology. That is why we created this comparison to give you the best information to make a decision.

Due to an increased demand for the SUV, manufacturers have increased the available options for this class. We created this comparison of the top SUVs in this class including the 2013 Ford EDGE Sport, 2013 Nissan Murano LE, and the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ so you can make an informed decision.  These SUV’s battle it out for the top spot in engine, fuel economy, interior, technology, and safety.

Check out our video comparison below…


With three available engines and more horsepower and torque, the Ford Edge leads the pack.  It produces 305 horsepower and 280 foot-pounds of torque.

Falling behind…  is the Chevrolet Traverse’s engine producing 281 horsepower and 266 foot pounds of torque.

In last place… the Nissan Murano with only 260 horsepower and 240 foot pounds of torque.

Fuel Economy

Fuel economy has become increasingly important when shopping for the right SUV. The Edge beats the competition with better city, highway, and a combined 22 MPG.

Coming in second place… the Nissan Murano with 20 MPG combined.

Falling in last place… the Chevrolet Traverse offers 19-combined MPG.

Interior Options

A review from USA TODAY reads: “The Edge was stylish inside and out with an attractive sporty, driver-focused dash design.” While says “it features a modern-looking interior.”

Although reviewers like the pleasing interior design of the Nissan Murano, Kelly Blue Book states, “Rear passengers may find it difficult to get comfortable.”

As for the Chevrolet Traverse, says Both rows in the Traverse sit too close to the floor, which leaves adults’ knees raised.” That leaves the Chevy in an uncomfortable position.

Tech Talk

Vehicle technology plays and important role when deciding which SUV to buy.

The Ford EDGE comes standard with SYNC with MyFord Touch.

The Traverse comes with Chevrolet MyLink enabling smartphone integration as well as streaming of Pandora and Stitcher internet-based entertainment.

The Murano has an optional navigation system.

Safety Matters

Both the Ford Edge and Chevy Traverse were named a Top Safety Pick of 2013 from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Nissan Murano received only MARGINAL ratings for rollover testing from the IIHS.

A final note from U.S. News and World Report voted the Ford EDGE the 2013 best 2-Row Midsize SUV for the Money.

It was a tough battle but it’s evident that the Ford EDGE emerged as the clear winner. Now that you know… Drive… Compare… and Decide for yourself.

When you do decide, visit us anytime online at or take a short drive to 737 I-45 South, Huntsville, TX 77340.

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