Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford in Garland, TX (serving Rockwall, Mesquite, Richardson, Grapevine and the greater Dallas area) realizes that shopping for a new SUV can be overwhelming.
Due to an increased demand for SUVs, manufacturers have ramped up the available options for this class. We created this comparison of the top SUVs including the 2013 Ford EDGE Sport, 2013 Nissan Murano LE and the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ, so you can make an informed decision. These SUVs battle it out for the top spot in engine, fuel economy, interior, technology, and safety.
Check out this video comparison…
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 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.
A review from USA TODAY reads: “The Edge was stylish inside and out with an attractive sporty, driver-focused dash design.” While Edmunds.com 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, Cars.com 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.
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.
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.