Which is the fastest: the Honda Passport, the Nissan Murano, or the Ford Edge? These three mid-sizers duke it out for crossover supremacy.
We’re not sure if you’ve heard, but most cars sold these days are SUVs and crossovers. Thus, it doesn’t make much sense to pit a Mustang against a Camaro to see which is the fastest because nobody is buying them. People buy crossovers, and so it makes more sense to see how these mid-size sort-of utility vehicles handle themselves.
First, we have the Honda Pilot with its 3.5-L VTEC V6 engine. The Pilot is easily the most powerful of the three, with 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. It’s also the heaviest, weighing in at just over 4,300 lbs when in AWD configuration. Power is routed through a 9-speed automatic that seems to waste no time in the lower rev range.
Next up we have the Nissan Murano. Under the hood is the same 3.5-L V6 that powers many of Nissan’s vehicles, and in Murano form puts out 260 hp and 240 lb-ft. Power is routed to all four wheels thanks to a CVT, and weight works out to 4,047 lbs.
Finally, the Ford Edge. The only turbocharged entry here, the 2.0-L EcoBoost inline 4-cylinder engine makes 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed to all wheels through an 8-speed auto, and it weighs roughly the same as the Murano.
On paper, this seems like a pretty close race, but in the real world, there are only 2 crossovers to consider.
In the first drag race, the Honda Passport absolutely demolishes the Murano, to the point where they don’t even both racing it against the Ford. Things are a lot closer between the Edge and the Passport, with the first race just barely being in Ford’s favor.
However, zero-to-sixty times are pretty open and shut for the Honda, making it to 60 mph in just 7.97 seconds. The Ford managed to post an 8.6-second acceleration time, and the Murano was last at 10.22 seconds.
It’s really close between the Honda and the Ford, although one of our gracious hosts suspect that the Honda has it over anything but a quarter-mile drag race.