Re Highlander vs. Santa Fe
When I suggested Highlander over SantaFe (which we have) I neglected to mention that we too, had another Hyundai, an Elantra which has been a great car! In fact, it was the Elantra, that made us feel good about getting a Santa Fe. For some reason, the Santa Fe has not worked out nearly as well, hence my suggestion about looking closer at the Highlander for your tow vehicle. Good luck on your research and decision making for both the tow and the Escape!
Tim and Julie
2013 Escape 15B
2014 Nissan Frontier, Previous 2012 Santa Fe