My buddy tows his 19 Escape with a Santa Fe.
He had the hitch and brake controller installed at U-Haul for considerably less than factory.
Not sure about transmission cooler, HD alternator, larger radiator. Those are items to consider.
2009 Escape 17B "Toad"
2008 Toyota RAV4 V6 Sport
North Vancouver, British Columbia
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