Part of what attracts me to both the Escape and SC is that both hold their value extremely well, often selling used for more than the original purchase price. Doesn't hurt that both are well built and both manufacturers stand behind their product.
Apples and oranges for me. The SC is lightweight and I would be looking at the fixed roof 17. Small but can use my current tow vehicle. The 21NE is heavier, much more room and storage. Empirically the Escape seems to be better built with fewer major issues than SC, but not sure that is accurate. However requires a new tow vehicle.
So much to still learn