I normally stay out of all the towing weight threads. But I know Carol H. and her posts on FiberglassRV.. her Outback and towing her 16' Scamp. 'EL I've camped with her lots of times over the years! There's a bunch of reasons she has purchased a better tow vehicle. Got tired of fixing the trans on the Outback. She loved that vehicle for daily driving, but in the long term didn't work so well for towing her Scamp. AND it weighs less than most of the ETI builds.
Be safe, truly.
2014 Escape 5.0TA