Our TV is 2008 Escape (v6). With the brake controller & a small Pup (<2k lbs), we've had no problems. The Escape is rated for 3500lbs, but I think that would be pushing it. Just make sure to turn the OD off when hauling the Pup.
We towed with it's sister, the mazda tribute untill we got new TV. I estimated the camper was about 2600 lbs. Had no problems at all with the setup. It was on a few 3 hour trips (one way). Just take it easy and watch that small wheel base and you should do fine. Like triple said, towed with OD off.
When we were looking for a new tv, we looked at the Escape and the Toyota Rav4. We went with the Rav4 because of stopping distance they both had the same towing weight. But the Rav4 has 4 wheel disc and the Escape has Discs on the front and drums on the back. Been towing with the Toyota for 2 years and no problems. The Toyota was order with the tow package and the 3.5L v6 and is all wheel drive. When i first started towing 25 years ago I used a front wheel drive car and that was the last front wheel drive I used to tow. I am a firm believer in towing with rear or all wheel drive tv.
The Escape also comes standard with the transmission cooler. One thing to keep in mind, the one negative, (doesn't have anything to do with towing..) is that unless you get leather interior - the seat material is CRAP! It stains super easy, even water will leave a discoloration.
really the only downside we've had is on a couple of the major highways on our way up camping, there are large sections 10-15 kms that are concrete paved. the short wheelbase of the Escape is close enough to the same distance from the back axle to the trailer axle that the cut lines in the road seem to set up some harmonics. the bounce is slight but *constant*. it's a bad sign when the driver is feeling car sick...
I tow with a Mazda MPV, same engine as the Escape but later year Escapes (2009 and up I think) got a big bump in HP from 200 to 240.
I also tow a light weight, 1250 lbs. Its fine for that. My wheelbase is longer though I think. I would bet the Escape suspension is better.
My PUP isn't tiny, its a ten foot, we just live without AC, shower, potty etc. I'm not one of the "only full size pickups should tow" brigade, but I do think those of us with smaller vehicle have to recognize the limits. I'd never think of towing an E2 with my TV
I honestly can't say enough good things about my Escape. I have the XLT V6 4WD and it's a 2003. Never a problem.
I currently tow a Rockwood which I estimate fully loaded is about 2000 pounds. I have never had a problem towing. The Escape does a great job -- hardly know it's there most of the time. Struggles a bit up long steep hills, but that's about it. I pretty much always run with OD off -- that is my only concession. Mileage sucks of course. I'm sure it could handle another 4 or 5 hundred pounds easily.
Escape is a great all round vehicle. I even put about 650 pounds of dirt in it the other day (weighed in and out). Did a great job.