I just purchased a 2011 Ford Escape Toad, and wondered if anyone else has one and their towing experiences. I equipped it with a Invisibrake braking system and a base plate for my Blue Ox Towbar. I just towed it to San Diego and back (about 320 miles) with no problems. Got about 6.5 mpg, which is about the same as when I towed my 2002 Chevy Tracker. Everything seems to be working correctly.
Leave key in accessory position, prior to towing, with engine running and foot on brake, shift into reverse, drive and neutral. Had the trans fluid adjusted by dealer per manual instructions.
The 2011 is the last year the Escape is certified for flat tow. The 2012, which originally was certified, was decertified by Ford in early 2012.
Happy Trails, Forrest