2014 Ford Escape Titanium, 2.0L, Sync 2 MFT
You also have to look into the tongue weight of the trailer. I would think even 1500lbs would be too heavy for an aftermarket hitch installed. There probably wouldn’t be any issues actually towing it, but not in a safe manner. There is a reason they have tow capacities for each vehicle. There are a couple of other good threads on here that discuss what comes with the factory installed tow package, if you care to know. This thread might even discuss it somewhere also.