I’m planning to buy a 2013 Ford Escape with the 2.0 liter Ecoboost engine. I’m considering getting it equipped with the Class II trailer tow package. I’ve never needed to tow anything before, but then again, I’ve never had a vehicle that could tow anything. It’s really in the category of it-would-be-nice-to-have-if-I-ever-need-it. The option costs a little under $400.00.
The other option is to get it without the tow package (my dealer is having difficulty finding an Escape in the trim and configuration I want with tow package) and get it as an after-market add-on if I ever need it. I’m wondering, is an after-market tow package as effective and capable as the factory version? What about sway control? Can that capability be added as an after-market option? In short, what am I giving up if I don’t get the tow package from the factory?
Thanks in advance for any and all replies!