Not to defend the hitch setup, but how many of those questioning the capability of these new CUV's have actually towed with one?
A few weeks ago I test towed our '69 Overlander about 70 miles with a 2011 Ford Explorer. I took it on a varied loop including 2-lane with some steeper hills and 4 lane running 70 mph. The vehicle I tested was FWD, equipped with the factory tow package and rated for 5000 lbs.
Surprisingly, the towing performance wasn't dramatically different than my 5.3L Silverado with 3.73's. I used my Reese Dual Cam for the test tow and didn't note any control issues despite wind gusts around 25 mph. The test vehicle wasn't equipped with a brake controller and had no trouble stopping the trailer.