Can you PLEASE explain why the USDM 2014 Forester's towing capacity varies so wildly from the JDM and Australian versions?
Apparently this seems to be on-going from previous model years. Can Americans just not be trusted with towing anything significant these days?
Same with the Crosstrek and Impreza. Across the line the models seem to be getting weaker concerning their towing, despite models before them having significant towing capabilities. Even the GD WRX STI had towing capabilities, from what I can recall of the manual, which stated that the headlights were adjustable for when items were being towed, causing the back end to possibly lower, causing the headlights to raise and their needing to be adjusted lower on-the-fly.
Of course, the BRZ has adjustable headlights and it DEFINITELY doesn't assert itself as a towing machine.
The manual says it's for when there's load in the car itself.