Have a 2001 Forester, with manual and use as a toad. Great car. Like the handling and the ride very much. Try the various Subaru forums on the net for good info. Subaru ok's the manuals for towing but say NO to the automatics. Only way to tow the autos is all 4 wheels OFF the ground. No 2 down and 2 up. You will enjoy the Subi very much.
Good luck and safe travels!
Doug & Connie
2001 Holiday Rambler Imperial 41ft PBD 370hp ISL AF1 braking system
2001 Subaru Forester manual toad