I'm in the market for a new Subaru. I've been towing an open motorcycle trailer with a 2005 9-2X (2.5 liter, 5-speed) and am really happy with how it performs. The trailer with bikes currently weighs 1011 pounds (and that's my max expected payload). However, I have towed up to about ~1500 pounds with that configuration comfortably. Am interested in buying a ~2016 Impreza wagon. Subaru does not recommend towing with that car, however the Crosstrek (also with a 2.0 liter motor) is rated to tow 1500 pounds. I have had manual gearboxes, exclusively, for the past 45 years, but am seriously considering getting the CVT for a variety of reasons (just drove one and found it acceptable). I called etrailer.com, explained my situation, and asked why the Crosstrek has a towing rating but the Impreza does not. The reply was that it's nothing structural, and about 50% of the time it's suspension related. Given that the engine, transmission and final drive ratio is the same, suspension seems plausible. If it's just a matter of putting stiffer springs in the rear, that seems easy enough to accomplish. It also occurs to me that a CVT might actually be preferable for towing in hilly areas as you'd always be in the exactly the right gear. I'm somewhat concerned that the 2.0 liter motor makes about 14% less peak torque and 8% less peak power than my old 2.5 (but the final drive ratio is different as well and I've yet to do a thorough analysis). Anyone with experience, thoughts or opinions? TIA. P.S. I also tested a Forester and that's not the vehicle for me.