ZedHead. Thank you for your valuable input...
The user manual clearly labels the dash light in question as the "Headlight On Indicator Light".
My conclusion, at the time: If the headlight on indicator light is on, the headlights should be on. Reasonable assumption I believe. Do you agree? If no, what does a dash light labeled "Headlight On Indicator Light" mean to you?
Now realize this is an error in the user manual and it may be beneficial to point this out to others so they do not make the same mistake. One of the purposes of this forum, or so I thought.
I do understand your concern for others making the same mistake.
However, notwithstanding "automatic" headlight operation, the Owners Manual does not actually label the "two sided" warning light icon as "headlights are on
". (See attached, page 3-31)
Rather, it only indicates that the headlight switch is at either of its two operating (i.e., "on") positions, the first of which turns on the parking lights and interior controls, and the second retains all of the light of the first setting, plus the headlights (See attached, page 3-49).
Granted, it's unfortunate that Subaru uses that "two-sided" lights icon in the instrument panel for a dual purpose whereas the same icon on the headlight switch is uniquely for the parking lights.