one of the reasons to never buy directional tires, as you can't X rotate them without remounting.Subaru recommends diagonal rotation so you reverse the rotation of the tire. This helps prevent cupping due to being AWD!
I see my owner's manual says to rotate the fronts to the backs on the same side and cross the rears to the front. With a full-time all-wheel-drive system like the Subaru it seems like crossing fronts and rears would make sense when rotating. I put my snows on around the time I was due for the first rotation so now I will have to rotate the original tires when I put them back on soon.one of the reasons to never buy directional tires, as you can't X rotate them without remounting.
(uni-directionals are ultra typical, in snow tires, ...I run old school coopers with studs though, and X them every time I put them on).
I wonder why some car makers stick with a keep the tires on the same side of the vehicle. Must be lack of experience with AWD.