If you like the look of the Toyota Highlander crossbars, but aren’t crazy about the price, I have a possible solution for you… Third-party versions of the genuine Toyota (OEM) crossbars are starting to hit the market.
Consider, for example, this Amazon listing (or this one)… As of this writing, you can get a set of roof rail crossbars with the same specs and appearance as Toyota’s crossbars for much less — just $149 + free shipping.
Note that these particular crossbars require the integrated roof rails that are standard on the XLE and above, so they’re equivalent to Toyota’s PT278-48140 crossbars. As you can see from that link, the $149 price point is about 45% less than the lowest price you’ll find for the Toyota version.
As for performance, they list a weight limit of 150 lbs, which is the same as for the OEM crossbars. Since I have the OEM crossbars, I haven’t tried these out myself, and thus can’t comment on build quality. But that $100-ish price savings vs. the Toyota crossbars is certainly attractive.
It’s also worth pointing out that similar crossbars are available on eBay, where you can get the equivalent of both the PT278-48140 crossbars for the XLE and above, and the PT278-48141 crossbars for LE/Plus.