If your Highlander is an XLE or above, then it has the “Smart Key System.” As you’re likely aware, this not only gives you push button start/stop (when the remote is in range), but it also means that you have automatic door locks.
By now, you’ve surely figured out that you can unlock the door by simply grasping the door handle (assuming that the Smart Key is nearby). But did you know that you can also lock the doors with a quick touch?
I didn’t. At least not at first.
The secret is to touch the front part of the door handle, near the two grooves on the upper side. Since a picture is work 1,000 words, I’ve pointed out the magic “lock spot” with a red arrow in the photo below.
Note that you should be able to just touch the upper portion near those grooves, but sometimes you actually have to touch the top & bottom of the handle (just a light squeeze) to make it work. I’m not sure why this happens, but it’s mentioned in the manual, so it’s apparently a known issue.
If you have any other tips for handy features you didn’t know about when you bought your Highlander, please let me know. Either leave a comment at the end of this article (below) or hit me up via the contact form.