I live in the Deep South, where it’s hot and sunny throughout much of the year. Not only that, but my wife gets to park in the garage while I’ve always been relegated to the driveway. I’ve thus gotten in the habit of keeping a reflective, front windshield sunshade in all of my cars.
Alas, the situation with our new Highlander is no different, so I’ve been searching for best sunshade that I can find. Since I’m a bit of a perfectionist, I figured I’d stop by our local AutoZone for a stopgap solution while I search for the Holy Grail of windshield sunshades.
At AutoZone, I ended up picking up a pop-up sunshade by Alpine Gear for around $10. It’s very similar to this one from Amazon. As you can see below, it’s a little oversized, but it does the job well enough for now.
While there’s a good bit of overlap in the middle, it covers the windshield quite well. The main downside (other than some gaps in the corners) is that it doesn’t have a notch for the rearview mirror. Thus, it doesn’t lie flush on the windshield, and the mirror is left on the “outside” when it’s in place.
But it’s pretty easy to store when not in use, so that’s a plus.
As you can see, I just collapse the sunshade and slip it down between the center console and the front passenger seat.
Custom-fit sunshadesAs for a custom-fit solution, I’ve been looking at a variety of possibilities, most of which are in the $50-$60 range.
I did, however, run across this HeatShield sunshade (see picture at right) at Amazon. It’s currently available for $34.95.
I’ve had this style of sunshade in the past, and they’re quite effective. They fit like a glove and block tons of heat. And when it’s not in use, you can roll it up and secure it with a velcro tie. I’d love to hear your suggestions, but this is likely the one that I’ll be going with.