Window Sunshade for the New (2014+) Toyota Highlander

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.

Universal 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.

Toyota Highlander Window Sunshade

Pop-up sunshade in our new Highlander… (click image to enlarge)

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.

Toyota Highlander Sunshade Storage

Storing the sunshade between the console and seat… (click image to enlarge)

As you can see, I just collapse the sunshade and slip it down between the center console and the front passenger seat.

Custom-fit sunshades

Heatshield Window Sunshade

The HeatShield sunshade…

As 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.

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6 comments… add one
  • John Rafes Jul 14, 2014

    I have the heatshield in my lexus and it works great. However, its a real pain to roll up. You have to get into the car to remove it and then get out of the car to roll up. It actually better to buy one of the cheaper accordion style ones because it easily gathers together and secures from the drivers seat.

    • Michael Jul 14, 2014

      I’m actually still rocking the Alpine Gear popup shade. Haven’t had a chance to replace it with something better, but it works pretty well.

  • J.L. McDonald Jun 20, 2015

    Many years ago I designed/suggested that all sun visors be constructed of tinted plastic. That way they could be turned down to avoid the sun’s
    glare+ allow the person to see THROUGH the screen. As an EXTRA
    Caveat….a person could ALSO see what’s stuffed up behind the visor
    BEFORE they DUMPED it onto their lap.

  • John Aug 14, 2015

    Just bought a 2015 Highlander and got the Toyota heat shield for about $30. Really works well, especially here in Florida!

  • Adam tjomas Sep 25, 2015

    Just bought a 2015 highlander LE 6 cylinder. Coming from driving a 98 Honda CRV, this new car is heaven!
    I’m rocking the weather tech sunshade and love it. Curious to see how the black reversie side works in winter to keep ice from forming on the windshield. Sure you have to roll it up but it’s no biggie and really fits the highlander nicely and keeps things very cool! Great site! Thanks!

  • Suzanne Nov 10, 2017

    I bought the certified Toyota one at the parts center at my Toyota dealer for $25.00. It rolls up, which is a pain. But it’s insulated and does a fantastic job cooling off my Highlander. I live in a VERY hot area. Love it.

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