As a quick followup to yesterday’s post about there being no 2nd row bench option at the Limited trim level… I just wanted to share a bit of insight about pet barriers for those who want to contain their dog in the rear cargo area, behind the Highlander’s 2nd row.
Recall that the lack of bench seating in the 2nd row means that there’s a gap that people (and pets!) can pass through. As convenient as this might be for some, others are unhappy about Toyota’s inflexibility on this point.
So… If you’re a dog owner and you want a high-end Highlander (Limited, perhaps with the Platinum package?) you may be in the market for a pet barrier to keep your dog from venturing out of the cargo area.
WeatherTech Pet Barrier
The WeatherTech Pet Barrier (see below) is one of the most popular solutions out there. Coincidentally, it’s made by the same folks who make what I consider to be the best custom-fit floor liners on the market (see also here and here — or here). But I digress…
Unfortunately, when I checked WeatherTech’s website, I saw that their pet barrier isn’t listed as being compatible with the 3rd generation (2014/2015) Highlander. Disappointed, I contacted them to ask when this might change.
The person I spoke to got in touch with their Product Development Team and… Guess what? The WeatherTech pet barrier actually is compatible with the new Highlander. They just haven’t updated the website yet.
Placing an order
To order for the 2014+ Highlander, simply visit their site and select the 2013 Toyota Highlander as your model. Once you do so, the pet barrier should appear as available and you’ll be able to buy it for $69.95 + S&H.
Related: In the market for a car ramp for your dog? Check here.
Note that there is also an extension (the third [lower] piece in the photo above) that will help to fully block the gap between the captain’s chairs. The basic barrier is designed to stop pets from going over the seats, while the extension will keep them from sneaking through the gap at floor level.
To order the extension, go to the product page as above, select your vehicle (use 2013 Highlander), and then select the pet barrier extension under the “Select Type” pulldown menu. The list price is $24.95 + S&H.
Oh, and both of these items are also available on Amazon. And, depending on when you look, the prices might be slightly better (or worse) and you may or may not get free shipping. You can check prices for the pet barrier and extension panel here and here, respectively.
If you’re a dog owner and you have a different solution to the captain’s chair gap, please let the rest of us know by leaving a comment below.