It’s a nicely sized SUV. The usual locations seem to be fully accessible. Windshield is nice and wide and not too far of a reach for the driver. The vents are horizontal so most mounts should work fine. A bit of raised dash makes this area difficult as the clearance between the dash and windshield might prove to be too short. There is a CD player which might work fine. The cup holders aren’t the worst location, but maybe not the best. The seat bolts are not easily loosened so avoid these types of mounts.
Now, let’s take a look at a few specific mounts that should work well in the Toyota Highlander. The attached photo is from the interior of a 2019 model.
Windshield and Vent Mount Recommendations for a Toyota Highlander
I believe the best place for a smartphone or GPS will be the center air vents. Use the one closest to the driver. These vents are big and square (ish) with horizontal slats. Avoid using the side vents. The center vents are in a great position because they are within eye level and easy to reach versus many other locations.
The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip Car Air Vent Mount is one that we have been recommending for a few years and they are excellent mounts. The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip mount can be used to hold most phone models with or without a case or skin. It has a ball and socket so the cradle swivels into any orientation. This mount will work on flat vent slats that are 3/8 to 1 inch deep. The included cradle opens to 3 5/8 inches which is fairly large.
The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip mount can also be used for a Garmin GPS. All Garmin vehicle GPS devices made over the past ten years include a custom cradle that has a 17mm socket on the back. Remove the cradle from the Jelly-Grip mount and you have a 17mm ball. Just snap the Garmin cradle onto the Jelly-Grip mount minus the cradle and your GPS can be mounted to the air vent.
We did a full review of the Square Jellyfish mount awhile back and it’s worth reading for more information.
The windshield mount will work just fine on a Toyota Highlander.
Consider the iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Car Mount for SmartPhones which provides an extendable rigid base combined with an expandable cradle. Unlike many similar mounts, the iOttie Easy One Touch 2 has a two-inch extension feature. The included cradle expands to 3.2 inches by pressing the buttons on each side. This is large enough to hold most phones.
Other Mount Recommendations for a Toyota Highlander
The CD player is a definite consideration in the Toyota Highlander. While the device may partially cover the vehicle’s touchscreen, it’s an excellent location for using a phone or GPS (just don’t interact with it while driving).
Consider the Mpow CD Slot Mount for SmartPhones. This mount uses a knob on the bottom to secure the mount within the CD player. I prefer this mount to others in this category as it will permit a more custom and secure fitting. An expandable cradle that will fit a phone with or without a case or skin is included.
The rear cup holder can be used for a phone or small tablet as long as it isn’t blocking the gear shift (hence the suggestion of using the rear cup holder in the middle of the console).
Consider the iKross Cup Holder Mount for Tablets and Phones. These mounts include two different cradles. One for a phone and another for a tablet. The mount is adjustable and solidly made to easily handle the weight of your tablet. You will see a lot of mounts on the market for tablets or cell phones. This is the only car mount kit known of that offers two different cradles, one for the phone, the other for the tablet. You will not find a universal cradle that fits phones and large tablets. The tablet cradle will hold devices from 7 to 10.2 inches.
If looking to entertain the back seat riders with a tablet or smartphone, consider a headrest mount. We covered a variety of head rest mounts in our article entitled Car Headrest Mounts for Tablets, Phones or Cameras.