2014 Toyota Highlander: My Hands Are Too Fat
July 08, 2014
I have big hands. Not long, just...pudgy. I don't think the 2014 Toyota Highlander was made for people with fat hands. At least the front shelf storage area isn't.
Don't get me wrong, I'm actually glad the shelf is there. Right below the navigation display and HVAC controls is a fantastic little storage space, which is a great place to store stuff that you may want to grab easily when you leave the car. It's especially useful for a person like me who hates to have his wallet in his back pocket while driving.
The shelf seems perfectly made to hold a wallet, cell phone, and whatever other little items I'd take along with me. Instead of rooting around in my overstuffed center console, the things I need are front and center.
There is even a thoughtful opening in the shelf to allow a USB cord to be threaded down to the port below. That's where the problem is for me. I can hardly fit my hand in the space below the shelf to plug in the USB cable. My hand can actually fit but being able to manipulate my fingers in the confined space is a challenge. To add a little spice to the challenge, I couldn't see into that little space once my hand was in there. It took a bit of wrangling, but I finally got it hooked in. I wouldn't have been able to do it while driving for sure.
I asked a friend to try to plug in her iPhone cord, and she had the same problem, even with her dainty hands. Her problem wasn't that her hand was too large for the space, but the port is placed in such a way that a hand trying to connect to it will likely block the view of the operation.
I suppose this isn't something a driver would do on a regular basis, unless switching from an Android cord to an iPhone cord needed to happen, as was the case with me over the weekend. Using the under-shelf socket is a bit of a hassle, but a small price for the super convenient shelf.
Matt Jones, Senior Editor @ 6724 miles