2014 Toyota Highlander: Radio Controls Not Ideally Placed
April 4, 2014
Apparently, Toyota didn't quite learn its lesson with the Tundra pickup. You might recall that when the big Tundra debuted in 2006, it had a pretty glaring issue with the design of its center stack.
It involved the tuning knob for the radio which was placed in the upper right hand corner of the navigation screen. By itself the placement isn't a problem, but combine it with a very broad dashboard that doesn't tilt toward the driver and that tuning knob becomes a very long reach away for the driver.
It's not quite as exaggerated in the Highlander, but it's still not ideal. I have relatively long arms and I have to stretch all the way out to reach the tuning knob when I'm in a comfortable seating position. Not a deal breaker by any means, but not a mistake I expected Toyota to make twice.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 342 miles