2014 Toyota Highlander: Rear Glass Opens
November 13, 2014
Unique features are rare these days in the car world. Today it seems every car has this and every car has that.
But the flip-up rear window on our long-term 2014 Toyota Highlander is pretty unique, and I dig it.
Decades ago this feature was commonplace. Full-size wagons with retractable rear windows were the norm. But as the people mover evolved to minivans and crossovers, the one-piece liftgate with fixed backlights became ubiquitous.
With the Highlander, Toyota bucks that trend, and it really makes loading small items easier. It also makes it possible to haul longer items.
Although it isn't power-operated like the tailgate, it flips up easily after you push that small black button above the license plate, and it's easy to close.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 12,435 miles