Toyota Highlander Remote Starter Kit – FAQs

Sep 13, 2023

Upon its introduction in the early 2000’s, the Toyota Highlander became one of the first mid-size crossover SUVs to take the market by storm. This vehicle offers excellent performance, a comfortable driving experience, unmatched reliability, and a stylish look. Anybody who gets behind the wheel will appreciate its premium features, luxurious interior & exterior design, comfortable seats, and superior driving quality.

When it comes to using a remote starter kit, plenty of questions are asked by owners and fans of the Toyota Highlander. Fortunately, we answered some of the most frequently asked questions about these remote starters below.

Does the Toyota Highlander offer remote start?

Toyota does offer the remote start feature in their Highlander models. It’s sold as an add-on by the dealer, typically for $400-500. The dealer remote start is activated by pressing you’re the ‘lock’ button on your factory remote fob three times in succession.

Here are some of the remote starter kits that we offer for the Toyota Highlander with Push-To-Start ignition:

OEM Remote Activated Remote Start for 2014-2019 Toyota Highlander Push-To-Start

Remote Activated Remote Start Kit for 2020-2020 Toyota Highlander - T-Harness

OEM Remote Activated Remote Start for 2014-2019 Toyota Highlander - Hybrid

Here are kits for the Highlander with the tradition key-start ignition:

OEM Remote Activated Remote Start For 2014-2016 Toyota Highlander – Gas

Plug-n-Play Remote Start For 2014-2019 Toyota Highlander HYBRID - 3x Lock Start

Plug-n-Play 4-Button 2-Way Remote Start For 2014-2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

How do you activate the MPC remote start on a Toyota Highlander?

The activation process for the remote starter kit is very simple and easy! Depending on the specific kit you purchase, it will either active by pressing ‘lock’ on your factory remote fob three times (just like the dealer installed remote start) Tor it will activate by pressing ‘lock>unlock>lock’.

How much does a remote starter kit cost for the Toyota Highlander?

Depending on your vehicle model and the remote starter kit that you want to install, the cost will vary. There are pre-wired systems available for purchase that will help reduce the effort and costs involved with wiring, and here at MyPushcart, we offer a quick-tip guide that will help you install the remote starter kit all by yourself – even with minimal installation knowledge.

What is the operating range for a Highlander remote start?

If you purchase a kit that works from the factory remote fob, the operating range will be the same as your operating range for locking/unlocking your doors is right now without the remote start. If you need to start your Toyota Highlander from further away than your existing remotes will work, we long-range remote kits that plug in to our remote starts that can work from up to 3000 feet away.

Can I start my Toyota Highlander with my phone?

Yes. We offer smartphone-control kits for all Highlanders. A separate plug-in module and subscription are required.

For more information, click here:

MPC Smartphone App - Remote Start App Use Your Smartphone -Continental U.S. Only

How long does the Toyota Highlander stay on when using remote start?

The default setting is 15 minutes, but run time can be changed to as short as 3 minutes or as long as 60 minutes.

How long does it take to install a remote car starter?

The time it takes to install a highlander remote start kit depends on the specific model of the vehicle and the kit used. It also depends on your skill level and experience. Plug & Play kits available for models with Push-To-Start ignition can be done by an experienced installer in about 20 minutes. Kits for key-start vehicles take longer – about 1-2 hours.

Can I install a remote starter by myself?

With some basic installation knowledge, it is definitely possible for you to install the remote starter kit all by yourself. We provide a comprehensive ‘tip sheet’ with all our kits that serves as a DIY guide to help you through the process.