2019 Toyota Hybrid Hylander

Asked by Mar 23, 2019 at 03:21 PM about the 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Platinum AWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Just bought ‘19 Hybrid Toyota Hylander
Platinum AWD and after 800 miles after
starting when I put it in gear it makes a high
pitch whining noise. It’s worse in Reverse.
When I accelerate it stops. Took to dealer
and they say it’s normal. It hasn’t done that
until now and very annoying. I’m not happy
with this $52k vehicle whining. PLEASE

4 Answers


Get a second opinion.


Could be a transmission pump, is there another dealer close by?


Interesting. I just got home from my dealer with the same question on the 2019 RAV4 hybrid. They thought it was NOT normal until they did some research and looked inside. They cane back to me with the conclusion that there’s actually a speaker amplifying sound so pedestrians are aware the car is moving when the gas engine is not running, only the hybrid battery propelling the vehicle. I haven’t found this information online in any authoritative resources yet, but I’m hoping they are correct. My previous car was a 2010 Prius and I was always having people walk behind the car in parking lots because they didn’t know it was running. That car had a beep on the inside but no sound outside, which always had me baffled when I was moving backwards and had to stop abruptly to miss the pedestrian.

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We just brought home our new RAV4 Hybrid and had the same thought. The electric engine was loud in REVERSE, but when we shift to drive it is myuch quieter. Thinking it is a pedestrian warning signal! Mary

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