Since 2013, every Toyota RAV4 has been sold with a multi-information display (MID).

If you want to understand what this onboard command center is, what the information shows, and how to use it, keep reading! This article will cover everything you need to know as a driver about the RAV multi-information display.

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What Is the Multi-Information Display?

The RAV4 multi-information display is in the center of the instrument cluster (see image below for reference). It’s clearly visible from the driver’s seat, so if you’re not already sitting in your RAV4, hop on in! This information is best learned from your car.

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The multi-information display is used for the following information:

  • Viewing driving data
  • Seeing audio details
  • Receiving warning messages
  • Changing settings related to safety features
  • Altering driving assist settings

The multi-information display features available will depend on the vehicle year and trim level.

Which RAV4s Come with a Multi-Information Display?

Toyota began including multi-information displays in the 2013 RAV4.

All Toyota RAV4s from 2013 to 2023 have a multi-information display. However, the display and the information it shows can vary greatly due to the evolution of technology over the last decade.

We recommend checking your owner’s manual for details about the functionality available in your particular model!

How to Use the Multi-Information Display

You can control the multi-information display using buttons located on the steering wheel. The owner’s manual includes all the exact steps and specific instructions for using the multi-information display. However, here are a few tips to get you started.

Look on the left side of the steering wheel for the controls you need for the RAV4 multi-information display.

  • The right and left arrow lets you move between categories
  • The up and down areas enable you to view each category’s content
  • The center button enters your selection
  • The back button takes you to the previous screen

Take some time to practice with these controls while you’re stationary. It can be dangerous to attempt to manage these controls while moving if you’re not familiar with them.

For more information on using the interface, check out this video.

The Bottom Line

The RAV4 Multi-Information Display is an essential and standard feature that every driver should become familiar with. When you first purchase your RAV4, spend some time in the driver’s seat looking at the display information. When you are familiar with the buttons and features before you drive, it makes it safer to use while on the road.

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  • Jonathan Buckley

    Jonathan runs and owns a 2021 Toyota RAV4 LE. He started RAV4 Resource, as well as other automotive websites, to help people understand their vehicles by answering frequently asked questions, addressing common problems, and providing general information to help people get the most out of their vehicle.

  • Brian Jones

    Brian Jones had worked as an ASE Certified Master Technician for several decades before opening his own used car dealership outside of Dallas, Texas. Toyota models, such as the RAV4, Corolla, Camry, Tundra, Highlander and Sienna, continue to be some of the top-selling vehicles at his car dealership. Aside from running the dealership, he also writes for some of the top auto publications, such as Motor1. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling the country with his family and can also be found tinkering around with older pickup trucks.

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    Can you help??? I have a ‘17 rav4 and whenever I get within a mile radius of my house it plays a weird music box type tune. 😉

    1. Hi Elizabeth,

      That is a very strange issue that I have not heard of before!

      Do you know what your audio input is set to? (Bluetooth, AM radio, FM radio, etc.)

  2. How to get started in controlling the Rav 4 display? Where is the “settings” button/icon. Everything I can find tells how to change the display. Says “use arrows and the ok button to navigate”. Nothing tells how to find and activate the settings icon. Can’t change anything without that.

    1. You find and activate the settings icon by using the arrows and OK buttons, which are located on the steering wheel.