Toyota RAV4 Multi-Information Display

To make the most of your driving and ownership experience, you’ll want to get familiar with your RAV4’s multi-information display. It’s one of the most used features and taps into many aspects of the vehicle.

This article will help you understand what this onboard command center is, what the information shows, and how to use it so you can become an expert in a few minutes.

rav4 multi information display

What Is It?

The multi-information display, abbreviated as “MID,” is a digital screen located in the center of the instrument clusters. Its purpose is to communicate real-time vehicle information and allows driving settings to be changed.

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.

rav4 multi information display

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

  • Viewing driving data (e.g., MPG, tire pressure, and distance to empty)
  • Seeing audio details (e.g., current song, artist, and album)
  • Receiving warning messages (e.g., “AWD System Malfunction“)
  • Changing settings related to safety features (e.g. blind spot monitoring and pre-collision warning)
  • Altering driving assist settings (e.g, lane tracing assist and adaptive cruise control)

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

How to Use It

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.

Which RAV4s Come with One?

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!

Frequently Asked Questions

The multi-information display shows many types of data from: audio details, receiving warning messages, changing settings related to safety features and altering driving assist settings.

Yes, all Toyota RAV4s from 2013 to 2023 have a multi-information display, however the multi-information display features available will depend on the vehicle year and trim level.

Controls are on the left side of the steering wheel. 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 and the back button takes you to the previous screen

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.

What do you use most on your multi-information display? Let us know in the comments!

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12 Comments

  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. Jonathan Buckley says:

      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. Jonathan Buckley says:

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

  3. charles w miller says:

    2022 rav 4. car died on interstate highway when passed semi in left lane. had enhanced cruise control on.speed 70. engine died completely and very little roll. had to be restarted with push button. maybe another vehicle behind me in same lane. what could have been cause, also happened on incline.

    1. RAV4 Resource says:

      Hi Charles,

      That’s a very strange issue and I haven’t heard of such as thing that would cause this other than running out of gas. I would ask your Toyota dealership about this.

      1. My 2023 hybrid rav 4 out of no where on my dash screen has a black border it almost covers my signal turning lights indicator and my fuel gauge, I don’t know how to get rid of it.

        1. RAV4 Resource says:

          That’s very strange. I haven’t heard of this before. I recommend visiting your dealership about it.

  4. Hope do you jump start the rav4 hybrid 2022, whether it’s to help someone stranded or myself in a very weird case that I’m out of power to start the vehicle

  5. Michael Wogan says:

    There must be 100 videos explaining how to navigate the Multi-Information Display. Not one of them explains how to get the MID to come up if it’s OFF.

    1. RAV4 Resource says:

      The MID should not turn off. That sounds like an uncommon malfunction, which is why no videos talk about it.

      You should visit your Toyota dealership.