The Toyota RAV4’s Multi-Information Display: Explained

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.

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.

rav4 multi information display

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.

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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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  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