You just happily bought your brand new 2022 Toyota RAV4. You love it and you want to take a nice drive with you and your car. It’s around 9 PM so there isn’t a lot of traffic but it's already dark outside. You turn on your favorite song (in this case Music Sounds Better with You by Stardust) and you hit the streets. Suddenly, your eyes seem to get dry. You have your high beams on but it’s something you never really think about when driving a car…your brightness level on the infotainment screen.
Unfortunately, this happened to me yesterday as my father and I were driving back home in our 2022 Toyota RAV4. We looked everywhere on the dash but there was not a single button, scroll, or knob indicating the brightness level of our screen.
My 2012 Prius has a little knob next to the steering wheel on the left-hand side which you can use to adjust your gauge cluster and infotainment screen brightness. However, on the 2022 Toyota RAV4, you must go to the MENU page via the home screen, select the DISPLAY tab, select the GENERAL tab next to the CAMERA tab, then select brightness and use the screen to slide how bright or dim you want your screen to be.
You can also go into system settings and change your desired theme. White on black, black on blue, or red on orange. I find that the black on the blue theme is more aesthetic in the dark than the white on black. Plus, it doesn’t hurt your eyes.
It took us forever to find out how to turn down the brightness. In our rural neighborhood, we do not have a lot of streetlights lighting up my commute to work. Unfortunately, this means that on the way back, I’m either blinded by the headlights of other cars, or I can’t see where I am going.
The fact that there is a huge screen shining white light directly into your face makes it even worse. I think that with more and more technology being implemented into cars, they should still at least keep some things analog. Sooner or later, we are going to have to turn on our headlights via a screen or something.
What do you think? Should Toyota stick with analog brightness control or go digital? Let us know in the comments section below.
Harutiun Hareyan is reporting Toyota news at Torque News. His automotive interests and vast experience test-riding new cars give his stories a sense of authenticity and unique insights. Follow Harutiun on Twitter at @HareyanHarutiun for daily Toyota news.