How steering wheel controls work on Toyota Prius

The Prius has steering wheel mounted controls that include Toyota’s exclusive Touch Tracer Display.

Toyota Prius third generation (XW30; 2009–2015) – (photo by Toyota)

Touch Tracer Display

When you place your fingers on either of the circular steering wheel mounted controls, the Touch Tracer Display projects a digital duplicate of those controls on the instrument panel and the button you’re touching is highlighted.

This allows you to see what you’re doing by glancing at the display which is conveniently located in the driver’s line of sight.

Audio System Controls

On the left hand side of the steering wheel, you’ll find controls for the audio system that include volume control, a mode control that lets you select between the radio, CD, or other media, and the up down buttons lets you change channels.

Phone & Voice Recognition Controls

If equipped with a navigation system, the telephone and voice recognition controls are also located on the left hand side of the steering wheel.

Trip Meter Switch

On the right hand side of the steering wheel, there’s a trip meter switch, a switch that lets you cycle through the various displays, in the multi information display.

Climate System Controls

There isaA switch to turn the recirculation mode on or off in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, and switches that allow you to adjust the interior temperature up or down.

Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

Plus, if the vehicle is equipped with dynamic radar cruise control (or adaptive cruise control), there is a switch on the right side of the steering wheel that allows you to adjust the vehicle to vehicle distance range and a switch that activates the available lane keep assist feature.

Author: Nabeel K

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