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What is automatic climate control and how does it work?

Many new Toyota models come equipped with an automatic climate control feature that increases cabin comfort and decreases driver frustration. Learn more about how to operate the settings and controls of your Toyota automatic climate control system below.

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How To Operate Toyota Automatic Climate Control Settings


We like to think of automatic climate control like a thermostat for your car. It allows drivers to set their favorite cabin temperature and then let the car do the rest of the work. Instead of toggling between temperature controls and fan speeds to get things just right, automatic climate control will automatically adjust your car’s controls to get the cabin to your preferred temperature with no hassle. Turning on automatic climate control is as easy as setting a temperature and pushing the Auto button on your center controls. Pushing the fan speed control buttons or other temperature-adjusting controls will turn the system off.

The video to the left shows what each automatic climate control knob looks like and demonstrates how to operate the settings. While the 2013 RAV4’s controls in the video may be a little outdated if you are driving a newer Toyota model, the basic settings and controls should still operate in the same way.

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control

Like its name suggests, dual-zone climate control will allow drivers and passengers to independently control two separate zones of the vehicle with different temperature settings. Usually, the zones are separated by row. Some Toyota models with three rows may also have an available tri-zone climate control system that allows different temperature settings in all three rows.

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If you need some hands-on assistance with your Toyota automatic climate control system, visit the Ackerman Toyota dealership in St. Louis and our team would be happy to give you a hand.