Moonroof vs. Sunroof: What's the Difference?


Are you looking at new vehicles and wondering, “What’s the difference between a sunroof and a moonroof?” While these terms sunroof and moonroof might seem interchangeable, there’s a difference between the two. A sunroof is a panel made of glass or metal installed in the roof of a car, truck, or SUV, which slides open or pops up to allow light and air into the cabin. Meanwhile, a moonroof is most often a clear or tinted glass panel that slides between the roof and the headliner and often can be tilted open to let in fresh air. Both can give your vehicle a light and spacious feel when you’re on the road from Sussex to Vernon.

What Are Panoramic Roof Systems?

You might think defining the difference between a sunroof and a moonroof is the end of it, but there are actually multiple styles of both, including:

  • Pop-up
  • Spoiler
  • Inbuilt
  • Top-mount
  • Solar
  • Removable
  • Electric
  • Electronic

A panoramic roof is one of the most popular styles. These are usually found as standard on many luxury brand models, like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and available on many mainstream models. Panoramic roofs come with multiple panels in the roof that can either be fixed or operable. This allows front and rear passengers to open their panels independently to enjoy the beautiful weather in Hamburg.

Used Vehicles with a Sunroof or Moonroof

Along with our panoramic equipped new Mercedes-Benz models, we carry a large inventory of used cars, trucks, SUVs, and minivans that can be found with a sunroof, moonroof, or panoramic roof. When you’re looking for a pre-owned vehicle equipped with a sunroof or moonroof, start by browsing our inventory in Newton. Some brands and models to keep a look out for include:

  • Acura – Acura MDX, RDX, TLX, and TSX models are equipped with a power moonroof.
  • Chevrolet – The Chevy Suburban with sunroof, or an Equinox with a panoramic power sunroof.
  • Honda – A power/tilt moonroof featured in models, such as the Accord, Civic, CR-V, Odyssey, Pilot, and Ridgeline.
  • Lexus – The Lexus ES, GX, LX, and RX can be found with a power tilt/slide moonroof.
  • Mercedes-Benz – Of course, used and Certified Pre-Owned Mercedes-Benz models sport the premium amenities you’d expect from a world-class luxury automaker. This includes a power tilt/slide tinted glass sunroof in the C-Class sedan, a sliding and tilting glass sunroof with sunshade in the E-Class, and a panoramic moonroof in the S-Class.
  • Toyota – Models such as the Rav4, Land Cruiser, and Highlander can all come with a power tilt/slide moonroof, and a panoramic 2-panel moonroof can be had on the Camry.

Test Drive a Quality Used Car with a Moonroof in Newton!

If you’re ready to find a new or used vehicle with a sunroof, power moonroof, or panoramic roof, browse our inventory and then contact us at Mercedes-Benz of Newton to set up a test drive.

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