Moonroof vs. Sunroof: What's the Difference?

2022 Acura MDX Sunroof Interior

Though you’ve very likely heard Richmond Hill drivers talking about moonroofs and sunroofs as though they’re the same thing, in reality, they’re not. So, what’s the difference between a sunroof and moonroof? While both are types of panels in the roof of a vehicle that let light and or fresh air in, there are key differences:

  • Sunroofs generally are opaque panels made of metal or even canvas in some cases, that are installed in the roof of a car, truck, or SUV, which pop up, can be removed, or slide open to allow light and air into the cabin.
  • Moonroofs, by contrast, are usually a clear or tinted glass panel that slides between the roof and the headliner, and can sometimes also be tilted open to let in fresh air. Moonroofs are sometimes but not always, larger than sunroofs. Read on to learn more, or contact us at Southern Motors Acura anytime.

What is a Sunroof?

Classic sunroofs are opaque panels on the top of a vehicle that matches the rest of the body color. They can generally be tilted open or sometimes even taken off to let in some light or fresh air while you traverse the streets of Pooler.

What is a Moonroof?

A moonroof is a type of sunroof but differs because it’s made of glass and can’t be removed from your vehicle. It is, in other words, a built-in bodywork feature. That said, moonroofs also usually slide or tilt open. What’s more, moonroofs usually come with an interior cover panel that you can slide open to access the moonroof itself or close to block out the sun. The panel typically matches the vehicle’s interior roof color and material.

So, when it comes to moonroofs vs. sunroofs, which is more common on Hardeeville roads? In today’s new Acura vehicles, drivers will most often find moonroofs installed.

What Are Panoramic Roof Systems?

Vehicles that have “standard” sized moonroofs or sunroofs are becoming less common. In fact, many vehicles now feature panoramic roofs. This type of luxury roof is often an available option in luxury or high-end mainstream vehicle models.

Panoramic roofs generally come with multiple panels in the roof that are either operable or fixed, but usually are made of tinted glass or plexiglass for durability and light-filtration. Like moonroofs, they often have interior covers. Unlike moonroofs which often have covers that open electronically but must be manually closed, these covers are often electrically powered both ways for the ultimate in convenience and comfort.

Test Drive a Car with a Moonroof in Savannah!

Ready to find your next Acura for sale in Savannah with a sunroof, moonroof, or panoramic roof system? Give us a call today at Southern Motors Acura at (912) 521-9485! Meanwhile, check out our Acura information center online to learn more about the new Acura lineup and its features and benefits.

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