What Is the Difference Between a Sunroof and Moonroof?
A sunroof is generally any kind of panel on the roof of a car that permits light, air or both to come into a vehicle, according to Kelley Blue Book (KBB). A moonroof is considered a type of sunroof, but the main difference is a moonroof usually has a tinted glass panel, much like an extra window on top of the car. Keep reading to learn more about the difference between a sunroof and moonroof.
What Is a Sunroof?
According to Cars.com, a sunroof is typically an opaque panel that matches the body color of the car. It can be tilted open or removed so that fresh air and natural light can come into the car. Sometimes the metal panel will retract into the roof or just above it, says KBB.
What Is a Moonroof?
A moonroof is a type of sunroof, according to Cars.com. Unlike a sunroof, moonroofs are made of glass and and cannot be removed from the vehicle, although they may slide or tilt open. KBB notes that many moonroofs come with an interior sliding panel that matches your car’s interior. Once you slide this panel open, you will see the moonroof.
Modern cars typically have a moonroof, as traditional sunroofs are not very common anymore. However, people often use the terms interchangeably.
While they are similar, a sunroof and moonroof are actually different. When you are shopping for a new car, keep in mind that what people call a sunroof may actually be a moonroof. Whatever you call it, just be sure to pick a vehicle that offers the options you like best.
Originally published on August 1, 2017.