Moonroof vs. Sunroof: What’s the Difference?

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What’s the difference between a sunroof and a moonroof? When sunroofs first appeared in the 1970s, they were metal panels that opened to let air into the cabin. Moonroofs debuted as a new type of sunroof, adding a transparent or tinted glass panel that slides between the vehicle’s roof and headliner. Over time, sunroof and moonroof designs have become more similar, making it more difficult to distinguish between a moonroof vs. sunroof. Either way, a roof that opens your Mazda cabin up to light and fresh air will refresh any Lowell drive. Keep reading to explore this interior feature across the Mazda lineup!

What Are Panoramic Roof Systems?

Boston, MA drivers often ask us this question when it comes to the amount of light let into your Mazda cabin: is there a difference between a sunroof and moonroof? Both sunroofs and moonroofs come in a wide variety of designs and styles, so there’s no definitive answer. Available types include pop-up, spoiler, inbuilt sunroofs, top-mount, solar, removable, electric, and electronic. Among Nashua, NH-area drivers, we find that the panoramic variety is the most popular choice. Here are a few reasons why:

  • Panoramic sunroofs and moonroofs span the entire length of a car’s roof. They used to be offered exclusively as optional luxury features, but a growing number of luxury models are offering them as standard features.
  • Panoramic roofs come in many sizes, depending on a vehicle’s dimensions. Some vehicles employ a dual-paneled design with a supporting bar between the two glass sections, while others have one large open section.
  • In dual-paneled designs, front and rear passengers can open or close the panel as they wish.

What’s the Difference Between Sunroofs and Moonroofs in the Mazda lineup?

Drivers also ask us about the difference between a sunroof and moonroof when you look at standard vs. available features on Mazda models like the CX-9 and the CX-5. We tell them that while Mazda sunroofs come in a variety of types and sizes, standard sunroofs tend to be smaller and positioned directly above the front seats.  Panoramic sunroofs span the entire length of the roof, and are more often available as add-on features. Contact us at 495 Mazda to learn more about your moonroof vs. sunroof options across the Mazda lineup!

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