Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Moonroof vs. Sunroof

Whether the car you’re purchasing is used or new, the features that come with it are important. With a brand new car, you get to choose which features you want or don’t want. With used cars, the features can be a deciding factor on whether or not that car is for you. One common feature among cars includes moonroofs and sunroofs. Many people use these terms interchangeably, but is there actually a difference between the two? Yes, and Spieler’s Inc is here to break down the difference for you.


A moonroof is considered a type of sunroof that has a tinted glass panel that is actually an additional window in the roof of a car. It might also tilt upwards to allow fresh air to enter the car, but will not open completely. A glass moonroof will allow more sunlight to enter a car without the need to open it, which allows you to enjoy the sun no matter the weather conditions. A moonroof usually comes with a sliding panel that is upholstered to match the interior of the car.


Originally, sunroofs were only opaque, if the glass was transparent, it was considered a moonroof. Today, however, sunroofs and moonroofs can both be made of transparent glass. Most sunroofs slide back and forth to completely open. Sunroofs can be electronically powered or manual. Manual sunroofs may include vents rather than a sliding panel. Sunroofs let in a variable amount of light into a vehicle depending on how much they are opened.

Types of Sunroofs

There are many different types of sunroofs available including:

Pop-up: Manually operated glass that pops out when in the open position. Sometimes these types of sunroofs can be entirely removed.

Built-in: Fully automatic and slides between the car’s roof when opened. These types can come with bonus features that include sun shade, auto-close, vents and more.

Tilt ‘n Slide: A combination of sliding inside and popping out for ventilation.

Top Mount: This type of sunroof operates on rails located on top of the car’s roof. Usually, they come with a wind deflector to prevent unwanted noise at high speeds.

Panoramic: A large or multi-paneled glass that offers openings at the front and rear seats. They could be operable or fixed glass panels.

Foldable: Some European cars may feature sunroofs that collapse back similar to the way convertible tops fold back. They are made of fabric and open wider than any glass sunroof.

While sunroofs and moonroofs are similar, there is a clear difference between them. When shopping for your next car at your family-owned Central Missouri car dealership, these differences can help you choose which option is best for you. Call our sales department today at 573-796-3129 or visit our website to see which options Spieler’s has available.

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