Moonroof vs. Sunroof: What's the Difference?

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More likely than not, you’ve probably heard the terms sunroof and moonroof being used interchangeably. When reading up on features while hunting for a new Maserati that has a moonroof, like the Levante, you might find yourself confused, wondering, “What’s the difference between a sunroof and a moonroof? Aren’t they the same thing?” No, they’re actually different. While both moonroofs and sunroofs are panel types that are meant to let in fresh air during your Arlington drives, they have their own differences. Learn more about how the two differ in the following moonroof vs. sunroof guide, and browse our new vehicle inventory to discover a Maserati with a moonroof or sunroof today.

What is a Sunroof?

First, let’s break down the definition of a sunroof. Classic sunroofs are non-transparent panels found on the top of a vehicle, and are meant to blend in with the rest of the interior. These panels can be opened to give you a fresh breath of air when driving around Plano.

What is a Moonroof?

Moonroofs happen to be a type of sunroof, but are instead made of glass. Unlike sunroofs, you can’t remove a moonroof, but they still can be opened. Moonroofs typically come with a sliding panel inside the interior, in which you can slide open to reveal the glass of the moonroof, hence, let in the moonlight. Most cars today have a moonroof vs sunroof.

Summary: The Main Difference Between a Sunroof and Moonroof

After reviewing the definitions of both moonroofs and sunroofs, let’s establish the main differences between a moonroof vs. sunroof:

  • Sunroofs are typically made of metal, and sometimes canvas, and are removable.These can still slide open to let in air.
  • Moonroofs are not made of metal or canvas, and are instead transparent or semi-transparent and are made of glass. Moonroofs slide between the headliner and the roof. Typically, moonroofs are bigger than sunroofs, but not always. .

What Are Panoramic Roof Systems?

In addition to moonroofs and sunroofs, panoramic roof systems are becoming increasingly more popular. These are usually standard on many luxury cars, including Maserati. Panoramic roof systems feature several panels, and can be removable or fixed, meaning that rear passengers and front passengers have their own personal panel to soak up the sun in Fort Worth.

Discover a Maserati with a Moonroof in Hurst!

Wanting to get behind the wheel of a Maserati vehicle with a sunroof, moonroof, or panoramic sunroof? Continue your Maserati research by reading up on the features of different models, then contact us at Momentum Maserati once you find a model that you want to test drive at our dealership in Hurst. For additional questions and available models, don’t hesitate to give us a call.


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