Sunroof vs. Moonroof: What’s the Difference?

Is your quality used car equipped with a sunroof or a moonroof? Do you know how to tell the two apart? Do you think there's even a difference between the two? You might be surprised to learn that there is a technical difference between a sunroof and a moonroof. Most people use the terms interchangeably.

“These days, there’s not much difference between a sunroof and a moonroof,” said Nelson Ireson, senior editor at Automobile. “It used to be that sunroofs were metal rather than glass, and could open the cabin to the air, while moonroofs were transparent or tinted glass panels that could have a sliding cover and need not, but might slide open.”

Here is the technical breakdown you’ve been waiting for. A sunroof is a panel in your car’s roof that pops up or slides open to let air or natural light inside. A moonroof is a type of sunroof. It’s a glass panel that slides between the car’s roof and headliner.

If a sunroof or moonroof is at the top of your list when purchasing a used vehicle, then we’d like to invite you down to our dealership to view your options. When you’re ready, contact the team here at Wissler Motors to schedule your private test drive. We can’t wait to hear from you soon!

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