A moonroof and a sunroof are different — here is how

March 9th, 2021 by

Are a sunroof and moonroof the same thing?
Once someone has settled on the model they want to take home, picking out the features they want to add is really the reward they earned for going through the whole car-buying process. A popular game in the Acura of Modesto breakroom involves several of our teammates outfitting their dream vehicle. Somehow, this led to a debate analyzing the question, ‘Are a sunroof and moonroof the same thing?’ This one turned out to be more interesting than we thought. Today, the two terms are used interchangeably, but one of the more experienced members of the team pointed out this was wrong. After doing a little research we were all kind of shocked by what we found. We thought it would be interesting to share this information with you.

What is the difference between a sunroof and a moonroof?
The chief way to tell if you’re looking at a sunroof or a moonroof is to determine if light is coming through. The online consensus says that a sunroof is a piece of metal that can be slid out of the way, or otherwise removed, to open the passenger cabin to the element. Think of a window on the roof of your vehicle that has a body color-matching panel covering it.

On the other hand, a moonroof is a glass panel that will always let at least some light inside the vehicle. The modern moonroof may or may not open for ventilation.

Modern vehicle manufacturers have largely stopped using sunroofs in favor of moonroofs. That seems to be the reason why the two terms have become synonymous. Regardless of what someone chooses to call it a sunroof or a moonroof, it will likely be considered a premium option by the automaker.

If you are curious about your options available at Acura of Modesto, make an appointment with one of our product experts today.

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