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The Difference Between a Sunroof and a Moonroof

Last updated on November 19, 2019 at 09:49 am

When it comes to buying a car, there’s a lot to consider besides the obvious make, model and color. Will your interior be leather? Do you want a backup camera? How about sunroof? A moonroof?

Aren’t those the same thing?

If you answered “yes” to that last question, you’re half right. People tend to use the two terms interchangeably as they are quite similar. However, if you really want to “wow” the car salesmen, you’ll know that there is a difference between a sunroof and a moonroof. And no, the difference doesn’t depend on whether you’re driving during the day or at night.

Generally speaking, both a sunroof and a moonroof are panels in the roof that allow light and fresh air into the vehicle. But herein lies the difference. A sunroof is traditionally a solid body-colored panel that lets both air and light in once opened.

On the other hand, a moonroof is a type of sunroof that uses a sliding glass panel instead of a solid panel. Because a moonroof uses a glass panel, you can either keep it closed, which allows only sunlight to enter, or open it to let both sunlight and fresh air in.

Moonroofs first appeared in vehicles in 1973 while sunroofs have been around since 1937, according to Kelley Blue Book.

By and large, that’s the difference between a sunroof and a moonroof. Before you visit the dealership, remember that all moonroofs are technically sunroofs, but not all sunroofs are moonroof. Regardless, your car insurance should help you protect either one (generally speaking).

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