What are the Differences Between a Moonroof and a Sunroof?

March 18th, 2020 by

a family looking through a moonroof built into the roof of a red car

Moonroof vs Sunroof

You might know what a moonroof is on a vehicle, but do you know what a sunroof is? Or is it the other way around? It’s very likely that you’ve mistaken a moonroof for a sunroof, and a sunroof for a moonroof. So, let’s set the record straight today and answer that question. What are the differences between a sunroof and a moonroof?

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So, let’s start with the basics. Both moonroofs and sunroofs are fixed on the top of your car, in the roof obviously, and open up to let sun and air into the vehicle. That’s what moonroofs and sunroofs have in common.

What Makes a Moonroof a Moonroof? 

  • Moonroofs are made out of glass 
  • Moonroofs slide into the car frame of a vehicle 

Additionally, moonroofs will often likely have a net or additional barrier where a sunroof won’t. This setup allows the sun and air to filter in while keeping bugs and leaves out. 

2019 Honda Passport interior shot of front seating, steering wheel, dashboard, and sunroof layout and design
woman relaxing on top of car through an open sunroof on a grassy hill by the water

What Makes a Sunroof a Sunroof?

  • Sunroofs are made of the same material as the body of the vehicle 
  • Sunroofs pop up and slide along the top of a car frame 

Old Cars and New Cars

With these few signifiers, you should be able to easily determine if your vehicle has either a moonroof or sunroof. Additionally, we should mention that most modern cars are only made with moonroofs, as the design of sunroofs has been, more or less, phased out. So, moonroofs are more common in modern cars, and sunroofs are more common in older cars. 

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