Third Coast Auto Group helps you understand popular features

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 at 8:44 pm
A photo of a vehicle with a sunroof.

How are a sunroof and moonroof different? 

There is a lot to know about modern automobiles. Even as vehicles get more technologically advanced, one of the most common questions we hear around the various Third Coast Auto Group showrooms is, ‘How are sunroof and moonroof different?’ At the most basic level, there really isn’t much of a difference anymore. However, in automotive circles, there is a distinct difference. Our team thought it would be useful to get into the weeds a bit and explain the differences between these two very popular features. Let’s take a closer look at what our team put together.  

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For some reason, sunroof and moonroof have come to mean the same thing. Both serve similar functions by allowing light, and sometimes air, into the vehicle. However, there are some key differences that could be important to some buyers. 

A photo of a moonroof on a vehicle.
A photo of a sunroof in a vehicle.

What is a sunroof? 

For the most part, a sunroof is an opaque panel that can be opened slightly or totally removed that will allow fresh air and ambient light to get inside the vehicle. A lot of sunroofs will have also have a retractable interior shade to keep out sunlight.  

What is a moonroof? 

The chief way a moonroof is different from sunroof is that it is just a transparent panel. Most of them won’t open for ventilation. There will probably be an interior retractable sunshade in these vehicles as well.  

Will a sunroof leak? 

Anytime there is a hole put in a vehicle, there is the potential for leaks. However, just like anything else, a sunroof that is well-maintained won’t have any problems. The most common reason for leaky sunroofs is a plugged drainage system or bad weather seals.  

If you have any questions about the various features available on vehicles in our inventory, make an appointment with a Third Coast Auto Group product expert today.