Moonroof vs. Sunroof: What's the Difference?

2019 Nissan Pathfinder with moonroof

The terms sunroof and moonroof are used so interchangeably that not everyone knows the difference. What sets them apart is that the sunroof is made of glass or metal installed in the roof of a car, truck or SUV. It slides open or pops up for more light and air to flow into the cabin. A moonroof is a clear or tinted glass that slides between the roof and headliner, and it’s often tilted for fresh air. Either way, both can offer a breath of fresh air and give your vehicle’s interior a more spacious feel on those Newnan or Douglasville drives. Contact us to learn more.



What Are Panoramic Roof Systems?

Different types of sunroofs and moonroofs include pop-up, spoiler, solar, top-mount, removable, electronic, and electric. The most popular is the panoramic roof. You’ll find these offered on higher trim levels or as available options. Panoramic roof options will also be found standard on high-end luxury models. These types of roof options come with multiple panels that are either operable or fixed. This way the front and rear passengers can open their panel for extra air or sunlight.


Vehicles with a Moonroof/Sunroof

    • Nissan Sentra: This model comes with a power tilting and sliding moonroof standard in the SR Turbo, SL, and high-octane NISMO trim levels.
    • Nissan Altima: The power tilting and sliding moonroof also comes standard in the Nissan Altima in the 3.5 SL and is available in the 2.5 SV and 2.5 SL trims with the upgrade of a Technology Package.
    • Nissan Maxima: This model gets a dual-panel panoramic moonroof, which comes standard in the SL and Platinum trims.
    • Nissan Rogue: The power panoramic moonroof is available as part of the SL Premium Package or SV Sun and Sound Touring Package.
    • Nissan Rogue Sport: The one-touch power tilt-and-slide moonroof is only available through the SL Premium Package.
    • Nissan Murano: The one-touch power tilt-and-slide moonroof can be found standard in the Platinum trim or with the SL Moonroof Package or SV Premium Package.
    • Nissan Pathfinder: On the Platinum trim, you’ll find the dual-panel panoramic moonroof standard, but you can also find it in the SL Premium Package.
  • Nissan Armada: While available through the SL Premium Package, the one-touch open and close, tilting/sliding power moonroof comes standard on the Platinum trim.
  • Nissan Frontier: A power tilting and sliding moonroof comes standard in the SL trims with the crew cab body style, and it’s available in the SV Moonroof Package for crew cab models or in the PRO-4x Premium Package.

Test Drive a Vehicle with a Moonroof at Scott Evans Nissan

Are there used vehicles with a sunroof or moonroof? Absolutely. You can find a variety of different models with the features you want and more. Find the new or used car with a moonroof or sunroof you’re looking for at Scott Evans Nissan. In the meantime, if you have any questions, you want to learn more about our new and pre-owned vehicle specials, or you’re looking for great new places to eat around Carrollton, visit us near Newnan or contact us!

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