Sunroof vs. Moonroof

2019 Toyota Highlander Sunroof

What is the difference between the sunroof vs. the moonroof? Many people in Eatontown use the terms sunroof and moonroof interchangeably, but some differences set these two features apart on a new Toyota vehicle. A Toyota sunroof is a panel made of glass or metal that’s installed on the roof of a car, truck, or SUV, which slides open or pops up to allow light and air into the cabin. A Toyota moonroof is typically a clear or tinted glass panel that slides between the roof and the headliner and can sometimes be opened to allow a breath of fresh air.

A moonroof or a sunroof will upgrade the interior of your Toyota vehicle, making your Toms River commute more enjoyable. Explore the differences between a Toyota sunroof vs. moonroof with the team at Galaxy Toyota near Long Branch below, then contact our team to compare them in person!

What is a Toyota Sunroof?

When you compare a sunroof vs. moonroof, there are some notable differences between the two systems. The sunroof is a classic installation on Toyota models. It’s usually an opaque panel on the top of a vehicle that matches the rest of its body color. A sunroof can be tilted or even retracted completely to allow in light or fresh air while you drive in Freehold. Some sunroof models can even be removed completely for a unique driving experience.

What is a Toyota Moonroof?

Similarly to a sunroof, a moonroof is made of glass and is typically tinted to filter sunlight. However, a moonroof cannot be removed from your vehicle as some sunroofs can, but they can still slide or tilt open for fresh air or light. Toyota sunroofs also come with an interior panel that you slide open to access the moonroof itself. This panel typically matches the vehicle’s interior material and color to blend seamlessly with the rest of the cabin. Most modern Toyota models feature a moonroof rather than a sunroof. While people use these terms interchangeably, as you can see, there is a difference between the sunroof vs. moonroof!

What is a Panoramic Roof?

While a moonroof and a sunroof are commonly found on Toyota models, another roof system is making its way onto newer vehicles: the panoramic roof. A panoramic roof can stretch the length of a vehicle’s roof, offering a beautiful view of the city around you and the sky above. Panoramic roofs come with multiple panels in the roof that are either operable or fixed. This allows front and rear passengers to open their panels for fresh air and sunlight. Panoramic roofs are usually found on luxury vehicles, but some Toyota models – such as the Toyota RAV4 and Highlander – also have panoramic roofs on their upper trim levels.

Compare Sunroofs vs. Moonroofs at Galaxy Toyota

If you want to see the difference between a sunroof vs. a moonroof in person, visit our Eatontown showroom to test-drive a new Toyota model on Freehold or Toms River roads. You can even see our models with panoramic roofs to experience the next generation of luxury Toyota features. Contact our finance team today to get started!


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