Moonroof vs. Sunroof

2019 Toyota Highlander Sunroof

Many people in Long Branch use the terms sunroof and moonroof interchangeably, but there are differences that set these two features apart on a new Toyota vehicle. A 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 moonroof is typically a clear or tinted glass panel that slides between the roof and the headliner, and can sometimes be opened to allow in fresh air. 


A moonroof or a sunroof will upgrade the interior of your Toyota vehicle, making your Toms River commute more enjoyable. Learn more about the differences between a sunroof and a moonroof with Galaxy Toyota below and then contact our team to compare the moonroof vs. sunroof in person at our dealership.  

What is a Sunroof?

When you compare a moonroof vs. sunroof, 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 an unique driving experience. 

What is a 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 like some sunroofs can, but they can still slide or tilt open for fresh air or light. Moonroofs 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 moonroof vs. sunroof!  

What is a Panoramic Roof? 

While a moonroof and a sunroof are commonly found on Toyota models, there is another roof system that 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 panel for fresh air and sunlight. Panoramic roofs are usually found on luxury vehicle models, but some Toyota models – such as the Toyota RAV4 and Highlander – also come with panoramic roofs on their upper trim levels.  

See Our Toyota Inventory in Person 

If you want to see the difference between a sunroof and moonroof in person, visit our Eatontown showroom to take a test drive in a new Toyota model. You can even see our models with panoramic roofs to experience the next-generation of luxury Toyota features. Contact our finance team today to take a test drive and drive home in a new Toyota model! 


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