Moonroof or Sunroof? (Yes, There’s a Difference)

Moonroof or Sunroof? Learn the Difference!

In the auto industry, both terms ‘moonroof’ and ‘sunroof’ seem to be used interchangeably. While this is completely understandable (even we’re guilty of it from time to time), it turns out that there really is a difference between these two features. So, moonroof or sunroof – what is the difference?

Sunroof expert, Marc Levinson, is an authority on the subject and has explained that a moonroof is actually a type of sunroof and that the word ‘sunroof’ is sort of an umbrella term encompassing any and all types of panels in a car’s roof capable of letting in ventilation or light. Phew, glad we cleared that up

So where did ‘moonroof’ come from? Back in the 70s, the term was established to indicate glass-paneled electric sunroofs of the inbuilt variation (inbuilt meaning that the panel, when open, slides between the headliner and the roof of the car).

If you are still stunned by the fact that there’s a difference between moonroofs and sunroofs, then you might want to sit down for this one… It turns out that there are many, many different types of sunroofs: “Pop-up, Spoiler, Folding, Topslider, Inbuilt, Removable Panel, and large roof systems.”

May seem like a lot of information to remember for someone wanting a car with a sunroof, but don’t worry… here at Hanner, we’ll take care of all the details to make sure all of your drives are filled with warm air and sunshine (although we really can’t control the weather).


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