Sunroof, Moonroof, or Panoramic?

So you have decided that your next car needs something different, something refreshing, like a sunroof! Or err…a moonroof? Panoramic sunroof?

Seems like there is more than one “car roof” than you thought, and you possibly are not even sure of the difference.

It’s ok, the three roof amigos seem to confuse a lot of people on their differences from one another. Keep on reading to understand more about their differences and awesome cars that have them!

Sunroof or Moonroof?

As many have heard of the “sunroof”, it is the generic phrase to describe the panel in the roof of a car which lets in sunlight. The sunroof is built into the roof of the car, typically with the same body color of the car and can be opened manually or electronically.

The “moonroof” is a common term used today to describe the inbuilt sunroof, a glass panel, the slides between the vehicle’s roof and headliner. It is practically the same thing as a sunroof, maybe the minor difference is the tinted glass panel.

There are countless options of cars with the sunroof/moonroof feature, standard or optional like the:

  • Honda Fit
  • Ford Fiesta Hatchback
  • Acura ILX
  • Buick Encore
  • Porshe Panorama

Panoramic Roof

Speaking of panorama, the “panoramic” sunroof/moonroof, has been classified as the “luxury sunroof”. This new sunroof is much larger and can also come in as a multi-panel moonroof (again, sunroof and moonroof are like fraternal twins). The panoramic sunroof/moonroof offers openings above both front and rear seats and may be opened electronically, or can be fixed into the roof of a car as unmoveable glass panels. Allowing refreshing light to flow in through its usually tinted glass roof. Below is a list of cars that come with standard panoramic sunroof/moonroof or have the option available:

  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Kia Soul
  • Ford Flex
  • Audi Q3
  • Jeep Cherokee


These lists can go on and on, and it is mostly a preference of how big you want your sunroof/moonroof. Would you like it only available above the front seats, or two panels: one for front and rear seats, or a large glass panel that stretches from the front to rear seats?

No matter what roof option you choose, has a variety of vehicles with that awesome feature! We are the largest online lease transfer marketplace and have vehicles and customers in every state in the continental United States and Canada. For more information on finding the best car lease deals or to learn how you can have a successful car lease trade, visit or contact us at 866-SWAPNOW.