Moonroof vs. Sunroof: What's the Difference?


There’s nothing better than cruising around Sarasota in your Lexus, letting the fresh air inside your Lexus RX or ES through your sunroof— or is it your moonroof? While the terms are similar and often used interchangeably, you may be wondering “what’s the difference between a sunroof and a moonroof?” Read on below to discover what technically sets a moonroof vs. sunroof apart, and which new Lexus models come outfitted with one.

Difference Between Sunroof and Moonroof

A sunroof, technically, is a body-colored panel on the roof of a car that can be fully removed or tiled up to allow for greater ventilation and natural light. A moonroof is a kind of sunroof— one typically made of glass and cannot be manually or fully removed from a vehicle like a sunroof can. If a sunroof is sounding unfamiliar, that’s because sunroofs are a lot less common on modern cars.

Moonroof vs. Sunroof vs. Other Types

While a moonroof is a category of sunroof, there are also other kinds of sunroof and moonroof designs you may see around Lakewood Ranch and beyond. These can include:

  • Pop-up
  • Spoiler
  • Inbuilt
  • Top mount
  • Solar
  • Removable
  • Electric/Electronic
  • Panoramic

Lexus Panorama Glass Roof

As Lexus continues to innovate the luxury vehicle standard, features continue to evolve. In this case, Lexus created something beyond a moonroof vs. sunroof: the panorama glass roof. This futuristic, sleek design option offers more light than a traditional sunroof or moonroof, and elevates every drive throughout Venice. The panorama glass roof is available on select 2020 models including:

  • ES 350
  • ES 350 Luxury
  • ES 350 Ultra Luxury
  • RX 350
  • RX 350 F Sport
  • RX 450h
  • RX 450h F Sport
  • LS 500
  • LS 500 Sport

A conventional moonroof is available on almost every model, including all of the Lexus SUV lineup. 

Find Your Lexus at Wilde Lexus Sarasota

With newfound knowledge of the slight difference between sunroof and moonroof, come check out our Lexus models with a moonroof and the models with the impressive panoramic glass roof. Fill out our test drive form, and we’ll be sure to get you behind the wheel of a model that brings in plenty of Bradenton sunshine through the top.

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