What is a sunroof?

A sunroof is a transparent panel on the roof of a car. It can be tilted up or removed to allow light, air, or both to enter the vehicle. 

What is a moonroof?

A moonroof is a tinted glass panel installed on the roof of a car. It cannot be removed or opened, so it only allows for light to enter the vehicle. 

What is the primary difference between the two?

A sunroof and a moonroof are essentially the same. Both terms are used interchangeably. However, one minor difference sets them apart from one another. 

As described previously, both are panels installed on the car’s roof. But a sunroof will allow light and air inside the vehicle, whereas a moonroof will only let the light come through. Additionally, the latter is tinted, while the former is transparent. 

Most of the time, when people mention a moonroof, they are referring to a sunroof. People need to be made aware of the primary difference between the two. Hence, the dealers should always explain each in detail to enable you to make a well-informed decision. 

Which one is better; a sunroof or a moonroof?

It depends entirely on a person’s preference. Some people may enjoy a transparent panel that allows for air to come in, whereas others may despise it. The installation costs are almost identical.

If we talk about it generally, sunshine can be a mood lifter for lots of people. Similarly, a sunroof may come in handy on a sunny day when the weather is lovely. However, a moonroof is less likely to sunburn passengers on bright, sunny days. But, a sunroof may enable the passengers to stargaze during a road trip, which is impossible with a moon roof as it is tinted.

On the contrary, sunroofs and moonroofs take up a lot of head space and add extra mass to a vehicle, interfering with its center of gravity. This could make it less desirable, but something a person can always work with. Furthermore, the maintenance cost associated with both is on the pricier side.


It’s important to understand both terms to be able to differentiate between them. Take your time researching, and make a decision based on your personal preference. If you need someone to guide you, AZ Sun Tops is an excellent place for consultation and buying.