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Which Cars Have Panoramic Moonroofs or Sunroofs?

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A panoramic moonroof — a large roof opening that extends to the rear seats — makes a vehicle’s interior feel more spacious and upscale, so much so that the few vehicles still offering just an old-school rectangle over the front seats seem so 1990s.

Related: What’s the Difference Between a Sunroof and a Moonroof?

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Not that everyone wants one. For some shoppers, this is a must-have feature in a new car, while others would never pay extra for one and would rarely use it if it came with the car. The same is true for used-car values. But if a big sky view is on your wish list for features in a new car, here are the 2024 model-year vehicles offering a panoramic moonroof standard, as an option or as part of specific trim levels. The panoramic moonroof might be offered on some or all related variants such as plug-in hybrids, extended-length versions or performance models. For this list, we define a moonroof, which may sometimes be called a sunroof, as an open roof design that brings light to the first and second rows of a vehicle.

2024 Cars With Panoramic Moonroofs

  • Acura: MDX, RDX, ZDX
  • Alfa Romeo: Stelvio, Tonale
  • Aston Martin: DBX
  • Audi: A4 Allroad, E-Tron GT, Q3, Q4 e-Tron, Q5, Q5 e, Q7, Q8, Q8 e-Tron
  • Bentley: Bentayga, Bentayga Hybrid, Continental GT, Flying Spur
  • BMW: 2 Series Gran Coupe, 5 Series, 7 Series, i5, i7, iX, X1, X2, X3, X4, X5, X6, X7
  • Buick: Encore GX, Envision
  • Cadillac: Escalade/Escalade ESV, Lyriq, XT4, XT5, XT6
  • Chevrolet: Blazer, Blazer EV, Equinox, Equinox EV, Malibu, Suburban, Tahoe, Trailblazer, Traverse
  • Chrysler: Pacifica, Pacifica Hybrid
  • Dodge: Hornet
  • Fisker: Ocean
  • Ford: Bronco, Edge, Escape, Expedition/Expedition Max, Explorer, F-150, F-150 Lightning, F-250, F-350, Mustang Mach-E
  • Genesis: Electrified GV70, G80, G90, GV60, GV70
  • GMC: Terrain, Yukon/Yukon XL
  • Honda: Pilot
  • Hyundai: Ioniq 5, Sonata, Tucson
  • Infiniti: QX50, QX60
  • Jaguar: E-Pace, F-Pace, I-Pace, XF
  • Jeep: Compass, Grand Cherokee/Grand Cherokee L, Grand Cherokee 4xe, Grand Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer L, Wagoneer/Wagoneer L, Wrangler, Wrangler 4xe
  • Kia: K5, Sorento, Sportage
  • Lamborghini: Urus
  • Land Rover: Defender, Discovery Sport, Range Rover, Range Rover Evoque, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar
  • Lexus: ES 350, GX 550, NX, RX, TX 350
  • Lincoln: Aviator, Corsair, Nautilus, Navigator/Navigator L
  • Maserati: Grecale, Levante
  • Mazda: CX-50, CX-90
  • Mercedes-Benz: CLA, EQE SUV, GLC Coupe, GLE, GLS
  • Mitsubishi: Eclipse Cross, Outlander
  • Nissan: Murano, Pathfinder, Titan, Titan XD
  • Polestar: 2
  • Porsche: Cayenne, Macan, Taycan
  • Ram: 1500
  • Rivian: R1S, R1T
  • Rolls-Royce: Cullinan
  • Subaru: Ascent, Forester, Solterra
  • Tesla: Model S, Model Y
  • Toyota: bZ4X, Camry, Crown, Grand Highlander, Highlander, Mirai, RAV4 Hybrid, RAV4 Prime, Sequoia, Tundra, Venza
  • VinFast: VF 8, VF 9
  • Volkswagen: Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport, Taos, Tiguan
  • Volvo: C40 Recharge, S60, S60 Recharge, S90, S90 Recharge, V60 Cross Country, V60 Recharge, V90 Cross Country, XC40, XC40 Recharge, XC60, XC60 Recharge, XC90, XC90 Recharge

Many Flavors of Moonroof

“Panoramic moonroof” encompasses many different executions. Some car marketing departments use the term panoramic sunroof instead, though that traditionally has referred to a movable — or removable — metal panel.

Most panoramic moonroofs are glass, though some vehicles, such as the Jeep Wrangler or Ford Bronco, use a retractable fabric top. Some panoramic moonroofs cover the two rows with a unit that includes two glass panels with a thin crossmember between (such as in a Hyundai Tucson); for this setup, there’s typically one panel that opens and the other is fixed. Others, such as the Subaru Forester, have one large glass panel that can open, but almost all are smaller and less “panoramic” for the backseat.

Most panoramic moonroofs have the option of popping up the moveable panel at the rear for ventilation or opening fully by sliding back into the roof structure or sliding up and back above the roof. Finally, some panoramic moonroofs light up the whole cabin but do not open, such as the fixed glass roofs on some electric vehicles, such as some Teslas, the Porsche Taycan and the Jaguar I-Pace. All of these variations are included on our list.

Not included on our list are vehicles with distinct, separate panels for the front and rear seats that are separated by a section of roof structure and headliner, such as the Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride and Cadillac CT5. Each row gets a sky view, but it falls short of “panoramic.”

Moonroof Pros and Cons

Moonroofs aren’t free; if offered as a stand-alone option, one can be $1,200 or more. More typically, a panoramic moonroof is wrapped into a package with other options you might or might not want, or it requires stepping up to a more expensive trim level. Here are some pros and cons to consider:

Advantages

  • Opens up the cabin: This is the primary appeal. The effect of the extra light and extra views is to make the cabin feel more open, spacious and airy. The smaller the vehicle, the more dramatic the effect, too.
  • Improves ventilation: A moonroof that opens can help ventilate the interior, keeping it cooler and fresher with less wind buffeting and road noise than from opening the side windows.

Disadvantages

  • Adds weight: Adding what can be a couple of hundred pounds of glass and mechanisms at roof level raises the vehicle’s center of gravity, and the added weight has a small cost in gas mileage.
  • Eventually needs maintenance: Gaskets and drains can eventually lead to leaks that must be repaired. The moveable glass and shade electronics and motors might have maintenance issues, as well. Warranty coverage and how long you plan to keep the car might be considerations.
  • Gains or loses heat: In hot weather, a moonroof boosts the greenhouse effect that leads to a hotter closed cabin when parked and more work for the air conditioner when on the move. In cold weather, less insulation than a car with a steel roof can result in heat loss.
  • Cuts headroom: Compared to variants of a vehicle without a moonroof, one with a moonroof can have inches less headroom.

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