Panoramic sunroofs are attractive for many reasons, which is why they appeal to a broad audience. Automakers have realized this trend and have begun to develop more vehicles with a panoramic sunroof or panoramic moonroof option.
Here's a look at some of the best options on the market today:
Ford Mustang Mach-E
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is an all-electric crossover SUV that transfers the Mustang name and heritage into an SUV shape. The Mach-E is a new car in the Ford lineup and can be equipped with a battery for a 300-mile maximum driving range on a single charge. Safety and security features are standard across all trim levels, and driver assistance systems are standard. The Mach-E seats up to five passengers and is offered in five trim levels the Select, Premium, California Route 1, First Edition, and GT trims.
A panoramic sunroof is available on all trim levels providing an open-air experience, and pricing starts at $43,995 for the Select trim level and rises to the $61,600 top-of-the-line GT. The Mach-E is offered in both rear-wheel-drive (RWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD).
The 2021 Audi Q8 is powered by a 335-horsepower turbo V-6 engine and comes standard with Audi's Quattro AWD drivetrain. The Q8 is firmly a luxury mid-size SUV but handles and performs more like a sports sedan with athletic handling and strong acceleration. All Q8 models have blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert as standard features. An optional Executive Package now includes adaptive cruise control, heated rear seats, lane-keeping assist, matrix-design LED headlights, and leather-covered door armrests.
All three Q8 trim levels come with a standard panoramic sunroof. The Q8 has a starting MSRP of $69,925 for the Premium trim and tops out at $78,945 for the Prestige. Fuel economy is a weak point for the Audi, at 17 mpg city and 21 mpg highway, making road trips with the large sunroof manageable but pricey.
BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe
The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is the brand's smallest sedan, producing 228 horsepower in the 228i model with FWD or xDrive AWD and the 301 horsepower AWD-only M235i through a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. A panoramic moonroof is optional on all models. Standard safety features of the Gran Coupe include automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring with a rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist.
The 228i model of the Gran Coupe starts at $36,695, and the more powerful M235i starts at $46,495. The Gran Coupe offers up to 23 mpg city and 33 mpg highway, making sunset cruises with the panoramic sunroof fun and more efficient than a larger BMW sedan. The M235i model has optional rear-seat sunshades for added comfort, too.
The Cadillac CT5 is like other luxury cars in its class, including the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, with an impressive interior, sporty handling, and a large panoramic sunroof. The CT5 comes in RWD standard but offers optional AWD across all models. The CT5 comes in four different models, with the V-Series being the top-of-the-line option. The CT5 is equipped with automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection as standard equipment, with an optional lane-departure warning system with lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control.
The CT5-V model boasts a twin-turbo V6 with up to 360 horsepower, while the base model offers a 237 horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The infotainment system in the CT5 features the latest version of the CUE infotainment system, displayed on a 10-inch touchscreen in the center of the dashboard. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration come standard, and optional features include a head-up display, wireless device charging, and an eight-speaker Bose sound system. The CT5 starts at an MSRP of $38,190 and rises to $48,990 for the CT5-V.
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
The Land Rover Range Rover Sport is a well-known luxury SUV with incredible off-road capability. The Range Rover Sport can be taken on backcountry roads for some fresh air and offers a more scenic experience than other vehicles in its class with a large panoramic sunroof. The Range Rover Sport is offered in five different models: SE, HSE Silver Edition, HST, HSE Dynamic, and the Autobiography edition.
Every Range Rover Sport comes with a four-wheel-drive system paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Engine choices are as diverse as the models, offering five different engine choices for the Range Rover Sport. It provides ample space for all passengers and even offers a small third-row seat on some models. The starting MSRP for a 2021 Range Rover Sport SE is $70,850, with the top-end Autobigpraphy edition starting at $91,350.
The 2021 Chrysler 300 is a full-size luxury car that seats five and competes with models like the Nissan Maxima and Toyota Avalon, as well as versions of the Toyota Camry and even Lexus ES. The Chrysler 300 is unusual for its RWD layout paired with a Hemi V-8 engine with 363 horsepower. The standard 292-hp 3.6-liter V-6 engine is also available with AWD. The Chrysler 300 is offered in three trim levels, the Touring, Touring L, and the 300S. At a base level, the Touring trim comes with cloth seats and basic amenities. But the two higher trim levels are equipped with power-adjustable front seats with heat and adjustable lumbar support, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather seats, and illuminated front and rear cupholders.
All models offer an optional panoramic sunroof and feature a standard 8.4-inch touchscreen display compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2021 Chrysler 300 Touring has a starting MSRP of $32,965, and the 300S starts at $39,815.
Jeep Grand Cherokee L
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L not only previews the redesigned 2022 Grand Cherokee due at the end of the year, but it's the first three-row Grand Cherokee ever.
The Grand Cherokee L offers a dual-pane panoramic sunroof across all four model variants. The Grand Cherokee L is offered in Laredo, Limited, Overland, and Summit models. The Laredo model starts at $38,000, and the top-end Summit model starts at $55,000 when it goes on sale in spring 2021.
All Grand Cherokee L models come standard with a 10.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and the Laredo is equipped with an 8.4-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. All Grand Cherokees are offered in either an AWD drivetrain configuration or a more advanced four-wheel-drive system. With a comprehensive list of options and new technology, the Grand Cherokee L poses stiff competition to mainstream SUVs like the Toyota Highlander and luxury models like the Volvo XC90.
Hyundai Santa Fe
The Hyundai Santa Fe has been a popular SUV for the company since it was introduced more than 20 years ago. The Hyundai Santa Fe has undergone many changes since its release in 2001, and the revised 2021 version is the most sophisticated iteration yet. The Santa Fe offers a roomy cabin, desirable features, and plenty of cargo space. The Santa Fe comes with a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine in either FWD or AWD, and a hybrid powertrain is also available, something unavailable on rivals like the Subaru Outback.
The Santa Fe offers many safety features standard, including driver-assistance technologies, and is offered with a large panoramic sunroof. Prices start at $28,185 for the SE model and $43,435 for the upscale Calligraphy model, with an extensive price range spanning 10 Santa Fe models for 2021.
The Kia Stinger offers the performance, features, and style to contend with the big German sports sedans. The interior has a luxurious cabin feel and includes an infotainment system compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto. The 2021 Kia Stinger offers a panoramic sunroof that illuminates the cabin and gives it a bright and warmer feel.
The Kia Stinger comes in four different models, the GT2 being the top-of-the-line model with a starting MSRP of $51,435. Both the 255-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo-four and turbo V6 are offered with either RWD or AWD drivetrains, and the GT2 model can get from zero to 60 in 4.4 seconds.
Hyundai Veloster N
The 2021 Hyundai Veloster N is a turbocharged hatchback equipped with a 2.0-liter inline-four engine producing 275 horsepower. The Veloster N has sports-car-like handling, now available with an eight-speed dual-clutch automated transmission.
The Veloster N is Hyundai's high-performance and most aggressive version of the Hyundai Veloster. The Veloster N has a panoramic sunroof as standard and has a starting MSRP of $33,255.
What Makes a Panoramic Sunroof Different?
The difference between a panoramic sunroof and a regular sunroof or a moonroof is that the panoramic sunroof typically runs the length of the front and rear seats, if not almost the entire length of the vehicle.
A traditional sunroof is installed right above the front seats and is more compact in design. Panoramic sunroofs can be one large glass panel or multiple smaller panels that run the length of the vehicle.
Panoramic sunroofs typically do not fully open as the vehicle has nowhere to store the glass roof, unlike a convertible that packs the folding roof neatly behind the seats or in the trunk.
However, cars with panoramic sunroofs don't need the same structural strengthening as convertibles while still offering some open-roof feel and a rush of fresh air.
Pros and Cons of Panoramic Sunroofs:
Increases amount of light entering the cabin of the vehicle when closed, acting as a skylight
Opening a panoramic sunroof as opposed to rolling down windows helps cut back on wind and road noise, especially when paired with a wind deflector
It helps mitigate claustrophobia in some vehicles with small side windows or dark interiors
Often leaves less headroom than traditional vehicle roofs
Increases the interior heat of the cabin in the summer months
Adds to weight and cost of the vehicle
If you've weighed the good and less-good points of spending money on a new car with a panoramic sunroof, here are 10 of the best choices for vehicles with these large glass roofs.