The popularity of cars with panoramic sunroofs continues to increase. The technology is also improving. More and more luxury vehicles are installing this feature.
Below are the 12 best cars with panoramic sunroofs from 2018.
1. Cadillac CTS Luxury
Cadillac is a symbol of American luxury motoring. It has been able to hold its own in a very competitive luxury sedan market.
The 2018 Cadillac comes with an automatically heated steering, in addition to other luxuries. The Cadillac CTS Luxury is one such example. The model is offered in five trims. The base model is powered by a 2.0 engine.
The top trims are powered by a twin-turbo 3,6-liter V6 gasoline that produces 420 horsepower. The transmission is a pedal-controlled 8-speed automatic. The vehicles are rear-wheel or you can have an optional all-wheel drive.
You can enjoy such power whilst sitting in the lap of a luxurious leather interior enhanced by a panoramic sunroof and other luxuries. The express open/close sliding and tilting panoramic roof is available in all the trims except the base.
The CTS is equipped with adaptive xenon headlights with automatic high beams, a navigation system, and in terms of sound, you will not miss a beat with the 13 speaker Bose sound system.
Safety features are well taken care of with lane departure warning, forward collision alert, and blind-spot monitoring. In fact, there are many more features that you can enjoy.
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2. Genesis G80 3.8
The Genesis is a mid-size luxury sedan with lots of power and luxurious amenities for your driving pleasure.
Three trims are available.
The base trim is powered by 3.8 V6 gasoline engine that gives 311 horsepower. Transmission is 8-speed automatic, with an optional all-wheel drive.
The base trim is packed with luxuries that include an optional tilt/slide power panoramic sunroof, with power sunshade.
Other features are adaptive blind-spot monitoring, ventilated front seats, an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android, and Bi-Xenon headlights.
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In fact, the features are too many to mention.
Above the base are four other trims, all with the panoramic sunroof as standard.
All trims offer the standard luxury features that include a panoramic sunroof. It is offered as an option on the base model.
The 5.0 Ultimate trim is the boss, powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that blasts 420 horsepower. This will take to 60 miles an hour in 5.2 seconds.
3. Lexus ES 350
The Lexus ES350 is a top-selling mid-size luxury sedan. That says a lot about its build quality and styling.
It is offered with a standard panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, among many others for your enjoyment. An 8-inch infotainment touch screen also comes as standard.
Various packages are available that give you access to many other features. You can simply choose the base trim and build a car of your choice, including a panoramic sunroof, from various optional packages.
The luxury package, for example, includes a tilt/slide panoramic sunroof, a power rear shade, heated and ventilated front seats, and wood trim.
Power comes from a 3.5-liter V6 engine capable of producing 268 horsepower. This is linked to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
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4. Toyota Camry
The very popular Toyota Camry comes packed with various amenities and an exterior that certainly turns heads.
One of these is a power tilt/slide panoramic sunroof that creates a warm and shielded environment within interior. Occupants are able not only to see ahead and sideways but can also gaze at the clouds or the stars, depending on the time of day.
The panoramic sunroof is a standard on the Camry XSE and XLE V6, and optional on a number of other trims, including hybrids.
The Camry comes with a classy styling that includes 19-inch alloys, LED headlights with LED daytime running lights.
The touch screen is 8-inch, with many extras, including the Entune 3.04 system.
You can also select different driving modes from the push of a button, as you enjoy the power from either a 2.5-liter or 3.5-liter V6, mated to an 8-speed automatic.
Safety features include a pre-collision system, lane departure alert, and automatic high beams.
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5. Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
This is one sedan that is taking on the Toyota Camry Hybrid head-on.
The Hybrid Sonata features a standard panoramic sunroof on the GLS and Limited trims.
The Sonata Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter GDi engine, coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The electric power is provided by a 38kw Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor.
The system produces 193 horsepower.
Other features include an 8-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Multimedia.
Navigation, proximity-activated hands-free trunk opening, adaptive cruise control, dual-zone climate control, lane departure warning, and many others, are available on the top trims.
Safety features include full LED headlights with adaptive cornering, LED daytime running lights, and high beam assist.
6. Audi A8
The Audi A8 is right there at the top, competing for the “top large luxury sedan” gong with its German compatriots. It continues to get closer but has to also watch its back as the Japanese, Americans, Swedish and Koreans are also in the chase. It is getting congested at the top!
The 2018 edition includes a panoramic sunroof to enhance the exterior looks and interior comfort. The big sedan is powered by big engines as expected. These include a 3.0-liter V6 and a 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbo, producing a massive 333 and 450 hp respectively.
If this power is not enough for your driving pleasure, there is the option of the Audi S8, powered by a 4.0-liter that is tuned to produce 605 hp. Transmission is an 8-speed automatic.
For such an executive saloon, expect most of the latest technologies, including full LED headlights, four-zone climate control, leather interior, ventilated and massaging front seats, just to whet your appetite.
The Audi A8 sits on 19-inch alloy wheels, with options to move to 21-inch.
Safety is taken care of by the optional active safety technology that includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and emergency braking. In fact, you can expect the best in top luxury sedan.
If you can afford it, get one for yourself, and experience the sheer power in the most comfortable of environments. Even if you can’t afford it, book yourself a test drive.
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7. Mercedes S-Class
The Mercedes S-Class is certainly at the top of the luxury sedan hierarchy. It is the go-to luxury for most drivers.
The 2018 S-Class includes a few changes, such as a 3.0 liter twin-turbo V6 gasoline for the S450 as the base trim, more power to the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 gasoline engine for the S560 and AMG S6, and other technological changes.
Both luxury sedans have as standard features dual 12.3-inch screens, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, blind-spot assistance, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, among many others. Both can be Rear-Wheel Drive, or 4-Matic All-Wheel Drive, with a 9-speed automatic transmission.
The S Class Sedan will certainly continue to lead in technological innovations in the automotive industry, despite an obvious shift to SUVs.
8. Volvo S90 T5
The 2018 S90 is longer than its predecessor, giving more legroom in the rear seat. In addition, it comes standard with a panoramic sunroof that creates a lovely atmosphere for all passengers.
The variants include front-wheel and all-wheel drive.
The T5 S90 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine that produces 250 horsepower.
The T8 variant is powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged, supercharged, and electrified engine. The combination produces 400 horsepower to give sheer driving power.
The transmission is an eight-speed automatic.
Other standard features include LED headlights, 18-inch alloys, automatic high beams, keyless entry and ignition, and different drive modes.
You wouldn’t ask for more, but you could.
9. Nissan Maxima
The Nissan Maxima trims are front-wheel drive, powered by a 3.5-liter V6 with an output of 300 horsepower. The engine is mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
The 2018 model comes with a standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, dual-zone climate control, proximity keyless entry, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.
The Maxima comes in six trims.
A panoramic sunroof is standard on the SL, Platinum, and Platinum Reserve trims, whilst optional on the SR trim.
The SL trim also offers heated steering, adaptive cruise control, and an 11-speaker audio system.
Moving up to the SV trim adds a leather interior and heated front seats.
Next are the SR and Platinum. You get LED headlights, sport-tuned suspension.
The Platinum will give you a remote start, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, and surround-view parking.
If you want to control your driving, the base SL trim could be good enough.
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10. Chrysler 300
The Chrysler 300 competes very well in the affordable luxury sedan segment. It scores very well in terms of interior space and infotainment.
The Chrysler 300 allows you to build up your own vehicle with a selection of packages.
Five trims are available.
All Chrysler trims come with an optional panoramic sunroof from the Value Package.
The Touring, Touring S, and Limited are powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine with an output of 292 horsepower. The same engine is bumped up to give 300 horsepower for the 300S.
The top-level 300C gets a 5.7-liter V8 with a reasonable 363 horsepower. Transmission is provided by a standard 8-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive. An all-wheel drive is an option on all the trims except for the top-level 300C.
Among the common features are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, remote start, LED lights.
Further up the trims, you get heated front seats, driver memory settings, and Xenon adaptive headlights right at the top 300C trim.
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11. Audi S5
The Audi S5 is for those drivers looking for luxury and performance. It is a mid-range sport luxury right at the top with its German siblings, the Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG and the BMW 440i xDrive.
In terms of take-off speed, it outguns them, with the Audi’s 3.0-liter V6 turbocharged 345 horsepower engine taking the vehicle to 60 miles in 4.4 seconds. This is enabled by 8-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive.
The 3-door body sits on 18-inch wheels, on which are attached summer performance tires.
Three body styles are offered; coupe, sportback, and convertible. These come in two trims. The Premium Plus and Prestige.
Both trims come with a standard panoramic sunroof.
Other features include luxuries such as LED headlights, automatic wipers, keyless entry and ignition, heated power front seats with massage, and driver memory.
Technology includes a 7-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, Wi-Fi hotspot, and Bluetooth and smartphone integration.
Safety features include forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition, among others.
12. Mercedes-AMG C43 4MATIC Coupe
The AMG is one of the best luxury cars to experience, not just to drive. Cars are of course meant to be driven, but not everyone likes driving. That means as much as focus should go to the driver, it should not forget the driven, i.e. the passengers.
The AMG C43 caters for both.
The panoramic sunroof takes care of all the occupants, creating an atmosphere that puts all at ease.
Features are plentiful, as expected. This is a car meant for those who know what they want and can afford it. That means, if a feature can be included, it will be included.
If it can be imagined, it can, and will be created!
What are the Pros and Cons of SUVs with Panoramic Sunroof?
Pros of Cars with a Panoramic Sunroof
- Interior Ambiance
The panoramic sunroof improves the interior of the vehicle through improved lighting. This increases the comfort of the vehicle for the occupants.
- Increase in cabin temperature
The sun’s rays through the glass help to retain heat in the cabin. This helps in areas where temperatures are generally low, but the sun shines.
- Natural Cooling
With a sliding or open sunroof, the natural air can help to cool the cabin, saving on the air-conditioning.
Cons of Cars with a Panoramic Sunroof
- Increased Costs
The sunroof needs maintenance and repair. Anything can go wrong anytime, such as failure to close in the middle of a thunderstorm. To avoid such, the panoramic sunroof has to be regularly serviced.
- Reduced internal vertical space
For cars with low heights, this can be a problem for tall occupants. Headroom is reduced as the panoramic sunroof takes some vertical space. For hatchbacks this also affects cargo space.
- Exposure to the outside
Driving whilst exposed to the open air can be fun for both driver and passengers. Everyone feels free and unrestricted.
- Enhanced Cooling
The panoramic sunroof offers a natural climate control. It is more like someone taking a walk outside. It can be a lot of fun, with hair blowing in the wind.
- Improved Visibility
The sunroof allows for better visibility for all occupants. This is especially important for outdoor lovers. The drive or ride becomes more interesting.
Are Cars With Panoramic Sunroof More Expensive?
The panoramic sunroof adds to vehicle costs. The glass is more expensive than sheet metal. Besides, there are also switches, seals and electrical connections to be added. All these add to the overall cost of the vehicle.