A panoramic sunroof has become one of the most desirable features for many vehicles, especially in the luxury segments.
The panoramic roof offers a lot of advantages, one of which is to enhance the value of the car.
The glass roof allows sunlight to brighten and heat the cabin naturally, whilst allowing occupants a wide view of their surroundings, including the sky above them.
Mazda is one of the manufacturers joining and catching up with the panoramic sunroof craze.
Let us have a look at five Mazdas with a panoramic sunroof.
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1. Mazda CX-30
The Mazda CX-30 was recently added to the Mazda compact SUVs line-up. It is slightly bigger than the CX-3 but smaller than the CX-5. It is powered by the Mazda fuel-efficient Skyactiv-X 2.0-liter gasoline engine.
Various trims are offered, with different features and options.
The bottom trim SE-L has LED headlights, adaptive cruise, and DAB radio, to mention a few.
If you pay an extra amount, you get the SE-L Lux trim.
Some of the extras for the SE-Lux trim include dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, and heated front seats.
The Sport Lux trim adds adaptive LED headlights. The lights follow the curvature of the road when driving.
A panoramic sunroof is available on the Sport Lux and GT Sport trims that are fitted with a Skyactiv-X engine.
The GT Sport trim is the highest and most expensive. Some of the additional features include a heated steering wheel, leather interior, and a Bose sound system.
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2. Mazda CX-9
Mazda’s big cross-over SUV elicits different emotions, but what seems to be agreeable among many is that it is not yet ready to fight at the top. More still needs to be done for the CX-9 to be counted among the top established brands such as Audi, Toyota, Volvo, and BMW.
One of the major drawbacks of the three-row CX-9 is the accessibility and comfort of the third-row seats. This is due to the narrow space in which the seats are housed. It can therefore be considered to seat 5 comfortably and maybe children in the third row.
However, styling is one area that Mazda seems to be doing well, with a lot of attractive and well-executed curvature along its sides and corners. The wheels are 18-inch alloys.
Inside, there is a lot of the expected quality, but a major bone of contention is the 10.3-inch non-touch screen in the top Signature trim. Whilst most drivers are now used to touching screens through our smartphones, Mazda is asking drivers to adjust to the use of a clumsy control knob.
It requires some bit of concentration and getting used to that may distract whilst cruising.
The Mazda CX-9 is offered in three main trims.
The CX-9 Sport trim features heated front seats, keyless start, a 10.3-inch display, and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Touring trim adds leather upholstery, a power tailgate, and a 12-speaker Bose sound system.
The top trim is the Signature that adds Nappa leather, heated front seats, premium audio, and a panoramic sunroof.
The Mazda CX-9 has a 2.5-liter 227 horsepower gasoline engine under the hood. The power is sent to the standard all-wheel-drive system through a 6-speed automatic.
On the road, the Mazda CX-9 offers good handling and ride quality.
Pundits rate is above average.
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3. Mazda 6
The Mazda 6 comes in three trims and a range of engines.
The main engines are the 2.5-liter NA Skyactive and the 2.5-liter turbo, with an output of 227 horsepower. The Skyactive engine powers the lower trims.
The entry-level is the Sport model, which comes with an 8-inch infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, adaptive cruise, and more.
The Touring and Grand Touring trims have a panoramic sunroof.
In addition, the Touring trim adds also adds 19-inch alloys, whilst the Grand Touring is powered by the turbocharged engine.
The Grand Touring also adds lane-departure assist and a Bose audio system.
4. Mazda CX-5
The 2019 Mazda CX-5 2L Sport Nav+ Skyactiv-G has many desirable attributes. The styling is exquisite, accentuated by Xenon headlights and 17-inch alloy wheels.
The interior is full leather, with heated seats to create a comfortable cabin.
A panoramic sunroof adds to the ambiance enhanced by the Premium Sound System and climate control air-conditioning.
For the driver, features include keyless entry and ignition, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, among others.
Safety features include the lane-departure warning.
5. Mazda 3
The third-generation Mazda 3 comes with the ‘Kodo’ design styling, featuring a large grille and narrow headlights.
Engines include a 2.0-liter with 155 horsepower for the base trim front-wheel-drive; a 2.5-liter with an output of 186 horsepower for the middle trims, and a 2.5-liter turbocharged for the all-wheel-drive variants.
Transmission is a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic.
The Mazda 3 is offered in 6 trims. The lower trim, besides the standard 2.0-liter, also comes with LED headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights.
The top trim 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus gets a panoramic sunroof.
It also features an 8.8-inch infotainment system, dual-zone climate control, heated power front seats, and a 12-speaker Bose audio system.
Safety features that include automated emergency braking and lane-departure warning are available for all trims.
Some optional safety features are adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring.
What are the Pros and Cons of Cars with a Panoramic Sunroof?
The panoramic sunroof is finding wide use and application on all types of cars. Some are worried that the widespread use may have some negative unknown effects for occupants in terms of the sun’s rays, especially in hot sunny climates.
Vehicle manufacturers are making their own studies and have begun investing in the manufacture of user-friendly technologies.
The pros and cons are examined below.
Pros of Cars with Panoramic Sunroofs
- Cabin Ambiance
A cabin under a panoramic sunroof is more desirable than one without a sunroof. This is why more luxury vehicles are including the panoramic sunroof on their higher value trims.
- Natural Temperature Control
The sliding panoramic sunroof can help to regulate the cabin temperature.
When hot, it cab opened to allow a draft of air from outside to cool the passengers.
The opposite can be done when the cabin temperature needs to be raised.
Cons of Cars with Panoramic Sunroofs
- Increased Weight
The weight of the panoramic sunroof increases fuel consumption, and may also affect handling in some cars.
- Cost Implications
The purchase and maintenance cost of the vehicle is increased. The panoramic sunroof has moving parts and seals that wear out and need to be checked regularly.