A panoramic sunroof is becoming a desirable feature on modern cars, especially sedans and SUVs.
It is a feature that enhances the value of the car and improves cabin comfort. However, there are some who feel it is adding to the purchase and maintenance cost of vehicles.
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1. Lexus LS 500 AWD
At over $100 000, the Lexus LS 500 is certainly the best that Lexus can offer in luxury sedans. It is a limousine as comfortable as they come, with 416 horsepower from a 3.5-liter twin-turbo linked to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The power is sent to all four wheels, to carry the heavy body and its high-profile occupants. The LS 500 comes with so much luxury it would be a disservice to try and make you visualize.
Suffice to say all that you can imagine is there. If not, it comes as an option. If you can’t fall in love with the Lexus LS 500, you probably don’t like cars, or specifically, luxury cars.
Like most modern sedans and SUVs, the front is defined by a large grille that features the Lexus logo prominently.
Inside there is so much luxury, defined by the white soft leather seats, and more leather wherever it is required, intermixed with dark wood trim.
One of the options is a panoramic sunroof, for a small dent on the pocket of those that can afford such a luxurious limousine. This nicely compliments the well-appointed bright white leather interior.
If you need more luxury, there are so many options and packages that simply add what you require.
Six drive modes make driving the big limo effortless and enjoyable, from Eco to Sport+.
A long list of optional features is available for the limousine, offered in various packages.
Some of them are adaptive variable suspension, 4-zone climate controls, and Lexus Safety System+.
With or without the options, the Lexus LS500 is certainly one of the best full-size luxury sedans available.
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2. Lexus GX 460
The Lexus GX 460 is a full-size luxury SUV with all the features that can be found and imagined for a vehicle aimed at the top end of the luxury SUV market.
One of the key features that have become popular and a huge selling is the panoramic sunroof. When open, it allows external light to fill up the cabin and create a comfortable feeling of being outside, whilst immersed in the luxurious, spacious, and expensively furnished cabin.
The Lexus GX 460 is a three-row SUV.
The furnishings include generous amounts of leather, wood, and chrome details.
The huge GX 460 is powered by an equally huge 4.6-liter V8 engine that sends massive horsepower to all four wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The huge body is carried on 19-inch alloy wheels, whilst occupants are entertained and serenaded through a top-of-the-range Mark Levinson 17-speaker sound system.
Safety is taken care of by several technologies. These include blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, Lexus Navigation System with a panoramic view camera, and cruise control.
3. Lexus NX
The Lexus NX is the latest addition to the Lexus SUV luxury stable.
It will help to increase Lexus’ presence in the lucrative luxury SUV space.
A lot is offered in the Lexus NX, in addition to the technologies that we have become used to.
The trims available are named according to the engine size.
The NX 250 is powered by a 2.5-liter with 8-speed transmission, in a front or all-wheel-drive layout.
The NX 350 comes with 2.4-liter turbocharged gasoline that churns out 275 horsepower, mated with 8-speed automatic transmission.
Further up are the hybrids; NX 350h and NX 450h+.
A panoramic sunroof comes standard on the Lexus NX.
The Digital Key allows owners to control the locking, unlocking, starting, or stopping of the Lexus NX through an application.
Lexus safety features are known and trusted. Among the not-so-common are the Lexus Safety System+ 3.0, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Curve Speed Management, and Oncoming Vehicle Detection.
The Lexus NX is carried on 18-inch alloy wheels.
4. Lexus RX 350
The Lexus RX 350 is one of the most popular mid-size crossovers. It is loved for its exterior and interior refinement, as well as performance. The 3.5-liter V6 pushes out 295 horsepower making the RX comfortable on urban roads as well as out in the open.
The engine is linked to a standard 8-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive layout.
In terms of features, the base model offers a push-button start, an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, and dual-zone climate control, among others.
A panoramic sunroof is available for the base as well as the spot-kitted F-Sport trim, which features a sport-tuned suspension, paddle shifters, and aluminum pedals, in addition to the base features.
Other luxury features are a 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto compatibility.
5. Lexus LX 600
The Lexus LX 600 goes straight to the top of the large SUV segment, to be counted among the long-established giants. To be noticed, it certainly not only has to carry the Lexus badge but also offer much higher value.
The Lexus LX 600 comes with some of the Lexus brand’s best and latest technologies. These include the fingerprint-authentication push-start switch and Multi-Terrain Select System.
Lexus LX 600 is also fitted with a panoramic sunroof.
It comes with three-row seating, in a body lighter but more rigid than the Toyota Land Cruiser cousin. This allows it to have a better power to weight ratio, or to use lighter engines. This is provided by either a 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbo with a 409 horsepower output or a slightly smaller 3.3-liter V6 twin-turbo.
Transmission is a 10-speed automatic in an all-wheel-drive layout.
The beautifully sculpted body is carried on 22-inch alloy wheels. The interior is adorned with soft-touch plastics and leather upholstery.
6. Lexus RX 450h
The RX 450h is a hybrid luxury SUV.
Various packages are available for buyers to choose features according to their pockets.
The Executive Package offers features like triple-beam LED headlights, power-adjustable mirrors, and a panoramic sunroof.
The RX 450 standard may not perform at the expected or desired standards. You could always go for the F Sport packages offered for the Series 2 and Series 3 trims.
You will get better driving pleasure from there.
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What are the Pros and Cons of Cars with Panoramic Sunroof?
Panoramic sunroofs are becoming popular. However, not everyone agrees that they are good. Research continues on their true benefits, and how they can b improved.
Pros of a Panoramic Sunroof
- Cabin Temperature Control
The rays of the sun will warm up the cabin during cold days.
On hot days, the roof can be opened to allow natural cooling of the cabin.
- Improved Vehicle Quality
Most people will buy a car with a panoramic roof if they can afford it. It just offers better value.
Cons of a Panoramic Sunroof
- Increased Cost
If it is not given as an option, it may force some buyers to have an option they do not desire or need.
- Reduced Headroom
If fitted on low cabin vehicles, the panoramic sunroof may take up some headroom.