Panoramic Sunroofs Gain Popularity

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Large panoramic sunroofs are raking in the sales among luxury as well as non-luxury brands, reports The Detroit News. Buyers are willing to part with $1,000 to $2,000 for the open-air feeling they provide. Automakers like Ford, Buick, Cadillac, Lincoln, Jeep and Chrysler all reported that up to half of buyers are choosing the large sunroofs when offered.
 
Compared to a traditional sunroof, panoramic sunroofs have a sliding glass panel up front with a fixed skylight extending to the rear seat. They are quickly becoming the only sunroof option on many cars and SUVs, like the Ford Explorer and Edge SUVs plus others mentioned below.

Half of new Ford Explorer orders demand the sunroof option with its large, dual-pane glass, while 56 percent of Edge buyers want the option. It costs $1,595 on Explorer and Edge Limited models as a stand-alone option, but it must be equipped with an option group on lower trim levels.
 
Buick’s large Enclave crossover SUV and LaCrosse sedan offer panoramic roofs that so far this year make up 55 percent and 47 percent of sales, respectively. Buick charges $1,400 for the dual-pane option on the Enclave and $1,195 for the LaCrosse’s sunroof and skylight.
 
Chrysler’s new V-8-powered 300C is seeing 70 percent of buyers choosing the large sunroof ($1,295). Even the less-expensive six-cylinder Chrysler 300 has a third of buyers choosing the same sunroof.
 
Panoramic sunroofs let in much more light than a standard-sized roof, and in our experience they can even make the inside of a small car feel larger. The initial cost may not be a huge detractor because, as The Detroit Times reports, the feature also adds to the residual value of equipped vehicles.

Panoramic view goes through (sun) roof (The Detroit News)
By Joe Bruzek | August 31, 2011 | Comments (7)
Tags: Car Buying

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Compared to a traditional sunroof, Dream Look have a sliding glass panel up front with a fixed skylight extending to the rear seat.
Thanks for post...

Al

I'd like to know what the percentage take rate is for Kia as well, since they offer it on at least one of their models, and I see a lot around here with the option. It also costs less, as it's part of a $2000 premium package with a list of other options.

I really like it. Though admittedly now, with all the difficult financial times we find ourselves in around the world, it's hard to justify the extra cost. However if you can afford it, it looks pretty sweet.

ermatthe

On my wife's 11 Grand Cherokee, it came standard on the Limited trim level. The only way you could get a standard sized sunroof is if you opted for the rear seat dvd which we didn't need or want. She loves it and it does make it feel larger inside when the shade is opened versus closed. I thinks that's a Grand Cherokee in the picture above.

Ken L.

The bigger the sunroof, the better. I love having the sun above me when I had a sunroof on my last vehicle; it's like the heavens were watching over me. Big sunroofs are always a wow factor since that's one of the first thing people notice when they get into your vehicle.

ugh

Seriously, the outside of this vehicle looks like Honda just said "F#@& it!"

cindy

Where can I get a panoramic roof for my 2013 chrysler 300C

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