Sun For the Whole Family: Family Cars with Dual Sunroofs

July 14, 2011

Call them sunroofs or moonroofs, UltraView or Panorama, or even something else, when it comes to the best family cars with dual sunroofs, it’s not the name that matters but how top-drawer the feature is.

Here are dual sunroofs from six automakers worth a look. Family vehicle choices include luxury cars, SUV, crossovers and minivans. Two are standard in certain models only, while the rest are optional equipment ranging in price from $1,090 to $1,595.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class, E-Class, S-Class

Three five-passenger luxury sedans from Mercedes-Benz, the C-Class, E-Class and S-Class, offer a panorama sunroof as optional equipment. Front and rear-seat passengers can enjoy sweeping skyward views through the fully-functional glass skyroof. The front portion provides tilt-up or slides over the rear section for a convertible-like open-air feeling. Dual interior power shades allow occupants to decide just how much sun to let in. Cost for such luxury is a mere $1,090.

Ford Explorer dual-panel moonroof

Ford Explorer dual-panel moonroof

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Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer crossover SUV, in XLT trim and Limited models, has a dual-panel moonroof available as a $1,595 option. The moonroof provides rear seat passengers – Explorer seats up to seven – with great views up above and that feeling of openness when on the road.

2011 Cadillac SRX

2011 Cadillac SRX

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Cadillac SRX

Cadillac’s SRX five-passenger compact luxury crossover has an UltraView dual sunroof standard on all but the base model and features power tilt, slide panel, express-open and power sunshade. Making up 70 percent of the SRX’s roof, the UltraView extends to give second-row passengers that all-important open-air feeling.

2011 Saab 9-4X

2011 Saab 9-4X

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Saab 9-4X

The all-new, purpose-built Saab 9-4X luxury crossover seats five passengers and is available with an optional $1,450 Panorama moonroof. Featuring large, twin-glass panels, the moonroof’s front section can be tilted and retracted while the electrically controlled sliding interior shade protects the driver and occupants from strong sunlight.

The Panorama moonroof is available on all Saab 9-4X models.

2011 Toyota Sienna Limited

2011 Toyota Sienna Limited

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Toyota Sienna

The Toyota Sienna minivan features a standard dual moonroof in the top-of-the-line seven-passenger Limited models only, in both two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The front moonroof tilts open and slides over the roof, while the rear moonroof slides into the ceiling.

2011 Nissan Quest

2011 Nissan Quest

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Nissan Quest

Another minivan, the seven-passenger Nissan Quest, offers a dual glass moonroof as a $1,350 option in two up-level trims, the Quest SL and LE. In the Quest SL, the dual moonroof also requires the DVD entertainment system.

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