When Was The Last Time You Used Your Sunroof?

Steven Lang
by Steven Lang
when was the last time you used your sunroof

Back in 1994 I bought my first and only new car. A 1994 Toyota Camry. It wasn’t anything special. 4-cylinder with a slushbox. No spoiler or leather. Nothing even remotely as advanced as a CD player or a premium sound system. But it did have one luxurious affectation that few other vehicles of the middling variety had at the time. A sunroof.

In the beginning I used it all the way long day. Sunny day in Atlanta? Plenty of them here, and a sunroof was the icing on the proverbial cake of a nice day. Open it up. Let the fresh air in. Enjoy the drive when the traffic is good.

But then I started long-distance commuting. Then I got married. Then we had kids. Pretty soon that hole on the top of my car was used as often as my old hiking shoes. It was there when the moment was right. Those moments though would stretch to months and eventually a year and change.

This reminiscing got me to thinking about modern cars and the value of a sunroof today. Recently I test drove two vehicles that are direct competitors to each other. A Chevy Cruze LT with leather… but no roof. And a Hyundai Elantra Limited with all the options which included a fairly small sunroof. About half way through driving the Elantra I realized something had finally turned in my vehicular taste buds. I no longer cared about having a sunroof.

Yes there are those panoramic dual sunroofs you may find in a Cadillac SRX, or even a skyroof that dates back to old Buick Roadmasters and beyond. Those several feet works of wonder offer a level of openness to the driving experience that make them a treat to drivers and passengers alike. But a 16″ x 36″ slit on top of a compact? That’s another story.

So today’s dangling conversation is this. Are sunroofs worth it to you and when was the last time you used one?

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  • Volksman Volksman on Mar 06, 2012

    I love sunroofs. I rarely drive with it closed if it's sunny, which explains my farmer's tan, haha.

  • Sgeffe Sgeffe on Mar 07, 2012

    My last three cars (Honda Civic and two Accords, all "EX" trim) had factory moonroof, and I won't have one without it!! I use it as soon as the weather warms above 55 or so in spring, until the snow starts flying in November! I keep the vent open on the freeway, and the full roof open around town (and even on the freeway for short stretches). No leaks or cracks. The one Accord developed a rattle which was fixed under a service bulletin. My second (and current) Accord's roof has been flawless! It almost becomes a habit to open the thing in some way during spring, summer and fall when starting the car, along with buckling the seat belt.

  • Oberkanone Priced too high though not by much.
  • FreedMike Looks VERY niche to me. But that's not necessarily a bad thing - this might serve nicely as a kind of halo model for VW.
  • SPPPP Point: It's the only EV minivan around. Counterpoint: It's too expensive for a minivan, heavy, ugly, and has bad ergonomics. To me, a PHEV like the Sienna or Pacifica seems like a more sensible solution.
  • Oberkanone Were I able to get past my distrust and loathing of VW I'd want a 2 row ID Buzz. Pricing is about right for the current marketplace. Will it sell? Demand will exceed supply. After two years in the marketplace the novelty may be gone and demand may drop like an anchor.
  • Sam Who do I sue when the car doesn't do what I want it to and that action of the car being autonomous caused the crash?