10 Best Used Vehicles With Panoramic Roofs
It’s summertime. The weather has improved, and when you’re driving you hanker for the open-top experience of a convertible. But when you think about for a bit, you might realize that buying a convertible is a big commitment — maybe bigger than you’d like. Well, just because you are turning your back on a convertible purchase doesn’t mean that you can’t gaze upward and see the sky over your head and/or feel the wind tickle your temples. The answer to your quest is a car with a panoramic roof. Such a roof will allow you to peer upward to see the heavens, and it will likely open up so that outside air can come breezin’ on in. Though they differ in their details, the typical panoramic roof is like a moonroof on steroids. It is bigger and it might feature more than one clear or tinted panel, one or more of which might open. If you’re in the market for a used car right now, why not look for one with a panoramic roof? Here are the 10 best suggestions.
1. 2016 Audi A3
The Audi A3 has been one of the most well-regarded small sedans for years now, and the 2016 model has a lot to recommend it. Of course one of them is the standard panoramic moonroof, but there’s more. The standard engine is a 170-horsepower, turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder, but there are other choices as well — a 220-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 150-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel. As you’d expect, Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive is available, though front-wheel-drive is standard. The subcompact A3 is a very handy size, and its handling is a delight. Leather seats, xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights, LED running lights, LED taillights, and a multimedia system with a retractable screen are among the standard niceties.
2. 2018 Cadillac CTS
The 2018 Cadillac CTS was the luxury brand’s mid-size mainstay sedan. It offers a well-designed interior that features high-quality materials that set it apart from many of its competitors. Another selling point is its UltraView sunroof that has a tilt-sliding function, express open and close, and power sunshade. Three engines are available — a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, a 3.6-liter V6, and a twin-turbo version of the 3.6-liter V6 in the performance-oriented V-Sport. And then there’s the CTS-V that brings with it a 640-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine and a host of other features designed to enable the car to compete with similar models from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. While the CTS-V is a blast to drive, other Cadillac CTS models are certainly worthy of consideration.
3. 2018 Genesis G80
The Genesis G80 is a mid-size luxury sedan that is designed to compete with the best from the international luxury carmakers but frequently at a bargain price. One of the car’s advantages is the panoramic sunroof, but there certainly are others as well. For 2018, it was offered in three trim levels. The base model has a 3.8-liter V6 engine, the 3.3T Sport has a twin-turbo V6, the top-of-the-line model is the 5.0 Ultimate powered by a 5.0-liter V8. All three powertrains are available with rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. Performance-oriented drivers will appreciate the 3.3T Sport’s 365-horsepower twin-turbo engine and its accompanying features that include unique exterior and interior styling. A driver-drowsiness monitor is among the standard safety features. While rear seating in many competitors is tight, the G80 has a roomy rear-seat area.
4. 2018 Lexus ES
The Lexus ES is a roomy five-passenger sedan that shares its platform with the Toyota Avalon. The ES has become one of Lexus’s most popular sedans by sticking with a formula that completely ignores performance driving in favor of comfort and quiet. Under the hood of the ES 350 is a very conventional 268-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine backed by a six-speed automatic transmission, or you can choose the ES 300h with a tried-and-true Lexus hybrid powertrain and 40 mpg fuel economy. Though it places no emphasis on sporty driving dynamics, the Lexus ES is a very pleasant car to live with day to day, although you might get a bit frustrated with the touchpad operation of its infotainment system.
5. 2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Coupe
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe is one of the best-looking and most engaging small cars on the road. The C 300 coupe of 2018 vintage is stuffed with standard features including a 7.0-inch infotainment system, Bluetooth, two USB ports, dual-zone automatic climate control, a proximity key, push-button start, and, of course, a panoramic roof. Safety equipment includes a forward-collision warning with brake assist, crosswind assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a rearview camera. The base C 300 has a 241-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine backed by a nine-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive. 4Matic all-wheel-drive is available. The interior of the coupe is well designed and constructed of rich-looking materials, but the infotainment system requires a bit of getting used to.
6. 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT
The Hyundai Elantra GT was newly redesigned for the 2018 model year, offering better performance in a quicker, quieter, and more efficient package. In the Hyundai tradition, the Elantra GT delivers lots of features, including a panoramic sunroof, at an impressively low price. Competing amidst a slew of compact cars, the sporty and stylish five-door hatchback has more interior room than most in its class — not to mention some compact crossovers. The base engine in the Elantra GT is a 161-horsepower four-cylinder engine, and the GT Sport has a 201-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder. The GT Sport also offers a seven-speed automatic transmission. In addition to the big sunroof, other available goodies include 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, an Infinity audio system, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and pedestrian detection. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.
7. 2018 Volkswagen Golf
The Volkswagen Golf is one of the world’s most popular cars. The compact hatchback offers European exterior styling, a well-tailored, functional interior, and plenty of driving fun. The Golf SE’s peppy 170-horsepower turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine offers good drivability, and handling is reasonably precise while avoiding harshness. Included are a bevy of standards including backup camera, cruise control, automatic headlights, keyless start, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel in addition to the panoramic sunroof. Intermittent rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry, and heated mirrors were among the many options that might be on used Golfs you will consider. While the driving experience is great, we don’t mean to underplay the interior. It is both good-looking and ergonomic, and the hatchback configuration offers a great deal of versatility.
8. 2017 Chrysler 300
The Chrysler 300 is a throwback to other full-size American cars with its front-engine/rear-drive configuration, and it adds handling precision that older American sedans couldn’t manage. The base engine is a 292-horsepower V6, and a slightly tweaked 300-horsepower V6 version is standard in the 300S model. Then there’s the available 363-horsepower 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that really gets your heart pumping. All 300 models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive is available. The Chrysler 300 seats five, and the rear seats can comfortably accommodate three adults, which is rare even in this class. Heated eight-way power-adjustable front seats are standard. The Uconnect infotainment system features an 8.4-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and two USB ports. The sunroof is dual-pane panoramic with a full-power front glass panel and fixed rear panel.
9. 2018 Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry is a well-reviewed five-passenger mid-size sedan that is frequently among the nation’s sales leaders. It is available in a number of configurations, but the panoramic roof is only available in the XLE and XSE trim levels. The available 301-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine is backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission. The ride is Camry-comfy, but it is better-controlled than in previous years, giving the car more handling precision. For 2018, the Camry’s infotainment system is a mixed bag. It offered integration with smartphone apps like iHeart Radio, Pandora, Slacker, and Yelp, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren’t on the list. Still, the Camry’s cushy ride, improved handling, good acceleration, and well-known quality make it a great value choice among cars with panoramic roofs.
10. 2018 Volvo S90
The year 2018 was a good one for the Volvo S90 luxury sedan. It was the year a plug-in hybrid version came onto the market, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto became standard equipment. The sedan offers a long list of safety features that includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, forward and rear collision warnings, automatic emergency braking, a driver attention monitor, and run-off-the-road assist. The engine choices are among the most fascinating in the industry from a technological standpoint — a 250-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 316-horsepower turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with electric motor offering a combined 400 horsepower. Front-wheel-drive is standard and all-wheel-drive available. The S90’s interior is a study in restrained luxury, and the feature set is rich, including the panoramic roof.