During these short winter days when sunlight is a scarce resource, we'll take every opportunity to catch some rays, even if that means while we're sitting in traffic. A panoramic sunroof floods your vehicle with natural light and gives it an open, airy feel. With a panoramic roof, rear passengers get to enjoy the views instead of feeling like they're banished to a cave. A panoramic sunroof is a luxurious feature that you can add to your non-luxury vehicle to upgrade the driving experience without breaking the bank. These 5 SUVs under $30,000 offer the sky views without the sky-high price. 

1. 2020 Jeep Compass

Jeep Compass panoramic sunroof

The 2020 Jeep Compass offers a long list of benefits for the SUV shopper who loves adventure and the great outdoors. Its best-in-class 4x4 off-road capability, efficient engine options, and a high-quality interior packed with the latest tech and safety features make it a great choice for the SUV shopper on a budget. The Jeep Compass Latitude (as well as higher trims) brings the outdoors in with an open-air dual-pane sunroof. The power, dual-panel panoramic sunroof offers front tilt/fore/aft and rear fixed glass. 

Jeep compass sunroof

Panoramic Sunroof Available On: Jeep Compass Latitude, Trailhawk, Limited

2020 Jeep Compass Latitude Starting MSRP: $25,355

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2. 2020 Kia Sportage

Kia Sportage panoramic sunroof full

You don't have to go with the award-winning Kia Telluride to get an excellent crossover. A refresh for 2020 gives the smaller Kia Sportage a more aggressive exterior thanks to new front and rear fascias and a new S sporty trim. The refresh also makes the Sportage safer and more comfortable. Safety features added in the refresh include Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Smart Cruise Control, and Forward Collision Assist. The comfortable interior offers SOFINO leatherette seating surfaces, an 8-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus available wireless charging to keep you connected. If you'd rather be connected to the outdoors, The S and EX trims offer an optional panoramic sunroof with a power sunshade, and the top SX Turbo trim comes with the panoramic sunroof standard.

Kia Sportage sunroof

Panoramic Sunroof Available On: Kia Sportage S, EX and SX Turbo (standard)

2020 Kia Sportage S Starting MSRP: $24,063

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3. 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan

2019 VW Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan is a unique and stylish crossover inside and out. As part of a 2020 refresh, the Tiguan also becomes safer thanks to standard safety features like Front Assist, Side Assist, and Rear Traffic Alert across the entire lineup. A new SE R-Line Black trim joins the lineup this year, offering 20-inch dark wheels, fog lights, parking-alert sensors, and a standard panoramic sunroof. The 12.7-sq.-ft. panoramic sunroof tilts and slides to allow all passengers to soak up the rays. The sunroof is also available as an option on the affordable SE trim and standard on higher trims like the SEL, SEL Premium R-Line. 

volkswagen tiguan panoramic sunroof

Panoramic Sunroof Available On: Volkswagen Tiguan SE, Standard on SE R-Line Black, SEL, SEL Premium R-line

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan SE Starting MSRP: $27,095

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4. 2020 Hyundai Tuscon

Hyundai Tucson full panoramic sunroof

After a mid-cycle refresh in 2019, the Hyundai Tucson looks and drives better thanks to updated front and rear fascias, a reworked interior and a new 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. Quality cabin materials along with a more open layout offer a great driving experience. An upgraded infotainment system, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, is clear and user-friendly. If you want epic views to go with your epic playlist, you'll want to get a Tucson with a panoramic sunroof. Although most trims do not offer it, a fully loaded 2020 Hyundai Tucson Ulitmate comes standard with the panoramic sunroof and sneaks in under the $30,000 mark at $29,450. 

hyundai tuscon panoramic sunroof

Panoramic Sunroof Available On: Hyundai Tucson Ultimate (standard) 

2020 Hyundai Tucson Ultimate Starting MSRP: $29,450

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5. 2020 Ford Escape 

2020 Ford Escape panoramic sunroof

The Ford Escape is all-new for 2020 with a sleeker and more aerodynamic exterior and reduced weight thanks to high-strength and lightweight steel. A flexible and spacious interior with second-row sliding seats accommodates even tall adults in the second row, comfortably. Ford's user-friendly SYNC 3 infotainment system comes standard in the SE trim to give you an 8-inch touch screen and all the tech your heart desires including navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. If your passengers would rather disconnect from the tech and enjoy the view, the available panoramic Vista roof will help them do just that. It has a large forward panel that tilts up or opens fully and a fixed rear panel. The panoramic sunroof is available on the Ford Escape SE, SEL, and Titanium trims. 

Panoramic sunroof in the Ford Escape

Panoramic Sunroof Available On: Ford Escape SE, SEL, and Titanium

2020 Ford Escape SE Starting MSRP: $27,105

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