Being increasingly popular in recent years, SUVs are known for offering plenty of space for passengers and cargo, as well as a high seating position for a better view of the road.
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One important feature that some SUVs offer that may not be well-known is a ceiling vent which provides a convenient way to cool down a vehicle on a hot day by circulating fresh air.
In this article, we will take an in-depth look at some of the most popular SUVs that come with this feature.
Sub-compact SUVs With Ceiling Vents
These are the smallest SUVs you’d find which means interior space is somewhat limited. Ceiling vents would definitely come in handy.
1. Hyundai Kona
The Hyundai Kona’s ceiling vent which comes in the form of a sunroof is part of the vehicle’s HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system).
However, although sunroofs are great, they may develop unique problems too.
Designed to circulate air throughout the cabin and direct airflow to specific areas of the vehicle, this vent can be controlled using buttons on the overhead console.
They also feature rear vents and dual climate control on some of their models.
Thanks to these features, certain sensors allow the driver and passengers to have different temperatures by automatically detecting and adjusting the temperature to stay within the selected range.
However, the effectiveness of Hyundai Kona’s HVAC can vary depending on factors such as the model and trim level of the vehicle, as well as the specific climate in which it is being used.
2. Kia Seltos
Having a regular sunroof that acts as a ceiling vent, this feature is available in the HTX and GTX variations of the Kia Seltos.
In addition, Kia Seltos also features rear vents which are located behind the glove compartment and can be controlled by the rear passengers using the HVAC controls.
The dual-zone climate control of the Kia Seltos allows the driver and front passenger to set their temperature and airflow preferences, while the rear passengers can use the rear seat HVAC controls to set their preferences.
It is known that the AC and heating system of Kia Seltos is effective but subjective as it can be affected by factors such as location, personal preference, and driving conditions.
3. Honda HR-V
A sunroof that is only available on the EX-L trim of the Honda HR-V serves as a ceiling vent that lets in sunlight and fresh air with just the push of a button.
It also has an auto-reverse feature that reverses direction if it detects resistance to closing, and has a manually operated sliding sunshade for especially bright or hot days.
Although not having rear vents in all its models, it features an automatic climate control, which is designed to maintain a selected temperature no matter how hot or cold it may be outside the vehicle.
In general, Honda’s HR-V is known for its reliable and efficient climate control systems.
Many owners of the HR-V have reported that the AC and heating systems are effective in maintaining a comfortable temperature inside the vehicle.
Compact SUVs With Ceiling Vents
These are some compact SUVs with ceiling vents. It’s also noteworthy that there are compact SUVs with rear air vents.
4. Mazda CX-5
Only 7 out of 9 trim levels of Mazda CX-5 come with the standard first-ever power-sliding panoramic moon roof with one-touch open and close which lets in sunlight and fresh air.
Another comfort feature for rear passengers is the rear AC vent, which is individually adjustable.
The dual-zone climate control in the Mazda CX-5 enables temperature selection between the driver and passengers, irrespective of their preferences.
However, the effectiveness of the AC and heating system in a Mazda CX-5 can vary based on factors such as the climate in which the vehicle is being driven, the condition of the system, and personal preferences.
5. Hyundai Tucson
This vehicle’s ceiling vent comes in the form of a sunroof that stretches from the ceiling of the front passenger seat back to the second row to provide adequate lighting and fresh air.
Additionally, the Hyundai Tucson comes with dual-zone climate control and rear vents, which lets the driver and passengers (front and rear) set their temperature according to their preferences.
In conclusion, Hyundai Tucson’s overall AC and heating system is well-equipped with a Multi Air Mode function and Super Smart Air Conditioning.
It is guaranteed to function well even in the most extreme temperatures.
6. Nissan Rogue
Well-designed with a dual-panel panoramic moon roof, this feature is only available on the SL and SV models of the Nissan Rogue.
This vehicle owner’s manual provides details on how to perform basic operations like sliding, opening, closing, and tilting this moon roof.
Having a dual-zone climate control and rear vents mounted behind the front center console, controlling temperature levels according to individual preferences is ensured.
This vehicle has received positive reviews for its AC and heating systems, with many reviewers noting that the cabin quickly heats up and cools down.
Mid-size SUVs With Ceiling Vents
These are some mid-size SUVs with ceiling vents you’d want to explore.
7. Toyota Highlander
8 out of 11 different trim styles of the Toyota Highlander come equipped with a power tilt/slide moon roof with a sunshade and one-touch open/close function which serves as a ceiling vent.
These trim styles that are equipped with a moon roof include the
- Hybrid XLE
- Hybrid Limited
- Hybrid Platinum
- Bronze Edition.
Not only does this vehicle come with front and rear AC vents, but it’s also equipped with triple-zone automatic climate control for proper airflow and convenience.
8. Kia Telluride
The EX and S trim levels of Kia Telluride come with a single panoramic sunroof, while the SX trim level comes with a dual panoramic sunroof.
However, the rear sunroof of the SX trim level doesn’t serve as a ceiling vent as it isn’t designed to open, slide or tilt but provides the rear passengers with a lovely view and lighting.
Rear air blows from the upper and lower vents to circulate fresh air to rear passengers efficiently. To also maintain a pleasant environment inside this vehicle, a dual-zone automatic climate control system is provided.
9. Hyundai Palisade
This vehicle comes with a panoramic sunroof which is a ceiling vent and can be controlled using the sunroof control lever.
For better and more controlled airflow, the Hyundai Palisade has rear air vents, which are located on the headliner of this vehicle.
In general, the AC and heating system of this vehicle is quite effective based on the reports from customers and its inclusion of a dual-zone automatic climate control system.
10. Subaru Ascent
With its ceiling vent coming in the form of a panoramic moon roof, this feature of Subaru Ascent makes fresh air circulate throughout the cabin and lets in natural light.
Its rear vents are used to control temperature and airflow to the back of the vehicle.
The Subaru Ascent also features a dual-zone automatic climate control system.
This allows easy adjustment of fan speed, and temperature and overall makes the HVAC system effective.
Full-size SUVs With Ceiling Vents
These are the largest SUVs you’d find with ceiling vents. While most of them still include a sunroof, there are many popular cars without sunroofs.
11. Chevrolet Suburban
Having a panoramic sunroof majorly lets natural airflow throughout the vehicle and also provides passengers with light and a scenic view.
Its dual-zone automatic climate control system available in both its front and rear vents allows the driver and passengers set their preferred temperatures.
How effective the HVAC system of this vehicle is, may depend on factors such as the specific model and year of the vehicle, as well as the condition of the system.
12. BMW X7
Its standard panoramic moon roof stretches across its first and second rows, which provides maximum circulation of air.
This BMW X7 also provides air-conditioning vents in the rear seats, including a dual-zone climate control console.
With features such as Intelligent Climate Control that uses smart sensors to detect heat from direct exposure to the sun, the HVAC system of this vehicle is proven to be quite efficient.
13. Toyota Sequoia
The Toyota Sequoia comes with a sunroof option, which is a glass panel that can be opened to let in natural light.
It can be operated manually or via a switch located on the overhead console, and can also be tilted open to let in fresh air while keeping out the sun.
The HVAC system uses a dual-zone automatic climate control which can keep the cabin cool on hot days, and hot on cold days.
It allows the driver and passengers (front or rear) to adjust the temperature and airflow to their individual preferences.
14. Mercedes GLS
The Mercedes GLS being a luxury SUV features a panoramic sunroof that spans through the entire roof of the cabin.
It also comes with a power tilt function that allows you to adjust the angle of the sunroof to your desired level.
Featuring rear air vents which are located in the back of the center console and a dual-zone climate control system, the driver, and passengers (front and rear) can adjust the temperature settings based on their preferences.
One major advantage of having an SUV with a sunroof that can be used as a ceiling vent is improved air circulation and air quality inside the vehicle.
This can make the ride more comfortable, particularly on hot days or in areas with poor air quality.