Sunroofs and stereos: like chocolate and peanut butter, or do they just sound good together?

In recent years, I’ve noted an increasing number of “Moon and Tunes” and “Sun and Sound” option packages, especially from Detroit. These usually include a sunroof and an optional audio system, perhaps with a CD changer or satellite radio also tossed into the mix, at a discounted package price.

I say “usually” because in the Chevrolet TrailBlazer you can substitute a ceiling-mounted entertainment system for the sunroof–they cannot be ordered together–and thus get a “Sun, Sound, and Entertainment” package sans sun. 

This oddity aside, is there something about a sunroof that makes it a natural fit for superior audio? When these are available separately, do people tend to order both anyway?

Or do “Moon and Tunes” and “Sun and Sound” simply have a nice ring to them?

My guess: it’s just a matter of time before automakers rediscover that “show” rhymes with “go.”

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    I don’t know about ‘moon and tunes’ or ‘sun and sound’, but I defeinitely do know that if you ever bought a Prelude or a TL you had no choice but to get a pair of shades. I don’t know what it is about Honda, but it is the only manufacturer where certain models don’t offer a solid roof. Want a sold roof? Go across the street to _________ (fill in the blank, but not Honda).

    For whatever reason Honda insists on offering a sun/moonroof on most of their models, sans the Civic–you need to buy the EL or CSX as it is now known.

    Just thought I’d mention it considering how many times I searched for a Honda Prelude without a hole upstairs. I’ll give you $50 if you can find me one sold in North America without one although I won’t buy the car now as it’s way too long since they’ve stopped making one.

    Detroit… well, perhaps it’s just a selling feature. I mean, it’s an option. The next best thing to a convertible without being one and, I’m sure, a great selling feature (didn’t I already mention that?)

    I guess it’s almost like putting 240 km/h on the speedo and using it as a marketing tool even though anyone buying it should know that you can’t go even half that without showing up in court.

    It’s all about the bottom line and the bling-bling for the maker.