As you all know for 2015 UPPAbaby has updated its line of strollers. While 2015 Vista got a whole face lift, the Cruz got new larger rear wheels and now comes with included bumper bar. That’s all. Everything else stayed the same. The whole UPPAbaby line of strollers have new pretty colors to choose from.
The Cruz is full of great features like reversible seat, deep one-hand recline, large canopy with a big pop-out sunvisor, x-large basket, adjustable padded 5-point harness, adjustable leg rest, adjustable handle bar, flip-flop friendly brake, and all-wheel suspension. Despite the larger wheels, the weight stayed the same at 22 lbs. I don’t know how they did it.
The Cruz is a great stroller for urban lifestyle. The x-large basket is perfect for grocery shopping. The narrow frame (22″ wide) allows you to fit through tight doorways, down narrow aisles, along crowded city sidewalks and rocky garden paths with ease. The all-wheel suspension and AirGo wheels mimic the cushioned ride of air filled tires providing your child with a smooth ride.
The deep almost flat recline can accommodate a child from birth and up to 50 lbs. For a newborn you can transform it into a pram by replacing the seat with bassinet (sold separately) or you can turn it into a travel system by replacing the seat with an infant car seat. The UPPAbaby Mesa car seat plugs right into the Cruz without any adapters. It’s a great car seat btw.
The rear wheel update on Cruz (from 7.5″ to 8.25″) seams like not a big deal, but it pushed Cruz into a category of full-size strollers that have reversible seat and good size wheels. Now, it’s competing with full size strollers like Stokke Scoot V2, Nuna Mixx, Britax Affinity, and Joovy Qool. At the same time, 2015 Vista’s updates made it 2 lbs heavier (27.5 lbs) and a little more bulkier and pushed it into a convertible stroller category. Parents with just one child don’t want to deal with 27 lbs stroller. They are not looking at Vista anymore. I really think that UPPAbaby might have made a mistake with this one. Here is my detailed comparison of Cruz 2015, Nuna Mixx and Stokke Scoot V2.
Anyways, back to the Cruz. While I gave the older Cruz only 4.5 stars, the 2015 Cruz gets 5 out of 5 stars because the larger wheels are now justifying its weight of 22 lbs. I also really like the bassinet and travel system options for a newborn. On a negative side, it’s still has a bulky fold and the is no additional storage aside from the basket. It would be nice to have a small zipper pocket in the back of the canopy.
You can get 2015 Cruz for around $499 – $530 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax) or get the whole travel system with Mesa car seat for around $800. The price does vary depending on the color. The bassinet can be purchased separately for around $190.
-Great canopy. This canopy doesn’t look that big, but it has a hidden pop-out SPF 50+ sunvisor that goes down all the way to the bumper bar providing your child with full sun protection. The lighweight sunvisor doesn’t add much weight and makes the fold more compact. There is a large peekaboo window with magnetic closure (no noisy Velcro). The peekaboo window is made out of dark mesh that allows for better air circulation while still providing shade.
-Adjustable handle bar. It is a telescoping handle bar can accommodate taller and shorter parents. To adjust it simply press on the button in the middle of the handle bar and pull it out. It extends from 39.5″ up to 42″ from the ground.
-Roomy seat. The seat is 12″ wide with 20″ seat back and a measurement of 20″ – 22″ from the bottom of the seat to the top of the canopy. Since the canopy slides up the frame you can get 2″ more inches. This is not the highest canopy on the market. I noticed that most reversible seat strollers have lower canopies. It has a deep one-hand lever recline with 5 positions including a flat one. It’s suitable for newborn, but Uppababy recommends getting an insert for better support. I absolutely love how upright seat is! A lot of kids, like my daughter Sophia, hate to be reclined and want to sit upright with unobstructed view. The seat material is easily removable and can be machine washed! The seat can accommodate a child from birth and up to 50 lbs.
-Reversible seat. The seat is reversible. All you need to do is push two buttons on both of the sides of the seat, swing it around, and plug it back in. It has the same recline positions in parent-facing mdoe, but you have to switch it back in order to fold the stroller.
-5 point harness. It has adjustable padded 5 point harness with a center release button. The button is very easy to unlock (your 2 year-old will be able to escape).
-Adjustable foot rest. The are two foot rests: one is part of the seat for smaller babies and another one is a part of the frame for older children. The seat leg rest is 10″ high and is adjustable. The frame foot rest is not adjustable.
-Large basket. I LOVE this x-large basket! It is very easy to access and you can load it up to 25 lbs. That’s a lot of groceries.
-Wheels. The Cruz rolls on four AirGo wheels that mimic air-filled tires, but will never go flat. It has 6.5″ front wheels and 8.25″ rear wheels. The front wheels are swivel, but can be locked straight for rougher terrain. Even after the upgrade, these are still a medium size wheels that are more designed for a flat surfaces. They can handle some mommy terrain like grass or playground mulch, but don’t plan on going off road with it.
-All-wheel suspension. Although the wheels on Cruz are small, the all-wheel suspension helps to absorb some of the bumps providing your child with a smooth ride.
-Parking brake. The is a one-step parking brake located in between rear wheels. It is a flip-flop friendly pedal that is easy to lock and unlock without scratching your shoes.
-Easy fold. It’s a two-hand two-step fold although they are saying it is one-step fold on the web site. I guess it is one step if your seat and the canopy are in the right position and is facing forward. First, make sure the seat is facing forward and is in upright position. Next, pull two levers located on both sides of the handle bar and fold the stroller in half. That’s it! You can also take the seat off before folding. It does have an automatic lock and a standing fold. The Cruz is not very compact stroller with folded dimensions of 22.25”W x 11”L x 37”H (with the seat attached). I think that the bulkiness is the BIGGEST con of this stroller because a lot of other strollers with even bigger wheels have a much more compact fold.
-Bumper bar. INCLUDED! The one-piece foam molded bumper bar is swing away for easy ins and outs.
-Bassinet option. I like when there is a bassinet option even tough you have to purchase it separately. The UPPAbaby bassinet is one of the best looking and most comfortable bassinets on the market. It plugs right in to the frame instead of the seat. It weighs 8.4 lbs and is designed for a baby from birth and up to 20 lbs. The cool thing about this bassinet is that it’s deep enough for you to use at home for overnight sleeping. Great extra bed for your baby! The large canopy unzips in the back exposing a dark mesh that allows for better air flow. While keeping your baby cool and comfortable, the dark mesh also provides sun protection. To provide your baby withe even more sun protection there is a large pop-out SPF 50+ sunvisor.
The perforated mattress pad and vented base allow for added breathability. The mattress inside is very soft and is made out of organic material. I really like the water-repellent inner liner that keeps the space dry and comfortable because let’s face it, these little cuties throw up and spill things all the time! Add to it diaper disasters and you will never get it out. The trow ups are the worst. It takes me sometimes three times to get the smell out. Oh that smell… Moving on. The liner and boot cover is very easy to remove for cleaning. The mattress cover and the zip-out liner are machine washable. This bassinet folds down for compact transportation. The bassinet comes with a bug net and bassinet storage bag. You can purchase a rain cover for the bassinet separately.
-Travel system option. The Cruz can be transformed into a travel system by using UPPAbaby Mesa car seat that attaches directly into the stroller without an adapter. The cool thing is that Mesa is reversible on the stroller. I am a big Mesa car seat fan. It’s a little expensive, but is an amazing car seat. The Cruz is also compatible with popular car seats like Chicco, Maxi-Cosi and Graco Classic with a purchase of an adapter.
-PiggyBoard option. If you have an older child that is too old for a stroller, but can’t keep up with you, get them a PiggyBoard ($99). Attach it to the back of the stroller and you are ready to roll. It’s made out of natural eco-friendly wood and can handle a child up to 55 lbs. What I really like about this board is that it folds up and out of the way when you don’t need it. You can even fold a stroller with it attached. Another great thing about this PiggyBoard is that it’s compatible with older Cruz models.
-Bulky. It’s not a compact stroller when folded mainly because of the one-piece seat. Most lightweight strollers have a very compact fold and are great for traveling.
-Lack of storage. Besides the large basket underneath (that I really like), there are no pockets for small items. Many strollers have a pocket in the back of the seat or a small zipper pocket on the back of the canopy for small items like keys, cell phone, and wallet. Not on Cruz!
Baby Gizmo has a great video review of old Cruz. Note: The seat is 12″ wide and not 13″ like they said in the video.
Here is a video overview from UPPAbaby.
Stroller weight: 22 lbs
Weight limit: 50 lbs
Folded dimensions: 22.25”W x 11”L x 37”H (with the seat)
Handle bar height: 39.5″ – 42″
Seat to canopy height: 22″
Rear wheels: 6.5″
Front wheels: 8.25″
Overall length: 37″
Overall width: 22.25″
UPPAbaby has only 2-year warranty from the original date of purchase and you have to be the original owner. Here is more information on the warranty.
For 2015 UPPAbaby Cruz is available in eight colors: denny, georgie, jake, lindsey, pascal, maeve, maya, and samantha. All of the strollers have a a black frame.
Where to buy it
My favorite place to buy strollers and a lot of other baby items is Amazon. It usually has the lowest prices, free shipping, free returns and no sales tax. How great is that? You can get 2015 UPPAbaby Cruz in one of the five beautiful colors for around around $499 – $530 on Amazon (free shipping/free returns and no sales tax) or get the whole travel system with Mesa car seat for around $800. The price does vary depending on the color. The bassinet can be purchased separately for around $190.
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