As you all know UPPAbaby has recently updated its line of strollers. While the Vista got a whole facelift, the Cruz got new larger rear wheels and now comes with an included bumper bar.
That’s all. Everything else stayed the same. The whole UPPAbaby line of strollers has new pretty colors to choose from.
The Cruz is full of great features like a reversible seat, deep one-hand recline, large canopy with a big pop-out sunvisor, x-large basket, an adjustable padded 5-point harness, an adjustable leg rest, an adjustable handlebar, a flip-flop-friendly brake, and an 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 an 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 a 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″) seems 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, 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 a 27 lb 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, Nuna Mixx, and Stokke Scoot V2.
Anyways, back to the Cruz. While I gave the older Cruz only 4.5 stars, the 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 the negative side, it 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 the Cruz for around $499 – $530 or get the whole travel system with a Mesa car seat for around $800. The price does vary depending on the color. The bassinet can be purchased separately for around $190.
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 lightweight 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.
It is a telescoping handlebar that can accommodate taller and shorter parents. To adjust it simply press the button in the middle of the handlebar and pull it out. It extends from 39.5″ up to 42″ from the ground.
The seat is 12″ wide with a 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 newborns, but Uppababy recommends getting an insert for better support. I absolutely love how upright the seat is! A lot of kids, like my daughter Sophia, hate to be reclined and want to sit upright with an 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.
The seat is reversible. All you need to do is push two buttons on both sides of the seat, swing it around, and plug it back in. It has the same recline positions in parent-facing mode, but you have to switch it back in order to fold the stroller.
It has an 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).
The are two footrests: 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 footrest is not adjustable.
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.
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 flat surfaces. They can handle some mommy terrain like grass or playground mulch but don’t plan on going off-road with it.
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.
The is a one-step parking brake located in between the rear wheels. It is a flip-flop-friendly pedal that is easy to lock and unlock without scratching your shoes.
It’s a two-hand two-step fold although they are saying it is a one-step fold on the website. 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 an upright position. Next, pull two levers located on both sides of the handlebar 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 a 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.
The one-piece foam molded bumper bar is swing-away for easy ins and outs.
I like it when there is a bassinet option even though 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 into 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 with 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.
The Cruz can be transformed into a travel system by using the 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 the purchase of an adapter.
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)
Handlebar 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 a 2-year warranty from the original date of purchase and you have to be the original owner.
The UPPAbaby Cruz is available in eight colors: denny, georgie, jake, lindsey, pascal, maeve, maya, and samantha. All of the strollers have a black frame.
Where to buy it
You can get UPPAbaby Cruz in one of the five beautiful colors for around $499 – $530 or get the whole travel system with a Mesa car seat for around $800. The price does vary depending on the color. The bassinet can be purchased separately for around $190.