2015 UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller Review

uppababy-cruz-2015-1As 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 V2Nuna MixxBritax 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.

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Features

-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.

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-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.

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-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.

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-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.

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-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.

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-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.

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-Bumper bar. INCLUDED! The one-piece foam molded bumper bar is swing away for easy ins and outs.

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-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.

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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.

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-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.

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-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.

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Cons

-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!

Video Review

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.

Specs

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″

Warranty

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.

Available colors

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.

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Comparison Chart

If you want to see how Cruz compares to other UPPAbaby strollers take a look at this comparison chart. Here is my detailed comparison of Cruz 2015, Nuna Mixx and Stokke Scoot V2.

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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~Susan Brian

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44 thoughts on “2015 UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller Review”

  1. Hi Susan, I’m a soon-to-be first-time mom and I’ve become obsessed with finding the best all-purpose stroller for our needs, and one that would last through a few kids — it’s so hard to choose! I was so thankful to find your site, with all your expertise and insight! We live in a city with a walk-up apartment although we may end up keeping the stroller primarily in the car. Here are the main things I’m looking for:
    – Reversible seat
    – Decently deep recline
    – Under 25 lbs (but as light weight as possible)
    – Gliding board option (to accommodate possibly having another child in a couple years)
    – Compatible with Graco or Britax carseats
    I’ve been debating between the Uppababy Cruz, Britax Affinity, and Joovy Qool. I’m wondering how they might differ in a) smoothness of the ride, b) being able to easily wash the seat/cover, c) how easily they can be carried, and d) how well they might handle some slightly tougher terrain.

    Any suggestions you have would be so appreciated!!

    • HI Janna. All of these strollers are a great option but non of them have a compact fold. Because of the bulky fold, they will fill heavier when you carry them. I would say that Affinity is easiest to clean because of the removable seat liner, and has the best size wheels. So it will give you the smoothest ride. Joovy Qool looks so cool! I absolutely love the colors. It has larger wheels than Cruz so it will handle the road better. Out of three, Qool has the best recline because the seat is no one molded piece so you can recline the back of the seat allowing your child to stretch. Have you looked at Stokke Scoot V2? It has very compact one-hand fold, reversible seat, great size tires and large basket. Susan

      • Thank you Susan! That is really helpful. I guess they all have their pluses and minuses. I hadn’t thought of the Stokke Scoot V2 — I just read your review of that which is great. Do you think you could attach one of those universal glider boards to that one?

    • JUST A RANDOM THOUGHT FROM A TOTAL STRANGER SO TAKE IT WITH A GRAIN OF SALT- HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT THE CITY MINI? IT ISNT REVERSIBLE BUT IS SO EASY WITH THE GRACO AND BRITAX CAR SEATS. IT IS OUR GO TO WHEN WE TRAVEL IN A CITY BECAUSE IT IS UNBELIEVABLY EASY TO MANEUVER AND FOLDS UP EASILY, WITH ONE HAND PRETTY SMALL! IT MIGHT BE WORTH TEST DRIVING IF YOU HAVENT MADE YOUR FINAL CHOICE. CONGRATS AND GOOD LUCK!!!

  2. Hi there

    I am Gayatri from India. I am a soon to be first time mom and have gotten obsessed with this whole stroller buying process. Hence extremely confused.
    If been reading your reviews and wanting suggestions from you.
    So I need something that will be good on Indian roads which aren’t that great.
    A reversible seat, something that has a couple of recline positions (flat included), large canopy, bumper bar, cup holder, adjustable handle bar, can sustain the indian bumbpy road conditions, adjustable foot rest etc..
    And within 500 dollars..
    Please please suggest the apt stroller. I am going crazy trying to decide but I just am not able too.
    So I was considering Peg Perego Book Plus, Contours Bliss 4 in 1.. I don’t know if these even are the correct choices..
    Eagerly awaiting your reply.
    Thank u so so much.

    • Hi Gayatri. I would go with something that has good size wheels. Peg Perego Book Plus and Bliss are great choices. I really like both of them. I also can suggest Britax Affinity – which has everything on your wish list and Baby Jogger City Versa ($380). What do you think about them? Susan

  3. Hi Susan, Great site. I have 2 question.

    1)Does the lack of a crotch pad on the strap between the legs present a potential safety risk?
    2) Is a stroller snack table a must have or a good to have?

    I am down to 2 finalist in my stroller decision. The Cruz and the Armadillo Flip XT.

    • Hi Andrew. Many strollers like umbrella strollers don’t have the crotch pad, so there is no safety issue there. It’s always nice to have a snack tray and I know that Flip does not :( Honestly, all of my strollers have snack tray but we barely use it. My daughter prefers to eat from the container or a zip lock bag and never puts anything on the tray. Between the two I think I would go with Flip XT because of the flat-bed like recline, and larger wheels. It will definitely be a smoother ride for the child. Susan

    • Hi Andrew,

      I’m now deciding between these two as well. What did you decide on in the end and how do you like it? Thanks.

  4. Hi Susan, your site is amazing! Thanks for all the reviews. I am expecting my first child my late October. Should I anticipate any new strollers coming out before then? Any amazing sales to look out for? We currently live in the city and will for about 8 months, but then plan to move to the suburbs. We anticipate getting two strollers for now. We will probably have another child in 2-3 years and will buy an additional double stroller then. I care about style but I also want a practical, easy to use stroller. Which two strollers do you recommend? I was thinking bout the 2015 Uppababy Cruz and then a lighter/umbrella stroller. Also wanted to look at the Bee 3. Would love any suggestions and recommendations! Thanks in advance! – Katie

    • Hi Katie. It’s great to have a full-featured in the beginning when your child is younger and get something lighter once he out of the car seat. I do like Mamas&Papas Armadillo Flip and Flip XT. I think they very compact and very convenient for urban lifestyle. Cruz has also its pluses like bumper bar, bassinet option and light weight at 22 lbs. It’s a little bulkier than Flip and has smaller wheels, but there are more accessories for it. Bee 3 is not my favorite because of the small wheels and bulky fold. Between Cruz and Bee 3 I would choose Cruz. Cruz vs Flip is a tie for me. Susan

  5. Hi Susan, I am having my second baby later this year. I was very disappointed with our 1st travel system & don’t want to make the wrong choice. I am so glad to find your website!
    I am looking for a travel system that we can use from infant to 50 lbs or higher, preferably also with bassinet option, lightweight, easy/compact fold, large canopy, deep recline, reversible, decent storage space, preferably with cup holders, no flat tires, smooth ride with easy maneuverability.
    This would be our only system & would want it to be durable. We would mainly use for shopping, walks & trips to the park. I just read the review for the new mamas & papas Urbo2 & fell in love with the sleek design, upgrades & the color! Just hesitant on how smooth the ride is? A few others that I am considering are Armidillo Flip, Britax B-Agile, City Mini but I haven’t looked into any new or upcoming stollers. Sorry so long, Thank you!

    • Hi Imelda. The Urbo2 is amazing! For such small wheels it does very well on not-so-smooth surface. I was very impressed with the suspension system. If you want this to be your only stroller, and you love the design, I would say go for Urbo2. Armadillo Flip is wonderful but it does not have a bumper bar which could be a deal breaker for many. Other than that, it has everything. I love the matching bassinet. The B-Agile and City Mini are very practical choices but not as fancy as Urbo2 and Flip. I would go for a reversible seat if you can afford it. You will enjoy it much more because you will be able to see your cuttie for much longer than 6 months (after the car seat). Susan

  6. Hi Susan — We are expecting our first child anyway now. We live in Brooklyn and plan on spending the summer taking long walks around the neighborhood. We are leaning towards the 2015 Cruz because we want something less bulky than the Vista (you can’t toss a stone without hitting a Vista in our hood), but our sidewalks are terrible! So your one fear is the medium sized wheels vs the Vista’s larger wheels. How much of a difference will we really feel? We love the Cruz’s XL basket, the foot-breaks, the smaller frame (22 inch vs nearly 27 inch?!!!). We want to be able to go into stories and navigate sidewalks w/a bit more easy. So it’s really just the road feel that is causing us pause. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated! Best, M

    • Hi Morgan. I completely agree with you about the wheels. They are a little too small for a fulls size stroller. I think there are a lot of other great strollers on the market, but many of them don’t have the bassinet option and that’s where Cruz wins. If you are planning on walking a lot, I would suggest getting a stroller with a bassinet because it’s not recommended to keep your baby in the car seat for a long time. Do you care about bassinet? Susan

    • Hi Morgan!

      Apologies for butting into your convo with Susan, but you should know the Mesa car seat is seemingly indefinitely delayed, which makes creating a travel system with either the Cruz or Vista a LOT more trouble than it’s worth. Since you live in NYC and might not have a car(?), it’s possible this won’t be an issue for you. If it is, though, I’d definitely steer clear of either stroller, as Uppababy hasn’t been forthcoming at ALL as to when the accompanying car seat will actually be released. It’s gone from spring to mid-June to August 15th and later, according to Amazon. Just thought you might like to know!

      • P.S. I bought a 2015 Vista with the understanding we’d be able to buy a Mesa to go along with it, and it’s currently collecting dust in my living room.

  7. Hi Susan,

    I’ve been painstakingly reading your reviews for just about every stroller on the market for weeks now… And I just can’t figure out what I want! I would appreciate any and all advice you have for me (and apologize in advance because I know this note will be all over the place!)!

    Top on the list right now are:
    Uppa Baby Vista
    Uppa Baby Cruz
    Baby Jogger City Mini

    We are expecting our first this fall. We live a pretty active lifestyle and can’t wait for our little guy to be a part of it all! We love to travel (international as well as domestic) and often go for long walks on an unpaved but packed dirt path in the park nearby. We live in the suburbs on a busy street so I don’t anticipate us going for many neighborhood type walks. OK, now I’m really rambling. Here’s what we like and don’t like about each stroller…

    Vista – given that we’re a little late to the baby game, we expect that we’ll have a second in the next 2-3 years… While I think the price on the Vista is nuts, I wonder if it makes more sense for us long term. I also love that it comes with a bassinet – while I doubt we’ll use it with the stroller, it would be nice to have for the baby to sleep in at home for the first few weeks. Also, I believe I read somewhere that the wheels on this stroller a a bit more heavy duty so may work better on on our nature walks (lol). What I don’t like is how heavy and big it is – I question whether it would be a pain to take with us while traveling – either by car or plane. Are we going to find ourselves super annoyed by this in Italy next fall when its too big to fit in little shops/markets (or will my husband be thrilled with having an excuse to stay outside – haha)? Will it be worth it for us to even bring it with us – the wheels even be able to handle cobblestone streets or will the weight and size be prohibiting?

    Cruz – I like that this is more compact and lighter weight than the Vista (and less expensive). I do wonder whether we’ll be kicking ourselves in a few years when baby number 2 is on its way for not biting the bullet and going with the stroller that will expand with our family… While the bassinet is nice to have, I’m not convinced we’ll get our money’s worth out of it if we really only use it for the first few weeks… While I bet this stroller will be easier for city living, navigating through narrow aisles in shops, etc than the vista, I wonder if these wheels will be able to handle cobblestone streets, dirt paths, etc.

    City mini – the frugal side of me loves the pricing on this one but I found myself “needing to have” every single extra accessory this comes with maybe to help myself get more exciting about a look/design that’s just not as sleek/cool looking. This one also seems as thought it might travel better – lighter weight/easier to fold/more compact when folded. I like that its just one wheel in the front – and these wheels look might better suited to tougher terrains than city streets/paved sidewalks. When I went into the store to register, several different sales people told me how much they love this stroller and sort of rolled their eyes at the UPPA baby products all together… Which I thought was interesting because what sales person doesn’t want you to buy the most expensive product in the store… Made me think maybe the UPPA baby really wasn’t all its cracked up to be…

    Am I getting ahead of myself by planning for 2 kids when we are currently only expecting our first? Its definitely possible that 2-3 years from now we’ll want to get whatever the next best thing is anyways and in the meantime we would be lugging around 5 extra pounds of stroller we don’t currently need…

    Is there one stroller that will meet our everyday and travel needs? Or are we better off getting a full size stroller and an umbrella stroller for travel?

    Are the UPPA baby strollers really all about looks and not otherwise worth their high price tag?

    I know I’m all over the place here… I would love to get any and all thoughts you may have!!

    • Hi Caitlyn! You are trying to get everything in one stroller. LOL. I would get two strollers: One convertable for 2 kids and another lightweight compact for traveling. Chances are by the time you have a second child your older one will stop using stroller. And if not, you can carry a newborn on you while your older child is using the lightweight model when you are traveling. When you are home, you can use the larger stroller in a single or double mode depending on the mood of your older child. Another cool thing that you can do is buy a stroller board that attaches to the stroller for a toddler later. They love it! I would recommend forgetting about Vista if you are on the budget and getting Britax B-ready because it soooo similar to Vista but costs much less. It also has the bassinet option and a stroller board option and it does not look less stylish than Vista. In fact, the other day I saw one in gray and thought it was Vista for a second.

      As for the second stroller, I would get something light and compact but still with many features like Joovy Groove Ultralight or Armadillo City. It will be very easy to travel with. Susan

  8. Hey Susan
    Any tips on which is better out of the bugaboo buffalo and the Cruze? The bugaboo is a few years d now will they be launching a new model soon? Mainly do on pathway walking and my always totally smooth. Thanks heaps!

  9. Hi Susan
    Also how does the Nuna Ivvi compare to the uppa baby Cruze (alta) or bugaboo buffalo. I am in Australia is that makes any difference.
    Thanks heaps!

  10. Hi Susan,

    I have also been reading your reviews for weeks now and would love your input!! We are expecting our first child this fall. I am leaning towards the Uppa Baby Cruz model because it weighs less than the Vista and has a smaller frame. I was wondering how it would do on long walks in a gravel street? We don’t have sidewalks where I live and most people walk along the paved, gravel streets for exercise. I do enjoy walking for exercise and was wondering if the Cruz could be my only stroller (to use for walks and running errands). Would the Vista be better?

    In the alternative, I am also wondering if it would be best to get an every day stroller and a more durable jogging stroller to have for walks. Again, the only “rough” surface I wold be walking on would be lose gravel streets.

    One last question. I love the Nuna Pippa car seat and was wondering if the Nuna fit the Uppababy strollers. I did read that Nuna can use the MaxiCosi adapters, but I wanted to see what you had found.

    Thank you for your help, Your website is amazing and a life saver!!!

    • Hi Claire. I am glad you liked my site. I would recommend getting two strollers, one for running errands and another one for long walks. The wheels on Cruz are kind of small, and the fold is very bulky. So it’s not going to work that well for everything. If you are not a jogger, you can get an all-terrain stroller for walks and a lighter one for errands. And if you travel, you wouldn’t need to bring a huge stroller with you. Vista is a great choice if you planing on having a second child soon after. It’s a little heavier and bulkier. I can also recommend Mamas&Papas Sola2 MTX, Mamas&Papas Armadillo Flip XT, Bob Motion, City Mini GT, Nuna Mixx (the wheels are not all-terrain but large) and you can use it with Nuna Pippa car seat! Susan

  11. Hi Susan,

    Thank you for all of your great reviews. My husband and I are looking for a stroller that is good for the beach. We want to be able to push it on the sand but don’t want a jogging stroller because they are big and bulky. We are looking for one that is as light as possible, compact, reversible seat, compatiable with chico key fit infant car seat, and an adjustable handle bar (He is tall and I am short). I thought the uppababy cruz would be best but I don’t think the wheels will do well on the sand. I was also cnsidering the sola2 MTX and the Valco Baby Snap Ultra. Please let me know what you think.

    Lauren

  12. Hi Susan,

    My husband and rent a beach house for the summer and we are looking for a stroller that is good for the beach. We have had a beach cart with wheels similar to an umbrella stroller that have had to be replaced several times due falling off when the side walk or sand is very hot. I have been told the BOB is excellent for the beach but don’t want a bulky stroller. Right now I am between the uppababy cruz and the mamas & papas sola2mtx. Which do you think would be better for the beach?

    Lauren

    • Hi Lauren. I think that Sola2 MTX is definitely better than Cruz. The wheels on Cruz are very small and not going to handle much of the terrain. Another great sporty stroller is BOB Motion (also a little bulky but the wheels are all-terrain and it’s less bulky than BOB). Susan

  13. Hi! I’m in LOVE with your website. Thanks so much for all the work you do! I’m in search for a stroller that I need SOON but I’m afraid what I want is too much to ask lol. Any suggestions will be very much appreciated! I’m looking for a stroller with…
    NEED:
    *large canopy w/ magnetic closure preferably that goes down to bar
    * bar
    * wheels that can handle terrain & smooth ride (all wheel suspension)
    * one hand handle bar (adjustable)
    * large & easily accessible storage
    * reversible
    * easy to wash
    * lightweight
    * compact fold! (Traveling on airplane)
    * not bulky
    PREFERRED NOT NEED:
    *cup holder

  14. Hi Susan,
    Your website and reviews are great. My wife and I are expecting our first child in November. I have been tasked with researching the stroller. We live in NYC and we rely on subway or cab to get around. I like the Cruz for the added features and the space at the bottom, but I’m a little worried that it’s too heavy for my wife to break down and carry if she going up stairs. On the other hand, we intend to possibly expand our family down the road, so we have been considering the Vista, however it has the same bulky issues. My wife is a huge walker and plans on taking extensive field trips. For the time being, do you recommend getting a car seat frame stroller for the newborn stages and then get a light frame model after 6-8 months. Anyone you recommend? My wife likes the peak a boo window and the reverse capacity. Do you recommend the Cruz as in the middle option? Or a car seat frame model in the beginning and maybe an umbrella stroller or the G-Lux model. My goal is to have something reliable, great quality, but has smart capacity but lightweight. With easy breakdown. I understand that I could possibly be very naive and unrealistic. Any guidance you have would be great.

    Thanks!!

  15. Hi Susan,
    After a hand-me-down Bugaboo died on us, I’m contemplating the upppababy cruz due to it’s relatively light weight, huge canopy with magnetic top vent, huge storage and both rear and front facing. But I’m a bit worried about the handle height as Grandma (primary care taker of my 8 month old who loves to be outside) is only 5 feet and wondering if the new wheels are sturdy enough to handle snow.

    Also, thank you so much for organizing such detailed reviews!!

  16. Hi Susan,

    I’ve just bought the Cruz based on your helpful review, but then found out that the store sold me a 2015 stroller with a 2014 bassinet. They claimed not to have a 2015 bassinet and won’t cash refund me, so my question for you is how bad is it. Does the new bassinet has new features other than the design?

    Many thanks,
    Morgan

    • Hi Morgan. The 2015 bassinet has been updated and now has: zip-out liner, boot cover that are easy to remove and clean, perforated mattress pad and vented base that improve breathability, ventilated canopy, and extendable SPF 50+ sunshade. I think the updates are pretty major so I would get a new one. If they don’t have it in the store, get it online! Susan

    • Hi Morgan,

      I wanted to ask whether you checked the compatability of the 2014 bassinet on the 2015 Cruz stroller? We bought a used bassinet but have yet to purchase the new stroller. I am concerned the bassinet won’t fit on the attachments. Keeping my fingers crossed that perhaps you know from firsthand experience!

      Thank You,
      Kelly

  17. I just bought the bassinet for the Cruz. Do you have suggestions on how to travel with the bassinet by air? It’s too big to carry-on, but too fragile to check-in. Thoughts?

    Thanks.

  18. Hello Susan,

    I love your website but I have been struggling to pick the right stroller or strollers. I expecting my first child in July and want a all in one stroller but I don’t think this o going to work based on the reviews. I’m like running and walking with my dogs in the neighborhood. I live in suburbs and occasionally run on trails that are paved. I run 1-3 a week but how old typically can you start jogging with an infant. I can’t picture running in hot July and by the type I have to go back to work it will be late fall so again how often will I really take the baby outside except doctors spots and errands. I do travel to visit my family about 2-3 a year and we go by plane and car and we do several weekend trips. So I would like all terrain wheels or wheels that can handle a light jog once a week and long walks. I want it to be light and and easy one hand fold. I like the baby jogger city mini. I picked out the cybex Alton 2 car seat so the stroller needs to be compatible with it.

    So my main questions is it possible to have one stroller or do I need two. I’m having a girl so I know we are going to try again for a boy but I don’t have time frame on that . Please help

  19. Hi Susan,
    Thanks for the review. I have a question that is applicable to both Vista and Cruz. To me, the seat’s width and depth is a bit narrow when I compare them with something like Bugaboo, Cameleon. I guess seat gets tight too soon for the baby if I am looking for a 3,4 year term of use. This is the main thing that makes me hesitant about buying either of them. I appreciate it if you could lend me your opinion.

    Many Thanks
    Narges

    • Hi Narges. I think the width of the seat is good enough for a four year old. It shouldn’t be a problem. I think by the time your child is 4 your will have a cheap umbrella stroller anyway :). Susan

  20. Hi Susan,

    We like the Cruz for all around mobility, features, and ease of use. I understand the new 2015 has larger back wheels. In your previous posts you mention that the wheels wouldn’t be able to handle mulch. In your opinion, would the wheels be able to handle gravel park trails?

    Thanks,

    Geeta

  21. I noticed that the Vista comes with the bassinet, can you also use the bassinet that comes with the Vista 2015 on the Cruz 2015 stroller?

  22. My comment is two-part: I have my own review of the Cruz, and have a question for you about which stroller would be better suited for us now.

    So to start, we purchased the 2013 Cruz when my son was born, mostly because we fell in love with the Mesa car seat and liked the idea that it just snapped right in to the Cruz without adaptors (highly recommend the Mesa). The Cruz was great to walk around town on flat sidewalks and in stores (love the LARGE basket, but the material of the basket is flimsy). We ended up moving to Philadelphia where we are constantly battling cobblestone streets and uneven pavement and the Cruz was just not cutting it, so I sold it on Craigslist and purchased the Bumbleride Indie. Long story short, I really missed my Cruz and some of the functions like the telescoping handlebar and one handed recline that I had gotten used to having, so when the 2015 came out and I saw that it had larger tires I decided to buy it and keep it in the car for my shopping stroller. I don’t know what I was thinking. The ‘larger wheels’ make no difference on these old streets and the 2015 Cruz quality is AWFUL, AWFUL, AWFUL! This thing sounds like it’s going to break just pushing it through the mall. The creaks are so annoying. The leg rest on the seat has already broken (thankfully Uppababy has incredible customer service), and the wheels are getting shredded. The only thing I really like about the new Cruz is the included bumper bar and the snack tray I purchased that just snaps right in. Otherwise this thing is junk and I would not recommend.

    So now my son is 2 1/2 and he is a big boy. He’s getting quite tall and heavy. I’m looking for a stroller to replace my Cruz and would like something with all-terrain tires and suspension, but would love to have something with the telescoping handlebar. We’re tall parents– I’m 5’10” and my husband is 6’3″ and we hate the bumbleride handlebar. We just kick the stroller as we walk down the street. I would also like something with a 50+ lb weight limit. I’ve been looking at the Nuna Mixx, but wondering if it’s wheels are really going to be ‘all-terrain’? Do you have any suggestions for us?

  23. Thank you Susan for such great and in depth reviews. They have been very informative and helped me to narrow down my choices to the following: The Nuna Tavo and the Uppababy Cruz. The most off-roading I’ll be doing is on grass. Do you have any recommendations or insights between the two models and which one that you would recommend? I have some time as my son is due in November to wheel both models and discuss the pros and cons with my wife. Thank you !!!

  24. I note you have reviewed both the Uppababy Cruz and the Cybex Balios M. You seem to be positive about both, but just wondering what you would go for if you had to choose one of these?

    We are so indecisive and can’t decide what’s best, as each have pros and cons. The cruz appears to be slightly more stylishly, the bassinet seems to be good and I understand it collapses down, but my other half is wondering whether the wheels are too small and he definitely has wheel envy on other models!However, this means the cruz fits slightly better in my car – we have to remove the wheel on the Cybex to get it in, which is a bit of a faff but I guess not a massive problem (nb I’ve never had a baby so maybe this is a massive problem?!). The Cybex seems to have more wipable fabric (although my other half doesn’t think it’s made as good in quality as the Cruz). We’ve found a better deal for the Cybex though, whereby we can get a great rated Cybex car seat (akon 4) carrycot and pushchair element for £100 less than the cruz package comprising the carrycot/bassinet, chassis, seat and adaptors. This probably sounds stupid but I really don’t know how much we will end up pushing a pushchair on rougher terrain – we aren’t the most adventurous so I can’t see us going for massive hikes, but we might want to go to a country fair in a field or go over cobbled steps, but reality is i just don’t know if the baby will change our ways!! We are also both tall – the handle height is good on both but I don’t know if one of these options is better for longer babies than the other. Ideally, I would like this first pushchair to last as long as possible too. Any comments gratefully received!! Thanks! X

  25. Hi Susan,

    Thank you so much for providing such wonderful information! I am 34 and my husband and I are about to have our first baby. We live in hot and humid Miami, the baby will be born in April, and we anticipate walking around outside and taking the metro quite a bit (and driving too). I am between the Bee3 and the UppaBaby Cruz (2015 or newer). I am wondering:

    1. I know I can take the seat cover off the bee3 and machine wash it, but the store clerk told me I could NOT do that with the Cruz, is that accurate. And if so, how do you clean the Cruz seat if the baby has an accident or throws up, etc.?

    2. Do you think the bee3 easier to maneuver around public transport? I gather from your reviews, you generally prefer the Cruz over the Bee3.

    Thanks!

  26. Hi Susan,

    I know your review was from quite a while ago but I was just wondering if you would know if any of the 2013-2015 Cruz bassinets would fit my 2012 model?

    Many thanks!
    Clara

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