by Amy Venzke March 06, 2020 8 min read
If you’re a parent who’s tight on living space or simply prefers to travel light, you might like the lightweight yet full-featured UPPAbaby CRUZ V2—and you might like the 14-pound UPPAbaby MINU even more.
For years, the CRUZ has been a popular choice with parents seeking a full-size stroller that isn’t too bulky. It weighs 25 pounds and is easy to fold and lift, yet it’s still sizable enough to offer a reversible seat and an ample storage basket.
But the MINU is far lighter and more compact—while offering some of the same features of the CRUZ, like compatibility with an infant car seat and even a bassinet that can be used from birth.
While the CRUZ still offers superior features and maneuverability, the MINU might win over urban parents—as well as suburban parents seeking a lighter, secondary stroller for travel and errands.
In this post, we'll compare the UPPAbaby CRUZ (updated to the CRUZ V2 in 2020) and the UPPAbaby MINU.
The lightweight and easy-to-fold UPPAbaby CRUZ is an ideal companion for exploring the city—or anywhere else you find yourself cruising. The CRUZ offers plenty of features, like a reversible seat, extra-large storage basket and a simple, standing fold.
In 2020, UPPAbaby released the CRUZ V2, featuring larger wheels with all-wheel suspension, along with other upgrades like a roomier seat, no-rethread harness and redesigned sun canopy. The CRUZ V2 offers improved maneuverability over the previous model, which has smaller wheels with front-wheel-only suspension.
Learn more about the 2020 UPPAbaby CRUZ V2 in the video below.
While ultra-compact and lightweight at just 14.5 pounds, the UPPAbaby MINU offers high-quality features seen on much larger strollers, like all-wheel suspension and compatibility with an infant car seat and bassinet.
That makes the UPPAbaby MINU ideal for travel and city life, especially because the stroller can be folded with just one step and one hand. The MINU is even compact enough to fit in some airplane overhead bins.
The UPPAbaby MINU was released in 2018 and has not been updated since then.
For both strollers, the Jake Black color is priced higher because of its black frame, which is more expensive to produce. Additionally, some colors of the CRUZ V2 cost more because of their more premium, textured fabrics.
The UPPAbaby MINU is one of the lightest strollers on the market, especially among those that can be used with a car seat or bassinet from birth.
After being upgraded with a larger seat and larger wheels in 2020, the UPPAbaby CRUZ V2 is average in weight for a stroller—and, as a result, it's now 11 pounds heavier than the MINU.
The MINU is more compact than the CRUZ V2, especially when folded. The MINU will save you about 10 inches in height and 5 inches in length when stored in your trunk, compared with the CRUZ V2.
Both the UPPAbaby CRUZ and MINU can be used from your newborn's first stroll until the time she doesn't need a stroller anymore, and both strollers can accommodate a car seat or bassinet. But there are also key differences in the configurations available for each stroller.
With either the CRUZ or MINU, you can attach an infant car seat from UPPAbaby or other brands to create a convenient travel system. But while the UPPAbaby MESA doesn't require adapters to connect with the CRUZ, adapters are needed to attach any car seat to the MINU—including the MESA.
See lists of car seats compatible with the CRUZ and MINU in the next section.
Both strollers offer a bassinet option (sold separately) that allows your baby to sleep in the safest position: flat on her back, with plenty of room and ventilation to keep her comfortable. But the CRUZ offers a more robust bassinet that can be used both off and on the stroller.
The bassinet for the UPPAbaby CRUZ is like a bed on wheels. With its hard, ventilated bottom, the bassinet is approved safe for overnight sleeping when placed on a flat surface or into the UPPAbaby bassinet stand (which turns into a laundry hamper)!
Unlike the CRUZ bassinet, which is a freestanding product, the MINU's bassinet—called the From Birth kit—is unstructured fabric that cannot be used off of the stroller. The From Birth kit also requires the baby to be buckled into a harness for safety, while the CRUZ bassinet does not.
UPPAbaby recommends that both stroller seats be used from 3 months to 50 pounds. While the MINU seat does not recline flat enough for a newborn, the CRUZ seat can be used from birth by attaching the Infant SnugSeat.
One main difference between the two seats: The CRUZ seat is removable and reversible, allowing a younger child to face you and an older child to face forward. Because the MINU seat consists of fabric attached to the frame, it can't be reversed—and removing it would require unfastening and reattaching the fabric to the frame.
Additionally, the CRUZ V2 has a larger and more structured seat that's more comfortable for a toddler, with a canopy that slides up on the frame to create more space for a taller child.
The CRUZ V2 offers a one-piece standing fold that keeps the stroller clean and allows for easy storage and lifting.
To fold the CRUZ V2, engage the brake and lower the handlebar to its shortest position. Pull back on the triggers integrated into the stroller frame and pull the stroller toward you, grasping the bumper bar to guide the stroller until it locks into place while standing on the handlebar. To lift the stroller into the car, grab the bumper bar and press the stroller into your thigh for lifting that’s easier on your back.
See how the CRUZ V2 folds and unfolds in the video below.
You only need one hand to fold the MINU. Using your thumb on one side of the handlebar button and fingers on the other, press in and down until the stroller collapses and auto-locks. To unfold the stroller, simply undo the lock and pull up on the stroller until it springs back into place.
The MINU also folds with the From Birth kit bassinet attached. Fold the MINU in the same fashion, using the buckles underneath the bassinet to secure it to the stroller frame.
See how the MINU folds and unfolds in the video below.
With the CRUZ V2, the freestanding toddler seat is easily removed and replaced with a car seat. Because the MINU's seat is a piece of fabric, not a standalone unit, the seat can only be removed by unfastening the fabric from the frame. If undoing the fabric seems like a pain, the car seat can also sit on top of the stroller seat.
Both the CRUZ and MINU are compatible with the UPPAbaby MESA infant car seat. But no adapters are needed for the CRUZ, while adapters (sold separately) are required for the MINU.
Here are the car seats compatible with the CRUZ:
See the video below for an overview of attaching various car seats to the CRUZ.
These car seats are compatible with the MINU using adapters:
See the video below for a look at attaching the UPPAbaby MESA car seat to the MINU.
From a cup holder for your morning coffee to a snack tray for your child, numerous CRUZ accessories make the stroller even better for both parents and kids.
The full line of UPPAbaby accessories can be used for the CRUZ, including:
Fewer accessories are available for the MINU:
If you live in an area where you have a car and ample storage space, you’ll probably choose the UPPAbaby CRUZ. The CRUZ offers all of the features most parents are seeking in a stroller, such as a seat that reverses and reclines, a roomy storage basket, and compatibility with a car seat and bassinet.
But if you live in a city or apartment—or if your main priority in a stroller is its light weight—you’ll like the MINU for its one-handed fold and 14-pound weight. Few options exist for parents who want a lightweight stroller but need to use it from birth, as umbrella strollers typically can't be fully reclined or used with a car seat or bassinet. The MINU's ability to be used with an infant will make it a popular choice both for an everyday stroller for city families and a full-featured lightweight stroller for families who travel.
Strolleria is a family-owned and operated retailer dedicated to making the baby gear buying experience less overwhelming for parents. If you have more questions about the UPPAbaby CRUZ vs. UPPAbaby MINU debate, feel free to contact us at 480-442-9433 or email@example.com.
Amy Venzke is the co-owner of Strolleria, along with her husband. Together, they have a mission to make the gear-buying experience easier on parents. Contact the Strolleria team with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-442-9433.