The UPPAbaby VISTA and the UPPAbaby CRUZ are two of the most popular strollers on the market. And because they're made by the same great brand, the frames and seats of both strollers are almost identical. But the VISTA and CRUZ have a few major differences, too.
If you're deciding between the two, here's the most important question to ask: Do you want your stroller to grow with your family? As a convertible stroller, the VISTA has the ability to convert from a single stroller to a double when a second child comes along. Meanwhile, the CRUZ can seat only one child (unless you add the UPPAbaby PiggyBack ride-along board, an accessory made for either stroller).
Overall, the VISTA is a larger stroller, with an oversized basket, bigger and better wheels, and the ability to accommodate a second child. That's why some parents prefer the VISTA—and it's also why others prefer the CRUZ.
So which one is right for your needs? Read on to learn more in this UPPAbaby VISTA vs. UPPAbaby CRUZ comparison. We'll cover the benefits and drawbacks of each stroller, as well as the differences between product specifications, foldability, and car seat compatibility.
First, let's take a look at each stroller.
The UPPAbaby VISTA is one of the most versatile strollers on the market because it offers the option of converting to a double stroller. It can be used with two stroller seats, two infant car seats, two bassinets, or any combination therein. But plenty of parents buy the VISTA intending only to use it as a single stroller, thanks to its sturdy wheels, all-wheel suspension and oversized storage basket accommodating up to 30 pounds.
Unlike the CRUZ, the VISTA comes with a bassinet that's safe for overnight use. The CRUZ can use the same bassinet, but it's sold separately.
The UPPAbaby CRUZ is lighter than the VISTA, making it an ideal companion for exploring the city. The CRUZ has an almost identical seat and frame as the VISTA and shares other features, too, like a reversible seat and standing fold.
Because the CRUZ has front-wheel suspension and smaller wheels, it's easier to lift and carry but not as smooth or durable as the VISTA, which has larger back wheels and all-wheel suspension.
The 2018 UPPAbaby VISTA costs $350 more than the 2018 UPPAbaby CRUZ but includes the bassinet that's approved for overnight use (sold for $189.99).
For both models, the Jake Black model costs more because of its carbon black frame. The 2018 VISTA in Jake Black is $929.99, and the 2018 CRUZ in Jake Black costs $579.99.
Larger back wheels and all-wheel suspension gives the VISTA an edge in maneuverability. With smaller wheels and only front-wheel suspension, you'll feel more bumps in the road and have a harder time negotiating rough terrain in the CRUZ.
The VISTA and CRUZ come in the same colors, with the exception of the Henry Blue Marl, a textured light blue that's exclusive to the VISTA.
Both the VISTA and CRUZ fold similarly and stand on their own when folded to prevent the stroller from getting dirty. For the VISTA, the second seat should be removed before folding. Watch the videos to see how it's done.
Both the VISTA and CRUZ have removable seats that can be reversed so the baby faces you or faces the world, and both are compatible with infant car seats and the UPPAbaby bassinet.
The UPPAbaby MESA infant car seat attaches directly to the frame of both the VISTA and CRUZ strollers without the need for car seat adapters. On both, the MESA releases from the stroller with the press of a button on the top of the car seat handle. With adapters, both strollers are compatible with several other car seats, too.
Still don't know which stroller you like better? Let's highlight the benefits and drawbacks of each.
If you prefer a stroller that will have the longevity for two children, then the VISTA may be your best option. The main drawbacks of the VISTA are its higher price tag and larger size.
The UPPAbaby CRUZ is the younger sibling of the VISTA, ideal for families who only intend on using it with one child and prefer a lighter stroller for city living.
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