by Amy Venzke April 07, 2017 10 Comments

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.

UPPAbaby VISTA

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.

UPPAbaby CRUZ

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.

 

Basics

UPPAbaby VISTA vs. CRUZ Price

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 2017, some models of the VISTA and CRUZ are lower-priced because they lack leather handlebars and bumper bars. All 2018 models feature leather details.

  • VISTA: $899.99 (includes stroller frame, seat, bumper bar, rain cover and bug cover; bassinet, bassinet bug cover, and bassinet storage bag)
  • CRUZ: $549.99 (includes stroller frame, seat, rain cover and bug cover)

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.

UPPAbaby VISTA vs. CRUZ Weight

  • VISTA: 26.6 pounds
  • CRUZ: 21.5 pounds

UPPAbaby VISTA vs. CRUZ Weight Capacity

  • VISTA: 50 pounds
  • CRUZ: 50 pounds

UPPAbaby VISTA vs. CRUZ Dimensions

  • VISTA: 36"L x 25.7"W x 39.5"H
  • CRUZ: 37"L x 22.3"W x 40.5"H

UPPAbaby VISTA vs. CRUZ Folded Dimensions

  • VISTA: 17.3"L x 25.7"W x 33"H
  • CRUZ: 17"L x 22.3"W x 36"H

UPPAbaby VISTA vs. CRUZ Foot Brake

  • VISTA: Foot brake
  • CRUZ: Foot brake

UPPAbaby VISTA vs. CRUZ Wheels

Larger back wheels and all-wheel suspension gives the VISTA an edge in maneuverability.

  • VISTA: 8" polyurethane tires; 11.5" polyurethane rear tires; enhanced all-wheel suspension
  • CRUZ: 6.4" polyurethane tires; 8.5" polyurethane rear tires; front-wheel suspension 

UPPAbaby VISTA vs. CRUZ colors

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.

Warranty

  • VISTA: 3 years (with product registration)
  • CRUZ: 3 years (with product registration)

UPPAbaby VISTA vs. CRUZ How to Fold

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. 

UPPAbaby VISTA

UPPAbaby CRUZ 

 

Car seats compatible with UPPAbaby VISTA and UPPAbaby CRUZ

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.

Car seats compatible with UPPAbaby VISTA

Uppababy Vista vs Uppababy Cruz

Car seats compatible with UPPAbaby CRUZ

Uppababy Vista vs Uppababy Cruz

    Pros and Cons

    Still don't know which stroller you like better? Let's highlight the benefits and drawbacks of each.

    UPPAbaby VISTA

    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.

    uppababy vista vs uppababy cruz

    Benefits

    • Longevity: use when a second child comes along instead of buying a separate double stroller
    • Allows for multiple seating configurations using up to two UPPAbaby MESA infant car seats, two bassinets or two stroller seats
    • Included bassinet with perforated, removable mattress pad and vented base is safe for overnight use
    • More storage space than most strollers on the market—take everything you need
    • Enhanced all-wheel suspension and larger wheels make it easier to maneuver over rough terrain and curbs

    Drawbacks

    • Costs $350 more than CRUZ
    • 5 pounds heavier for lifting in and out of car
    • Storage basket may be unnecessarily large for some parents
    • Includes bassinet, which some parents choose not to use 

    UPPAbaby CRUZ

    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.

    UPPAbaby VISTA vs. UPPAbaby CRUZ Stroller Comparison

    Benefits

    • Weighs 5 pounds less than the VISTA, making it easier to lift in and out of the car
    • Costs $350 less than the VISTA
    • Can still be used with a second child with the UPPAbaby Piggyback board

    Drawbacks

    • Can't accommodate a second seat like the VISTA can
    • Smaller wheels are not as capable of going over curbs and rough terrain as VISTA is
    • Two-wheel suspension instead of all-wheel suspension means the CRUZ is less smooth
    • Bassinet is not included 

    Questions?

    Strolleria is a family-owned and operated retailer dedicated to making the baby gear buying experience less overwhelming for parents. We also offer free shipping on orders over $49 and no sales tax outside of Arizona! If you have more questions about the UPPAbaby VISTA vs. UPPAbaby CRUZ debate, feel free to contact us at 480-442-9433 or customercare@strolleria.com. 

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    Amy Venzke
    Amy Venzke

    Amy Venzke is the co-owner of Strolleria, along with her husband, Drew. Together, they have a mission to make the gear-buying experience easier on parents. That includes you! Feel free to contact her with questions at amy@strolleria.com


    10 Responses

    Amy Venzke
    Amy Venzke

    January 20, 2018

    Hi Stef, yes, the Vista can be a double stroller using the items that come with the stroller: the toddler seat on the upper position and bassinet on the lower position. You’ll still need the upper and lower adapters to create more space between the two seats. Here’s a blog post that explains the adapters and seats you need for each double configuration: https://strolleria.com/blogs/news/what-adapters-do-i-need-for-the-uppababy-vista

    Amy Venzke
    Amy Venzke

    January 20, 2018

    Hi Hayley, yes, all of the products made between 2015-present are compatible, so you can use a 2016 bassinet on a new Cruz.

    Stef
    Stef

    January 18, 2018

    I read somewhere that the vista stroller has the capabilities to hold 2 seats, but additional seating has to be purchased. Doesn’t it come with a toddler seat and a bassinet, so shouldn’t you be able to hold two children without buying additional seating? Did I misread, and it meant an adaptor needs to be purchased?

    Hayley
    Hayley

    January 16, 2018

    Will a bassinet purchased in 2016 fit a new Cruz model?

    Amy Venzke
    Amy Venzke

    January 16, 2018

    Hi Caffrey, that is not true. You can only add a second seat to the Vista. You can add a second child to the Cruz only if they are standing on the Piggyback skateboard attachment.

    Caffrey
    Caffrey

    January 16, 2018

    I was told that the new Cruz that I bought could have a second seat installed. Was I told something not true.

    Amy Venzke
    Amy Venzke

    January 14, 2018

    Hi Dawn, the Cruz is designed to accommodate 50 pounds on the stroller seat, 25 pounds in the storage basket and 55 pounds on the Piggyback board. However, the Vista will always be smoother because of its suspension and larger wheels.

    Dawn Hansen
    Dawn Hansen

    January 14, 2018

    I currently own an Uppababy Cruz. I have a two and a half year old and one on the way. I am considering upgrading to the Vista, however my toddler is already growing out of the rumble seat. I am wondering if the Cruz with the piggyback attachment can support the Weight with two children and a full basket? Will the Cruz be a smooth ride with all of this weight?

    Amy Venzke
    Amy Venzke

    January 06, 2018

    Hi Priscilla, no, the Cruz is a single stroller. However, a second child can stand on a riding board behind the stroller: https://strolleria.com/products/uppababy_cruz_piggyback_ride-along_board

    Priscilla
    Priscilla

    January 04, 2018

    I have the UPPAbaby CRUZ that was given to me but I have two boys and I just wanted to know for certain whether it can be converted into a double or not. Thank you

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