by Amy Venzke March 01, 2020 8 min read
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 available for both strollers).
Overall, the VISTA is a larger stroller, with an oversized basket, bigger wheels, an included bassinet 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, which is lighter and more narrow while priced at $400 less.
So which one is right for your needs? Read on to learn more in this UPPAbaby VISTA vs. UPPAbaby CRUZ comparison.
This post compares the VISTA V2 and CRUZ V2, the models released in 2020. UPPAbaby is not updating either stroller for 2021, aside from a few color changes. See these 2021 vs. 2020 VISTA V2 and 2021 vs. 2020 CRUZ V2 comparisons for more details.
Watch the video below for a visual comparison of the UPPAbaby VISTA and CRUZ. Note that this video shows the 2019 strollers.
UPPAbaby released new versions of both the VISTA and CRUZ in 2020. Both the UPPAbaby VISTA V2 and UPPAbaby CRUZ V2 feature improved suspension and maneuverability, a roomier Toddler Seat to accommodate taller kids, new colors, and a no-rethread harness.
The CRUZ is now more similar to the VISTA than it was in previous years: In fact, it can be hard to tell the two strollers apart. The CRUZ V2 now has larger wheels with all-wheel suspension for a smoother ride, while previous CRUZ models had smaller wheels with front-wheel-only suspension.
Looking to compare the V2 model with a previous version? See these comparisons.
The UPPAbaby VISTA V2 is one of the most versatile strollers on the market because it offers the option of converting to a double stroller for siblings or twins.
The VISTA 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.
See the VISTA V2 in the video below.
The UPPAbaby CRUZ V2 is a lightweight yet sturdy single stroller that's an ideal ride no matter where you're cruising. The CRUZ has an almost identical seat and frame as the VISTA and shares other features, too, like a reversible seat and standing fold.
Unlike the VISTA, the CRUZ can't convert to a double stroller and doesn't come with a bassinet, although you can purchase one separately for your newborn.
See the UPPAbaby CRUZ V2 in the video below.
The UPPAbaby VISTA V2 costs $400 more than the UPPAbaby CRUZ V2. One main reason for the price difference: The VISTA stroller is packaged with the bassinet, which is sold separately for the CRUZ at $199.99.
For both models, some colors carry a higher price point because of their more premium fabrics and details. The Jake Black color also costs more because of its black frame, which has the same function as the silver frame but is more expensive to produce.
Both strollers have the same height and weight capacity, with seats recommended for use from 3 months to 50 pounds. Use either stroller from birth by adding the Infant SnugSeat accessory for additional head and neck support, or attaching an infant car seat or bassinet.
For the V2 models of both strollers, the size of the Toddler Seat was increased, making the VISTA V2 and CRUZ V2 among the roomiest strollers on the market for taller toddlers.
For the VISTA, the second seat (called the RumbleSeat) for the lower position of the double stroller is smaller than the upper seat (known as the Toddler Seat). Learn more about the VISTA's capabilities as a double stroller in this UPPAbaby VISTA Toddler Seat vs. RumbleSeat comparison.
But both strollers were updated in 2020 with enhanced all-wheel suspension and softer wheels. With dual-action suspension, springs work independently to provide the smoothest ride, a feature not seen on other strollers.
Both the VISTA V2 and CRUZ V2 offer plenty of versatility: The seat of the stroller is removable and reversible, allowing you to keep a close eye on a parent-facing baby and allowing a toddler to face forward and see the world.
Both strollers are also compatible with a bassinet (included with the VISTA and sold separately for the CRUZ), as well as several infant car seats. See which car seats are compatible with the VISTA and CRUZ later in this post.
Of course, the VISTA has many more configurations than the CRUZ because it can be converted into a double stroller with the addition of a second seat. See below for a look at what the VISTA can do as a double stroller.
The UPPAbaby VISTA V2 stroller is packaged in the same box as the bassinet, so you can't buy the stroller without getting the bassinet.
The bassinet is optional for the CRUZ V2: It doesn't come with the stroller, but you can purchase it separately for $199.99. The same bassinet is used for the VISTA and CRUZ, and no adapters are required.
Bassinets aren't required for using the stroller with a newborn, but they are recommended for a few reasons.
A bassinet allows a baby to lie completely flat, rather than in a slightly upright position in the car seat, which allows for open airways and a better-supported head and neck. Bassinets are also more ventilated than car seats, which tend to make babies sweaty with their protective foam.
Plus, the VISTA/CRUZ bassinet is approved for overnight sleeping, making it a handy accessory if you're traveling or frequently visiting the grandparents. The bassinet can also be paired with the UPPAbaby bassinet stand for use at your bedside—and as a bonus, the stand even converts into a laundry hamper later on.
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.
With two colors unique to the VISTA V2:
See these colors on the VISTA V2 below.
The UPPAbaby MESA infant car seat attaches directly to the frame of both the VISTA V2 and CRUZ V2 strollers without the need for car seat adapters. On both models, the MESA releases from the stroller with the press of a button on the top of the car seat handle.
With the purchase of car seat adapters, both strollers are compatible with car seats from top manufacturers including Nuna, Maxi-Cosi, Cybex, Peg-Perego and Chicco.
See the video below for an overview of how each car seat fits the UPPAbaby VISTA.
See the video below for an overview of how each car seat fits the UPPAbaby CRUZ. While this video depicts the 2019 CRUZ, compatibility is unchanged for the current model.
If you prefer a stroller that will have the longevity (or at least the option) for two children, then the VISTA may be your best bet. The main drawbacks of the VISTA are its higher price tag and heavier weight.
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 everyday use.
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