by Amy Venzke April 07, 2017 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 made for either stroller).

Overall, the VISTA is a larger stroller, with an oversized basket, bigger and sturdier 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, which is 5 pounds lighter and slightly more compact.

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.

For 2019, UPPAbaby released three new colors of the VISTA that included premium fabrics and details. No functional changes were made for 2019. Learn more about what's new for 2019 in this 2019 vs. 2018 UPPAbaby VISTA comparison.

UPPAbaby CRUZ

The UPPAbaby CRUZ is 5 pounds 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-only 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 video below reflects the 2018 CRUZ, but no changes were made to the stroller for 2019.

UPPAbaby VISTA vs. CRUZ Price

The UPPAbaby VISTA costs at least $350 more than the UPPAbaby CRUZ. One main reason for the price difference: The VISTA stroller is packaged with the bassinet, which is sold separately for the CRUZ at $189.99 to $199.99.

    For both models, the Jake Black model costs $30 more because of its black frame, which has the same function as the silver frame but is more expensive to produce.

    Plus, a few colors of the VISTA also carry a higher price point because of their more premium fabrics and details (learn more in this 2019 vs. 2018 UPPAbaby VISTA comparison.)

    • VISTA: $899.99 for Gregory Blue Melange, Jordan Charcoal Melange and Emmett Green Melange; $929.99 for Henry Blue Marl and Jake Black; $959.99 for Bryce White Marl, William Chambray Oxford and Spenser Tartan Plaid
    • CRUZ: $549.99, or $579.99 for Jake Black

    UPPAbaby VISTA vs. UPPAbaby CRUZ Stroller Comparison

    UPPAbaby VISTA vs. CRUZ Weight

    The UPPAbaby CRUZ weighs 5 pounds less than the VISTA, largely because of its smaller wheels.

    • VISTA: 26.6 pounds
    • CRUZ: 21.5 pounds

    UPPAbaby VISTA vs. CRUZ Dimensions

    The main size difference between the VISTA and CRUZ is the width: The CRUZ has a reduced width of 3.4 inches, making it a little more compact for navigating crowded spaces.

    Dimensions

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

    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 Age Requirements and Weight Capacity

    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.

    The canopies of both the VISTA and CRUZ slide up on the frame to create more headroom for a growing toddler—a unique feature not seen on most strollers that can help accommodate tall kids.

    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.

    • VISTA: 50 pounds for the upper toddler seat, 35 pounds for the lower RumbleSeat
    • CRUZ: 50 pounds
    • Bassinet: 20 pounds or until the infant can push up on hands and knees, whichever comes first

    UPPAbaby VISTA vs. UPPAbaby CRUZ Stroller Comparison

      UPPAbaby VISTA vs. CRUZ Wheels

      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 like grass, gravel and snow when using the CRUZ.

      • 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. UPPAbaby CRUZ Stroller Comparison

      UPPAbaby VISTA vs. CRUZ Configurations

      Both the VISTA and CRUZ 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.

      UPPAbaby VISTA vs. CRUZ Bassinet

      The UPPAbaby VISTA 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: It doesn't come with the stroller, but you can purchase it separately for $189.99. 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.

      UPPAbaby VISTA vs. UPPAbaby CRUZ Stroller Comparison

      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 

       

      UPPAbaby VISTA vs. CRUZ Colors

      The UPPAbaby VISTA is available in eight colors, while the CRUZ is offered in five colors.

      2019 UPPAbaby VISTA colors include:

      • Gregory Blue Melange
      • Jordan Charcoal Melange
      • Emmett Green Melange
      • Jake Black
      • Henry Blue Marl
      • Spenser Tartan Plaid
      • William Chambray Oxford
      • Bryce White Marl

      UPPAbaby VISTA vs. UPPAbaby CRUZ Stroller Comparison

      UPPAbaby VISTA vs. UPPAbaby CRUZ Stroller Comparison

      2019 UPPAbaby CRUZ colors include:

      • Gregory Blue Melange
      • Jordan Charcoal Melange
      • Emmett Green Melange
      • Jake Black
      • Jordan Charcoal Melange

      UPPAbaby VISTA vs. UPPAbaby CRUZ Stroller Comparison

      Car seats compatible with UPPAbaby VISTA and UPPAbaby CRUZ

      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 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.

      Car seats compatible with UPPAbaby VISTA

      See the video below for an overview of how each car seat fits the UPPAbaby VISTA.

      Car seats compatible with UPPAbaby CRUZ

      See the video below for an overview of how each car seat fits the UPPAbaby CRUZ.

        UPPAbaby VISTA vs. CRUZ Pros and Cons

        So which stroller is better: the UPPAbaby VISTA or the UPPAbaby CRUZ? Let's highlight the benefits and drawbacks of each.

        UPPAbaby VISTA

        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 option. The main drawbacks of the VISTA are its higher price tag and heavier weight.

        Benefits

        • Turns into a double stroller with the addition of a second seat, allowing continued use when a second child comes along instead of buying a separate double stroller
        • Enhanced all-wheel suspension and larger wheels offer greater durability and maneuverability over rough terrain and curbs, compared with front-wheel-only suspension and smaller wheels on CRUZ
        • Allows for multiple seating configurations using up to two UPPAbaby MESA infant car seats, two bassinets or two stroller seats
        • Included bassinet is safe for overnight use and provides better support and ventilation for a newborn
        • Storage basket is larger than on CRUZ and includes more storage space than most strollers on the market—take everything you need

        Drawbacks

        • Costs at least $350 more than CRUZ
        • 5 pounds heavier for lifting in and out of car
        • Purchase of stroller includes bassinet (valued at $189.99), which some parents won't use

         UPPAbaby VISTA vs. UPPAbaby CRUZ Stroller Comparison

          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 everyday use.

          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 (though available separately for $189.99)

          UPPAbaby VISTA vs. UPPAbaby CRUZ Stroller Comparison

          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.