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 least $280 lower.

So which one is right for your needs? Read on to learn more in this UPPAbaby VISTA vs. UPPAbaby CRUZ comparison. This post primarily compares the 2020 VISTA V2 and CRUZ V2, the models released in 2020.

UPPAbaby VISTA vs. UPPAbaby CRUZ Stroller Comparison

2020 UPPAbaby VISTA V2 vs. 2020 UPPAbaby CRUZ V2

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 2019 and 2020 models? See these comparisons.

UPPAbaby VISTA vs. CRUZ Comparison Video

Watch the video below for a visual comparison of the UPPAbaby VISTA and CRUZ. Note that this video shows the 2019 strollers.

2020 UPPAbaby VISTA V2

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 2020 VISTA V2 in the video below.

2020 UPPAbaby CRUZ V2

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.

UPPAbaby VISTA V2 vs. CRUZ V2 Price

The UPPAbaby VISTA V2 costs at least $280 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. 

    • 2020 VISTA V2: $929.99 to $969.99 (single); $1,129.98 to $1,169.98 (double)
    • 2020 CRUZ V2: $649.99 to $679.99

    UPPAbaby VISTA vs. UPPAbaby CRUZ Stroller Comparison

    UPPAbaby VISTA V2 vs. CRUZ V2 Weight

    As of the 2020 models, the VISTA and CRUZ are similar in weight and size. The UPPAbaby CRUZ V2 weighs 1.5 pounds less than the VISTA because its wheels are slightly smaller.

    • VISTA V2: 27 pounds
    • CRUZ V2: 25.5 pounds

    UPPAbaby VISTA vs. UPPAbaby CRUZ Stroller Comparison

    UPPAbaby VISTA V2 vs. CRUZ V2 Dimensions

    The main size difference between the VISTA V2 and CRUZ V2 is the width: The CRUZ V2 has a reduced width of nearly 3 inches, making it a little more compact for navigating crowded spaces.

    Dimensions

    • VISTA V2: 36"L x 25.7"W x 39.5"H
    • CRUZ V2: 37.5"L x 22.8"W x 40"H

    Folded Dimensions

    • VISTA V2: 17.3"L x 25.7"W x 33.3"H
    • CRUZ V2: 16.5"L x 22.8"W x 33"H

    UPPAbaby VISTA vs. UPPAbaby CRUZ Stroller Comparison

    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 V2 and CRUZ V2 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 2020 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.

    • 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 V2 vs. CRUZ V2 Wheels

      Larger wheels gives the VISTA V2 a slight edge in maneuverability over the CRUZ V2.

      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. 

      The CRUZ from 2019-earlier has smaller wheels and only front-wheel suspension, so you'll feel more bumps in the road and have a harder time negotiating rough terrain.

      • VISTA V2: 8" polyurethane tires; 11.5" polyurethane rear tires; enhanced all-wheel suspension
      • CRUZ V2: 7" polyurethane tires; 10" polyurethane rear tires; enhanced all-wheel suspension

      UPPAbaby VISTA vs. UPPAbaby CRUZ Stroller Comparison

      UPPAbaby VISTA V2 vs. CRUZ V2 Configurations

      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.

      UPPAbaby VISTA V2 vs. CRUZ V2 Bassinet

      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.

      UPPAbaby VISTA vs. UPPAbaby CRUZ Stroller Comparison

      UPPAbaby VISTA V2 vs. CRUZ V2 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 V2 vs. CRUZ V2 Colors

      The UPPAbaby VISTA V2 and CRUZ V2 are offered in the same nine colors. The 2020 UPPAbaby colors include:

      • Gregory Blue Melange
      • Jordan Charcoal Melange
      • Emmett Green Melange
      • Jake Black
      • Bryce White Marl
      • Finn Deep Sea
      • Alice Dusty Pink
      • Sierra Dune Knit (with green and blue pattern within knit)
      • Hazel Olive Green

      See these colors on the CRUZ V2 below.

      Car seats compatible with UPPAbaby VISTA V2 and UPPAbaby CRUZ V2

      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.

      Car seats compatible with UPPAbaby VISTA V2

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

      Car seats compatible with UPPAbaby CRUZ V2

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

        UPPAbaby VISTA V2 vs. CRUZ V2 Pros and Cons

        So which stroller is better: the UPPAbaby VISTA V2 or the UPPAbaby CRUZ V2? Let's highlight the benefits and drawbacks of each.

        UPPAbaby VISTA V2

        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.

        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 maneuverability over rough terrain and curbs, compared with smaller wheels for 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 $280 more than CRUZ
        • Stroller is about 1.5 pounds heavier and 3 inches wider compared to CRUZ
        • Purchase of stroller includes bassinet (valued at $199.99), which parents of older children 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 1.5 pounds less and is about 3 inches more narrow than the VISTA, making it easier to lift in and out of the car
          • Costs $280 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 less suitable for rough terrain compared with larger VISTA wheels
          • Bassinet is not included (though available separately for $199.99)

          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. 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. Contact the Strolleria team with questions at customercare@strolleria.com or 480-442-9433.


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