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Thule Chariot Cross 2 Review

Really cool for outdoor adventures that is surprisingly easy to navigate
Thule Chariot Cross 2
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $1,250 List | $1,249.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Activity attachments for biking, jogging, and skiing, enclosed seating
Cons:  Hard to stow, no car seat compatiblity
Manufacturer:   Thule
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Mar 8, 2019
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#4 of 17
  • Ease Of Use - 45% 6
  • Maneuverability - 30% 9
  • Weight/Folded Size - 15% 5
  • Quality - 10% 9

The Skinny

The Thule Chariot Cross 2 is not like most of the double options in our review. This Top Pick for Outdoor Activities winner is an excellent choice for parents who like adventure and is not a product for the faint of heart or those seeking a casual stroll about town. This product offers almost everything the active parent or weekend warrior might need to incorporate their little ones in all their outdoor passions. Whether your hobby is running, biking, or even skiing, the Cross 2 is the right stroller for the job. This highly versatile product has loads of convenience and comfort features that will leave little riders happy in their cozy Cross ready for adventure. The Cross comes standard with the strolling and bike trailer kits, jogging and skiing kits are sold separately.
New Name
It would appear that Thule has dropped the "2" from the name of the Chariot Cross. We believe all other aspects of the trailer/stroller remain the same. We currently link to the product with the name Thule Chariot Cross as a result.

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Thule Chariot Cross 2
Awards Top Pick Award Editors' Choice Award Editors' Choice Award Best Value Award Best Value Award 
Price $1,250 List
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Pros Activity attachments for biking, jogging, and skiing, enclosed seatingAccepts two car seats, great storage, quality materialsSuper easy to push and turn, nice quality, jogging strollerMultiple seating options, accepts 2 car seats, easy to use, priceVery budget friendly, nice maneuverability, jogging potential
Cons Hard to stow, no car seat compatiblityHeavy and harder to lift, higher priceBulky when folded, only accepts one infant car seatHarder to push and turn, heavier, lower qualityLower quality materials, noticeable flex and wiggle
Bottom Line Really cool for outdoor adventures that is surprisingly easy to navigateVersatile seating stroller that grows with your family and is easy to maneuverAn ultimate side-by-side double stroller serving double duty as a jogger for older babiesBetter than average option that offers much for growing families with style similar to higher-end optionsBest on a budget that is easy to push and turn even in small spaces
Rating Categories Thule Chariot Cross 2 UPPAbaby Vista v2 D... Thule Urban Glide 2... Evenflo Pivot Xpand... Baby Trend Expediti...
Ease Of Use (45%)
Maneuverability (30%)
Weight Folded Size (15%)
Quality (10%)
Specs Thule Chariot Cross 2 UPPAbaby Vista v2 D... Thule Urban Glide 2... Evenflo Pivot Xpand... Baby Trend Expediti...
Weight 31.6 lbs 35 lbs 32.1 lbs 34.6 lbs 30.6 lbs
Folded Dimensions 31.3"W x 21"H x 37.2"L 25.8"W x 26.5"H x 37"L 31.1"W x 18.7"H x 35.8"L 26.7"W x 19.23"H x 32.7"L 32.8"W x 16.5"H x 34"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: Walk Only:
1-10 mo. with the Infant Sling
6 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 6 mo.
Maximum: 49 lbs/44"
Minimum: From Birth With Infant Snugseat Or Bassinet
3 mo.+ For Toddler Seat
Maximum: 50 lbs/40"
Minimum: "Walk Only:
Infant Car Seat: Birth
Stroller Seat: 6 mo.
Jogging & Off-Road: 6 mo."
Maximum: 100 lb Total Capacity Limit
Minimum: Birth Maximum: 55 lbs/38" Minimum: 6 mo.
Maximum: 50 lbs/42"
Included Car Seat Compatibility None UPPAbaby
None Evenflo SafeMax, LiteMax None
Click-in Car Seat Adapters None UPPAbaby
KeyFit 30, KeyFit 30 Zip, KeyFit 30 Zip Air, Fit2, Fit2 LE, Fit2 Air
Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Mico AP & Micro Max Plus,
PIPA™, PIPA lite, PIPA lite lx, PIPA lite r & PIPA lite rx
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q & Aton M
Izi GO Mod, Izi GO X1
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Aton, Aton 2, Aton 4, Aton 5
CabrioFix, Citi, Mico 30, Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Pebble, Pebble Plus
Chicco KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Evenflo SafeMax, LiteMax
Graco SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35, SnugRide SnugLock 30, 35
Peg Perego Primo Viaggio
Strap-In Car Seat Adapters None None "BOB
Affinity Unity, B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone, Unity, Unity ISOFIX, BabySafe
KeyFit, KeyFit Plus, KeyFit 30
Shuttle 33
Discovery 5
Safe Seat, SnugRide Classic Connect, SnugRide Click Connect 30, 35, 35 LX, 40
CabrioFix, Citi, Pebble
Peg Perego
Primo Viaggio 4-35, Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30
Safety 1st
onBoard, onBoard Air, Comfy Carry Elite
Unity, Unity Neos
None None
Number of Car Seats Accepted 0 1 1 2 0
Recline Front/Left Seat Mid Level Deep Deep Deep Deep
Recline Rear/Right Seat Mid Level Deep Deep Deep Deep
Storage Basket Size Large Very large Medium Extra Large Large
Sun Shade Size Large Large Medium Medium Small
One-handed Fold No No Yes Yes No
Locking Fold Auto Auto Manual Auto Manual
Self-standing Fold Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 35.5"/44.5" 39.5"/42.5" 30.9"/45.1" 33"/44.7" 40.6"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Included Accessories Bicycle Trailer Kit, Rain Cover, Sun Shade, Flag Rain Shield, Bug Shield None None MP3 Speakers
Setup Time 10-15 min 5-10 min 5-10 min 10-15 min 10-15 min

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Thule Company started over 70 years, establishing in Sweden in 1942 when the founder, Erik Thulin, began making gear for Swedish fisherman. Twenty years later, they created the first ski rack that was followed with a roof rack that had a basket. Today, Thule has obtained international recognition for supporting active lifestyles with gear designed to transport toys like bike racks, cargo carriers, sports racks for winter and water toys, and more. Thule also makes strollers and bike trailers for outdoor parents with babies.

Performance Comparison

The Cross 2 is easier to use than the Chariot Cougar 2, but it is...
The Cross 2 is easier to use than the Chariot Cougar 2, but it is still only about average for this metric.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use

The Chariot Cross is an improvement over the old version that it replaces with a slightly better than average ease of use performance.

Ease of use impacts your daily experience and is essential for preventing regular frustration.

Once folded the Cross 2 locks in place automatically, so it won't...
The folding mechanism of the Cross 2 includes color-coded adjustment...

Fold and Unfold

The Cross folds using two hands; it has an automatic lock (above left), and self-stands. The process isn't hard, but it is convoluted with anywhere between 3-12 steps depending on how small you need it to be. It has color-coded buttons (above right) that help remind you what needs to happen to fold including the quick release wheels. The self-stand feature is probably only useful for storage, but it is an added benefit much of the competition lacks. Unfolding is about the same and is a reversal of the folding steps.

The Cross 2 brake is easy to access, and the pedal is sandal foot...
With a quick glance at the opposite wheel hub, parents can tell if...


The Cross brakes are much more accessible than the old Cougar brakes and are now sandal foot-friendly and single-action (above left). We didn't have any trouble setting them, and they have a useful color-coded indication (above right).

The storage bin on the Thule Chariot Cross 2 hangs off the back of...
The storage bin on the Thule Chariot Cross 2 hangs off the back of the frame and fit our extra-large diaper bag. However, given the lower maximum weight allowance of 8.8 lbs, we worry it isn't enough for supplies for two.
Credit: Abriah Wofford


The main storage bin hangs off the back between the rear wheels and under the handlebar. The basket is large and holds our extra-large diaper bag, though the narrow shape of the bin means we had to jam it in. The basket has a maximum capacity of 8.8 lbs, which is not great for two children as supplies can easily weigh more than 8 lbs. We imagine many parents will overfill the basket thanks to its larger size and we worry this could make it a potential tipping hazard.

The storage basket on the Cross 2 has an interior pocket for easier...
The storage basket on the Cross 2 has an interior pocket for easier organization of supplies.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

It also has a stow pocket inside the cabin for little treasures and snacks. The pockets are big, but younger kids won't be able to reach them when buckled in. Each seatback has a pocket for additional storage of parent items, and we didn't have any items fall out during testing.

The seats on the Chariot Cross 2 recline and have a vinyl peek-a-boo...
The seats on the Chariot Cross 2 recline and have a vinyl peek-a-boo window for spying on your baby.
Credit: Abriah Wofford


The sunshade is not a traditional canopy. It is a piece of fabric that clips on to block the sun and can move up or down. There is a vinyl window at the top for peeking on little ones when you recline the seats. Ventilation is not part of the sunshade. The front of the Cross, where children climb in, is a zippered cover that can be mesh or vinyl depending on the weather.

The harness on the Cross 2 is easy to use and the new improved...
The harness on the Cross 2 is easy to use and the new improved buckle no longer requires nesting.
Credit: Abriah Wofford


Both seats have identical 5-point harnesses that are easy to put on and take off. Adjusting the straps is a non-rethread style with an 8-inch range of infinite height possibilities. The buckle is easier than its predecessor on the Cougar 2 because it no longer requires nesting of the top buckle portions.

The two seats inside the Cross 2 both recline and only have leg and...
The two seats inside the Cross 2 both recline and only have leg and foot room in front of the seats which is not adjustable.
Credit: Abriah Wofford


The seats on the Cross recline which is an improvement over the Cougar. Both move independently for individual comfort. The operation is a simple one-handed process with three positions. None are flat enough for serious napping thanks to the adventure possibilities of this product, but the slope should be sufficient to lull most little ones. Children sit with their legs stretched out in front of them negating a need for leg or footrests. The style of the seat does allow for more freedom of movement than a traditional stroller even though it is not adjustable.

Car Seat Compatibility

This stroller does not accept infant car seats. It does, however, have an optional Thule Baby Supporter and Thule Infant Sling (see accessories below) for younger babies. These products can only be used for strolling and parents should never use the Cross on uneven terrain or for jogging with babies under eight months old (discuss with your pediatrician before heading out).

Ease of Setup

The Cross took about 11 minutes to assemble which is average for ease of setup. It has an international style manual with all of the languages grouped in each section and the corresponding pictures at the end or beginning. This design makes the manual frustrating, and it requires flipping back and forth to follow. It isn't hard to put together, but there are more pieces to assemble than the Cougar 2, and it requires one tool that comes with the stroller.

The Chariot Cross 2 earned the top score for maneuverability in part...
The Chariot Cross 2 earned the top score for maneuverability in part thanks to an adjustable suspension system, adjustable handlebar, and larger rear rubber tires.
Credit: Abriah Wofford


The Chariot Cross has impressive maneuverability tying with some of the jogging stroller contenders. All of the top scoring options have larger rubber air-filled tires that improve pushing and turning significantly over the smaller plastic wheels.

The Cross is easy to push and turn no matter what the terrain. The new more adjustable handlebar only makes this easier We had no trouble moving over flat surfaces, grass, gravel, or up and down curbs.

The strolling front wheels on the Cross 2 are easily removed and...
The strolling front wheels on the Cross 2 are easily removed and stow onboard so the bike attachment or jogging kit can be added.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

This stroller has an adjustable suspension, making it one of only two in this review. This feature is quick and moves smoothly with clear indicators that make the adjustment a snap.

The handlebar on the Cross 2 rotates on a pivot point to accommodate...
The handlebar on the Cross 2 rotates on a pivot point to accommodate the height of various users.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The handlebar has a variety of possible positions, is covered in dense foam, has an ergonomic design, and comes with a safety strap. We like the new rotating bar and see it as a significant improvement over the Cougar 2 handlebar. With the padded sling style seat that reclines, we think most passengers will be cozy in the Cross.

The Cross 2 is a larger folded package which makes it harder to stow...
The Cross 2 is a larger folded package which makes it harder to stow and transport. Parents can remove the wheels to make it somewhat smaller, but it is still one of the largest in the group when folded.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Weight and Folded Size

The Chariot Cross is a different kind of stroller with additional features that make it worthy of going off the beaten path. These features also make it heavier. It certainly is not going to be suitable for city living and crowded streets, but it isn't designed for that, and it makes no apologies.

The Cross weighs 31.6 lbs and measures 24,452 cubic inches when folded. Before you start thinking that is one massive beast, first notice that more than half of the competition weigh more than the Cross which makes it one of the lighter options! It's the folded size that hurts its overall score with only a few larger products in the test group. We caution parents to check their trunk space or car size before using the Cross, just in case it doesn't fit and needs to be returned.

the Cross 2 earned a top score for quality with high-end materials...
the Cross 2 earned a top score for quality with high-end materials that work together seamlessly and without flex or rattle.
Credit: Abriah Wofford


For quality, the Chariot offers impressive attention to detail and high-end materials that come together well.

This product has a great design and uses materials that not only work well but feel solid and connect without flexing or jostling. Everything has its place and works well in conjunction with the other parts and components. The fabric is thick ripstop canvas with thermo-molded seats. The material integrates into the frame, and there are very few exposed fasteners. The windows are slightly tinted and a somewhat pliable plastic that feels durable.


This product can be used with twins and has inserts for baby positioning and infant slings. It does not accept any infant car seats and there are adventures you shouldn't take with infants like jogging, skiing or anything that moves over uneven terrain. However, it could be a good product for twins if your goals do not include car seat carriers. If car seat transportation is a must have you could pair this stroller with the Joovy Twin Roo+, a double frame stroller that accepts a variety of infant car seat brands, is lightweight, has 4 cup holders, and is very budget-friendly at $130.

Manufacturer Video


Thule offers two additional conversion kits depending on the kind of activity you enjoy (it comes with the strolling and bike trailer kits):

  • Thule Chariot Jogging Kit
    Thule Jogging Kit 2 — The jog kit comes with everything you need to start jogging. The kit is easy to attach and can be stowed on board the Cross 2 when not in use. You should not jog with your baby until they are at least eight to twelve months old or as directed by your pediatrician.

  • Thule Chariot Cross Country Ski Kit
    Thule Chariot Cross Country Ski Kit — The cross-country ski kit comes with the necessary components for adventures in cross-country skiing. This package provides more fun and outdoor exploration for you and your baby during the snowy months. With skis and harness attachments you'll be up and skiing in no time flat.

Accessories for comfort include:

  • Thule Chariot Infant Sling
    Thule Infant Sling — While not suitable for all activities, the infant sling can come in handy for younger babies that are too young to sit up on their own. If you plan to stroll with an infant, you'll need to add the sling to your purchase.

  • The Thule Baby Supporter for children 6-18 months old
    Thule Baby Supporter — The baby supporter provides additional support and comfort for babies 6-18 months old who may need a little more padding but are too big for the infant sling. This support assumes your baby can sit up unassisted but needs a little help filling up the standard seat.

  • Thule Chariot Padding 2
    Thule Chariot Padding 2 — The Chariot padding adds some additional comfort to the standard seats, but it also provides some protection to the stroller and makes clean up easier for parents. This accessory is an easy way to help catch dirt, crumbs, and spills and can lengthen the life of your cabin interior.

Conveniences items include:

  • Thule Parent Console 2
    Thule Organizer Sport Double — many parents feel a parent console is a true necessity for any great stroller. If you can't imagine strolling without a cup holder or quick access covered pocket, then the parent's Organizer Sport Double may be just the ticket to up your strolling game. This console clips on quickly.

  • Thule Hydration Cage
    Thule Hydration Cage — Don't care about cup holders but wish there was a handy place to stow your water bottle? Staying hydrated is easy when you keep your bottle close at hand using the Thule hydration cage. This coolio holder attaches to the frame and holds most standard water bottles.

Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team

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