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UPPAbaby Cruz v2 Review

High-quality option with lots of useful features and impressive design with an eye for details
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Price:   $680 List | $680 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to use, lots of supplies fit in storage, great features, suspension, no flat tires
Cons:  Heavier than old Cruz, more expensive
Manufacturer:   UPPAbaby
By Wendy Schmitz, and BabyGearLab Review Team  ⋅  Sep 21, 2020
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#6 of 20
  • Ease Of Use - 45% 8
  • Maneuverability - 30% 7
  • Weight/Folded Size - 15% 5
  • Quality - 10% 7

The Skinny

The UPPAbaby Cruz v2 impresses compared to the competition with new suspension, an even great storage weight limit (30 lbs!), and a larger more functional canopy (if you can believe that is possible). This modern-styled stroller has great maneuverability for a full-size and the rubber tires and locking from wheels ensure you can go over almost any surface with ease. We like the adjustable reclining seat that sits forwards or backwards, and the storage bin has pockets to keep you organized. The real downside to the new v2 is the added weight and size, which took it from being a lightweight full-size stroller to only average. It is also more expensive than the old Cruz, but the upgrades do justify the price and we think parents will like what they get. Overall, this is a top contender for any family looking for a daily stroller about town.

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Our Analysis and Test Results



UPPAbaby is an American company with a decade plus worth of stroller savvy under their belts. They find inspiration in every day life and work to design baby products that make life easier and fun. UPPAbaby offers a variety of stroller styles and an award-winning car seat, the UPPAbaby Mesa.

Performance Comparison



The Cuz v2 has everything you need to stroll with one child.
The Cuz v2 has everything you need to stroll with one child.

Ease of Use


The Cruz v is one of the easiest options in the review to use with features that are intuitive or work better than the competition.


The Cruz v2 fold initiates with the frame lock release.
The Cruz v2 fold initiates with the frame lock release.

Fold and Unfold


The Cruz folds with one hand and has an automatic lock. It self-stands when folded but it lacks any kind of carry strap or handle for easy transporting. Unfolding requires two hands, but it is straightforward and quick.

The Cruz brakes are color-coded for a quick set or release decision at a glance.
The Cruz brakes are color-coded for a quick set or release decision at a glance.

Brakes


The Cruz brakes are easy to set and release with a sandal friendly, single action design. We didn't experience any instances of the brake releasing or failing to fully set during testing. The two pedal design is color coded, press red to stop and green to go, which makes it easy to tell at a glance what your status may be.

The storage bin on the Cruz is bigger than the prior Cruz and has a new higher weight limit of 30 lbs.
The storage bin on the Cruz is bigger than the prior Cruz and has a new higher weight limit of 30 lbs.

Storage


This stroller has some of the best storage in the bunch with a giant bin that is easy to access and a new 30 lb weight limit. If errands or shopping are on your list of strolling activities, it would be wise to consider this great grocery-getter.

The Cruz v2 bin has interior pockets for better organization of supplies.
The Cruz v2 bin has interior pockets for better organization of supplies.

The basket has interior pockets for better organization and keeping smaller items close for quick access.

The sunshade on the Cruz v2 has two peek-a-boo windows and a zip out panel to make it even bigger.
The sunshade on the Cruz v2 has two peek-a-boo windows and a zip out panel to make it even bigger.

Sunshade


The canopy non the v2 is even more impressive than the previous Cruz which was the best in the bunch. This canopy has a zip open extension panel, two peek a boo windows, and is large enough to cover almost down to the passenger's knees. It is UPF 50+ and has mesh for additional airflow on hot days.

The UPPAbaby buckle is easy to use and the no rethread harness is a quick adjustment by sliding the straps up or down to the right fit.
The UPPAbaby buckle is easy to use and the no rethread harness is a quick adjustment by sliding the straps up or down to the right fit.

Harness


The 5-point harness on the v2 has been redesigned and while the buckle is traditional UPPAbaby, the shoulder height adjustment is a smooth moving clip with infinite possibilities, so no more rethreading straps and a better fit for your baby.

The Cruz v2 seat can face the pusher or out to the world.
The Cruz toddler seat folds nearly flat for cozy napping.

Seat


The Cruz 2 has a recline button that is super easy to lower and raise. The leg rest is also adjustable and allows for more possibilities for napping comfort. We like that this seat can face out to the world or be spun around to face the parent.

The sling style seat on the Cruz v2 has a foot rest and adjustable leg rest.
The sling style seat on the Cruz v2 has a foot rest and adjustable leg rest.

The sling style seat doesn't require much padding to be comfortable and the adjustments, plus foot rest will keep kids cozy.

The Cruz v2 works with the Mesa car seat carrier without the need for adapters.
The Cruz v2 works with the Mesa car seat carrier without the need for adapters.

Car Seat Compatibility


The Cruz 2 is compatible with the UPPAbaby Mesa car seat and utilizes the same attachment points as the toddler seat. The Mesa is a click-in connection. In our tests, this carrier is easy to install and feels stable.

You can also purchase an adapter for your Cruz, so you can choose a car seat from another brand. UPPAbaby also supports seats from Maxi-Cosi, Chicco, the Nuna Pipa, and some Cybex options. While we like the Chicco Keyfit 30 as a budget-friendly solution, the price of the Chicco and the adapter is almost equal to the price of the Mesa with no adapter necessary.

Ease of Setup


The Cruz v2 is one of the easiest options to set u, even if it lacks the quick setup guide we found with the previous version. This option took just under six minutes to assemble and had excellent protective packaging. You might be able to put this one together without instructions as it only requires snapping on the wheels and clicking the seat and belly bar in place.

While the wheels on the stroller are smaller on the Vista  they are still larger than the previous Cruz and increase the maneuverability of this stroller.
While the wheels on the stroller are smaller on the Vista, they are still larger than the previous Cruz and increase the maneuverability of this stroller.

Maneuverability


The Cruz 2 has new front wheels that now match those found on the UPPAbaby Vista v2. It also sports suspension where in the past it relied on a wheel design to cushion baby from the bumps in the road. While these improvements make for a nicer ride for passengers and potentially pushers, it didn't change the Cruz's maneuverability as mush as we'd hoped.


For pushing and turning on pavement it is easier to maneuver and handle as the beefier frame and cross bar through the storage bin creates a more rigid feel with less sway. We think most parents will be pleased with the hard surface handling of this stroller and its ability to twist and turn in tight spaces or crowded locations. You can push it with one hand, if the surface is ideal and the path in front of you is open.

The front wheels on the Cruz v2 lock in place for easier pushing over the bumps and even surfaces you could face on your stroll.
The front wheels on the Cruz v2 lock in place for easier pushing over the bumps and even surfaces you could face on your stroll.

For pushing and turning off-pavement things aren't as good, but definitely better than most of the competition. While the Cruz can't compete against the jogging style strollers, it will get you across the greenbelt or playground without too much of a struggle. If you want to go off-road for every far or on a regular basis, then it might not be the option for you as it lacks the wheel size and features required to do that with ease. The new front wheels are an improvement and we like the press locking mechanism that prevent the wheels from turning if they hit a rock or root in the road.

The handlebar on the Cruz v2 adjusts in and out with a cool telescopic adjustment.
The handlebar on the Cruz v2 adjusts in and out with a cool telescopic adjustment.

The Cruz 2 suspension is new and works better than the old design, this along with the telescoping adjustable handlebar create a better experience for the pusher and passenger. Parents can choose the handlebar height that is best for them and the suspension creates less vibration and agitation transferred through to the person holding the bar. This could translate to less fatigue over time.

The Cruz folds fairly flat  but the new v2 version is both larger and heavier than the old Cruz which is a bummer.
The Cruz folds fairly flat, but the new v2 version is both larger and heavier than the old Cruz which is a bummer.

Weight and Folded Size


This stroller is 25 lbs, which is a 4 lb increase over the last version. While we enjoy the upgrades and new features that likely contributed to the weight gain, we can't help but feel this is a step in the wrong direction.


One of the things we liked about the Cruz was the lower weight and ability to use it as a frame stroller for infants. With the new weight and folded size of 12,469 cubic inches, it is no longer ideal as a stroller for new moms with lifting limitations. The weight is about average for the group, but less is more when it comes to pushing and lifting a stroller.

When placed side-by-side with the competition  it is easy to see the higher quality materials and design in the Cruz v2.
When placed side-by-side with the competition, it is easy to see the higher quality materials and design in the Cruz v2.

Quality


It is hard to find issue with the quality of UPPAbaby products, and this stroller is no exception.


The overall fit and finish are impressive with attention to detail at every turn. The new model may be heavier than the older Cruz, but it comes by the weight honestly with upgraded suspension, frame design and beefier front wheels.

UPPAbaby uses thoughtful design to create a high-quality product with innovative features that improve daily ease of use.
The attention to detail we see on the Cruz is not seen in most of the competition.

The extendable sunshade is taunt and has closure-free window covers that work well and feel tailor made. The welds on the aluminum frame are smooth and error free. The fabric on the seats, canopy, and basket is all uniform, free from stitching errors and feels sturdy enough to last beyond your strolling years.

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Accessories


If you're looking to add conveniences to your Cruz v2, you have some options. With everything from a storage basket cover to a riding board for a second older sibling, there is much to consider and research when outfitting your Cruz:

  • UPPAbaby Parent Organizer — This hanging handlebar organizer comes with cup holders and storage to help you keep items close at hand like a smartphone or keys. If you are reluctant to buy a Cruz because it lacks a parent console, this is the accessory for you.
The Mesa uses the so-called "American belt path" method over the lower portion of the carrier. This is super easy to do.
  • UPPAbaby Snack Tray — This child's snack tray is great for older children who can reach it.
    UPPAbaby Snack Tray
    It is removable and dishwasher-safe, and includes a shallow dish for snacks and a cup holder. The tray will take the place of the bumper bar.

Wendy Schmitz, and BabyGearLab Review Team