New Vista vs. Old Vista
UPPAbaby has changed up the Vista for 2018. There are new available colors for the Vista and now all styles come with leather accents included. The front wheels have been redesigned and are now more rounded which should improve maneuverability. The bassinet included with the Vista is now 2.5 inches longer on the inside, but no bulkier on the outside. These changes should improve upon an already great stroller. Below you can see the 2017 Vista on the left and the 2018 Vista on the right.
Hands-on Gear Review
The UPPAbaby Vista impresses in both form and function.
The UPPAbaby Vista won an Editors' Choice award in our Double Stroller Review
, thanks in part to the versatile seating.
UPPAbaby is an American family company that has a combined ten years of experience in the juvenile industry. UPPAbaby draws inspiration from their daily life and strives to make gear that is easy to use, fun and safe. The company's goal is product improvement for convenience, usability, and style. UPPAbaby makes the award winning UPPAbaby Mesa infant car seat and several different strollers including lightweight, full-size, and double options.
The comparison chart shown below shows the overall scores for each stroller we tested in this review. The Vista (in blue) walked away with a Top Pick for versatility.
The sections below provide more details on the Vista's performance during testing. The individual metric scores were used to determine the overall score with an emphasis on ease of use and maneuverability performance.
Having an included bassinet helps make the Vista a versatile family option that is easy to use no matter what age your baby may be.
Ease of Use
The Vista has the high score for ease of use with an 8 of 10, tying with the Editors' Choice UPPAbaby Cruz.
Ease of use encompasses your everyday experience. The Vista includes a bassinet, rain and bug shields, toddler seat with bumper bar, and storage bin. These kinds of amenities make outings easier.
Fold and Unfold
The Vist fold is a two-step operation that is easy to perform but requires both hands to complete (above left). Once folded, the frame auto-locks (above right) and can stand on its own. Unfolding is also easy with two steps and two hands. The fold can be completed with or without the seat attached.
The Vista has sandal friendly brakes that require only a single step to lock both wheels. The brakes are color-coded so you can tell if they are set at a glance. They have a simple, easy push to set and push to release mechanism.
The Vista has one of the largest storage bins in the group with a maximum storage capacity of 30 lbs, which is the highest max in the group.
The storage bin on the Vista is the largest in the group and it has the highest maximum allowable weight capacity of 30 lbs. The bin is accessible from all sides and very easy to use. There is a bar that runs across the middle of the basket cutting it in two, but this didn't prevent us from fitting our extra-large diaper bag inside. The basket sticks out past the rear wheels, which means you don't have to reach as far under the handlebar as you might with other strollers. The basket also has inside pockets near the back for easy organization on smaller items that could get lost in the basket.
The inside of the UPPAbaby Vista storage bin has several individual pockets for quick organizing that makes smaller items easy to find.
In addition to the under seat basket, there is a small pocket on the back of the seat for convenience items like a phone or keys. Though it may not fit larger phones or a bottle of water, it does have a zipper to securely contain contents.
Under a magnet closure cover, the Vista hides a large ventilated mesh peek-a-boo window that is easy to see through.
The Vista has one of the largest canopies with SPF 50+ protection in addition to a kick-out visor for added coverage. This sun shade sports a large mesh peek-a-boo window with magnetic closure and additional ventilation. The sunshade highlight is that it easily slides up or down to accommodate children of varying heights.
The Vista harness is easy to use with simple adjustments and a multiple position crotch strap and shoulder strap height.
The Vista's 5-point harness is easy to put on and take off. The straps make a reassuring "pop" noise as they click into place to ensure they locked. The release button takes a little pressure, but it comes apart easily. The harness has a multi-position crotch strap and three shoulder height adjustments. The partial re-thread loops are sewn to the back of the seat shell under the padding. The loops are somewhat hidden under padding and can be hard to get to if you have larger fingers.
The seat recline is one button push for adjusting up and down (above left). It offers six possible recline positions, including one that is great for napping. The toddler seat also has an adjustable leg rest (above right) for additional comfort as toddlers grow. The footrest on the Vista is shallow, wide, and plastic-covered. The lower seat adjusts in length and angle and the leg rest is nicely padded.
The photos above show the Vista with the seat back in two positions; when it is fully upright (left) and when it is completely reclined (right).
The Vista stroller is expandable with an additional toddler seat, infant car seat, two infant car seats and a riding scooter.
The Vista can expand for up to 3 children with additional seating and riding options sold separately. With the UPPAbaby Lower Adapter attached to its frame, it can accommodate two UPPAbaby Mesa infant car seats, as well as two bassinets for a nice early solution for twins. The Vista can also work as a double stroller with the inclusion of the RumbleSeat. To create even more room in between each seat, purchasing both the UPPAbaby Upper Adapter and Lower Adapter will help keep the troops more comfortable during longer outings. Finally, for a third, older passenger, the PiggyBack ride-along board offers flexibility to catch a ride or to walk.
The UPPAbaby Mesa is just one of the infant car seat options that are compatible with the Vista.
Car Seat Compatibility
The Vista is compatible with the UPPAbaby Mesa infant car seat, which won a Top Pick award in our Best Infant Car Seat Review and does not need an accessory adapter in the upper position. The Mesa clicks in place on the Vista where the toddler seat or bassinet would go. The connection is easy once you get the sides lined up, and it feels stable.
The UPPAbaby Vista can be used with 2 infant car seats for easy transportation of up up to 2 infants. This photo shows the Vista with two UPPAbaby Mesa infant car seats.
With UPPAbaby's Lower Adapter
the Vista can accept two Mesa
car seats at once, making it a nice option for parents of twins.
We also tested the Vista with the Chicco KeyFit 30 infant car seat, which earned an Editors' Choice, using the UPPAbaby Vista/Cruz Infant Car Seat Adapter for Chicco (sold separately). The Chicco adapter and seat are easy to install, but requires more pressure on the car seat to properly attach the seat to the frame. It creates a stable attachment, but we did have a few incidents of thinking the seat was attached when it really wasn't. We prefer the Mesa seat over the Chicco for this reason. If you are going for the Chicco car seats and are going to use the Vista as a double with the infant car seat in the lower position, you will need to purchase the UPPAbaby Lower Adapter with the Chicco adapter in order to do it.
The Vista is also compatible with some car seats made by Maxi-Cosi, Nuna, and Cybex.
Ease of Setup
The Vista is second only to the UPPAbaby Cruz when it comes to ease of setup earning a 9 of 10. With good documentation and a simple 8-step quick start guide, assembly feels intuitive and took us about 5:35 minutes. Unpacking components took more time than assembly, which in our book is a good thing as quality packing lessens the opportunity for breakage during shipping.
The Vista isn't the best mover, but it isn't the worst either and most parents will appreciate the larger single wheel design compared to the double wheel on each leg option on most of the competition.
The Vista earned a 7 of 10 in maneuverability, placing fifth in this metric. The BOB Revolution Flex earned the top score in this metric with a 9, partially due to the fact that it is a jogging stroller.
In our testing, though the Vista both pushes and turns easier than the UPPAbaby Cruz, due to its increased width, it is predictably more difficult through narrow passageways and tight turns. For pushing and turning on bumpier surfaces like gravel and grass, the Vista managed fairly well. It has larger rubber wheels, which gives it an edge over the competition with plastic wheels.
Locking the Vista's front swivel wheels into place prevents the wheels from veering when moving over uneven terrain.
The Vista has shock-absorbing, no-flat, foam core rubber wheels with independent suspension between the front and rear. The front wheels swivel and can be locked in place for easier pushing over uneven terrain. The wheels are substantial in size with the front ones being 8.2" and the rear 11.3" which renders a very durable feel. The combination of the Vista's shocks, rubber wheels, and cozy seat padding, help create a more comfortable riding experience.
The Vista handlebar has telescoping adjustability and the new version comes with an optional leather wrapped bar depending on your choice of textiles.
The handlebar has a telescoping adjustment with a center of the bar push button control. The bar can now be ordered in a leather-wrapped cover or foam cover depending on the textiles you choose. The tubing shape and size is nice and easy to grip. The stroller rests on the plastic portion of the bar when folded and standing saving the foam or leather from standing damage.
The Vista is on the heavier and larger size, but it is surprisingly compact compared to some of the competition that lacks the same seating versatility of the Vista.
Weight and Folded Size
The Vista scored a 6 of 10 in weight and folded size and it is smaller and lighter than the previous version of the Vista we reviewed.
At 25.9 lbs and 13,043 cubic inches when folded, the Vista is neither the lightest nor most compact stroller in this review. But, it lost almost 2 lbs and 1,000 cubic inches over the old version so improvements have been made in this area. It is about a ¼ of an inch narrower and it is shorter when folded.
The Vista is on par with other UPPAbaby products concerning quality with high-end materials and attention to detail that creates a solid flex free stroller.
The Vista earned an 8 of 10 in quality tying with the BOB Revolution Flex.
The frame is a magnesium aluminum alloy that has a nice finish, a simple design, tight connection points, and very little flex. The telescoping handlebar slides easily in and out of the frame, and the design prevents the flex found in models that have the rotating handlebar adjustment. The handlebar is mostly covered in foam with a plastic center where the adjustment button is located. The overall fit and finish of the Vista is a thoughtful one with very little clutter and nice attention to detail. The fabric and other materials complement one another and appear durable and easy to care for. The fabric fits the seat frame well with no errant stitching or bunching and wrinkling of materials. It has a sleek minimalist feel that still manages to be useful.
There are many accessories that can be purchased separately for the Vista. Some of our favorites include:
- UPPAbaby Parent Organizer — This handy accessory provides parents with an easy place to store items you'd like to keep close at hand. With cup holders and easy attachment, it will give you what you might otherwise be missing for convenience for the bare bones Vista.
- UPPAbaby Mesa — Earning Top Pick in our Best Infant Car Seat review, the Mesa excels for use with the either the Vista or the Cruz during infancy. It also has a special niche for use in travel and urban areas as it can be easily installed safely inside a taxi without its base.
- UPPAbaby Infant SnugSeat — The SnugSeat provides additional support for the neck and back for infants up to 21 pounds. The Snugseat is reversible and is comfy cozy on one side and has cooler moisture wicking fabric on the reverse. While not a necessity, it may be a great option for preemies and smaller babies.
- UPPAbaby RumbleSeat — The Rumble Seat is a must if you have or are anticipating two riders. With the use of both the Upper Adapter and Lower Adapter, the seats have even further room between them and can also be used with the Bassinet feature and/or the UPPAbaby Mesa.
- UPPAbaby PiggyBack — The PiggyBack offers the Vista further versatility than just the Rumble Seat alone. With this snazzy addition, an older, more independent child to ride along behind the handlebar, and neatly folds up and out of the way when not in use. At $120, this greatly increases the versatility of the Vista.
- UPPAbaby Snack Tray — The tray can easily be removed and tossed in the dishwasher to be cleaned. This UPPAbaby accessory provides a shallow dish for yummy treats as well as a cup holder. To attach it to the stroller, simply remove the included bumper bar.
UPPAbaby's other strollers are similarly well-made and worth consideration depending on your angle.
- UPPAbaby Cruz — Earning an Editors' Choice award, the Cruz excels in ease of use and quality, but is lighter than the Vista making it a great option for use in infancy with an infant car seat and for commuting and travel. The stroller seat can also be used from birth with the accessory purchase of an Infant SnugSeat or an UPPAbaby Bassinet $190 can be purchased separately for use with the Cruz. this stroller is cheaper than the Vista by an average of $300, making it a better buy for parents who want the UPPAbaby brand without the Vista price tag.
- UPPAbaby G-Luxe — The G-Luxe didn't perform that well in our Umbrella Stroller Review. However, it has a nicely padded seat with an adjustable recline that suits a minimum of 3 months up to a maximum of 55 pounds. The large sunshade is great for naps on the go and the seats have a better recline than the majority of the competition in that review.
- UPPAbaby G-Lite — If you are still looking to reduce weight, but maintain the quality of the UPPAbaby brand in a single umbrella stroller, the G-Lite is the ticket at 10.9 pounds. Downsides? The seat doesn't recline and there is less padding.