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UPPAbaby Vista v2 Review

If you plan to have multiples this is a great option with useful features
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Price:   $970 List | $970 at Amazon
Pros:  Massive storage, suspension, giant canopy, attention to detail
Cons:  Expensive, heavy
Manufacturer:   UPPAbaby
By Wendy Schmitz, and BabyGearLab Review Team  ⋅  Sep 21, 2020
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#7 of 20
  • Ease Of Use - 45% 8
  • Maneuverability - 30% 7
  • Weight/Folded Size - 15% 4
  • Quality - 10% 8

The Skinny

The Vista v2 is a high quality UPPAbaby stroller with the potential for moving three kids at the same time. This versatile seating option works with two infant car seats, two toddler seats, two bassinets, and any two variation of those options. You can combine it with a standing board for older siblings and it comes standard with a bassinet for infants. This stylish stroller has a solid frame, the best storage, and a full-coverage canopy that can't be beat. We love the easy to use features and appreciate the no-flat tires, telescoping handlebar, and new suspension. This stroller is heavier and larger when folded than most of the competition, making it harder to lift and carry. So if you don't need seating for 2+, it may not be the best choice for you. Alternatively, if your family is growing or you have twins, we believe this stroller is tough to beat and the features and attention to quality details justify the higher than average price.

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Our Analysis and Test Results



American born UPPAbaby is a family-run company with more than ten combined years in the juvenile industry. They find inspiration in every day life with a goal for product improvement for convenience, usability, and style. UPPAbaby's lineup of products includes the award-winning UPPAbaby Mesa infant car seat and a variety of stroller types including lightweight, full-size, and more.

Performance Comparison



The Vista v2 is an impressive full-size stroller with room for 3.
The Vista v2 is an impressive full-size stroller with room for 3.

Ease of Use


The Vista v2 is extremely easy to use, earning impressive results during our testing.


The fold on the Vista v2 initiates by pulling up on the two sides of the stroller to unlock the frame.
The fold on the Vista v2 initiates by pulling up on the two sides of the stroller to unlock the frame.

Fold and Unfold


The Vista v2 folds with one hand, automatically locks closed and self-stands. The handlebar has a hard plastic bump to sit on the floor that helps protect the leather wrapped bar from damage. It doesn't have a carry strap or handle, which is a bummer given the size. It takes two hands to unfold but neither process is challenging.

The brakes on the Vista v2 are color coded so you can tell at a glance if the brakes are set or not.
The brakes on the Vista v2 are color coded so you can tell at a glance if the brakes are set or not.

Brakes


The Vista v2 has single action brakes that work well with no issues during testing. The brake pedals are well-placed and easy to set or release no matter what footwear you're wearing. The design is press to set and press again to release.

Even though the bin has a cross bar running through it  it is still the best of the bunch with an easy to access open design  organization pockets  and a 30 lbs weight limit.
Even though the bin has a cross bar running through it, it is still the best of the bunch with an easy to access open design, organization pockets, and a 30 lbs weight limit.

Storage


The storage bin on the Vista is something to behold with a maximum capacity of 30 lbs, this large bin is easy to access from most sides and will hold almost anything you need for a day on the town with little ones. The inside of the bin has internal pockets, to help keep things organized

The Vista v2 has a versatile canopy with a zip out extension  two peek-a-boo windows and ventilation.
The Vista v2 has a versatile canopy with a zip out extension, two peek-a-boo windows and ventilation.

Sunshade


The Vista v2 canopy is one of the largest we've ever seen with a zippered extension and peek-a-boo windows with covers that stay in place without closures. We like the useful peek-a-boo window and the mesh ventilation for traveling on hot days. When fully extended this canopy covers almost down to the passenger's knees.

The Vista v2 5-point harness has lots of adjustment points you can do on the fly for a custom  snug fit every time.
The Vista v2 5-point harness has lots of adjustment points you can do on the fly for a custom, snug fit every time.

Harness


The buckle on the Vista is all UPPAbaby and operates smoothly. The new 5-point harness has infinite adjustment possibilities with the shoulder straps sliding up and down straps on the seat back, making fitting easier than the previous re-thread version. We really like the new design and think parents will too.

The v2 has a streamlined look and feel.
The v2 has a flat and cozy recline for superior nap-ability.

Seat


The seat recline on the Vista v2 is a one handed operation that works well for lowering and raising, even with a little one in the seat.

The Vista v2 recline is a button push to both lower and raise putting old-school toggle designs on the competition to shame.
The Vista v2 recline is a button push to both lower and raise putting old-school toggle designs on the competition to shame.

The back reclines virtually flat and the leg rest also adjusts to create a cozy place for napping. The seat can face forward or back toward the pusher.

The Vista comes with a bassinet with new larger canopy and you can add a rumble seat  infant car seat carrier  or running board to hold up to 3 children at once.
The Vista comes with a bassinet with new larger canopy and you can add a rumble seat, infant car seat carrier, or running board to hold up to 3 children at once.

Expandability


The Vista 2 expands with room for three using additional seating and riding board sold separately. Using the UPPAbaby Lower Adapter this stroller works with two UPPAbaby Mesa infant car seats or two bassinets making it an optimum solution for twins. The Vista 2 also works as a double stroller using the RumbleSeat. For more leg room between seats, the UPPAbaby Upper Adapter and Lower Adapter keeps kids comfortable. For an older sibling, the PiggyBack riding board provides the ability to ride or walk.

The Vista works well with the native Mesa car seat carrier but it does offer adapters for many popular brand alternatives.
The Vista works well with the native Mesa car seat carrier but it does offer adapters for many popular brand alternatives.

Car Seat Compatibility


The Vista 2 is compatible with the UPPAbaby Mesa, an award-winning car seat that is stylish and easy to use. The Vista can work with two infant car seats at the same time, setting it apart from much of the double competition. In our tests, the seat connects easily and feels stable.

You can pair the Chicco KeyFit 30 infant car seat with the Vista by purchasing the UPPAbaby Vista/Cruz Infant Car Seat Adapter for Chicco. This connection was also straightforwad but the cost of the adapter plus the Chicco seat is almost the same as the Mesa with no adapters required.

With the purchase of adapters, you can combine your Vista 2 some infant car seats from Maxi-Cosi, Nuna, and Cybex.

Ease of Setup


The Vista has a similar assembly to the Cruz with only a few parts to snap into place. This stroller took us about five minutes from start to finish if you don't include the bassinet. The bassinet adds about 5 minutes more.

With foam filled  rubber tires the larger wheels on the Vista v2 are adept at moving across most surfaces without a hiccup.
With foam filled, rubber tires the larger wheels on the Vista v2 are adept at moving across most surfaces without a hiccup.

Maneuverability


The Vista v2 has no-flat rubber tires that are beefier than those of the full-size competition. These tires are paired with larger wheels and new suspension to make for relatively good maneuverability in most situations.


This stroller pushes and turns on paved surfaces without a hiccup. It is bigger than some of the competition, but it still manages smaller spaces fairly well, though not as well as 3-wheel designs found on the joggers. It traverses bumps and flooring changes with ease.

The front wheels on the Vista can be locked in place for easier pushing over bumps or uneven surfaces. The rubber tires help absorb some of the jarring effect of bumps in the road.
The front wheels on the Vista can be locked in place for easier pushing over bumps or uneven surfaces. The rubber tires help absorb some of the jarring effect of bumps in the road.

Over rougher terrain and places off the beaten path this stroller still fares better than strollers with plastic wheels. While not an off-roading stroller, it will move over grass and gravel you find at the park or a greenbelt without trouble. If you regularly hit the gravel paths for hiking or running, this is not the right option for you or at least it shouldn't be your only stroller.

The Vista has our favorite handlebar adjustment of telescoping in and out to avoid placing taller pushers closer to the rear axle like rotating pivot adjustments can.
The Vista has our favorite handlebar adjustment of telescoping in and out to avoid placing taller pushers closer to the rear axle like rotating pivot adjustments can.

The handlebar on the Vista has a telescoping adjustment that moves smoothly and has no wiggle or flex. This feature is especially useful for parents who vary significantly in height and can help reduce fatigue from pushing and makes the stroller easier to push and turn.

The Vista v2 is neither small nor light gaining size and weight over the last Vista version.
The Vista v2 is neither small nor light gaining size and weight over the last Vista version.

Weight and Folded Size


The Vista v2 put on a little weight since its last inception with a total weight with one seat in place of 27 lbs. Only a handful of competitors weigh more in this review, but in fairness all of the options that accept two seats run heavier.


At 14,157 cubic inches when folded, the Vista 2 is not very compact either, though there are a handful of options that run larger. Its overall size and weight could be factors for anyone who has trouble lifting heavy or cumbersome items and if your trunk space is small.

The materials on the Vista are high quality with an attention to detail we didn't see in most of the competition.
The materials on the Vista are high quality with an attention to detail we didn't see in most of the competition.

Quality


The Vista v2 is on par with other high-quality UPPAbaby products we've reviewed. This stroller offers impressive attention to detail and nicer materials than most of the competition in our tests.


The frame is solid and sturdy with a rigid feel that neither sways nor flexes. It has a stiff telescoping handlebar that places taller pushes further from the axle which is a design we favor to avoid kicking the rear wheels while strolling.

With quality components and attention to detail  the Vista stands out for quality when held side-by-side with the competition in this review.
With quality components and attention to detail, the Vista stands out for quality when held side-by-side with the competition in this review.

The overall fit and finish look and feel more expensive than it is and the construction seems like it will last long after your strolling years are behind you. In side-by-side comparisons, it is easy to see why the Vista v2 has one of the highest test results for quality.

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Accessories


If you want to outfit and customize the Vista, UPPAbaby offers a large variety of potential add-ons to make life easier:

  • The UPPAbaby RumbleSeat-- The Rumble seat is a slightly smaller second seat to turn your Vista into a two-seater.
  • UPPAbaby Bassinet — A bassinet is standard with the Vista v2 purchase, but if you have twins, you might consider buying an additional bassinet. UPPAbaby also offers a bassinet stand to smoothly transfer little ones who are sleeping and the stand can turn into a hamper when the bassinet stage is over.
  • UPPAbaby Cup Holder — If you love the Vista, but long for a cup holder, they do offer a holder for folks like you. The holder attaches to the stroller frame for easy access and the placements means potentially fewer items falling onto your baby.
  • UPPAbaby snack tray — The snack tray for older toddlers brings snacks and treasures closer for entertainment and snack storage. While smaller babies won't be able to reach the tray, older toddlers may enjoy the responsibility of keeping their own things nearby.

Other Versions


UPPAbaby also makes the UPPAbaby Cruz v2 which is an award-winning full-size stroller for one. If you don't need more than one seat, the Cruz may be a better choice for you.

Wendy Schmitz, and BabyGearLab Review Team