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UPPAbaby Vista v2 Review

If you are planning to grow your family, this stroller is versatile, has ample storage and comfort features for a higher price
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UPPAbaby Vista v2 Review
Credit: Matt Lighthart
Price:  $1,100 List
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Manufacturer:   UPPAbaby
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Mar 31, 2024
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RANKED
#2 of 18
  • Ease of Use - 40% 8.6
  • Maneuverability - 25% 8.0
  • Transport/Storing - 15% 5.3
  • Quality - 10% 9.3
  • Kid's Comfort - 10% 8.1

Our Verdict

The UPPAbaby Vista v2 is a top-ranked full-size stroller. This high-quality option is a versatile stroller that can be used with a bassinet, infant car seat, or toddler seat. The seats can face forward or back to the pusher, and it can work with two of any of these or a combination of seats with a riding board to grow with your family. This stroller has a giant storage bin that is easy to access and has the highest eight capacity in the group of up to 30 lbs. There is so much to love about this amazing stroller. On the downside, this stroller is heavy and bigger. If you only plan to push one child or have one child, it is likely more stroller than you need. Also, it is expensive and could be out of budget for some parents. However, we love this stroller and think it is a great long-term option for growing families or twins if your budget allows it.
REASONS TO BUY
High quality
Very easy fold
Large canopy
Huge storage max
REASONS TO AVOID
Expensive
Large fold
Heavy
Editor's Note: The Vista v2 is part of our newly tested full-size stroller review completed in March 2024.

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Bottom Line A quality stroller good for up to 3 kids with great storage, easy fold, and good kid's comfort, but the price is highA quality choice that uses thoughtful design to create an easy-to-use option, but it has a higher price and a larger foldThis jogger is a dual-purpose choice with better storage and easy maneuverability over most surfacesWhile it performs well on flat surfaces, this high-quality option struggles off-road if those are your goalsA budget-friendly expandable stroller with good storage but limited other features and a heavier weight
Rating Categories UPPAbaby Vista v2 UPPAbaby Cruz v2 Thule Urban Glide 2 Cybex Balios S Lux Evenflo Pivot Xpand
Ease of Use (40%)
8.6
8.5
8.4
7.8
8.0
Maneuverability (25%)
8.0
8.3
8.5
7.1
5.4
Transport/Storing (15%)
5.3
6.7
5.7
6.8
4.2
Quality (10%)
9.3
9.3
8.0
8.0
6.7
Kid's Comfort (10%)
8.1
8.5
6.7
7.6
7.3
Specs UPPAbaby Vista v2 UPPAbaby Cruz v2 Thule Urban Glide 2 Cybex Balios S Lux Evenflo Pivot Xpand
Weight 28.3 25.0 26.2 25.3 30.0
BGL Folded Dims. 26"W x 16.5"H x 33"L 22.9"W x 16.5"H x 33"L 27.2"W x 15.5"H x 36.5"L 24"W x 16"H x 31"L 26.7"W x 19.23"H x 32.7"L
Capacity Limits Minimum: 0-20 lbs (bassinet), 3 months
Maximum: 50 lbs
Minimum: 3 months
Maximum: 50 lbs
Minimum: 6 months
Maximum: 49 lbs/ 44 in
Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 55 lbs
Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 55 lbs/43"
Mfr. Max Allowable Total Storage Weight 30 30 14 24 11
Car Seat Compatibility Chicco KeyFit 35, KeyFit 30, KeyFit 30 Zip, KeyFit 30 Zip Air, Fit2, Fit2 LE, Fit2 Air
Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Mico AP, Mico Max Plus
Nuna PIPA, PIPA lite, PIPA lite lx, PIPA lite r, PIPA rx, PIPA lite rx, PIPA urbn
Cybex Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q, Aton M
Clek Liing
UPPAbaby Mesa
Chicco KeyFit 35, KeyFit 30, KeyFit 30 Zip, KeyFit 30 Zip Air, Fit2, Fit2 LE, Fit2 Air
Cybex Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q, Aton M
Clek Liing
Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Mico AP, Mico Max Plus
Nuna PIPA, PIPA lite, PIPA lite lx, PIPA lite r, PIPA rx, PIPA lite rx, PIPA urbn
UPPAbaby Mesa
BOB Unity
Britax Affinity Unity, B-Safe, B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Elite, Chaperone, Unity, Unity ISOFIX Compatible
Chicco KeyFit, KeyFit 30, KeyFit Plus
Combi Shuttle 33
Evenflo Discovery 5
Graco SafeSeat, SnugRide, SnugRide Click Connect, SnugRide Click Connect 30, SnugRide Click Connect 35, SnugRide Click Connect LX 35, SnugRide Click Connect 40
Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix, Citi, Pebble
Nuna Pipa
Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30, Primo Viaggio 4-35
Safety 1st Comfy Carry Elite, onBoard, onBoard Air
Safe-n-Sound Unity, Unity Neos
UPPAbaby Mesa
Cybex (All)
Maxi Cosi Mico 30, Maxi Cosi Mico Max, Maxi Cosi Coral XP
Nuna Pipa lite
Chicco KeyFit/KeyFit 30
Evenflo SafeMax, LiteMax
Graco all with SnugRide, SnugLock 30/35
Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio 4/35
Min./Max. Handle Height 39.5"/42.5" 40"/43" 30"/46" 39.5"/43" 33"/44.7"
Wheel Type Foam Filled Plastic Foam Filled Plastic Pneumatic Foam Filled Plastic Foam Filled Plastic
Brake type Single Single Single Single Single

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 everyday life with a goal for product improvement for convenience, usability, and style. UPPAbaby's lineup of products includes an award-winning infant car seat and various stroller types, including some of our favorite travel strollers, full-size, and more.

Performance Comparison



With so much to love about the Vista, it is easy to see how it became a tester favorite.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

Ease of Use


The Vista v2 is one of the easiest strollers in this review to use, earning one of the highest ease-of-use scores in the group.


This stroller continues to impress year after year, no matter what new competition we throw at it.

The Vista v2 is a quick and easy fold, but it requires two hands to operate.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

Fold and Unfold


The fold on this stroller is easy but requires two hands to release the fold lock. It has a dual-finger release that pulls on either side of the frame, and it folds quickly without trouble. It requires the leg rest on the child seat to be folded, and if the handlebar is in the shortest position, it will self-stand.

The large storage bin on the Vista v2 has a pocket in the corner for...
The large storage bin on the Vista v2 has a pocket in the corner for a water bottle or sippy cup.
Despite the crossbar in the middle of the Vista v2, we could fit an...
Despite the crossbar in the middle of the Vista v2, we could fit an extra large diaper bag inside using the great access in the back.

Storage


The Vista v2 has one of the biggest storage bins with a weight limit of 30 lbs. With a max capacity like this, you can go grocery shopping and bring ample baby supplies for the trip.

uppababy vista v2 - the vista v2 has a bar that runs across the center of the bin and...
The Vista v2 has a bar that runs across the center of the bin and can inhibit what you can fit inside, but the 30 lb max weight limit makes this easier to accept.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

It fits our extra large diaper bag, but there is a center bar through the middle on the bottom. There is a small pocket in the corner of the basket for a water bottle or sippy cup.

uppababy vista v2 - the straps on the vista v2 harness are smooth and adjust easily.
The straps on the Vista v2 harness are smooth and adjust easily.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

Harness


The harness has soft webbing that slides easily for height adjustment. The height positions are infinite. It offers shoulder padding for comfort, and the shoulder and waist straps are one part with a single buckle insert. The buckle is big and stiff but not hard to operate.

The Vista v2 hs a red brake pedal with a color change window to let you know when they are set.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

Brakes


The Vista v2 brakes are single-action and color-coded. A single red-colored pedal on the right side has a small color-coding window that changes from green to red when the brakes are engaged and red to green when it is released. The pedal is easy to press and foot-friendly since you aren't lifting from underneath.

The color-change window on the Vista v2 shows green when the brakes...
The color-change window on the Vista v2 shows green when the brakes are off.
The Vista v2 brake indicator is red when the brakes are set.
The Vista v2 brake indicator is red when the brakes are set.

Car Seat Compatibility


The Vista v2 is compatible with UPPAbaby car seats, and you can buy adapters for some seats from Chicco, Maxi-Cosi, Nuna, Cybex, and Clek.

The Vista v2, like most UPPAbaby products, is well-packed to protect the stroller, and it has an intuitive assembly process with a quick start guide.
Credit: Graham Faulknor

Ease of Setup


The Vista v2 setup takes 5-10 minutes and has a lot of protective packaging. The documentation is better than average, and assembly includes putting on the wheels and the toddler seat.

The Vista v2 is surprisingly easy to maneuver on and off flat surfaces, navigating tight turns without a hiccup.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

Maneuverability


The Vista v2 performed well for maneuverability, with a surprisingly higher score in this metric than the style indicated.


Most strollers of this style struggle to keep up with the jogging-style strollers we test.

The wider wheels and rear axle on the Vista v2 helped it move easily...
The wider wheels and rear axle on the Vista v2 helped it move easily over thick grass.
The Vista v2 performance on hard surfaces is a standout in the lineup.
The Vista v2 performance on hard surfaces is a standout in the lineup.

The Vista has foam-filled plastic tires with a wider rear axle than the front. Despite the larger size, it feels nimble and maneuverable and manages doorways with ease.

The Vista v2 has built-in shock absorption.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

Moving on uneven surfaces is also surprisingly easy, and with the wider build, it easily manages thick grass. We were able to push with one or two hands on any surface.

uppababy vista v2 - the vista v2 locking front wheels have a color change window that...
The Vista v2 locking front wheels have a color change window that turns red when locked in place.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

The front wheels can lock in place to make moving over uneven surfaces easier by keeping the front wheels stable. It has a color-coded indicator that tells if they are locked or if the wheels are set to swivel.

Locking the front wheels on the Vista helps it move more easily over uneven terrain without having the wheels spinning.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

The Vista v2 is well-balanced, and we didn't have trouble popping up onto curbs. The adjustable handlebar makes getting the leverage you need to push down or lift up easier.

The Vista v2 folds quickly in half and is relatively flat, making it easier to fit in a vehicle.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

Transporting and Storing


The Vista stroller can accommodate up to 3 kids, so you'd think it was a beast of a stroller.


And while it is bigger than other single full-size strollers, it is smaller for a double seater.

The Vista v2 is somewhat large, but it fits well in our compact SUV...
The Vista v2 is somewhat large, but it fits well in our compact SUV, with room to spare.
The Vista v2 belly bar makes for a quick grab handle to lift the...
The Vista v2 belly bar makes for a quick grab handle to lift the stroller.

The Vista v2 weighs 28.25 lbs, which is why it took a score hit in this metric. This is on the heavier side for this group, and it is more on par with a jogger. However, in fairness, the other competitors that can be extended for two passengers weigh the same or more. While it might be heavier than you want, it is still within the normal range for the stroller type.


The folded size of the Vista v2 is somewhat small for this kind of stroller, measuring 14,157 cubic inches in our tests. This makes it on the smaller side for the group, with about half coming in larger.

The frame and attached components on the Vista v2 are sleek and...
The frame and attached components on the Vista v2 are sleek and well-finished.
The attention to detail on the Vista v2 like the leatherette...
The attention to detail on the Vista v2 like the leatherette wrapping of the belly bar and the handlebar demonstrate the quality components.

Quality


Vista v2 is a high-quality choice, earning one of the top marks for quality in this review.


The Vista v2 uses nicer material with a padded seat and durable, easy-to-clean fabric. The fabric has a smooth canvas feel, smooth harness webbing, and soft shoulder pads. It fits the frame nicely, and the canopy extends easily and has a tight look that isn't rumpled.

uppababy vista v2 - the vista v2 has a lovely overall fit and finish that is equal parts...
The Vista v2 has a lovely overall fit and finish that is equal parts minimalism and attention to detail.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

It has foam-filled plastic tires, which are nicer than the standard plastic tires on cheaper models. The tires are wide, the stance is wide, and they lock in place with color-coding. The attention to detail shows the level of thought and concern, creating a stroller that a person will like using.

uppababy vista v2 - the vista v2 has a high attention to detail that gives it a quality...
The Vista v2 has a high attention to detail that gives it a quality fit and finish.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

The frame is sturdy and looks good with little flex. The design is minimal but functional. The overall fit and finish are sleek and have few exposed fasteners or clunky hinges.

uppababy vista v2 - the vista v2 seat has an adjustable leg rest to help keep little...
The Vista V2 seat has an adjustable leg rest to help keep little ones comfortable.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

Kid's Comfort


The Vista v2 offers a lot of comfort for kids, earning a high score in this metric. The features are both easy to operate and provide additional comfort for passengers.

The canopy on the Vista v2 is one of the largest in the group.
The canopy on the Vista v2 is one of the largest in the group.
The peek-a-boo window on the Vista v2 is narrow but enough to see...
The peek-a-boo window on the Vista v2 is narrow but enough to see what you need to see.

The seat reclines with a lever on the back. The entire frame of the seat tilts back, but the leg rest is adjustable, making it customizable for comfort depending on baby size and child preference.


It is a sling-style seat that is deep and lightly padded. The leg rest has four set positions and requires two hands to adjust.

The Vista has a lay-flat recline for comfortable napping, which is...
The Vista has a lay-flat recline for comfortable napping, which is especially great for younger babies.
The recline adjustment on the Vista v2 is a push button on the back...
The recline adjustment on the Vista v2 is a push button on the back of the seat.

The canopy is one of the largest, with an SPF 50+ rating. It tilts with the seat but is still large enough to offer good coverage from the sun. It has a zip-open panel and a pop-out visor with two mesh peek-a-boo windows. The windows have a flap cover.

uppababy vista v2 - the vista v2 might be more expensive than most full-size options...
The Vista v2 might be more expensive than most full-size options, but it comes with a lot, is higher quality, and can expand to hold up to three kids.
Credit: Matt Lighthart

Should You Buy the UPPAbaby Vista v2?


The Vista v2 is a really cool stroller with lots of seating versatility including 2 car seat potential and a bassinet. We love the easy fold and giant storage and think most growing families would love this option. As long as you aren't a runner, it could be all you need. However, if you only plan to have one child, this could be more stroller than you need, and the extra weight and folded size are a lot of you don't see a need for more seating.

What Other Full-Size Strollers Should You Consider?


If you love the features and look of the Vista but only plan to push one kiddo, the UPPAbaby Cruz v2 is the better choice. The Cruz is very similar in most ways, but the smaller size equals lower weight, smaller fold, and a lower price tag. As long as you aren't looking for a dual-purpose jogger, the Cruz is the best option for Vista-loving folks with one child or no need to push two.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz