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UPPAbaby Vista Combo Review

The Vista is a good choice for multiples but not the best for single car seat attachment
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Price:   $900 List
Pros:  Variety of car seat options, easy attachment
Cons:  Heavy, higher price, wide footprint
Manufacturer:   UPPAbaby
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Apr 23, 2019
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  • Ease Of Attaching Car Seat - 35% 8
  • Weight/Folded Size - 30% 6
  • Maneuverability - 10% 7
  • Safety - 10% 7
  • Ease Of Use - 5% 6
  • Quality - 5% 8
  • Ease Of Set Up - 5% 9

The Skinny

The UPPAbaby Vista is a high-end stroller that works with several different infant car seat brands and the award-winning UPPAbaby Mesa. We tested this product with the Mesa as well as the Chicco Keyfit 30 and both worked well, with the Mesa showing a slight edge for ease of attachment. The downside of the Vista as a car seat stroller is it is one of the heaviest in the group and not something most new moms want to lift or carry. So while it has the largest storage bin and a cool adjustable handlebar, it doesn't meet one of the key criteria we think parents should look for in a stroller/car seat combo. However, depending on your long-term goals, it is an impressive product for growing families and multiple children that won awards in our Full-Size Stroller Review and our Double Stroller Review.

Update — October 2018
UPPAbaby has made some changes to the Vista stroller in 2018. You can read the details of the new version below.


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Pros Variety of car seat options, easy attachmentSuper easy car to strolling transition, easy to push and turnParent tray, compact fold, budget-friendlyEasy car seat attachment, lightweight, compact foldEasy car seat attachment, compact with easy fold, easy to maneuver
Cons Heavy, higher price, wide footprintLimited lifespan of 6-9 monthsLimited to Chicco car seats, short lifespanDual action brakes, harder to push and turnSmaller storage, small front wheel
Bottom Line The Vista is a good choice for multiples but not the best for single car seat attachmentBest for city dwellers looking for a safe, quick transition from taxi to on-the-go adventuresEasy to use dedicated to car seat attachment onlyBest frame stroller with easy car seat attachment and parent consoleCompact Britax that works well with car seats and is easy to push and turn
Rating Categories UPPAbaby Vista Combo Doona Combo Chicco Shuttle Chicco KeyFit Caddy Britax B-Free Combo
Ease Of Attaching Car Seat (35%)
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Weight Folded Size (30%)
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Maneuverability (10%)
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Safety (10%)
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Specs UPPAbaby Vista Combo Doona Combo Chicco Shuttle Chicco KeyFit Caddy Britax B-Free Combo
Weight 19.3 lbs 16.8 lbs 15 lbs 11.7 lbs 22.6 lbs
Folded Dimensions 25.7"W x 12.4"H x 32.3"L 18"W x 16"H x 28.3"L 20.1"W x 11.3"H x 28"L 19.8"W x 11.5"H x 33.5"L 24"W x 10.3"H x 27"L
Capacity Limits 30 Minimum: Birth

Maximum: 35 lbs/32"
Minimum: Birth

Maximum: Infants that are within the size and weight limitations of the infant car seat.
Minimum: Birth

Maximum: Max allowable weight/height for the car seat.
Minimum: Birth
Maximum: 65 lbs/45"
Included Car Seat Compatibility UPPAbaby
Mesa
Doona Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Britax All Britax Seats
Click-in Car Seat Adapters UPPAbaby
Mesa
Maxi-Cosi
Mico, Mico AP, Mico NXT, Mico Max 30, Citi, Cabrio, CabrioFix
Nuna
Pipa
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30
Doona Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Britax All Britax Seats
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters None None None None None
One-handed Fold No No Yes Yes Yes
Locking Fold Auto Auto None Auto Auto
Self-standing Fold Yes n/a Yes Yes Yes
Handlebar Height - Min/Max 39.5"/42.5 32.5"/39" 42" 36"/42" 32"/44.5"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes
Storage Basket Size Very Large n/a Large Large Medium
Included Accessories Bassinet, Bassinet Bug Shield, Bassinet Storage Bag, Rain Shield, Bug Shield Infant Car Seat and Stroller In One None None None
Setup Time 6:21 n/a 7:45 8:28 6:45

Our Analysis and Test Results

New 2018 Vista vs. Older Vista


The changes to the new Vista are subtle, but it adds a level of user-friendliness. The most apparent change is in the color selection and leather accents to all styles. The bassinet has an extra 2.5 inches of length on the inside, and the front wheels are redesigned to be more round. Car seat compatibility and overall functionality are the same, so our review will still give you a good overview of the Vista. Below are the 2017 version on the left and 2018 on the right.

Hands-on Gear Review


The Vista won an Editors' Choice award in our double stroller review because it offers versatile seating with room to grow. We think most families with multiple children will find it is a great solution for their infant car seat needs despite its heavier weight.

The UPPAbaby Vista works well with up to two infant car seats from various brands. However  its larger size and heavier weight mean it is better suited for multiple children than as a great frame stroller.
The UPPAbaby Vista works well with up to two infant car seats from various brands. However, its larger size and heavier weight mean it is better suited for multiple children than as a great frame stroller.

Based in the US, UPPAbaby has more than ten years of experience with juvenile products. They draw inspiration for product development from their daily experiences with family. UPPAbaby strives to make each product lightweight, easy to use, safe, and fun while staying convenient, usable, and stylish. The UPPAbaby company makes several strollers and an infant car seat, the award-winning UPPAbaby Mesa.

Performance Comparison


This chart is a comparison of the overall scores for the products in this review including the Vista Combo (in blue).


The information provided in the sections below includes details on how the Vista Combo performed during testing.



Using the Vista with other brand strollers requires the purchase of an additional adapter like the Chicco Keyfit 30 adapter shown here. Using the adapter is easy and attaching the infant car seat is simple enough.
Using the Vista with other brand strollers requires the purchase of an additional adapter like the Chicco Keyfit 30 adapter shown here. Using the adapter is easy and attaching the infant car seat is simple enough.

Ease of Attaching Car Seat


The Vista earns the same ease of car seat attachment score as the the UPPAbaby Cruz Combo with a 7 of 10 utilizing the same kind of car seat adapters.


The Vista car seat attachment varies depending on the seat you chose. The two seats we chose to test were the UPPAbaby Mesa and the Chicco Keyfit 30. The Vista is also compatible with the Maxi Cosi Mico, Mico AP Mico NXT, Citi, Cabrio, CabrioFix, Nuna, Cybex Aton, Cybex Aton 2, and Aton Q.

The Vista works well with its native car seat the UPPAbaby Mesa. The Mesa attaches directly to the frame so there are no additional adapters to lose.
The Vista works well with its native car seat the UPPAbaby Mesa. The Mesa attaches directly to the frame so there are no additional adapters to lose.

The UPPAbaby Mesa does not require adapters when combined with the Vista, so there are no parts to misplace. The side attachment points for the toddler seat work with the Mesa and they can be interchanged quickly making it a good choice for parents with children of different ages. The seat clicks into place and does not require any straps. It is easy to attach and remove. You do need to line up both sides, but it isn't as frustrating as some of the competition. We didn't have any trouble installing the seat properly, and we feel the Mesa is easier to install than the Chicco Keyfit 30.

Because other brand car seats require an adapter to attach to the Vista  they will sit higher up on the frame which changes the center of gravity of the stroller.
Because other brand car seats require an adapter to attach to the Vista, they will sit higher up on the frame which changes the center of gravity of the stroller.

The Chicco Keyfit 30 requires an additional adapter, the UPPAbaby Vista/Cruz Infant Car Seat Adapter for Chicco available for purchase. It is a loop attachment that connects to the toddler seat attachment points. The loop does not require assembly and clicks in place easily. The carrier sits inside the loop and clicks to connect. Connection requires a little bit of pressure, and occasionally we thought it was fully connected when it wasn't, so a good tug on the handle is needed to ensure the carrier is secure.

With no seats attached  the Vista actually folds into a relatively small package for a gear item of this magnitude.
With no seats attached, the Vista actually folds into a relatively small package for a gear item of this magnitude.

Weight and Folded Size


The Vista earns a 6 of 10 for weight and folded size, which is impressive given the frame stroller competition. The Vista weight is average for the group but still impressive given the Vista design is for 2-3 children.


The Vista is one of the heavier options in this review with a frame weight of 19.3 lbs without the toddler seat and canopy. It is also one of the largest when folded.

The Vista earned an above average score for maneuverability and performed well in our tests compared to air-filled rubber tires that rule the metric.
The Vista earned an above average score for maneuverability and performed well in our tests compared to air-filled rubber tires that rule the metric.

Maneuverability


With a score of 7 of 10, this stroller is a good mover but not as nice as the jogging strollers with larger air-filled rubber tires.


Unlike the frame style products, the rubber tires on the Vista make it easier to maneuver. The locking swivel front wheels help it manage uneven terrain, and the single front wheel design makes it easier to push than a double wheel design.

You can lock the front wheels in place on the Vista to help it stay on track over uneven terrain that may otherwise pull the wheels off course.
You can lock the front wheels in place on the Vista to help it stay on track over uneven terrain that may otherwise pull the wheels off course.

It works better on flat and hard surfaces than grass and gravel with wheels that feel solid, and tires with thicker rubber. The rubber offers baby a little more comfort, but the foam filling means you'll never have a flat. The Vista has four-wheel shocks for more support to the overall ride. For more details on the maneuverability of the Vista, please check out our in-depth look of the Vista in our full-size review.

The Vista has a telescoping adjustable handlebar that works with the press of a button. The handlebar is shaped nicely and wrapped in leather or foam depending on your textile choice.
The Vista has a telescoping adjustable handlebar that works with the press of a button. The handlebar is shaped nicely and wrapped in leather or foam depending on your textile choice.

The handlebar on the Vista has a telescoping adjustment. The movement is smooth and stable without the flex of the rotating adjustment on other models. The bar itself has a center plastic piece with foam or leather wrapped edges, and the transition from one material to another is smooth.

The Vista is easy to use and comes with useful features like storage bin pockets for easier organizing on the go.
The Vista is easy to use and comes with useful features like storage bin pockets for easier organizing on the go.

Ease of Use


The Vista earned a 6 of 10 for ease of use, which is the second highest score for the metric.


Ease of use impacts your everyday experience and can be the difference between smooth moving and frustrating experiences.

Folding the Vista is easy  but it requires two hands to pull up on the frame locks located on either said of the handlebar.
Folding the Vista is easy, but it requires two hands to pull up on the frame locks located on either said of the handlebar.

Fold and Unfold


The Vista is super easy to fold and relatively small for a stroller of this magnitude. It self-stands, auto-locks, and rolls for transport like luggage. It requires two hands to fold and unfold, with a two-step process.

The green color on the brake pedal of the Vista means the stroller is ready to roll and the brakes are NOT engaged.
The color red on the Vista brake pedal indicates that the Vista is in the parked position and the brakes are properly set.

Brakes


The Vista has single action brakes that are easy to set and release with a foot-friendly pedal that pushes for both actions. It also features color-coded indicators that relay the brake status at a glance; green (above left) for go and red (above right) for parking.

Despite an awkwardly placed cross bar running through the storage bin  the Vista has a large basket with the highest max weight capacity in the group of 30 lbs.
Despite an awkwardly placed cross bar running through the storage bin, the Vista has a large basket with the highest max weight capacity in the group of 30 lbs.

Storage


The Vista stroller has the greatest storage capacity with a max allowance of 30 lbs in the storage bin. The basket has a crossbar that is curved up and travels across the middle of the basket that limits the size of items you can put inside. The bin has sewn in pockets for easy organizing.

Sunshade


The Vista has a large canopy, but you need to remove it and the toddler seat for car seat attachment.

The Vista comes almost entirely pre-assembled and is easy to setup with a quick start guide that is easy to read.
The Vista comes almost entirely pre-assembled and is easy to setup with a quick start guide that is easy to read.

Ease of Setup


The Vista comes somewhat pre-assembled taking us about 5:30 minutes to get the stroller ready to roll with a quick-start 8 step guide, but we did not need the manual to put it together.

The new Vista continues to impress with quality materials and a design that doesn't flex under pressure and works well.
The new Vista continues to impress with quality materials and a design that doesn't flex under pressure and works well.

Quality


The Vista earned an eight out 10 for quality, which is the high score in this metric.


The frame is a lightweight aluminum alloy that is smooth, has few connection points, and moves well without rattle or flex. The tires are foam filled rubber with a dense, plastic wheel. The overall fit and finish are nice with adjustments and buttons placed in useful locations. It has a clean look that isn't cluttered or cumbersome.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team