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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.