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UPPAbaby Vista v2 Combo Review

The Vista v2 is a potential option for those with multiples but not ideal for single car seat attachment
UPPAbaby Vista v2 Combo
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $970 List | $970 at Amazon
Pros:  Multi-brand car seat compatibility, easy carrier attachment
Cons:  Heavier, more expensive, larger
Manufacturer:   UPPAbaby
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team  ⋅  Oct 7, 2020
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  • Ease Of Attaching Car Seat - 30% 8
  • Ease Of Use - 30% 7
  • Weight/Folded Size - 25% 6
  • Quality - 10% 8
  • Maneuverability - 5% 7

The Skinny

The UPPAbaby Vista v2 combo is a high-quality full-size stroller that is compatible with multiple infant car seat brands, as well as the UPPAbaby Mesa. Our testing shows easy attachment with most seats, even several of those by different brands. Unfortunately, the Vista v2 is heavy and large open or folded. This size could make the Vista prohibitively heavy for moms to lift. While we love the giant storage bin with 30 lb capacity, and the versatile seating of the Vista can't be beaten, it is a lot of stroller if you only have a single car seat to carry. That said, it could be an excellent option for those with multiple children and need a ride for 2+ with infant car seat carrier.

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Pros Multi-brand car seat compatibility, easy carrier attachmentSuper easy car to strolling transition, easy to push and turnParent tray, compact fold, budget-friendlyCompact and lightweight, easy car seat attachmentEasy car seat attachment, lightweight, compact fold
Cons Heavier, more expensive, largerLimited lifespan of 6-9 monthsLimited to Chicco car seats, short lifespanHarder to push on uneven surfacesDual action brakes, harder to push and turn
Bottom Line Good choice for families with multiples but it's heavy and large for a one-seater carrier strollerGood choice for urban parents with quick changes between public transport and strollingInexpensive frame stroller that works well but you'll need a new stroller at 9 monthsCompact and lightweight with easy car seat attachment and useful featuresGreat frame stroller with parent console and easy carrier attachment
Rating Categories UPPAbaby Vista v2... Doona Combo Chicco Shuttle UPPAbaby Minu Combo Chicco KeyFit Caddy
Ease Of Attaching Car Seat (30%)
8
10
9
8
9
Ease Of Use (30%)
7
5
8
7
7
Weight Folded Size (25%)
6
10
8
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9
Quality (10%)
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7
6
3
Maneuverability (5%)
7
7
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5
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Specs UPPAbaby Vista v2... Doona Combo Chicco Shuttle UPPAbaby Minu Combo Chicco KeyFit Caddy
Weight 21 lbs 16.8 lbs 15 lbs 12.6 lbs 11.7 lbs
Folded Dimensions 13"W x 16.5"H x 32"L 18"W x 16"H x 28.3"L 20.1"W x 11.3"H x 28"L 20.4"W x 13.5"H x 24"L 19.8"W x 11.5"H x 33.5"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.
20 Minimum: Birth

Maximum: Max allowable weight/height for the car seat.
Included Car Seat Compatibility UPPAbaby
Mesa
Doona Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
None Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Click-in Car Seat Adapters UPPAbaby
Mesa
Chicco
KeyFit 30, KeyFit 30 Zip, KeyFit 30 Zip Air, Fit2, Fit2 LE, Fit2 Air
Maxi-Cosi
Mico Max 30, Mico NXT, Mico AP & Micro Max Plus,
Nuna
PIPA™, PIPA lite, PIPA lite lx, PIPA lite r & PIPA lite rx
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q & Aton M
Doona Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
UPPAbaby
Mesa
Maxi-Cosi
Mico AP, Mico Max 30, Mico Nxt, CabrioFix, Pebble, and Pebble Plus
Cybex
Aton, Aton 2, and Aton Q
Nuna
Pipa
Chicco
KeyFit, KeyFit 30, Fit2
Strap-in Car Seat Adapters None None None None None
One-handed Fold Yes 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" 41.2 36"/42"
Sandal-friendly Brake Yes Yes Yes Yes
Storage Basket Size Very Large n/a Large Medium Large
Included Accessories Rain Shield, Bug Shield Infant Car Seat and Stroller In One None Storage bag None
Setup Time 5:14 n/a 7:45 4:23 8:28

Our Analysis and Test Results

With over ten years of experience, US-born UPPAbaby is a family company from California specializing in baby gear. UPPAbaby creates and designs innovative, high-quality products like strollers and an infant car seat. Their goals include making products easier to use, safer, lighter, and fun while still looking good.

Performance Comparison



The Vista v2 is great for twins as it can carry two carriers at the...
The Vista v2 is great for twins as it can carry two carriers at the same time.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Attaching Car Seat


We tested our Vista v2 with the UPPAbaby Mesa infant car seat, but it is compatible with a large variety of other brand seats with the purchase of an adapter. These adapters include seats from Chicco, Maxi-Cosi, Nuna, and Cybex.

The infant carrier or adapters (depending on the car seat) attach to...
The infant carrier or adapters (depending on the car seat) attach to the same points as the toddler seat.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

You do not need adapters if you choose the Mesa as your compatible option as it connects in the same place using the same points as the toddler seat. This design means nothing to lose or keep track of. You remove the seat/canopy frame from the stroller before connecting the infant carrier. The seat is straightforward to attach, with the most challenging part being lining up the two sides simultaneously. We didn't experience any difficulty making the attachment during testing, but the carrier doesn't feel as secure as much of the competition.

Without the toddler seat in place, the Vista folds fairly flat for...
Without the toddler seat in place, the Vista folds fairly flat for easier stowing.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Weight and Folded Size


Since you remove the toddler seat/canopy on the Vista v2 when using it with an infant car seat carrier, it is somewhat lighter and smaller than it typically is. However, in this group, it is still average and no lightweight contender. The Vista v2 is 21 lbs and measures 6,864 cubic inches when folded.

The front wheels on the Vista can lock in place to help you move...
The front wheels on the Vista can lock in place to help you move easily over uneven surfaces like grass and gravel.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Maneuverability


While the Vista can't compete with the jogging strollers in this review for maneuverability, it does have no-flat rubber tires that give it an edge on the plastic wheel competition and the really lightweight frame products. The v2 has lockable front wheels and all-around suspension that helps keep in on track even when the terrain gets bumpy.

Credit: Abriah Wofford

The Vista manages flat surfaces better than those off the beaten path. If you need to travel across a green belt or down a gravel path, you'll be able to do so without frustration, but you won't want to go very far as it does make pushing and turning more difficult.

The handlebar on the Vista v2 adjusts with the push of a button.
The handlebar on the Vista v2 adjusts with the push of a button.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The telescoping handlebar on the Vista v2 is a useful adjustment that puts taller pushers further from the axle and limits the flex often seen in the rotating adjustment style.

The Vista v2 is relatively easy to use.
The Vista v2 is relatively easy to use.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The Vista is easier to use than much of the competition, providing less day to day frustration than some other full-size options.

Unlocking the Vista v2 frame requires two hands before you can fold...
Unlocking the Vista v2 frame requires two hands before you can fold it.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Fold and Unfold


The Vista v2 has an easy fold with only a few steps. The frame unlock requires two hands, but nothing about the fold or unfold is convoluted or challenging. The Vista v2 stands when folded, automatically locks in place, and can roll when folded.

The Vista's brake pedal has a color-coding to help you determine at...
The Vista's brake pedal has a color-coding to help you determine at a glance if it is set.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Brakes


The single-action brakes on the Vista v2 are easy to use with a press to set and release foot-friendly design. The pedal includes a color-coded indicator that shows when the brakes are set or free.

The Vista v2 storage bin has internal pockets to help keep you...
The giant storage basket on the Vista v2 is easy to access and has a...

Storage


The Vista v2 has one of the largest capacities in the group, with a limit of 30 lbs. The basket has the best access from all sides, especially with the infant car seat in place. The basket includes internal pockets for better organization.

Sunshade


While the Vista v2 has an impressive sunshade, you won't be using it in conjunction with an infant car seat carrier.

Ease of Setup


UPPAbaby sends the Vista v2 virtually assembled. It took us less 5:14 minutes to put the stroller together. AIt comes with a useful quick-start guide, and all you need to do is snap on the wheels, attach the belly bar to the seat, and the seat to the frame if you plan to use it.

The infant car seat carrier can be placed facing forward or back on...
The infant car seat carrier can be placed facing forward or back on the Vista v2 frame depending on your needs
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Quality


The Vista v2 offers impressive quality in both materials and construction. The sturdy frame is aluminum alloy, includes few connections, has no flex, and looks sleek. The foam-filled rubber tires are dense surrounding a plastic wheel. The overall fit and finish of the Vista v2 are as good as ever with a clean presentation that is neither cluttered nor filled with extras.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD & BabyGearLab Team