UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller

Last updated: April 2, 2019

UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller

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We looked at the top Strollers and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Stroller you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 50 expert reviews, the UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller placed 9th when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The UPPAbaby CRUZ features all the amenities of a full-size stroller in a streamline design Its narrow frame allows for maneuvering through doorways, small aisles or city sidewalks with ease The 2018 collection features a selection of fabrics with full-grain leather detailed on the handlebars and bumper bar for added grip and durability. Includes toddler seat, rain shield & bug shield Compatible with MESA Infant Car Seat – direct attachment, no adapters necessary Full size front and rear facing toddler seat One-handed, multi-position recline Adjustable canopy with viewing window Extendable UPF 50+ sunshade Bumper bar with full-grain leather cover One-hand, adjustable handlebar with leather cover Large, easy-access basket holds up to 25lbs. Combines aluminum with magnesium for optimal lightweight, durable performance One-step fold, with or without seat attached

Expert Reviews


What experts liked

This stroller has one of the largest storage bins with one of the highest allowable weight capacities at 25 lbs.
The Cruz provides one of the largest underseat storage baskets we saw. It’s easily accessible from the back or front (as long as the footrest is raised) and has a weight limit of 25 pounds—the second highest of the strollers we tested, after the Uppababy Vista.
The stroller has a one-step back foot brake that flips and locks easily, and a gigantic storage basket below the seat that holds up to 25 pounds and is roomy enough for my diaper bag along with purchases from a day of errands.
Stroller feels notably sturdy, and the handle shape is especially comfortable, according to trained panel.
To make matters easier, the stroller stands when folded (so long as the handlebar is extended fully) so the fold/unfold process is much simpler than comparable options.
It’s super easy to fold, has the same amazing sunshade, telescoping handlebar, extra large basket, and includes a bumper bar.
You can fold it with the seat attached or without it. CRUZ has automatic lock and stands on its own when folded.
This stroller is built with welded and formed aluminum alloy frame, the kind that is used to build aircrafts. This makes it durable yet lightweight. It feels sturdy when pushed, and maneuvers smooth as silk.
The handle bar on the Cruz is designed to make both taller and shorter parents feel welcome; it adjusts from a lower height of 39.5″ to a top height of 42,” which means most parents will find heights that work for them.

What experts didn't like

For pushing and turning on pavement the Cruz requires two hands. It rolls smoothly, but the turns are a bit difficult. The handlebar adjustment is in the center of the handle, which makes it hard to use one-handed.
The Cruz has an awkward two-handed fold that some parents we talked to don’t find intuitive.
The only less than positive aspect is a recent issue we’ve noticed with the tires. Following a tough winter in which the Cruz spent many days trekking through snow, ice and salt, the wheels seem to have slowed down. We’ve hosed them down more than once to dislodge any debris, but they’re definitely not riding as smoothly.
Lacks parent tray/storage.
Yes, the CRUZ retails for $500. This price puts it in the upper middle-end of strollers, although that price includes a rain cover, bug net and bumper bar.
The Cruz does not come with a bassinet like the Vista (however, you can buy one separately
Parent and child tray and cup holder not included
The only other complaint is the lack of a standard parent cup holder and parent organizer that is a big disappointment to some owners.
The Cruz doesn’t fold up very compactly when you need to pack it up, which isn’t a surprise when you consider the additional functionality of the reversible seat.

Overview

Like anything involving your kids, buying a stroller is a lot more complicated than it should be. You’ll want something that fits both your car trunk and your budget, but that’s just the beginning of factors to consider — and the constant upgrades, innovations and recalls from the stroller industry don’t make things any simpler. The important thing is to know what kind of stroller will suit your needs, and the questions narrow down from there.

In the beginning, strollers were a one-piece affair: Take the baby out of the car seat, put them in the stroller and walk. While some traditional strollers still sport that self-contained design, the default these days is the broad category of a car seat carrier. In this case, you have a car seat that’s secured to your car by a base. The car seat lifts out of the base and can be locked directly into the stroller. Some face forward, some face back, but most have the option to do either one. Some strollers have the option to install a car seat for infants (sometimes with adapters), but still have an integral seat to accommodate larger toddlers.

Jogging strollers can also incorporate car seats, and they’re popular with active parents in both rural or urban settings. This smaller design usually has three wheels for quicker maneuverability. Their tires are suited to the environment and can sometimes be switched out. There are knobby ones for off-road areas, as well as models with inflated tires with a tight grip for mommy marathons on asphalt or indoor floors. In most cases, these strollers aren’t recommended for children under 6 months.

Then there’s the lightweight, or umbrella, stroller. Small both in profile and price, these are the ultimate in portability. A good umbrella stroller can weigh as little as 10 pounds, folds up quickly and should fit into just about any car. Most of them can also use a car seat, but bear in mind, they are not generally good for newborns, especially if you’re simply using the integrated seat.

There’s a lot of variation among all these types, and we’ve recently begun to see car seats that incorporate the entire stroller, wheels and all, into the base. A popular, if more expensive, option is a “travel system” that gives you a car seat and base along with a compatible stroller. Others have a bassinet as their default carrier. If there’s a common selling point among modern strollers, it’s adaptability. A carrier that might be perfect for you one year is going to be useless by the next year unless it can change to handle your rapidly growing child.

You’ll want your stroller to get you from point A to B easily, but also safely. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has a raft of new federal requirements that strengthen the standards on things like non-pinching hinges, latch mechanisms, seat belts and detachable wheels. If reliability is a key concern, definitely look for strollers made after those standards were enacted in September 2015. You can also look for certification by the JMPA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association), which ensures that products for children meet those federal guidelines as well as their own.

Strollers of any type can vary widely in weight, from 10 pounds on umbrella models up to 30 pounds or more. And that’s just the beginning of the variety: Bells and whistles these days might include bench seats so that larger kids can ride upright and extensive compartment space and cup holders. But don’t sweat the small stuff to begin with. The best thing is to first determine if it will fit your child and car, then explore your perks from there.

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