UPPAbaby CRUZ V2 Stroller Review
You’ve heard murmurings about a redesign and, the good news is, that it’s all true! We’ve shared the updates that were made to the VISTA V2 in our VISTA V2 Product Review, but there are ton of substantial changes that have been made to the new CRUZ V2. SO many updates and upgrades that some are even referring to it as the “mini VISTA”, and there is no greater compliment.
This new generation of CRUZ offers great performance and, get this–it’s more compact than ever taking up even LESS space when folded. How were they able to increase functionality and offer a more streamlined design? Let’s dig in right away to talk about the new UPPAbaby CRUZ V2 features!
Baby you a song, you make me wanna roll my windows down, and CRUZ!
Meet The CRUZ V2
Redesigned Toddler SeatArguably, the most significant update made to the CRUZ V2 is the Toddler Seat.
Why? The CRUZ V2 Toddler Seat mirrors the VISTA V2 seat in both dimensions and functionality. This new seat is perfect for those who are raising a future NBA athlete who requires additional head and legroom.
You get our drift – the updated seat allows for a comfortable ride no matter the age or height of your growing child.
“Count it!” 2 extra inches in the leg rest and an extra 2 inches with the new and improved seatback.
- CRUZ: 18 in
- CRUZ V2: 20 in
Leg rest length
- CRUZ: 9 in
- CRUZ V2: 11 in
- CRUZ: 2 in
- CRUZ V2: 2.5 in
No-Rethread HarnessAll CRUZ V2 models now have a NO-RETHREAD HARNESS!
We didn’t mean to yell but all the parents, nanny's, and caregivers are rejoicing about this update. The existing five-point harness has been upgraded to a no-rethread harness allowing you to simply slide the straps up and down to adjust the shoulder height for your passenger. Spend more quality time with your little one and less time fiddling and adjusting stroller straps.
More Sun ProtectionWe love that the canopy on the CRUZ V2 has been completely re-designed. Long gone are the days of the silver pop-out sunshade that has been a staple in previous versions. The adjustable canopy is now boasting a zip-out fabric extender [shown fully extended below in the image on the right] that offers UPF 50+ protection for your rider. We are giving the new canopy bonus points for the x2 ventilation panels that allow for increased airflow on those warm summer days.
Bye-bye, sweaty baby!
Better SuspensionPrevious CRUZ models had only front suspension, but not anymore!
UPPAbaby has added Dual-Action Rear Suspension to the CRUZ V2 allowing for a smoother ride than ever before. Which brings us to those newly upgraded CRUZ V2 tires...
Bigger [and better] WheelsBigger is ALWAYS better, right?
In some cases, like the new CRUZ V2 wheels and basket, the answer is Y-E-S! The wheels of the OG CRUZ looked a little underwhelming—so we are loving this substantial upgrade that gives the stroller an entirely new sleek look.
- CRUZ: 6.4 in X 8.5 in
- CRUZ V2: 7 in X 10 in
Bigger [and better] BasketYou can’t go wrong with a bigger basket so, when we found out the CRUZ V2 would now boast a big ole’ basket with a max capacity of 30 lbs, we were excited. Now no stuffy will be left behind—and if that prevents a toddler meltdown, we are here for it.
- CRUZ: 25 lbs
- CRUZ V2: 30 lbs
Smaller Folded SizeThe only exception to our bigger is better analogy is when it comes to the fold of the CRUZ V2.
Has your partner ever lectured you about taking up too much precious space the garage? We've been there, and we see you. Apparently, UPPAbaby did too so they made a change to the overall folded size of all CRUZ V2 models saving you just under 4 inches of precious space when folded.
Folded size with seat
- CRUZ: 17” L x 22.3” W x 36” H
- CRUZ V2: 16.5” L x 22.8” W x 32.5” H
x4 New Fashions
ALICE, FINN, HAZEL, + SIERRANow, to the fun part! Which colour will you choose?
The CRUZ V2 is available in x4 new fashions including a pretty dusty pink and some bold new trends like colour blocking and a two-toned effect found on FINN and HAZEL. Don't worry – best-sellers like JORDAN + JAKE are back as V2s and boast all the new features, which means now you’ll have to “eenie-meenie-miney-mo" between x10 sophisticated fashions that we've noted below:
- ALICE: Dusty pink with silver frame and saddle leather
- BRYCE: White marl with silver frame and chestnut leather
- EMMETT: Green mélange with silver frame and saddle leather
- FINN: Deep sea with silver frame and chestnut leather
- GREGORY: Blue melange with silver frame and saddle leather
- NOA: Navy with black frame and saddle leather
- GREYSON: Grey with black frame and chestnut leather
- STELLA: Grey with grey frame and chestnut leather
- JAKE: Charcoal with carbon frame and black leather
- JORDAN: Charcoal melange with silver frame and black leather
VISTA V2 + CRUZ V2s now have the same fashion options which means you don’t have to sacrifice the stroller you want for the colour you crave. Plus, each colourway boasts luxurious all-grain leather details [that come standard] in one of x3 complimentary colour coordinated hues:
- Chestnut leather
- Saddle leather
- Black leather
The V2 VerdictTo sum it all up, the UPPAbaby CRUZ V2 has been fully revamped and boasts a ton of new features.
You can't have it all without a little bit of sacrifice, so it's important to note that this new V2 model is x4 pounds heavier than the OG CRUZ, but don't let that deter you. We are convinced that 4lbs. is an acceptable increase based on all the newly added features and benefits and the [almost] 4 inches of space you gained with the more compact fold that we noted above. A measly 4 lbs. in exchange for a better seat, bigger basket, and more compact fold? Yes please, we are S-O-L-D!
Now the only thing left to do is figure out which V2 colour you will add to your baby registry!