UPPAbaby Cruz V2 Detailed Stroller Review

The UPPAbaby Cruz V2 is a significant improvement over the original Cruz stroller, with a roomier seat, sturdier wheels, a more compact fold…and a bigger price tag.

Updated December 30, 2020

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Note: In February 2020, UPPAbaby introduced the Cruz V2, a new model with many noticeable improvements over the 2018 Cruz.

At this time, the old model is still available for purchase at many online retailers. The first part of this post describes the major differences between the Cruz and Cruz V2, to help you decide between the two models.

If you’d like, you can skip to the full UPPAbaby Cruz V2 review or check out the FAQs section.

UPPAbaby Cruz vs Cruz V2

The UPPAbaby Cruz V2 is a significant overhaul of the Cruz model. The Cruz V2 is wider and longer than the original Cruz, and provides a roomier seat and more comfortable ride for baby. Those improvements come at a cost, though, as the Cruz V2 weighs more and has a higher price tag than the 2018 UPPAbaby Cruz.

UPPAbaby Cruz Wheels: 2018 vs 2020

Wheels are one of the most important differences between the 2018 and 2020 Cruz models. The 2018 Cruz has smaller wheels and less suspension than the newer model.

The front wheels on the 2018 Cruz are 6.4″ in diameter, while the back wheels are 8.5″ in diameter. In contrast, the front wheels on the 2020 Cruz V2 are 7″ in a diameter, while the back wheels are 10″ in diameter.

Also, the 2018 Cruz has front-wheel suspension only, while the 2020 Cruz V2 is upgraded to all-wheel suspension. The back wheels on the 2020 Cruz have dual action suspension, two springs that function together to cushion and smooth the ride.

UPPAbaby Cruz Seat: 2018 vs 2020

While both seats have a child weight limit of 50 pounds, the seat on the 2018 UPPAbaby Cruz is noticeably smaller than the seat on new 2020 Cruz.

The seat height on the 2018 Cruz is 18,” compared to 20″ on the new Cruz. The length of the leg rest has also increased, going from 9″ to 11.” The footrest on the 2020 Cruz is also half an inch deeper.

These differences may see small, but they mean the 2020 UPPAbaby Cruz is better built to accommodate older and taller kids.

UPPAbaby Cruz Canopy: 2018 vs 2020

Another clearly noticeable difference between the Cruz and Cruz V2 is the size of the canopy.

The 2018 Cruz features a two panel canopy with a hidden pop out sunshade. The sunshade has been replaced on the 2020 Cruz with a hidden zip out panel.

Located at the back of the canopy, when unzipped, the hidden panel extends the canopy all the way to the bumper bar. This is much further than the canopy on the old model, so the 2020 Cruz V2 provides more protection and privacy for your baby.

This new canopy also provides better ventilation, since there’s a vent window inside the hidden panel.

UPPAbaby Cruz Colors: 2018 vs 2020

For 2020, UPPAbaby introduced five new colors for the Cruz, including a pale pink and an olive green. There are several fabric options, too, as some colors come in a knit weave. The following table lists the colors for the new 2020 UPPAbaby Cruz V2.

ModelFabric ColorFrame ColorHandlebar and Bumper Bar Accents
AliceDusty pinkSilverSaddle leather
BryceWhite marl (very faint gray)SilverChestnut leather
EmmettGreen melange (light heather green)SilverSaddle leather
FinnDeep sea (navy blue)SilverChestnut leather
GregoryBlue melange (light heather blue)SilverSaddle leather
HazelOliveSilverSaddle leather
JakeCharcoalCarbonBlack leather
JordanCharcoal melange (dark gray)SilverBlack leather

UPPAbaby Cruz Weight: 2018 vs 2020

Improvements to the UPPAbaby Cruz, particularly larger wheels and a roomier seat, added nearly four pounds of weight to the stroller. The 2018 model weighs 21.6 pounds, while the 2020 Cruz V2 weighs 25.5. pounds.

UPPAbaby Cruz Dimensions: 2018 vs 2020

Despite the larger wheels and additional weight, the 2020 Cruz V2 folds smaller than the 2018 Cruz. About half an inch in height was shaved off the Cruz, while width and length were increased.

ModelFolded DimensionsUnfolded Dimensions
Cruz17″x22.3″x36″37″x22.3″x40.5″
Cruz V216.5″x22.8’x32.5″37.5″x22.8″x40″

UPPAbaby Cruz Price: 2018 vs 2020

The suggested retail price for the 2018 UPPAbaby Cruz is $549 to $579, though you can likely find the stroller at a discount now that a new model with significant upgrades has been released.

The suggested retail price for a 2020 UPPAbaby Cruz V2 is $649 to $679. The price difference between models is mostly due to fabric, as some models of the new Cruz V2 are made with higher quality textured fabric.

You can get an overview of the new UPPAbaby Cruz V2 in the manufacturer’s promo video below.

UPPAbaby Cruz V2 Full Review

Just a note before we get started on the full review: I evaluate strollers in three primary categories: function, comfort and value.

  • Function ratings include features most important for use of the stroller, such as maneuverability and safety.
  • Comfort ratings consider both baby’s and parent’s comfort, such as seat recline, handlebar heights and storage space.
  • Value takes into account the overall quality of a stroller in relation to the price. Value is evaluated in comparison to similar strollers (here, single child traditional full size strollers).

UPPAbaby Cruz V2 Features

Maneuverability

Larger wheels and improved suspension on the 2020 UPPAbaby Cruz V2 make for a smoother ride and better maneuverability than you’ll find in the older 2018 model.

In 2020, the wheel size of the Cruz increased significantly. Most importantly, the back wheels increased from 8.5″ to 10″ in diameter. In addition, the 2020 Cruz V2 was upgraded to include all wheel suspension. This helps even out bumps in the road, providing a more comfortable ride for baby.

The front wheels of the Cruz V2 swivel, making for easier turning. The front wheels can also be locked, which is helpful if you’ll be taking the stroller over rough surfaces like grass or gravel.

While the Cruz V2 performs best on flat indoor and outdoor surfaces, the stroller is sturdy and more than capable of handling occasional trips across uneven terrain.

The increased wheel size and improved suspension make the Cruz V2 easy to push, despite the weight added to the stroller by these changes. Small wheels were one of the most common complaints about the original Cruz, so UPPAbaby has definitely listened to their customers here. Parents rave about the smooth glide and easy push of the new UPPAbaby Cruz V2.

Portability

The UPPAbaby Cruz V2 weighs 25.5 pounds. This is within the typical weight range for full size strollers, but represents a significant increase in weight over the 2018 model.

The Cruz V2 is easy to fold, but the process takes several steps and is not a one hand fold. You can see how to fold the UPPAbaby Cruz V2 in the following video.

Unfortunately, the Cruz V2 doesn’t come with a carry strap or storage bag; however, you can purchase a travel bag for the Cruz V2 separately. That said, at 25.5 pounds, the Cruz V2 isn’t good for travel, despite the compact fold.

The folded dimensions of the Cruz V2 are 16.5″Lx22.8″Wx32.5″H.” This is a very compact fold for a full size stroller, and is quite a bit smaller than the fold dimensions for the 2018 UPPAbaby Cruz. Once folded, the Cruz V2 stands upright, making for easier storage.

Compatibility

The UPPAbaby Cruz V2 is car seat compatible. The Cruz V2 fits the UPPAbaby MESA car seat without the need for car seat adapters. The Cruz V2 also fits certain Nuna, Chicco, Cybex and Maxi Cosi car seats, though you will need to purchase adapters for those.

The Cruz V2 can also be used with newborns with the purchase of a bassinet or an UPPAbaby infant insert called a SnugSeat. The use of the bassinet or SnugSeat, plus car seat, turns the stroller into a full travel system. You can learn more about how to create an UPPAbaby Cruz V2 travel system later in this post.

Safety

The UPPAbaby Cruz V2 has a typical five point safety harness. A nice design feature here is that you don’t have to rethread the harness through slits in the seat in order to adjust the harness on the Cruz V2. This is a welcome change from most strollers, and may be worth the $100 price increase all on it’s own.

The 2020 Cruz features UPPAbaby’s standard braking system. Color coded brake levers are located on the back wheels. Pressing down on the red lever engages the brakes on both wheels. Pressing down on the green lever disengages the brakes.

The Cruz stroller has a peek-a-boo window in the canopy so you can keep an eye on the little one. The window is quiet open and close, so you can check on a sleeping baby without waking them.

There’s an additional mesh window on the hidden third canopy panel. This acts as a peek-a-boo window when the canopy is fully extended.

Ease of Assembly and Care

The UPPAbaby Cruz stroller is easy to assemble and doesn’t require any tools. The owner’s manual has easy to follow instructions and illustrations, but could use a bit more explanation in some places. Assembly should take less than 5 minutes.

As with other UPPAbaby strollers, all fabric on the Cruz V2 is removable for cleaning. You can spot clean fabric or hand wash in cold water, then lay flat to dry.

UPPAbaby also has a series of helpful articles and videos on how to care for your stroller, including how to perform basic wheel maintenance. Check out the UPPAbaby Cruz Tune-Up page for more information.

Comfort

The Uppababy Cruz V2 is a sturdy, well designed stroller made of high quality materials. There are many notable comfort features, such as a reversible seat and adjustable handlebar.

Seat

The seat on the Cruz stroller underwent a redesign for 2020, adding two inches in height. This means the new Cruz V2 can better accommodate older and taller kids. The UPPAbaby Cruz V2 seat is reversible, too, so younger babies can ride facing you, while older kids can face outward.

The seat recline mechanism is located on the back of the stroller and is easy to use. You raise and lower the seat by simply pressing a lever.

The leg rest on the UPPAbaby Cruz is adjustable. This feature also underwent a redesign for 2020 and was made two inches longer.

Canopy

A newly redesigned canopy is one of the most noticeable features on the 2020 Uppababy Cruz V2.

The old canopy consisted of two panels, with a pop out sun visor hidden in the front panel. The new Cruz V2 canopy has replaced the pop out sun visor with a third zip out panel at the back of the stroller.

When fully extended, the new canopy reaches to the bumper bar, allowing for more sun protection and privacy than the 2018 model canopy.

The top of the canopy has a peek-a-book window that provides some ventilation. The hidden zip out panel also has a peek-a-boo window. When the canopy is fully extended, then, there are two ventilation windows to help keep baby cool.

Storage

The UPPAbaby Cruz V2 has a large underseat storage basket with a 30 pound weight limit. This is a higher weight limit that you’ll find on most full size strollers.

Unfortunately, that’s all the storage that comes standard on the Cruz V2. There’s no pocket up top to hold keys or a phone. If you want storage for such items, you’ll need to purchase a handlebar organizer.

Parent comfort features

The handlebar of the UPPAbaby Cruz V2 is adjustable, but be aware that the handlebar only adjusts upward. This is great for taller parents, but shorter parents may not find the handlebar comfortable, even when placed at it’s lowest height. The handlebar is not padded, but is wrapped in soft leather.

The Cruz stroller doesn’t come with parent accessories like a cup holder. You can purchase a cup holder that attaches to the stroller frame and folds with the stroller.

Other accessories available for purchase include a handlebar organizer and a changing bag. You can learn more about Cruz V2 accessories in the next section.

UPPAbaby Cruz V2 Accessories

Depending on your needs, you may want to invest in some of the accessories UPPAbaby sells for the Cruz V2. The bassinet and infant insert are discussed later in the travel system section, but here’s a quick summary of some other accessories you might consider to complement your UPPAbaby Cruz V2.

Many of the accessories for the UPPAbaby Cruz don’t fit the new Cruz V2 model. Be careful when purchasing accessories and make sure they’ll fit your model of the Cruz stroller. Below is a list of accessories that are compatible with the Cruz V2. The list will be updated as UPPAbaby releases more accessories made to work with the 2020 Cruz V2.

Parent organizer

The UPPAbaby parent organizer is a pouch that hangs from the handlebar of your stroller. There’s an open pocket in the back to hold larger items like bottles and coffee mugs. A smaller zippered pouch up front can store personal items like a phone, keys and wallet. The organizer collapses flat, so doesn’t need to be removed before folding your stroller.

Changing backpack

An alternative to the handlebar parent organizer, the UPPAbaby backpack attaches to the frame of your stroller. The backpack comes with a changing pad and plenty of compartments for diapers, wipes and other baby needs. The backpack also includes an insulated bottle carrier and plenty of pockets to store parent essentials, too.

Cup holder

UPPAbaby sells a cup holder compatible with most UPPAbaby strollers. The cup holder attaches to the frame of the stroller, rather than the handlebar, so can be folded with the stroller.

Snack tray

The UPPAbaby Cruz V2 doesn’t come with a snack tray, but one is available for purchase. The bumper bar must be removed to use the snack tray, which can fold with the stroller. The snack tray separates from it’s frame, so can be removed for easy cleaning. The UPPAbaby snack tray is made of BPA free plastic and is designed to fit sippy and baby cups in all shapes and sizes.

Updated December 30, 2020: Over the last few months, UPPAbaby has released several more accessories for the Cruz V2. In addition to those listed above, the following are now available for the Cruz V2: PiggyBack board, travel bag, and an under seat basket cover.

The UPPAbaby Cruz V2 Travel System

You may have seen mentions about the UPPAbaby Cruz travel system. That’s a bit confusing and misleading, since UPPAbaby doesn’t actually sell a travel system for the Cruz V2.

Typically, travel systems include a car seat, a car seat base and a stroller; some may include a bassinet, too. When a product is sold as a travel system, all of these things are bundled as one unit.

However, with UPPAbaby, you usually have to buy these items separately. So, UPPAbaby doesn’t sell a travel system in the traditional sense, but you can create a travel system by purchasing accessories for your Cruz V2.

You can see some of the from birth options for the UPPAbaby Cruz in this video.

UPPAbaby Bassinet

Babies lack the neck strength and head control to sit upright by themselves until they’re around 4-6 months old. So, they can’t ride in a stroller for the first few months. If you want to use your stroller with a newborn or young baby, you’ll need to add either a bassinet or a car seat.

A bassinet allows your baby to lay completely flat when riding in a stroller. UPPAbaby sells a bassinet for the Cruz V2 stroller.

The UPPAbaby bassinet comes with a sun canopy, featuring a hidden pop out sun visor for extra protection. The canopy also unzips to provide ventilation.

The UPPAbaby bassinet has a machine washable matress liner and mattress cover and can be used until baby weighs around 20 pounds, or is able to push up on their hands and knees.

UPPAbaby SnugSeat

If you don’t want to purchase a bassinet, the UPPAbaby SnugSeat may be right for you.

The SnugSeat insert has a removable head and neck support that allows you to use your Cruz stroller with newborns and young babies. You simply insert the SnugSeat, then recline the stroller to the furthest recline position. Once baby gains enough neck strength, you can remove the head and neck support and use the SnugSeat as a liner.

According to the UPPAbaby website, the SnugSeat retails for around $50, while the UPPAbaby bassinet retails for close to $200. Since you’re likely to only need either for a few months, the SnugSeat infant insert is definitely the more cost effective choice.

UPPAbaby Mesa Car Seat

Another option to use the Cruz V2 stroller with newborns and young babies is to purchase a compatible car seat. The Cruz stroller is compatible with UPPAbaby’s MESA car seat. The Cruz stroller will also work with some Nuna, Maxi Cosi, Chicco and Cybex car seats, but you’ll need to purchase adapters for these.

To use the Cruz V2 with a car seat, you have to remove the seat that comes with the stroller (this is called the toddler seat). Then, you’ll attach the car seat to the frame of the stroller. This turns your stroller into what’s known as a stroller frame.

As with the bassinet and SnugSeat, you’ll need to use a car seat until baby is old enough to sit upright unassisted. If you plan to buy a compatible car seat, then you may not need the bassinet or SnugSeat. However, baby may be more comfortable laying flat in the stroller, rather than being confined in a car seat, especially on longer trips.

Travel system? Stroller frame? If you’re confused, head over to the Epic Baby Stroller Guide to learn more about the different types of strollers.

UPPAbaby Cruz V2 Pros and Cons

The new UPPAbaby Cruz V2 combines sleek design and quality construction with great maneuverability. There’s lots to like about the Cruz stroller, with just a few negatives.

ProsCons
Easy to assembleHeavy
Easy to foldMany accessories not included
Compact for storage
Excellent maneuverability
Great suspension
Newborn and car seat compatible
Reversible seat
Full coverage sun canopy
Durable construction and materials
Bug shield and rain cover included
2 year warranty
(3 years with registration)

UPPAbaby Cruz V2 Pricing and Value

According to the official UPPAbaby website, the 2020 UPPAbaby Cruz V2 stroller has a suggested retail price of $649 to $679. Each model has the same features, but some models have higher quality fabric, which accounts for the different prices.

Overall, the UPPAbaby Cruz V2 is an excellent value for the price. The stroller is sturdy, with good construction and quality materials. It has all the features common in traditional full size strollers, but with a much sleeker design. In fact, several parent reviewers commented that they like how the Cruz V2 isn’t bulky, which a common complaint about many full size strollers.

The Cruz V2 can be used from birth, with the purchase of additional accessories, and has a reversible seat, which isn’t always the case with full size strollers. The two year warranty is twice as long as industry standard, and you get an additional third year simply by registering your stroller.

That said, if this will be your daily use stroller, you’ll probably want some extra accessories, which tend to be pricey. However, accessories like a cup holder and organizer bag are definitely worth the cost if you’ll be using your stroller a lot.

Who Should Buy the UPPAbaby Cruz V2?

The UPPAbaby Cruz V2 is a great stroller for urban and suburban families with one infant or toddler.

Sleek and compact in design, the Cruz V2 stroller maneuvers well, is easy to fold, and has good storage. The taller seat height and adjustable canopy mean you can use the stroller well into the toddler years.

The stroller is a bit heavy, but the weight is typical for full size strollers. Overall, many families will be happy with the UPPAbaby Cruz V2. That said, the Cruz V2 is not a good choice for families with two babies.

There is no way to add an extra seat to the Cruz V2. For families that have two infants, or an infant and a toddler, the UPPAbaby Vista is a better choice. If you plan to have your children close together, you’re better off buying the Vista straight away, since it can be converted to a double stroller when the second little one arrives.

UPPAbaby Cruz V2 Final Verdict

The UPPAbaby Cruz V2 is a fantastic stroller. Easy to fold and compact, the Cruz V2’s bigger wheels and all wheel suspension offer a smooth ride and excellent maneuverability. The option to use the Cruz V2 with a bassinet, SnugSeat or car seat means you’ll only need one stroller from baby’s birth through the toddler years.

The drawbacks here are minor. The stroller is heavier than the original Cruz model by a considerable four pounds. However, the weight is in line with that of other full size strollers. Accessories are pricey, but typical for UPPAbaby brand products.

The positives of the 2020 Cruz V2 far outweigh the negatives. If you’re looking for a sleek, sturdy, durable, high quality, easy to use stroller, the UPPAbaby Cruz V2 is a wonderful choice.

Still have questions about the Cruz V2? Check out the FAQs section below.

Answers to Common UPPAbaby Cruz Questions

Spending hundreds of dollars on a stroller (and maybe several hundred more on accessories) is a big deal. It’s natural to have lots of questions. This section provides quick, straightforward answers to the most frequently asked questions about the UPPAbaby Cruz stroller.

How much does the UPPAbaby Cruz cost?

The UPPAbaby Cruz V2 retails between $649 and $679. Price differences are due to fabric and frame type. For example, the Jake model has a carbon frame, so costs more than models that have a silver aluminum frame.

How much does the UPPAbaby Cruz weigh?

The 2020 model (Cruz V2) weighs 25.5 pounds. That’s about four pounds more than the weight of the prior 2018 model.

What’s the difference between the Cruz and Cruz V2?

There are several noticeable differences between the 2018 Cruz and the new 2020 Cruz V2. The Cruz V2 has bigger wheels and better suspension than the original Cruz. The Cruz V2 also has a bigger seat and larger sun canopy. Finally, the Cruz V2 weighs more, about four pounds heavier than the 2018 Cruz stroller.

Can you use the UPPAbaby Cruz with a newborn?

Yes, you can use the UPPAbaby Cruz with a newborn, but only with the purchase of an UPPAbaby Cruz bassinet, an UPPAbaby Infant SnugSeat or a car seat compatible with the UPPAbaby Cruz V2.

What does the UPPAbaby Cruz come with?

The UPPAbaby Cruz V2 comes with a mesh bug shield and a plastic rain cover. All other accessories, such as a snack tray and cup holder, must be purchased separately.

What accessories are available for the Cruz?

Currently, accessories available for the Cruz V2 include a child snack tray, a parent cup holder, a parent handlebar organizer, and a changing backpack. You can also purchase a travel bag, an under seat basket cover, and a ganoosh (foot muff) for the Cruz V2.

Be aware that many of the accessories for the 2018 Cruz don’t fit the 2020 Cruz V2. Make sure the accessories you purchase fit your model of the Cruz.

Is the UPPAbaby Cruz good for travel?

The Cruz V2 weighs over 25 pounds, so isn’t something you’d want to carry or transport a lot. The UPPAbaby MINU is a better travel stroller. If you want more info on both strollers, check out this Minu vs Cruz comparison.

Can the UPPAbaby Cruz convert to a double stroller?

No, the UPPAbaby Cruz stroller can’t convert to a double. The Vista is the only stroller made by UPPAbaby that can convert from single to double.

What’s the difference between Cruz and Vista?

The biggest difference between Cruz and Vista is that you can add additional seats to the Vista. This means the Vista can convert from a single to a double stroller. You can’t add extra seats to the Cruz. You can learn more about the differences between the Cruz and Vista in this comparison post.

Should I buy an UPPAbaby Cruz or Vista?

That depends on the needs of your family. The Cruz is a single stroller, meant to carry one child. If you only have one child, the Cruz V2 is a great choice.

However, if you have two children, or plan to have two children close in age, the Vista is a better option. That’s because you can add extra seats to the Vista, so you’d only need one stroller for both children. For more info, you can read my full UPPAbaby Vista review.