UPPAbaby Vista V2 Detailed Stroller Review

Published August 21, 2020

The UPPAbaby Vista V2 has a few upgrades over the original Vista, but do they make this popular convertible stroller worth the price?

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Note to readers: In early 2020, UPPAbaby introduced the Vista V2, a new model with some differences from the 2018 Vista. At this time, the 2018 Vista is still available for purchase at many stores and online retailers.The first part of this post describes the major differences between the Vista and Vista V2, in case you're trying to decide between the two models.

If you'd like, you can skip to the full UPPAbaby Vista review or check out the FAQs section.

UPPAbaby Vista vs Vista V2

The UPPAbaby Vista V2 is a moderate update to the Vista model. The Vista V2 has a slightly larger seat than the 2018 Vista, and better shock absorption, both of which lead to a more comfortable ride for baby. The other noticeable difference is the sun canopy, which now extends to the belly bar, thanks to a hidden panel. The addition of a no rethread harness is welcome, as are several new colors. The Vista didn't undergo the kind of extensive changes seen on the new UPPAbaby Cruz V2 model, but didn't increase in price as much as the Cruz, either.

UPPAbaby Vista Wheels: 2018 vs 2020

The wheels on the new UPPAbaby Vista are the same size as those on the 2018 Vista, and both models have all-wheel suspension. However, the wheels on the 2020 Vista V2 are softer and glide better over bumps and edges. UPPAbaby also added visual indicators on the front wheels so you can easily tell when they're locked.

Another improvement with the Vista V2 is additional spring action suspension in the frame. This means shocks reverberate through the stroller frame, rather than up through the seat, providing a more comfortable ride for your little one. You'll feel the stroller "give" then bounce back when going over bumpy terrain. This may make the stroller seem unstable, but that's how the spring action frame is supposed to work.

UPPAbaby Vista Seat: 2018 vs 2020

The seat on the 2020 UPPAbaby Vista V2 is slightly larger than the seat on the 2018 Vista model, though it still has a 50 pound weight limit.

The seat on the 2020 Vista is 20" high, compared to 19" on the older model. The footrest on the 2020 Vista is also half and inch deeper. These are small differences, but are important for parents with older or taller kids.

UPPAbaby Vista Canopy: 2018 vs 2020

Perhaps the most obvious difference between the Vista and the Vista V2 is the size and design of the canopy.

The 2018 Vista has a two panel canopy with a hidden pop out sunshade. The sunshade has been replaced on the 2020 Vista V2 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, providing more protection and privacy for your baby. There's a ventilation window inside the hidden canopy, to complement the vent window on the front canopy panel.

UPPAbaby Vista Colors: 2018 vs 2020

For 2020, UPPAbaby introduced several new colors for the Vista, and discontinued a few others. There are multiple fabric options, too, as some colors come in a textured or knit weave. The following table lists the colors for the new 2020 UPPAbaby Vista V2.

Stroller Name

Fabric Color

Frame Color

Handlebar & Bumper Bar Accents

Dusty pink

Silver

Saddle leather

White marl (very faint gray)

Silver

Chestnut leather

Green melange

 (light heather green)

Silver

Saddle leather

Deep sea (navy blue)

Silver

Chestnut leather

Gregory*

Blue melange

 (light heather blue)

Silver

Saddle leather

Olive

Silver

Saddle leather

Charcoal

Carbon

Black leather

Charcoal melange

 (dark gray)

Silver

Black leather

Sierra

Off white dune knit

Silver

Black leather

*sold in specialty stores only

UPPAbaby Vista Weight: 2018 vs 2020

Unlike the UPPAbaby Cruz, which added nearly four pounds of weight for it's 2020 upgrade, there's no noticeable weight difference between the UPPAbaby Vista and the Vista V2. The 2018 Vista weighs 26.6 pounds, while the 2020 model weighs 27 pounds.

UPPAbaby Vista Dimensions: 2018 vs 2020

The 2020 UPPAbaby Vista is the same size as the 2018 model, with a slightly bigger fold. The height of the stroller when folded, with seat attached, is a third of an inch longer than on the 2018 model.

Model

Folded Dimensions

Unfolded Dimensions

2018 Vista

17.3"L x 25.7"W x 33"H

36"L x 25.7"W x 39.5"H

2020 Vista

17.3"L x 25.7"W x 33.3"H

36"L x 25.7"W x 39.5"H

UPPAbaby Vista Price: 2018 vs 2020

The suggested retail price for the 2018 UPPAbaby Vista is $899 to $929, though you can likely find the stroller at a discount now that a new model has been released.

The suggested retail price for a 2020 UPPAbaby Vista V2 is $929 to $969. The price difference is mostly due to fabric, as some of the new Vista V2 strollers are made with higher quality textured fabric. Remember that both the 2018 and 2020 Vista models come with a bassinet so you can use the stroller with newborns.

You can get an overview of the new UPPAbaby Vista V2, especially the stroller's convertible features, in the manufacturer's video below.

UPPAbaby Vista V2 Full Review

Just a note before we get started on the full review: strollers are evaluated based on 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, storage space and other amenities.
  • Value takes into account the overall quality of a stroller in relation to the price. Value is evaluated by comparison to similar strollers in the same category (here, convertible single-to-double strollers).

UPPAbaby Vista V2 Features

  Specifications

  Ages: 0 months - 3+ years

  Weight limit: 50 lbs

  Product weight: 27 lbs

  Seat back height: 20"

  Leg rest depth: 11"

  Folded: 17.3"Lx25.7"Wx33.3"H

  Unfolded: 36"Lx25.7"Wx39.5"H

Ratings

Function:

Comfort:

Value:

Overall:

Maneuverability

The UPPAbaby Vista V2 gets high marks for maneuverability. The large wheels glide smoothly and the stroller easy to push. The front wheels of the Vista V2 swivel, which allows for quick, easy turning. The front wheels can be locked, too, which is helpful if you'll be taking the stroller over rough surfaces like grass or gravel. 

While the Vista V2 performs best on flat surfaces, the stroller is sturdy and more than capable of handling trips across uneven terrain. However, this is not an all-terrain stroller and shouldn't be used extensively on trails or other uneven surfaces.

Portability

The UPPAbaby Vista V2 weighs 27 pounds, so isn't an on-the-go stroller. If you need a lightweight stroller that's easy to fold and transport, check out the UPPAbaby MINU instead.

The Vista V2 fold process takes several steps, so isn't a simple one hand fold. The folded dimensions of the new Vista, when the toddler seat is attached, are 17.3"L x 25.7"W x 33.3"H. The stroller stands upright when folded, making for easier storage.

The bulky fold is the biggest criticism of the UPPAbaby Vista V2. The stroller takes up a lot of car trunk space, so keep that in mind if you'll be transporting your stroller often. A related issue is that the Vista V2 doesn't include any type of strap or handle, so it's difficult to carry when folded.

Due to the bulk, weight and lack of carrying options, the Vista V2 scores low on the portability scale.

Compatibility

What the UPPAbaby Vista V2 lacks in portability, it makes up for in compatibility. The Vista V2 is compatible with several brands of car seats, the UPPAbaby bassinet, and the UPPAbaby rumble seat. Moreover, the Vista can be converted from a single to a double stroller, and can transport a third child on a stroller board.

Car seat compatibility

The UPPAbaby Vista V2 fits the UPPAbaby MESA car seat without car seat adapters. The Vista also fits certain Nuna, Cybex and Maxi Cosi car seats. Use with non-UPPAbaby car seats requires the purchase of adapters.

Bassinet compatibility

The UPPababy Vista V2 comes with a bassinet, so you can use the stroller with newborns. The bassinet is suitable until your baby is able to push up on their hands and knees, so most families can use the bassinet until their wee one is 3 to 4 months old.

SnugSeat compatibility

If you (or baby) prefers not to use the bassinet, another option is the UPPAbaby Infant SnugSeat. This is an insert that fits into the standard toddler seat on the UPPAbaby Vista V2 and allows baby to lay flat.

The SnugSeat is meant for use with newborns and young babies who can't sit upright on their own.The SnugSeat comes with head and neck support to keep baby's head from being jostled while riding in the stroller. Once baby is able to sit upright unassisted, the head and neck support can be removed, turning the SnugSeat into a comfy seat liner.

Rumble seat compatibility

The UPPAbaby rumble seat is a smaller version of the toddler seat that comes standard on the Vista stroller. Use of the rumble seat allows you to turn the Vista V2 from a single stroller into a double stroller. You can use two rumble seats together, or use one rumble seat and a car seat. The following video gives a short overview of UPPAbaby Vista configurations using the rumble seat.

Be aware that the UPPAbaby rumble seat has different a weight limit than the toddler seat. The standard toddler seat has a weight limit of 50 pounds, while the rumble seat has a weight limit of 35 pounds. This is something to consider if you intend to have an older child ride in the rumble seat. 


Also be aware that, unlike the standard canopy on the Vista, the canopy on the rumble seat doesn't adjust in height. The child height limit on the rumble seat is 36." If you have a taller child, they may outgrow the rumble seat before they hit the 35 pound weight limit.

PiggyBack board compatibility

The PiggyBack board is UPPAbaby's version of a stroller or glider board. This board attaches to the frame of the stroller, near the back wheels. An older child can stand on the PiggyBack board while you're pushing the stroller. So, with the addition of a PiggyBack board, the UPPAbaby Vista V2 can transport three children of different ages at the same time.

Safety

The UPPAbaby Vista V2 has a standard five point safety harness. A nice design feature on the new Vista is the no rethread harness. This means you don't have to thread the harness straps through slits in the seat in order to adjust the harness on the Vista V2.

The 2020 Vista features UPPAbaby's standard braking system. There are color coded brake levers 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 Vista stroller has a peek-a-boo window in the canopy so you can keep an eye on your little one.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 Vista stroller is easy to assemble. The owner's manual has easy to follow instructions and illustrations, but could use a bit more explanation in some places. You won't need any tools, and Vista V2 assembly should take less than 10 minutes.

As with other UPPAbaby strollers, all fabric on the Vista 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 Vista Tune-Up page for more information.

Comfort

The UPPAbaby Vista V2 is a well designed stroller with good construction and quality materials. There are several notable comfort features, including an adjustable handlebar and reversible toddler seat.

Seat

The seat on the Vista stroller underwent a slight redesign for 2020, adding an inch in height. The toddler seat that comes standard on the UPPAbaby Vista V2 is reversible. When the toddler seat is used alone (without a car seat or rumble seat), baby can ride facing you or facing out to see the world.

The Vista's seat recline mechanism is easy to use. You can raise and lower the seat to one of five preset positions by simply pressing a button on the back of the stroller.

The leg rest on the UPPAbaby Vista is also adjustable. While the footrest depth increased half an inch on the 2020 Vista, the leg rest is the same length (11") as on older Vista models.

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UPPAbaby Vista V2 Side View. Note canopy is fully extended, reaching to bumper bar.

image source: pishposhbaby.com

Canopy and ventilation

A new canopy design is one of the most noticeable features on the 2020 UPPAbaby Vista. The old canopy had two panels, with a pop out sun visor hidden in the front panel. The new Vista V2 replaces 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.

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 Vista has a large underseat storage basket with a 30 pound weight limit. Unfortunately, that's all the storage that comes standard on the Vista V2. There's no pocket on the back of the stroller to hold items like a phone or wallet. If you want storage for parent essentials, you'll need to purchase a handlebar organizer.

Parent comfort features

The telescoping handlebar of the UPPAbaby Vista V2 is adjustable. However, the handlebar only adjusts upward. This is great for taller parents, but shorter parents may find the handlebar sits too high, even when placed on it's lowest setting. The handlebar is not padded, but is wrapped in soft leather.

The Vista 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 Vista V2 accessories in the next section.

UPPAbaby Vista V2 Accessories

Depending on your needs, you may want to invest in some of the accessories UPPAbaby sells for the Vista V2. In addition to the rumble seat, SnugSeat and other compatibility options discussed earlier, here's a quick summary of accessories you might consider to complement your UPPAbaby Vista V2.

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

Bassinet stand

The UPPAbaby Vista stroller comes with a bassinet, and you can purchase a bassinet stand separately. If you plan for baby to sleep in the bassinet, then the bassinet stand may be worth buying.

The bassinet stand comes in three colors: white, gray and a dark brown espresso. You don't need any adapters to use the stand - your UPPAbaby bassinet simply clicks into place. You can also buy an insert that turns the bassinet stand into a two sided hamper once the stand is no longer needed for it's original purpose.

Bassinet mattress cover

If you plan to use your UPPAbaby bassinet, you may want to purchase an extra mattress cover or two. The cover protects the mattress from spills and stains and is machine washable. You can have one in the laundry basket and an extra to use in the stroller.

Parent organizer

The UPPAbaby parent organizer hangs from the handlebar of your stroller. There's an open pocket in the back to hold larger items like bottles and drink tumblers. A small zippered pouch in front can store items like a phone, keys and wallet. The organizer collapses flat, so doesn't need to be removed before folding the stroller.

Changing backpack

An alternative to the handlebar parent organizer, the UPPAbaby backpack attaches to the frame of the Vista V2.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 Vista V2 doesn't come with a snack tray, but one is available for purchase.The UPPAbaby snack tray is made of BPA free plastic and is designed to fit sippy and baby cups in all shapes and sizes. The snack tray separates from it's frame, so can be removed for easy cleaning.

Travel Bag

While the Vista V2 isn't good for travel, there may be occasions when you need to transport the stroller. UPPAbaby sells a travel bag for the Vista V2. If you purchase the TravelSafe bag and register both the bag and your stroller with UPPAbaby, the company will pay for any damages to your stroller incurred during air travel.

The Vista V2 travel bag fits the stroller frame, wheels and either the bassinet or toddler seat. You can buy a separate bag to carry an additional bassinet or a rumble seat.

Wheel reflectors

UPPAbaby sells a set of four wheel reflectors designed just for the Vista stroller. The reflectors simply snap onto the front and back wheels. If you'll be using the stroller in dark or dusky conditions on a regular basis, the wheel reflectors are an inexpensive and worthwhile safety investment.

Ganoosh

A ganoosh is UPPAbaby's version of a footmuff, a lined, insulated cover meant to keep your baby warm in cold weather. If you live in a colder climate, the ganoosh is a wise purchase. It's wind and water repellent and snaps just below baby's chin to keep them warm. You can purchase a ganoosh for the toddler seat, and another designed to fit the UPPAbaby rumble seat, as well.

Rain shields

Your purchase of the UPPAbaby Vista V2 includes mesh bug shields for the bassinet and toddler seats. A plastic rain shield for the toddler seat is also included.

If you buy an additional bassinet or a rumble seat for use with a second child, you'll need to purchase bug and rain shields separately. Depending on the climate where you live, you may need just the bug shield, just the rain shield, or both. Fortunately, these are among the least expensive UPPAbaby accessories.

UPPAbaby Vista V2 Pros and Cons

The new UPPAbaby Vista V2 is a solid, well designed stroller with a lot of positive features. However, there are some negatives, including a heavy, bulky fold and some less than desirable seating configurations.

Pros

  • Easy to assemble
  • Easy to fold
  • Excellent maneuverability
  • Great suspension and shock absorption
  • Newborn and car seat compatible
  • Reversible toddler seat
  • Convertible to double stroller
  • Compatible with glider board
  • Full coverage sun canopy
  • Durable construction and materials
  • Bug shield and rain cover included
  • 2 year warranty (3 years with registration)

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Bulky fold
  • No carrying handle, strap or bag
  • Awkward seating configurations
  • Most accessories not included

Aside from the weight and bulkiness of the stroller, a big complaint parents have about the UPPAbaby Vista is some less than ideal seating configurations. This issue is most relevant to parents who have twins or an infant and a toddler.

If you use the UPPAbaby Vista V2 with two bassinets, as you may with newborn or young twin babies, one of the bassinets is placed near the bottom front of the stroller. The second bassinet sits up top. This means the baby in the lower bassinet isn't visible to you as you push the stroller from behind. Many parents are understandably uncomfortable with this arrangement.

A similar issue arises if you use the bassinet for a young baby and the toddler seat for an older child. The configuration is such that the bassinet goes on the bottom front of the stroller, below the toddler seat. So again, this places the baby further away from you and hinders your ability to see them.

This problem isn't unique to the UPPAbaby Vista, but is a real concern for many parents. If being able to see both babies is an important stroller feature for you, a standard side-by-side double stroller may be a better option than the Vista.

UPPAbaby Vista V2 Pricing and Value

According to the official UPPAbaby website, the 2020 UPPAbaby Vista V2 stroller has a suggested retail price of $929 to $969. Each stroller has the same features, but some have a higher quality fabric and frame, which accounts for the different prices.

Overall, the UPPAbaby Vista V2 is a good (not great) value for the price. The stroller is sturdy, with good construction and quality materials. But the Vista is heavy and bulky, so doesn't really have a size or weight advantage over other single to double convertible strollers.

The Vista V2 comes with a bassinet, but you'll need to purchase a lot of additional products to convert the Vista to a double stroller. And the rumble seat is a bit small compared to similar products. For example, the additional seat for the Baby Jogger City Select LUX has a weight limit of 45 pounds, a full 10 pounds more than the Vista rumble seat.

Also, if this will be your primary, daily use stroller, you'll probably want some extra comfort accessories, like a cupholder, organizer and snack tray. Those accessories tend to be pricey, which is one reason the Vista lost half a star in the value rating.

The Vista does come with a two year warranty which is twice as long as industry standard. You get an additional third year simply by registering your stroller with UPPAbaby.

Who should buy the UPPAbaby Vista V2?

The UPPAbaby Vista V2 is a good stroller for families who have or plan to have children close in age. The Vista stroller maneuvers well, has great suspension and is easy to fold and care for. The add-on options allow for many different seating configurations.

That said, parents may not be comfortable with some seating options, particularly those that place young babies at the bottom front of the stroller. And keep in mind the weight and bulk of the Vista. If you live in a small space or in a building with lots of stairs, this heavy stroller may not be ideal.

UPPAbaby Vista V2 Final Verdict

The UPPAbaby Vista V2 is a good stroller. The large wheels, all wheel suspension and shock absorption offer a smooth ride and excellent maneuverability. The option to use the Vista V2 with a bassinet, SnugSeat, car seat or rumble seat means you can get years of use, through multiple children, out of this well constructed, high quality stroller.

There are drawbacks to the Vista V2, however. The stroller is heavy, though the weight is similar to that of other single to double convertible strollers. The fold is bulky and, since there's no carrying strap, handle or bag, the stroller is difficult to transport. And some of the seating configurations put young children on the bottom of the stroller, which isn't ideal.

All in all, the positives of the 2020 Vista V2 far outweigh the negatives. If you're looking for a sturdy, durable, flexible stroller for use with multiple children, the UPPAbaby Vista should be high on your list.

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

Answers to Common UPPAbaby Vista Questions

Spending nearly $1,000 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 Vista stroller.

How much does the UPPAbaby Vista cost?

The UPPAbaby Vista V2 retails between $929 and $969. Price differences are due to fabric and frame type. For example, the Jake model has a carbon frame, so costs more than those that have a silver aluminum frame.

How much does the UPPAbaby Vista weigh?

The 2020 model (Vista V2) weighs 27 pounds. That's about half a pound more than the 2018 Vista model.

What's the difference between the Vista and Vista V2?

There aren't many noticeable differences between the Vista and the Vista V2. The Vista V2 has a slightly larger seat and a much larger sun canopy. Other differences are improved shock absorption and a slightly larger fold size for the Vista V2.

Can you use the Vista with a newborn?

Yes, by using the bassinet that comes with your purchase. The UPPAbaby SnugSeat and a compatible car seat, such as the UPPAbaby MESA, are also options for using the Vista with a newborn.

Can I buy the Vista without the bassinet?

No, you can't buy the UPPAbaby Vista without the bassinet. The bassinet is part of the purchase price of the stroller.

Can UPPAbaby Vista convert to a double stroller?

Yes, the UPPAbaby Vista can convert to a double stroller. You'll need to purchase an additional UPPAbaby bassinet or rumble seat in order to transport two children in the stroller. You can also purchase a stroller board (called a PiggyBack board) for an older child. The PiggyBack board allows the child to stand and ride along as you push the stroller.

What does the UPPAbaby Vista come with?

The UPPAbaby Vista V2 comes with a bassinet, a bassinet storage bag, a mesh bug shield for the bassinet, a mesh bug shield for the toddler seat, and a plastic rain shield for the toddler seat. All other accessories, such as a snack tray and cup holder, must be purchased separately.

Is the Vista good for travel?

Not really. The Vista V2 weighs 27 pounds, so isn't something you'd want to carry or transport often. The UPPAbaby MINU is a better travel stroller option than the Vista.

What's the difference between UPPAbaby Cruz and Vista?

The biggest difference between the UPPAbaby Cruz and Vista is that you can add additional seats to the Vista. You can't add extra seats to the Cruz. There are other differences, which you can learn about in the Cruz vs Vista comparison, but that's the primary difference between the two strollers.

Should I get a Cruz or Vista?

That depends on the needs of your family. The Cruz is a single stroller, so if you only have one child, the Cruz V2 is a great choice. However, if you have or plan to have two children close in age, the Vista is a better option. Just keep in mind that both strollers have positives and negatives. To learn more about the Cruz, head over to Little Spokes' review of the UPPAbaby Cruz V2.