Uppababy Cruz 2019
The UPPAbaby Cruz is a great choice for parents who lives in a modern big city. The stroller is lightweight, stylish, with a narrow wheelbase, maneuverable for movement through the streets, narrow sidewalks, boutiques and shopping malls. Compact folded, fits in the trunk of almost any car. Compare to Uppababy Vista it’s just a single stroller and could not turned into double.
Significant upgrades in 2019 models:
Honestly to say, this year Uppababy continue releasing Cruz with no changes.
Cruz is suitable for babies from 3 months up to 50 lbs. The stroller’s weight is 21,5 lbs, this is one of really lightweight full-size stroller on the market.
If you buy this stroller you will get:
- Toddler Seat with large extendable canopy
- Bumper Bar
- Frame + Basket
- Toddler Seat Rain Shield
- Toddler Seat Bug Shield
By the way, this stroller can be used and from birth, you can buy bassinet/Infant SnugSeat/ car seat. About car seat and bassinet I will write further, but now few words about SnugSeat.
The SnugSeat you can buy separately, it cost $39.99 and it’s suitable for the newborn and up to 21lbs. The Infant SnugSeat provides extra comfort and stability for your baby’s neck and back when strolling. Must be used with Toddler Seat in the most reclined position with insert. This seat is much cheaper then bassinet from one side, but from the other, I would probably not reccomended to buy it for newborns born during the cold season since the baby will not be fully protected from the cold wind, rain or snow as in the bassinet.
Let’s see the features:
The Cruz has roomy reversible seat so your child can face you or the world. You just need to push bottoms on both sides of the seat, turn it around and click it back. The seat is rather wide – 12”, from the bottom of the seat to the top of canopy – 21-23”. The differences in 2” is due to the fact that the canopy is adjustable and can slide up and down the frame.
The backrest has five adjustable reclining positions, the important thing that you will need only one hand for using lever. The leg rest has 4 position, for adjusting you need to push bottoms from both sides of the leg rest and choose the right one for your kid. The flat position is not recomended for newborn since there is the wedge in the seat and as I wrote before it’s better to buy the SnugSeat.
The seat material is easy removable and can be mashine washed, this is really importante because toddlers like to have a snack in the stroller…
Uppababy Cruz has huge extandable canopy with pop out UPF 50+ sunvisor that protects your child from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation and bad weather. The canopy is made of waterproof fabric.
As I write before the canopy is height-adjustable and can slide up and down the frame to accomodate growing child.
There is also a magnetic peekaboo window with a toggle.
The Cruz has 5-point harness with a center release button, of course, they are adjustable and padded, nothing new for modern stroller.
Handle bar is telescoping and it extendes from 40.5” till 43” from the ground. You can adjust it by pressing a button in the middle of the handle and pulling it out. It covered with 100% full-grain leather. The leather on the handlebar is hand sewn and given a perforated pattern for extra grip while pushing baby. It’s esily to clean.
Bamper bar is included. It’s swing-away, removable and as handle bar covererd with 100% full-grain leather. The bumper bar leather is embossed for added resiliency that easily wipes clean from sticky fingers.
The basket is large and you can load it up to 25 lbs. It is very easy to access from the back and sides. I think this basket can hold all the goods you have bought and you can put all necessary stuff for walking or picnic.
The brake is flip-flop friendly, located in between rear wheels and has red indicators. Also as I wrote in other reviews, flip-flop brake let your shoes stay without scratches.
The Cruz has medium size wheels – the front has 6,4” and 8,5” rare wheels. The front wheels are swivel for easy manoeuvrability and can be locked straight. The Cruz has never-flat polyurethane tires and front-wheel suspension. I can say that such wheels is perfect for the city but I wouldn’t recommende to go off road with this stroller, of course you can, but the kid and you probably will feel not very comfortable.
The folding system works easy and fast. You will need both hands to fold it. First you should make seat facing forward and put it in upper position, then you need to pull triggers on the both sides of the handle bar and that’s all. It has automatic lock and standing fold, but there is no like handle or strap to lift and carry it.
The bassinet designed for a baby from birth and up to 20 lbs. The bassinet can be used as a co-sleeper because it’s rated for overnight sleep. The canopy has a pop-out sunshade that gives UPF 50+ with breathable panals on the side. The back of the canopy can be unzipped and give you two stages of ventilation – first is being halfway up with magnetics claps they will hold it in place, and second stage is all the way up to get a lot of airflow.
The bottom of the bassinet has a perforated panel that allows for ventilation and also there is a fabric panel at the bottom for additional ventilation. The matress is also perforated and the cover is machine washable. So I can say – this bassinet is deserves your attention.
Travel system option
You can convert Cruz into a travel system by replacing the seat with an infant car seat. The UPPAbaby MESA infant car seat attaches directly to the CRUZ, no adapters needed, and can be removed with the touch of a button on the top of the handle.
The Cruz is compatible with:
- UPPAbaby MESA (no adapters required)
- Chicco KeyFit and KeyFit30
- Cybex Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q and Cloud Q
- Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30, Mico, Citi, Cabrio and CabrioFix
- Nuna PIPA, PIPA Lite and PIPA Lite LX
- Peg-Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 and Primo Viaggio 4-35 Nido
Dimensions and weight
Unfolded: 37″L x 22.3″W x 40.5″ H
Folded with seat attached: 17″L x 22.3″W x 36″H
Folded without seat attached: 13″L x 22.3″W x 36″H
Frame + Seat: 21.5 lbs
Frame: 15 lbs
Seat: 6.5 lbs
Recommended use: suitable from 3 months to 50 lbs.
The Uppababy Cruz is available in 8 colors: new colors – Emmet (green melange), Jordan (charcoal melange), Gregory (blue melange), Jake (black), Sabrina (pink), Denny (red), Loic (white) and Taylor (indigo blue).
The Cruz is high-quality single stroller for everyday use. This stroller is designed for city use, it doesn’t handle off road. It’s compact, has roomy seat and huge basket, so you can go shopping or for walk, take all gear you need and you and your kid will feel comfortable. More pros: telescoping handle bar, large extandable canopy, capacious basket, slim design, high-quality materials. There are some cons: first I think price is rather high but there are only rain and bug shield included, so you will need to buy other accessories separetly. Also, it can’t be used from the birth without buying bassinet/car seat or SnugSeat. And one more cons – small wheels and lack of shock-absorbing suspension. The UPPAbaby Cruz stroller is the smart choice for the city for the first five years of your child’s life!