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compact luxury stroller {UPPAbaby CRUZ}

Last week I reviewed the MESA, UPPAbaby’s new infant car seat, and showed how easy it works with the CRUZ (no adaptors!).  Well now I want to show you a more in-depth view of the CRUZ, sent to me for review.  I’m crushing hard!

UPPAbaby CRUZ review in_the_know_mom

The UPPAbaby CRUZ is my favorite shopping stroller.  It is large enough to fit my son comfortably and my shopping bags, but it is sleek enough to scoot down narrow aisles and busy sidewalks.  No compromises on this compact stroller.  It also just looks good.  Passersby check it out and compliment the CRUZ all the time.  I recommend it fully to every one, which hasn’t always been the case for past strollers.

UPPAbaby CRUZ stroller review in_the_know_mom

A major must-have for me is a extra large canopy.  Here is the canopy progression of the CRUZ, including the extendable SPF 50+ sunshade.  I absolutely love how much of my baby is covered while walking outside in harsh desert sun rays.

UPPAbaby CRUZ review in_the_know_mom

Being adjustable is key with any stroller, and as you saw, the CRUZ canopy is highly adjustable.  The footrest has three adjustments, tucked under, out at a slope and straight out.  With my 10 month old, I leave the footrest straight out since he still has short baby legs.  The recline may be most important to your baby inside.  When he is alert, he’ll want to be sitting straight up.  When he goes into chill mode, he’ll want a little recline, and then (by some miracle) he wants to nap, the CRUZ reclines way far back, creating a deep lounger-style seat.  The multi-position recline happens with a one-handed lever on the back — super easy.

UPPAbaby CRUZ review in_the_know_mom

With simple one finger button pushes, the reversible CRUZ seat pops off and can be turned around to face towards you.  This is great for when baby is small or just fussy and needing to see you for comfort.  The same way the seat clicks in, the MESA car seat clicks inNo adapters needed.  It is such a fluid stroller system, the most seamless I have seen to date.

UPPAbaby CRUZ and MESA system in_the_know_mom

The CRUZ has a large bottom basket, as you may have noticed by now.  It can hold several full shopping bags and it is so easy to get to — not always the case with strollers.  It can also hold your over-stuffed diaper bag, or you can hang it on the handlebar.  (OiOi bag below)

**UPPAbaby does not encourage placing diaper bags on the handlebar because of tipping issues.  I fully recommend testing out the diaper bag’s weight on any empty (no baby inside) stroller before attaching it. Try not to overload your diaper bags if you are going to utilize stroller clips! **

UPPAbaby CRUZ stroller OiOi diaper bag in_The_know_mom

Notice above there is also a moon roof for baby, perfect for when he twists around to see you above him.  It is also a nice breezeway as it is mesh, no a solid plastic like most others.

Something you’ll see when pushing and maneuvering the CRUZ is just how easy it is to navigate.  The frailest of grandmas could push this all day, even stocked with baby, diaper bag and cargo full.  My daughter (almost 7) pushes the CRUZ around from time to time.  It is easy for her to do, we just put the telescoping handlebar on the lowest position.  My husband uses it fully extended and I like it in the middle.  Comfort for everyone!

UPPAbaby CRUZ review in_the_know_mom

With shock-absorbing front and rear suspension, baby is ensured a smooth ride, no matter where you go.  Uphill, downhill, bumpy, uneven pavement and windy roads, the CRUZ seems to absorb it all.  The rear tires are foam core rubber, meaning no flats!

UPPAbaby CRUZ review in_The_know_mom

At a retail price of $459.99, this luxury stroller is a steal.  I could see myself paying well over that price and feeling satisfied.  I have the CRUZ in Sydney, a mustard yellow with grey interior, but it also comes in Denny (red), Jake (black), Maeve (lavender/grey) and Tyler (ice blue/grey).  Included accessories: rain shield and bug shield.

Optional accessories:

For newborns: bassinet with huge extendable 50+ SPF sunshade; bassinet stand
For the toddler seat: infant SnugSeat insert for neck and back support; snack tray (buying that!), bumperbar (buying that too!), seat liner, and Piggyback, a stroller board for your other child under 50 lbs.
For parents: travelbag, cup holder (mandatory), parent organizer
For cold weather: footmuff, stroller blankie

Purchase the UPPAbaby CRUZ Stroller on Amazon or find a local retailer and support small business!!    Keep in the know by liking UPPAbaby on Facebook and following on Twitter.

Looking for a killer lightweight stroller? See my review of the UPPAbaby G-LUXE umbrella stroller.

Product was provided by UPPAbaby to facilitate this review; all opinions are 100% my own.

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  1. December 2, 2013 at 11:36 am — Reply

    so happy to read this! I am due with our first child Jan. 5th- and have purchased the Cruz and Mesa system- though I’ve been incredibly worried whether we made the right decision! One item to mention- the easy fold storage for transport (we live in a rural area)- it was the ultimate reason we purchased it over the Vista :)

  2. December 5, 2013 at 2:39 pm — Reply

    this is so nice! Will definitely consider it when we are in the market for a new stroller, and especially since we are rural as well. thanks!

  3. December 11, 2013 at 1:15 pm — Reply

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  4. Aaliyah
    April 6, 2014 at 1:22 am — Reply

    I love your detailed description of the stroller.. I went with this in Maeve.. I wanted the Vista, but it didn’t make sense I get it since I have a five month old… I can’t wait to get it in a few days..

    • April 6, 2014 at 1:56 pm — Reply

      Great choice!! You are going to love it!

  5. LoyalMama
    October 9, 2014 at 12:16 pm — Reply

    Love everything about this stroller, EXCEPT the WHEELS are terrible quality, as is Uppababy customer service!!
    I’ve had this stroller for the past 2 years and change. Great large canopy, large storage, and it maneuvers beautifully. I live downtown in a large city and needed a stroller that didn’t take up much space on sidewalks and in shops, cafes, etc. So in this way it has served me really well! Plus you get a rain cover and bug net. I spent extra cash (probably about $200!) to make my daily usage more enjoyable, such as a cup holder, snack tray, bar, car seat adaptor, newborn insert. And my growing loyalty to the brand even had me order the Uppababy G-lite umbrella stroller without even shopping around because I trusted their quality so much!!
    Then, less than a year in, I noticed the rear wheels wearing thin along the centre, and in no time the superficial rubber layer of the wheels SPLIT IN HALF! After emailing them all my info and photos, Uppababy customer service said this was unusual and sent me a new pair. It happend AGAIN a few months later, and AGAIN a few months after that!!! So in two years I have gone through 3 sets of rear wheels. But it doesn’t end there…
    Uppababy Cruz clearly has to fix this wheel quality issue. My current wheels are completely wrecked, and suddenly I am getting snubbed by customer service who will not send me any more. They have been claiming for FOUR MONTHS that their wheels are “out of stock” and will send me a pair immediately. How about, stop lying or reimburse me for my troubles!! Now all the rubber of the rear wheels is falling apart. This is NOT a warranty issue, rather a poor quality that needs to be dealt with before more people cluelessly spend close to $1000 on the stroller plus accessories!!!

    • October 9, 2014 at 2:08 pm — Reply

      Wow, I’ve never heard of such a thing happening before. My wheels look great and I really pound the pavement with this stroller! I hope they look into the quality issue with the wheels! Sorry to hear of your issues =/ I’ve only had great experiences with their customer service.

    • Stuart
      April 16, 2015 at 5:21 am — Reply

      We have had the same issue with the wheels, as have friends of ours. On ours the rear wheels are very clearly no longer aligned correctly, causing the rubber to wear excessively quickly (about 2 months life out of a pair of wheels). We sent ours for repair last October and are still waiting for its return in April. Thankfully they sent a loan buggy, that is starting to have the same issues. Uppababy deny there is a problem, but a retailer told friends of ours who were looking to buy one that it was a common issue with the mk1 Cruz and it has apparently been fixed with the mk2.

  6. Isabel Boscio
    January 6, 2015 at 11:41 am — Reply

    I’m debating between the Vista and the Cruz. I really like the Cruz because of its smaller footprint and lightness. On the other hand I worry that when baby becomes a toddler the seat will be too small. What is your experience?

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