- Very stylish and practical
- Easy to operate
- Removable bassinet
- Premium materials used in the construction
- Lacks suspension
The UPPAbaby Cruz 2018 is another popular model of city strollers at the moment. The company is well-established on the market, and they come up with new, better functioning stroller models every year. The Cruz 2018 is an upgraded version of their previous best-selling models. It’s lighter and more compact, but it also offers some other improved features like the roomy reversible seat, better canopy fabric, better sunvisor lock mechanism, solid rubber wheels, leather handlebar and bumper bar, and the auto lock that holds the stroller in place when folded.
They have also added more color options. So, let’s dig deeper into the details, to figure out why it’s one of the best-selling city strollers today.
- Weight capacity – 50 lb
- Stroller weight – 21.5 lbs (frame and seat)
- Maximum canopy height – 23″
- Adjustable handlebar height – 40.5″- 43″
- Rear Wheels – 8.25″
- Front Wheels – 6.4″
- Folded Dimensions – 22.3″W x 17″L x 36″H
Models coming from this company have outstanding canopies that provide plenty of shade, and the same can be said for uppababy cruz 2018. What makes it different than its predecessor is the redesigned pop-out sunvisor that won’t wrinkle so much because it’s made out of woven fabric. The canopy comes down all the way to the bumper bar, providing UV 50+ protection for your child at all times.
The lock mechanism holds the canopy firmly in place in any position. You can set the height as your child grows, which is a handy feature that works great in practice.
One small button located in the middle of the handle is all you have to press to adjust the height of the handlebar to your needs. The height can vary anywhere from 40 to 43 inches from the ground. Our favorite thing about this handlebar is the REACH certified real leather cover. It provides the parents with a firm grip and a nice feel while pushing the stroller. The bumper bar is also covered with the same leather.
Plenty of room
Roomy seats are a must for city strollers, and this one provides plenty of room. The seat is 12 inches wide, 20 inches long, and the maximum height is 22 inches. By default, the distance between the canopy and the seat is 20″, but since the canopy slides up and down the frame, you can get it to 22 inches. The recline is operated by a one-hand lever, and it has five available positions, including the flat one. That means that the stroller is suitable for newborns too, but you can get an infant insert, to get even more support.
Some children don’t like spending time in a reclined seat, and the designers of the Cruz 2018 have thought of that. They added the upright position, so your child can have a nice view while chilling in the seat. The seat material can be removed easily for machine washing, which is another smart feature.
The reversible seat is a standard feature for city strollers, and this one has it too. That means that your child can face you or the world. Two buttons control the seat, and they are found on both sides. Press the buttons and swing the seat around as you wish. Keep in mind that it has to be facing forward when you want to fold it.
The 5-point harness is adjustable and padded for increased comfort. The center release button is easy to unlock, so a 2-year-old could escape easily. The buckle is also easy and straightforward to lock, which is nice as so many other bucklers feel more like a puzzle than anything else.
Bumper bar is included
Most city strollers don’t come with any accessories, but this one includes the bumper bar. The bar is covered with the same leather used on the handlebars, so it’s not only practical it looks and feels good too.
Premium materials used in the construction
The first thing you’ll notice when looking at Cruz 2018 is that all of the fabric and materials used for its construction are of high quality. The leather cover on both bumper bar and handlebar are made of 100% full-grain leather. It comes in many colors, depending on which one you choose, and it’s extra durable and flexible.
The handlebar cover is sewn, and it also has a perforated pattern that provides an extra grip while you’re pushing the baby. The leather on the bumper bar is embossed, which makes it resilient and easy to clean. All of the fabrics used for the cover are premium, and the weaving technique used to put them together makes them soft and comfortable, and durable at the same time.
The Cruz 2018 city stroller has two different footrests. One is integrated into the seat, and it’s designed for smaller babies, while the other one rests on the frame and it’s designed for older kids. The leg rest on the seat is 10″ high, but you can adjust it as needed, while the frame leg rest is fixed to the frame.
The basket below the seat is fantastic. It’s easy to access from the back, and it can hold up to 25 lbs of stuff you need around. Even the largest diaper bag fits with ease. If you need more space for small belongings or a cup holder, you can get one of those universal stroller organizers.
All four wheels are made out of solid polyurethane. They feel like air-filled tires, but they won’t go flat on you. The front swivel wheels are 6.5″ in diameter, while the back wheels are a little larger with 8.25″. The front wheels can be locked straight if you encounter some rough terrain. The wheels are a bit small, which means that they can traverse grass and playgrounds, but don’t try going off-road.
The one-step parking brake can be found between the rear wheels. You can lock and unlock it wearing flip-flops. The point is – your shoes won’t get scratched.
Easy to fold
The folding of this stroller requires two hands. If the baby is facing the world, it takes only one step to fold it up by pulling the two levers found on the sides of the handlebar. However, if the baby is facing you, the folding takes two steps as you first have to turn the seat around and place it on the upright position. The automatic lock holds everything in place for easy storage.
Practical bassinet option
Most of the users of the Cruz 2018 are blown away by the bassinet option. It’s designed for newborns weighing up to 20 lbs. The best thing about it is that it connects right into the frame of the stroller. It’s easy to take off, and once you do that, you can use it as an extra bed for your baby. The inner liner is water-repellent, which is a great feature too. The zip-out liner and mattress cover are easy to remove and are washable.
The UPPAbaby CRUZ Stroller 2018 is overall a great city stroller with a couple of unique features loved by most parents. The leather details compliment the premium materials used in the construction. The fact that you can take the seat off and use it as a bassinet is perhaps the biggest selling point of the Cruz 2018. Buy this stroller, and you won’t regret it.