2020 UPPAbaby Cruz V2 vs. 2019 UPPAbaby Cruz

2020 Uppababy Cruz V2 vs. 2019 Cruz

The iconic UPPAbaby Cruz is getting a makeover in 2020 and with it comes a name change.  Now called the UPPAbaby Cruz V2, the new Cruz boasts a smoother ride, more spacious seat, a smaller fold, a re-designed sun shade, a no re-thread harness as well as some other upgrades.

The 2020 UPPAbaby Cruz V2 was unveiled in Germany at “Kind + Jugend,”  the international leading fair for premium baby and toddler products. 

Details about the UPPAbaby Cruz V2 are still forthcoming, but here’s what we know so far:

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When will the UPPAbaby Cruz V2 be available?

The UPPAbaby Cruz V2 is expected to be released in February 2020.  If you want to be one of the first to get your hands on a Cruz V2, then you’ll want to pre-order the stroller.

Price of the UPPAbaby Cruz V2?

The price of the 2020 UPPAbaby Cruz V2 ranges from $650-680 depending on the color option.  More on this below.

The price of the 2019 Cruz ranges from $550-$580 (USD) depending on the color option.  This is a price increase of $100.

What are the major differences in the Cruz V2?

  • improved, smoother ride
  • more spacious toddler seat
  • a smaller, more compact fold
  • re-designed sun shade
  • no re-thread harness
  • a larger basket
  • updated design options
Let’s take an in-depth look at these upgrades!

Cruz V2 Wheels & Suspension

What are the differences between the 2019 Cruz and the 2020 Cruz V2 wheels and suspension?  

The 2020 Cruz V2 has slightly larger wheels than the previous model.  The Cruz V2 has 10″ rear wheels while the 2019 and prior models had 8.5″ rear wheels.  The suspension is also improved.  The 2019 Cruz only had front-wheel suspension, while the new 2020 Cruz V2 has 4-wheel suspension.  The improvements made to the wheels and suspensions means a smoother ride.

There’s also an added visual features in the front wheels so you can if the wheels are locked vs. unlocked.

Cruz V2 Toddler Seat

What are the differences between the Cruz and the Cruz V2 toddler seat?  

The seat of the Cruz V2 will accomodate a taller child than the Cruz, as it has a higher seat back and deeper footrest.

Cruz V2 Fold

What are the differences between the Cruz and the Cruz V2 fold?  

The UPPAbaby Cruz V2 has a more compact fold than the Cruz – it is almost 4 inches shorter in height when folded.

Cruz V2 Sun Canopy

What are the differences between the Cruz and the Cruz V2 sun canopy?  

The canopy of the Cruz has has been completely re-designed for the 2020 Cruz V2.  The 2020 Cruz V2 features a zip-out fabric canopy, providing greater coverage for your child. There are two mesh panels, one towards the front and one towards the back.  This acts as a peek-a-boo window, as well as provides for airflow.  

The canopy of the Cruz has an iconic silver pull-out SPF 50+ sunshade.  The Cruz V2’s sunshade is still SPF 50+.

Cruz V2 Harness

What are the differences between the Cruz and the Cruz V2 harness?  

The 2019 and prior UPPAbaby Cruz’s have a rethread harness, meaning to adjust the height of the straps, you have to thread the straps through the seat, and rethread them.

The Cruz V2 has a “no-rethread” harness, making adjusting the height of the straps much easier.

Cruz V2 Basket Size

What are the differences between the Cruz and Cruz V2 basket?

The size of the basket in the Cruz V2 is much larger than from previous years.  The overall appearance of the basket has also been improved. 

The weight capacity of the 2019 Cruz basket is 25 pounds, while the 2020 Cruz V2 basket has a capacity of 30 pounds!

Cruz V2 Design Options

What are the differences between the Cruz and the Cruz V2 design options?  

The Cruz V2 comes in a total of 9 color options:

UPPAbaby Vista V2 color options 2020

This is a huge improvement compared to the 2019 (and previous years models of the Cruz), which only had 6 color options.  The new color and design options in the 2020 Cruz V2, as shown on the top row, are:

  • Alice: Dusty Pink with silver frame and saddle leather
  • Finn: Deep Sea with silver frame and chestnut leather
  • Hazel: Olive Green with silver frame and saddle leather
  • Sierra Dune: Knit with silver frame and black leather
The following color was available on the 2019 Uppababy Vista (double stroller), and will now be available on the 2020 Cruz V2:
  • Bryce: White Marl with silver frame and chestnut leather

The following colors are being carried forward to the 2020 Cruz V2 from the 2019 Cruz:

  • Emmett: Green Melange with silver frame and saddle leather
  • Gregory: Blue Melange with silver frame and saddle leather
  • Jake: Black with black frame and black leather
  • Jordan: Charcoal Melange with silver frame and black leather
Three of the Cruz V2 colors cost $649.99:  Alice, Finn and Hazel.  The remaining color options cost $30 more at $679.99.
2020 UPPAbaby Cruz V2 - Cheapest Color Options - Alice, Finn, Hazel
2020 UPPAbaby Cruz V2 - Cheapest Color Options - other colors

Cruz V2 - Other Updates

What are the other changes made to the 2020 Cruz V2 Stroller?

Unfortunately, the 2020 Cruz V2 weights 4 pounds more than the 2019 Cruz.  This is the trade-off for the bigger wheels and smoother ride.

2020 Cruz V2 - FAQs

I already have a Cruz.  Can I just buy the Cruz V2 seats?

UPPAbaby has answered this question on their instagram.  You will not be able to purchase the Cruz V2 seat separately.

What car seats are compatible with the 2020 Cruz V2?

Here are a list of car seats that are compatible with the Cruz V2:

  • UPPAbaby MESA (no adapters required!)
  • Chicco KeyFit
  • Chicco KeyFit 30
  • Chicco KeyFit 30 Magic
  • Chicco KeyFit 30 Zip
  • ChiccoKeyFit 30 Zip Air
  • Chicco Fit2
  • Chicco Fit2 LE
  • Clek Liing
  • Cybex Aton
  • Cybex Aton 2
  • Cybex Aton Q
  • Cybex Cloud Q
  • Maxi-Cosi Micro
  • Maxi-Cosi Micro AP
  • Maxi-Cosi Micro NXT
  • Maxi-Cosi Micro Max 30
  • Maxi-Cosi Citi
  • Maxi-Cosi Cabrio
  • Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix
  • Nuna Pipa
  • Nuna Pipa Lite
  • Nuna Pipa Lite LX
  • Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35
  • Peg Pereg Primo Viaggio 4-35 Nido

Is the Cruz V2 still compatible with the bassinet?

Yes, you can purchase an UPPAbaby bassinet separately and it is compatible with the Cruz V2.

Can I trade-in my Cruz for a Cruz V2?

No, there is no trade-in option.

UPPAbaby Cruz V2 Review & Final Thoughts

We are loving the updates UPPAbaby made to the 2020 Cruz V2!  

All the updates to the Cruz make it more similar to the UPPAbaby Vista.  In the past, many have opted for the Vista over the Cruz, even if they didn’t need the double stroller feature, for the fact that the Vista offered a smoother ride and other added perks.  But now, there is much less incentive to choose the Vista V2 over the Cruz V2 unless you actually need the double stroller conversion feature.

Thanks for reading, friends!


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