UPPAbaby VISTA V2 2020 Review + Comparison With VISTA 2019

UPPAbaby recently released upgraded version of their famous stroller – VISTA 2020. Correction: this puppy has a new name – the UPPAbaby VISTA V2.

Since you are here, you must be wondering: “What are the differences between the VISTA 2020 vs VISTA 2019?”, “Is the new heir to the coveted VISTA throne worth the money?”. Well, that’s what I will help you to find out in the next couple of minutes.

While this is a review of UPPAbaby VISTA V2, I will also be comparing features of the VISTA 2019 with the new changes on VISTA V2. Also, I have included a side-by-side comparison of VISTA 2020 vs 2019. If you don’t have time to read the full review, you’ll find most important information in the table below!

Let’s get straight to it, and then we’ll move on to the detailed review.

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UPPAbaby VISTA V2 2020 vs VISTA 2019 – Comparison

UPPAbaby VISTA V2 2020 vs UPPAbaby VISTA 2019 - Comparison

UPPAbaby VISTA V2 2020UPPAbaby VISTA 2019
Larger seat with 20" tall seatback and deeper footrest19" tall seatback

No-rethread harness

Manually adjustable harness

No change in wheels size and design, but now there is color-coded front wheel lock indicator

Polyurethane wheels, handle multiple types of terrain

Redesigned all-wheel suspension system

All-wheel suspension
The canopy has 3 fabric panels which give even more shade, there are two mesh windowsThe canopy has shiny silver pop-out visor and a single ventilation window

UPPAbaby logo embedded on a leather tab attached on canopy

Large logo on canopy

9 colors: Sierra, Finn, Hazel, Alice, Jordan, Bryce, Gregory, Emmet, Jake

10 colors: Bryce, Spenser, William, Henry, Gregory, Emmet, Jordan, Jake, Jakie, Sabrina
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UPPAbaby VISTA V2 2020 – Features

Seat

Starting with the most essential component of any stroller, the seat is perhaps what got the most significant improvement with VISTA V2.

The regular seats of VISTA and VISTA V2 strollers look pretty much similar in design and are meant to support babies from 3 months up to 50 lbs/40 inches.

However, a close inspection of the specs reveals that the new seat backrest on VISTA V2 is an inch taller at 20″ (VISTA 2019 seatback is 19″). It also has a deeper footrest (2.5″) compared to that of the VISTA 2019 (2″).

UPPAbaby VISTA V2 2020 has now longer seatback and deeper footrest which makes the seat roomier and more comfortable
UPPAbaby VISTA V2 2020 has now longer seatback and deeper footrest which makes the seat roomier and more comfortable

Another incredible change here is the no-rethread five-point safety harness. With this type of harness, adjustment is very easy, because you don’t have to take off the seat fabric and pull the straps in and out of the holes.

Compared to the manually adjustable harness of the older VISTA, this new system makes height adjustments quicker and hassle-free. It’s much more convenient, especially if babies of different heights will share the seat.

UPPAbaby VISTA V2 - No-rethread harness
No-rethread harness is one of the user-friendly features of VISTA V2 2020

VISTA V2 2020 seat is also reversible – the baby can face you or the world. It offers 6 recline positions, and what’s so impressive here is that you’ll need just one hand to lower and raise the seat. Thanks to the bucket-style seat, the footrest also moves with the backrest during reclines for optimum comfort when napping.

Generally, while the VISTA 2019 seat was satisfactorily comfortable, the new changes for the VISTA V2 will hands down, take your baby’s comfort to the next level.

UPPAbaby VISTA V2 2020 - Recline
UPPAbaby VISTA V2 2020 has a bucket-style seat which means the whole seat reclines, not just the backrest. Keep in mind that the lowest position is not fully flat therefore it’s not suitable for newborn babies. VISTA V2 main seat is recommended from 3 months

Bassinet

The bassinet didn’t receive any upgrades. Honestly, this is one of the best bassinets that I came across in the last couple of years (!), and I don’t think it needed any improvements.

This bassinet is designed to accommodate your newborn until he/she is 20 lbs/25″ tall. It has excellent aeration thanks to the perforated mattress pad and the vented base. The back panel of the canopy can also be unzipped on hot days to improve air circulation in the bassinet. Honestly, this is one of the most breathable bassinets ever!

UPPAbaby VISTA V2 2020 - Bassinet features
VISTA V2 bassinet features pop-out eye shade, zippered mesh panel on the canopy, breathable mattress pad and vented base

There is also a pop-out sun shade that fully protects the baby from harmful sun rays. With UPPAbaby bassinet you don’t have to worry that your baby gets hot, sweaty, or worse – overheated.

What I like so much is that this bassinet has been approved as a primary sleeper for the baby, when fitted with the UPPAbaby Bassinet stand (see it on Amazon here). This makes a lot of sense when you need to have 2 sleeping places for the baby: one upstairs and another one downstairs, for instance. Or you can simply use this bassinet instead of a crib, which is a space-saving solution for those who live in a small flat.

UPPAbaby VISTA V2 2020 comes with bassinet included
UPPAbaby VISTA V2 2020 comes with the bassinet included. It’s actually one of the best bassinets on the market right now – very cozy and breathable!

Seating Configurations

If you have 2 babies (either twins or an infant and a sibling), this stroller’s ability to expand into a double might be the key highlight for you. This feature is available in all VISTA strollers, and it allows you to attach a second bassinet, a rumble seat (supports up to 35 lbs), and even a car seat.

Even better, you can attach a piggyback board to allow a third child to join in the stroll at theme parks, zoos, and malls.

All the seating configurations allows the VISTA V2 to adapt to your exact needs. This is a very flexible stroller, as the picture below shows. Nevertheless, I don’t like some of the configurations as their design does not meet the needs of parents of twins or kids of different age. You can read more about my concerns in my comprehensive review of VISTA 2017-2019.

UPPAbaby VISTA V2 2020 - Expandable stroller for 1, 2 or 3 kids
Similar to previous versions, VISTA V2 expands from a single to a double stroller. If you add a PiggyBack Board there will be a room even for a third older child!

UPPAbaby VISTA V2 2020 Travel System

Note that to convert this stroller into a travel system using a car seat, you’ll need to purchase an adapter kit. VISTA V2 is compatible with infant car seat brands like: Chicco, Maxi Cosi, Nuna and Cybex (of course not all models).

Good news is that VISTA V2 still works with UPPAbaby MESA infant car seat with no adapters. It simply click onto the stroller frame. It’s works smoothly and reduced the amount of accessories you need to buy.

UPPAbaby VISTA V2 2020 Travel System - With Mesa Infant Car Seat
UPPAbaby VISTA V2 2020 with Mesa Infant Car Seat

Canopy

One of the key selling points of the UPPAbaby VISTA 2019 is its large sunshade with two extendable panels and a handy pop-out sun visor made of shiny silver material.

With the 2020 UPPAbaby VISTA V2, the canopy has been redesigned and now it doesn’t have the sun visor, but it has 3 large panels so it gives even more shade than the canopy on the previous model. The third panel opens with a zipper.

The new stroller’s canopy also offers more ventilation in that it features two mesh windows (the VISTA 2019 has one).

UPPAbaby VISTA V2 2020 - Large canopy that extends with a third zippered panel
The canopy is one of the features that I love most about the new UPPAbaby VISTA V2. When it’s fully extended it provides a lot of shade for the baby

Another significant aesthetics upgrade of the UPPAbaby VISTA V2 is the logo that has now been embedded on a small leather tab attached to the canopy. This is a premium departure from the large letters that VISTA 2019 uses.

These changes give the new VISTA V2 canopy a sophisticated look that you’d want to see in a high range stroller. But what’s most important, protection from the sun and elements is now even better with this improved canopy.

Oh, and just like in previous versions, 2020 VISTA V2 allows you to slide the canopy up as your child gets taller. Awesome feature!

UPPAbaby VISTA V2 - Awesome canopy
No more sun in baby’s eyes – VISTA V2 canopy is incredible!

Handlebar

This new stroller uses the same handlebar that UPPAbaby VISTA strollers have been using since 2018. This is a height-adjustable leatherette handlebar that gives the VISTA 2020 a premium look and feel that you’d expect on a stroller at its price range. This leather material is the same used for the bumper bar and on the logo tab.

UPPAbaby VISTA V2 2020 - Telescoping handlebar and height-adjustable canopy
UPPAbaby VISTA V2 2020 has a telescoping handlebar and height-adjustable canopy (to accommodate a growing child)

Personally, what I like most about this handlebar is that it adjusts by telescoping. I’m not a fan of handlebars that adjust by rotating up and down.

Wheels & Suspension

UPPAbaby has been redesigning VISTA’s wheel and suspension systems with almost every new release. That’s the same case with VISTA V2 2020.

The wheels have the same size as last year (11.5″ rear wheels and 8″ front wheels) and are made of polyurethane. The new wheels on VISTA V2, however, are notably softer and the all-wheel suspension system has been redesigned for much smoother strolls regardless of the terrain. 2020 VISTA V2 has new spring suspension which cushions the ride over bumps. It makes this pretty much an all-terrain stroller.

UPPAbaby VISTA V2 - Wheels
UPPAbaby VISTA V2 wheels can handle pretty much any type of terrain (maybe except loose sand and tree roots)

Another feature that most safety-freak moms like me will appreciate is the visual indicator on the new stroller’s front wheels locks. These are color-coded indicators that show when the wheels are securely locked (or not). This eliminates all anxiety and doubts so that you can stroll with confidence.

Maneuverability

Although I’m yet to give VISTA 2020 a test stroll, I believe it will be a breeze to push, just like its predecessor.

The beauty of VISTA 2019 is pushing it with one hand, even with a passenger on board. However, it gets notably clumsy once you convert it into a double.

As such, you need a little bit more effort when steering in tight corners and crowded spaces. Since the size of the stroller has not changed, the maneuverability remains the same.

UPPAbaby VISTA V2 - easy to operate, agile stroller
VISTA V2 is agile and easy to operate, however when you add the second seat the stroller gets heavier and bigger – which makes it more difficult to turn. But still, VISTA V2 is one of the best stroller when it comes to maneuverability, ease of use and multi-functionality

All in all, the polyurethane wheels of these strollers will take you through all types of terrains from chipped and pitted sidewalks to grass, gravel, and snowy roads. It might struggle on dry sandy beaches, but walking right by the water where the sand is compacted and less fluffy might work. Just remember to clean the wheels from the wet sand afterwards!

Brakes

The UPPAbaby VISTA 2020 utilizes the same braking system of its predecessor too. Anyone who’ve used the VISTA 2019 will affirm that the brake was one of its best parts. So, it’s not surprising that UPPAbaby decided to retain it – you don’t fix what’s not broken – right?

The VISTA V2 uses a foot-operated brake pedal that you simply tap once to engage and tap again to release. This brake pedal’s tap-tap mechanism is not only pedicure-friendly, but it’s also easy to use barefooted!

Importantly, this pedal also has a color code (green and red) to inform you when you’ve successfully engaged or released the brake.

Storage Basket

Presently, the VISTA 2019 has one of the roomiest cargo baskets of all strollers and can accommodate 30 lbs worth of cargo (groceries, toys, jackets, and diaper bag among other items).

This space has not changed much with the VISTA V2. But the basket of the latter has a much sleeker design. It has also dropped the snaps that are found in the 2019 VISTA.

UPPAbaby VISTA V2 - Storage basket
Just check out how big is the storage basket!

Similar to the VISTA 2019, the VISTA V2 2020 basket also has a pocket that can hold some of your small items like keys and phones or car seat adapters.

Size, Weight & Folding

The size and weight of the VISTA V2 have not changed that much from the VISTA 2019. Now it measures 36″ (L) x 25.7″ (W) x 39.5″ (H) when opened, and 17.3″ (L) x 25.7″ (W) x 33.3″ (H) when folded. The frame and one regular seat weigh 27 pounds (0.4 lb more than older version).

This isn’t the lightest or most compact stroller on the market, and by the same token, it’s not the heaviest or bulkiest.

Folding the VISTA is easy-peasy, and you’ll only need one hand for that. What’s more, is that the stroller has an automatic lock and self-stands for added convenience.

UPPAbaby VISTA V2 2020 - Fairly compact fold
Folding UPPAbaby VISTA V2 2020 requires using both hands because you need to lift two toggles on both sides of the handlebar simultaneously, but the whole mechanism is very simple and takes a few seconds. Folded VISTA V2 is fairly compact and stands on its own

Pros & Cons

ProsCons

Pros


+ Comfortable roomy seat with deep recline (operated with one hand)

+ Easy to adjust no-rethread harness

+ Includes one of the best bassinets ever (breathable, approved for overnight sleep)

+ LARGE canopy with good ventilation

+ You can use it for one, two or even three kids!

+ Each attachment clicks onto the frame with ease

+ Good wheels that handle many types of terrain

+ One-hand steering, easy turning (at least in a single mode)

+ Probably the largest storage basket ever - holds up to 30 pounds!

+ Easy one-step folding, self-stand, automatic lock

+ It even folds with two seats attached!

+ Other convenience features like: telescoping handlebar, canopy that slides up and down, flip-flop friendly parking brake

Cons


- It weighs 27 pounds which may feel heavy for some parents

- Although fold is super easy, it does require using both hands

- Some of the seating configurations in a double mode are not that great

- It gets bulkier as a double stroller, turning and navigating in a tight space may be challenging (because the stroller gets quite long)

Colors

UPPAbaby VISTA 2020 will bring four new colors to the catalogue. It has also retained most of the colors of the VISTA 2019 but with a few changes. A few colors have been dropped too.

New colors of the VISTA V2:

  • Finn Deep Sea (silver frame + chestnut leather handlebar)
  • Sierra Dune Knit (silver frame + black leather handlebar)
  • Hazel Olive Green (silver frame + saddle leather handlebar)
  • Alice Dusty Pink (silver frame + saddle leather handlebar)

2019 colors continuing to 2020:

  • Bryce White Marl (silver frame + chestnut leather handlebar)
  • Emmett Green Melange (silver frame + saddle leather handlebar)
  • Gregory Blue Melange (silver frame + saddle leather handlebar)
  • Jordan Charcoal Melange (silver frame + black leather handlebar)
  • Jake Black (silver frame + black leather handlebar)

Colors that have been discontinued:

  • William Oxford Chambray
  • Henry Blue Marl
  • Spenser Tartan Plaid

You can see 2020 fashions in the picture below – new colors are in the top row, colors from 2019 continued in 2020 are in the bottom row.

UPPAbaby VISTA V2 - All colors for 2020
UPPAbaby VISTA V2 – All colors for 2020 (Top row, from left: Finn, Sierra, Hazel, Alice. Bottom row, from left: Bryce, Emmet, Gregory Jordan, Jake)

UPPAbaby VISTA V2 2020 – Accessories

There are many accessories that you can add to make your VISTA V2 even more convenient. UPPAbaby offers additional attachments that allow to expand the stroller, as well as many items for extra parents’ and babies’ comfort. In the table below you can see some of the accessories that can be found on Amazon – I picked the most useful items.

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UPPAbaby BassinetUPPAbaby Bassinet - If you'd like to use your VISTA V2 for two newborn babies you'll need second bassinet (one is included in the basic set). You can choose the bassinet in the same color as your stroller or pick any of the 9 available fashions. UPPAbaby bassinet is one of the best on the market: it ensures good airflow inside, thanks to vented base, perforated mattress pad and mesh panels on the canopy. It's also approved for overnight sleep so you may use it instead of a crib, if you have limited space in your apartment.
UPPAbaby Bassinet StandUPPAbaby Bassinet Stand - As I mentioned above the bassinet is approved for overnight sleep, you just need a secured place where you could put it on. And here comes this stand. The bassinet clicks onto it, just like it clicks onto VISTA frame.
UPPAbaby RumbleSeat V2UPPAbaby RumbleSeat V2 - This is the new version of sibling seat. It has the same features as the regular seat. However, the weight limit is lower and this seat is a bit smaller. Nevertheless, it allows you to expand your VISTA V2 from a single to a double stroller and use it for twins or kids of a similar age.
UPPAbaby Infant SnugSeatUPPAbaby Infant SnugSeat - It's an additional insert that attaches to the regular seat (in most reclined position) and gives the baby extra support for their delicate head and body. According to the manufacturer you can use it even from birth!
UPPAbaby PiggyBack BoardUPPAbaby PiggyBack Board - This is perfect solution for older sibling who sometimes gets tired and occasionally likes to use the stroller. The board attaches to the back of the stroller and provides convenient place for older child who needs a break from walking. Weight limit: 55 pounds.
UPPAbaby Carry-All Parent Organizer - AccessoryUPPAbaby Carry-All Parent Organizer - Although VISTA V2 provides parents with giant storage basket, it's always good to have a small organizer for small valuables within reach. You can stash your phone, wallet and keys there.
UPPAbaby Snack TrayUPPAbaby Snack Tray - It's a useful accessory as it provides place for child's sippy cup and snacks. It attaches to the same spot as the bumper bar with simple clicks.
UPPAbaby Toddler Seat Rain coverUPPAbaby Toddler Seat Rain Shield - If you live in area where it often rains, it's good to have the rain shield and always keep it in the storage basket - just in case.
UPPAbaby Travel BagUPPAbaby Travel Bag - This bag makes transporting VISTA V2 much easier as it protects the stroller from scratches, stains and other damages. It's also a useful accessory if you want to store the stroller for the next child.

UPPAbaby VISTA V2 Release Date

The UPPAbaby VISTA V2 was released in February 2020. You can now get it on Amazon – keep in mind that availability for different fashions often changes! If you’d like to see which colors are available right now and compare their prices – click here.

I also recommend you keep an eye on previous models of VISTA, as there might be some discounts for them since the newer model is out (here is VISTA 2019 on Amazon and here is the VISTA 2018 – it’s the same as 2019 model, only the colors are different).

UPPAbaby VISTA V2 vs CRUZ V2

My review wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t take a closer look at the differences between VISTA V2 and CRUZ V2. To be honest, now these two strollers are very similar. Of course the biggest difference between them is the fact that VISTA V2 expands into a double stroller, while CRUZ is just a single stroller. However, the functions and the way these two strollers look are very, very similar.

In the table below I gathered the most significant differences.

UPPAbaby VISTA V2UPPAbaby CRUZ V2
You can add second seat, bassinet or infant car seatOnly one seat/ bassinet/ infant car seat can be attached
Bassinet includedBassinet available separately
Bigger wheels: 8" front wheels & 11.5" rear wheels7" front wheels & 10" rear wheels
Weighs 27 pounds (frame + seat)Weighs 25.5 pounds (frame + seat)
Wider frame: 25.7" Narrower frame: 22.8" (easier to fit in small places)
A bit smaller footprint - 36"Longer footprint - 37.5"
Fold: 17.3" x 25.7" x 33.3"Smaller fold: 16.5" x 22.8" x 33"
Giant basket with weight limit of 30 lbsLarge basket (a bit smaller than VISTA's) with weight limit of 30 lbs
Very expensive (You can check exact price on Amazon)Expensive, but not as much as VISTA V2 (You can compare its price here)

If you’re hesitating whether to choose VISTA V2 or CRUZ V2, I can only tell you that now these two strollers are almost the same. CRUZ V2 is like a lighter, single-only version of VISTA V2. The upgrades made for CRUZ V2 (especially on the wheels and suspension) made this stroller so much better. Therefore if you need a stroller only for one child – CRUZ V2 is great choice. If you plan on having more babies soon – VISTA V2 seems to be a better option.


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