Veer Cruiser Stroller Wagon Review

The Veer Cruiser stroller wagon was the top performer in our hands-on testing of the best stroller wagons on the market. We evaluated 25 products, purchased the leading nine, and ran them through 65 tests and measurements.

The Veer excels in going. It may not be the best choice for hauling things to an event, sitting on, and playing in. But it’s hard to beat if you want your kids with you on a walking trail.

Veer cruiser wagon, mom and child


Veer Cruiser


Test Lab Score 83

Editor's Choice

High-end, high quality, very portable, limited accessories included




Parent Comfort and Usability
69
Kid Comfort and Usability
67
Steering, Maneuverability
95
Folding, Transport
92
Part and Material Quality
94

How it Compares

Here’s how the Cruiser compares to other leading wagons on test performance and specs. It was selected as Editor’s Choice primarily because of how easy it is to maneuver, fold and transport, as well as the obvious build quality.

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Recommended
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Test Lab Score83808079767572727169
Parent Comfort and Usability
69
68
85
66
85
71
66
87
57
92
Kid Comfort and Usability
67
67
77
70
67
66
70
57
58
62
Steering, Maneuverability
95
86
80
72
77
72
70
77
73
39
Folding, Transport
92
91
66
92
67
85
76
49
85
60
Part and Material Quality
94
90
91
97
86
83
79
90
82
90
SpecificationsThis Product
Seats2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Weight32.5 lbs34.7 lbs38.0 lbs30.5 lbs42.0 lbs30.5 lbs33.1 lbs32.0 lbs33.0 lbs46.2 lbs
Capacity in Pounds110 lbs110 lbs100 lbs100 lbs110 lbs120 lbs110 lbs110 lbs180 lbs110 lbs
Minimum Age6 months 6 months 6 months Not stated 6 months 1 2 years 1 6 months 6 months
Goes through standard sized doorYes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Grass Rating10 10 9 9 8 7 8 8 8 7
Time to Assemble13 min21 min15 min17 min18 min25 min12 min21 min15 min16 min
Dirt, Crumb Removal Rating9 7 7 7 8 9 9 9 9 9
Storage Volume Rating1 7 8 3 8 3 5 10 4 10
Car Seat Adapter IncludedNo No No / Separate No Yes No No No No Yes
Additional Accessories IncludedSnack Tray Canopy, Snack Tray Canopy, rain cover, insect cover Canopy Canopy w/ Mosquito Netting, Nap Mat, Snack Tray Canopy Canopy, Snack Tray Canopy, Cooler Bag Canopy Canopy, Cooler Bag
Folding Time20 sec20 sec47 sec19 sec28 sec36 sec53 sec54 sec30 sec31 sec
Folded Size7.9 cu ft9.0 cu ft8.3 cu ft7.0 cu ft13.1 cu ft6.9 cu ft8.1 cu ft8.9 cu ft9.5 cu ft10.2 cu ft
Fits in Sedan TrunkYes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No
Seats ReclineNo No Yes No No One of two No No No No
Kid CupholdersYes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No No No
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Where it Fits Among Other Choices

The Veer Cruiser fits in the category of stroller wagons because it can be pushed or pulled and has seats with harnesses. It is the most expensive 2-seater wagon currently on the market.

We will go into far more detail below, but the Veer’s obvious advantages are its high-quality materials and components, a design that handles well on grass and over bumps, a compact folded size, and smooth, easy operation.

The Evenflo Pivot Xplore is our runner-up choice and can be purchased at half the price of the Veer. One of the Xplore’s advantages over the Veer is that it comes with a canopy and storage basket included.

Kid Travel Video Review

Most Common Complaints

The Cruiser has very positive customer reviews in general. To get a balanced perspective we read all the negative reviews and specifically compared each criticism to our own experience.

CriticismOur Experience
Veers while steering; won’t go straightWe found it to be more sensitive to uneven pushing than other wagons, requiring more minor adjustments to keep straight
Difficult to stow because of accessory removalSome accessories do have to be removed, but this is typical of most stroller wagons
Missing partsNo missing pieces
Hot in the sunSome plastic parts did get hot in the sun
Cup and snack holder doesn’t keep things in placeThe cup holders aren’t too deep but are adequate for typical kid-sized cups. The main snack tray has one large partition for each child and doesn’t keep snacks separated. There are small snack holders beside each seat that are not too deep but work fine.
Small wheels drag in the sandWe haven’t tried it on the beach yet. The wheels are not wide enough to handle soft sand.
Heavy and hard to liftIt is among the lighter wagons and because it folds compactly, it’s actually easier to lift than most of the others
Difficulty steering with the swivel wheels in the backThe steering in push-mode does take getting used to but it has some advantages once you get used to it
Customer service non-responsiveWe emailed customer service and received a response in only 7 minutes
Wheel brokeNothing broke for us
Braking mechanisms brokeBrake activation takes a little force
Difficult to push on non-sidewalk terrainIn our grass-terrain and bump tests, the Veer did better than other wagons
Handle doesn’t extend far enoughThe handle extended to 42″ in height which is higher than all the others we tested except for the Keenz 7S which was 42.5″
Footwell not deep enoughAgreed. The footwell is 4.5″ deep. Bigger kids’ knees stick up and their legs don’t sit flat on the seat.
Lack of included canopy and accessoriesIt is disappointing that the canopy, storage bin and car seat adapter must be purchased separately.

Testing and Research

We subjected the Veer to 65 real-world tests over three months comparing it to five other 2-seat stroller wagons and two 4-seat wagons.

Parent Comfort and Usability

Mom and dad need a wagon that meets their needs too. We evaluated cleaning, assembly, customer service, the manual, the handle, storage, brakes, cup holders, and car seat adapters in this category.

Jeep Wrangler
92
Keenz 7S
87
Larktale Caravan
85
Baby Trend Expedition
85
Radio Flyer Discovery
71
Veer Cruiser
69
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
68
Graco Modes Adventure
66
Ever Advanced
66
Wonderfold W1 Original
57

Overall the Veer didn’t do too well, primarily because of a lack of storage and car seat adapter, and brake activation and effectiveness.

The time to unpackage and assemble the Veer was only 13.5 minutes, the easiest and fastest of all the wagons. The product manual is good but would have been better with words and pictures on the same page.

Customer service responded courteously to our email in 7 minutes.

The handle is comfortable and adjustable from 38 inches to 42 inches which is adequate for most people.

We did not assess the canopy or car seat adapter which must be purchased separately.

Veer cruiser shown with single canopy and storage basket outside

Storage Volume Ranking

Keenz 7S
10
Jeep Wrangler
10
Larktale Caravan
8
Baby Trend Expedition
8
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
7
Ever Advanced
5
Wonderfold W1 Original
4
Graco Modes Adventure
3
Radio Flyer Discovery
3
Veer Cruiser
1

Extra storage is a real benefit when you purchase a double stroller or stroller wagon. The Veer doesn’t include any storage options out of the box (which is why it received the score above) but you can purchase a storage basket that attaches to the front.

The basket isn’t as accessible as it could be, but it is convenient that you don’t have to remove it in order to fold or stow the wagon.

storage basket mounted on the rear of the veer cruisder

Cleaning

Both ends of the wagon interior are plastic seats, which are easy to clean. The sides are made of fabric stretched across an aluminum frame.

The fabric can be spot cleaned.

Interior view of the Veer Cruiser
Limited fabric and hard surfaces make the Veer Cruiser easy to clean.

The interior is open and easy to access. There aren’t too many places for crumbs to hide so the Veer compares well in crumb removal:

Veer Cruiser
9
Radio Flyer Discovery
9
Ever Advanced
9
Keenz 7S
9
Wonderfold W1 Original
9
Jeep Wrangler
9
Baby Trend Expedition
8
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
7
Larktale Caravan
7
Graco Modes Adventure
7

Most of the dirt and mud from little shoes will stay in the footwell so that kids don’t have to sit in it on rainy, dirty days.

Steering and Maneuverability

The Veer Cruiser really shines when it comes to pushing, pulling, and maneuverability.

Veer Cruiser
95
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
86
Larktale Caravan
80
Baby Trend Expedition
77
Keenz 7S
77
Wonderfold W1 Original
73
Graco Modes Adventure
72
Radio Flyer Discovery
72
Ever Advanced
70
Jeep Wrangler
39

Terrain Performance

In our terrain performance tests, we loaded up the Veer with 40 lbs of weight in the front and in the back.

Even fully loaded it pushed easily over the grass, navigating up and down hills and weaving on side-hills.

When you push the Veer its large wheels are in front and are able to roll over bumps, roots, and trees better than strollers with small wheels in the front.

This gave the Veer the top score in the bumpy terrain test:

Veer Cruiser
10
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
9
Baby Trend Expedition
8
Radio Flyer Discovery
8
Keenz 7S
8
Larktale Caravan
7
Ever Advanced
7
Wonderfold W1 Original
7
Graco Modes Adventure
6
Jeep Wrangler
3

Many stroller wagons, including the Veer are advertised as all-terrain. That is a stretch. While the front wheels are 12 inches in diameter and 2 inches wide, they aren’t wide enough to handle soft sand or mud without getting bogged down.

While you can power through some tough terrain in pull-mode, lifting the front wheels over obstacles, don’t assume it will be easy.

Veer Cruiser and Wonderfold W4 Elite back to back comparing wheel size. The Veer's are quite a bit wider in diameter.
Veer Cruiser large wheels compared to the Wonderfold W4 Elite large, rear wheels.

Pulling and Veering to One Side

Some buyers complained that the wagon would constantly veer to one side or the other.

We tested the wagon’s innate tendency to veer off a centerline and found that it actually veers less than other stroller wagons in a controlled test.

However, people are imperfect in their pushing and the Veer is sensitive to pushing a little harder on one side of the handle or the other. So in the real world, we found that it did veer to one side and we had to make small adjustments while pushing to keep it on track.

The veer cruiser stroller wagon loaded with 80 lbs of dog food
The Veer Cruiser loaded with 80 lbs of dog food

Pushing and Turning Force

The Veer made a sharp turn from a dead stop with very little force required:

Veer Cruiser
15.4 lbs
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
22.0 lbs
Keenz 7S
22.0 lbs
Baby Trend Expedition
25.4 lbs
Radio Flyer Discovery
25.4 lbs
Wonderfold W1 Original
28.7 lbs
Graco Modes Adventure
31.4 lbs
Larktale Caravan
33.0 lbs
Ever Advanced
33.0 lbs
Jeep Wrangler
36.4 lbs

The force to get it rolling was also less than most others:

Veer Cruiser
11.0 lbs
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
11.0 lbs
Baby Trend Expedition
12.1 lbs
Radio Flyer Discovery
12.6 lbs
Larktale Caravan
14.3 lbs
Keenz 7S
14.3 lbs
Graco Modes Adventure
15.4 lbs
Wonderfold W1 Original
15.4 lbs
Jeep Wrangler
15.4 lbs
Ever Advanced
16.5 lbs

Steering

Stroller wagons with a wider wheelbase like the Jeep Wrangler, were harder to turn and steer. Those that are longer from front to back are also more difficult to turn particularly when there is weight in the front. These include the Radio Flyer Discovery and Jeep. Although the Keenz 7S is long, it actually turns quite well.

The Evenflo Pivot Xplore is a bit shorter and handles more like a stroller. Its maneuverability rating was on par with the Veer:

Veer Cruiser
9
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
9
Larktale Caravan
8
Baby Trend Expedition
8
Ever Advanced
8
Keenz 7S
8
Wonderfold W1 Original
8
Graco Modes Adventure
7
Radio Flyer Discovery
7
Jeep Wrangler
3

The Veer easily fit through narrow, 28 inch wide doors.

Folding and Transport

The best stroller wagon in the world is no fun if it’s difficult to fold and put in a vehicle. The Cruiser folds easily, compactly, and is comparatively manageable to lift.

Here are the total scores for Folding and Transport:

Veer Cruiser
92
Graco Modes Adventure
92
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
91
Radio Flyer Discovery
85
Wonderfold W1 Original
85
Ever Advanced
76
Baby Trend Expedition
67
Larktale Caravan
66
Jeep Wrangler
60
Keenz 7S
49

The Veer folds and unfolds in about 20 seconds.

When you unfold the wagon to set it up, the sides click into place with a sound that makes you think “this thing is really solid.”

Folding the Veer Cruiser
The Cruiser is fast to fold. Fortunately, the snack tray and cupholders come off easily.

Folded Size in Cubic Feet

Veer Cruiser and Radio Flyer Discovery stroller wagons standing folded
The Veer Cruiser and Radio Flyer Discovery both fold down compactly.

Stroller wagons folded size in cubic feet:

Radio Flyer Discovery
6.9 cu ft
Graco Modes Adventure
7.0 cu ft
Veer Cruiser
7.9 cu ft
Ever Advanced
8.1 cu ft
Larktale Caravan
8.3 cu ft
Keenz 7S
8.9 cu ft
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
9.0 cu ft
Wonderfold W1 Original
9.5 cu ft
Jeep Wrangler
10.2 cu ft
Baby Trend Expedition
13.1 cu ft

Weight

Graco Modes Adventure
30.5 lbs
Radio Flyer Discovery
30.5 lbs
Keenz 7S
32.0 lbs
Veer Cruiser
32.5 lbs
Wonderfold W1 Original
33.0 lbs
Ever Advanced
33.1 lbs
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
34.7 lbs
Larktale Caravan
38.0 lbs
Baby Trend Expedition
42.0 lbs
Jeep Wrangler
46.2 lbs

The Veer fits into the trunk of a Honda Civic and you can save more space by taking off the wheels.

Veer stroller wagon fits in the trunk of a Honda Civic
The Veer Cruiser in the trunk of a small sedan

This photo doesn’t completely capture the comparison, but here is the folded profile of the Veer, the Wonderfold W4 and Anthem 4. The latter two are 4-seat wagons.

veer wonderfold w4 and anthem4 stroller wagons folded

Kid Comfort and Usability

In this category, we looked at the features that make a stroller wagon more fun, usable, and comfortable for toddlers.

Larktale Caravan
77
Graco Modes Adventure
70
Ever Advanced
70
Veer Cruiser
67
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
67
Baby Trend Expedition
67
Radio Flyer Discovery
66
Jeep Wrangler
62
Wonderfold W1 Original
58
Keenz 7S
57

Seats

The Veer seats are contoured and ventilated. Neither seat reclines so it is less likely that your toddler will be able to nap.

The footwell certainly makes the sitting position more comfortable than other wagons like the Jeep, Discovery and Baby Trend Expedition. As we’ve noted, the footwell, is only 4.5 inches deep but that’s better than nothing and is an inch deeper than the Evenflo Xplore footwell.

The harnesses are 3-point and the mechanism works well enough. The harnesses are not padded.

Veer sells this padded seat insert that you can use when your child grows out of a car seat but isn’t quite big enough to ride safely with the standard 3-point harness.

Veer with comfy seat and Chicco car seat adapter installed
The Veer with the comfort seat and Chicco car seat adapter installed.

Snack Tray and Storage

There is a snap-on snack tray that mounts across the middle between the two seats. It would be nice if there were somewhere to store it on the wagon while not in use to get it out of the way.

The combination of the snack tray and the little plastic cubbies on each side of each seat provide enough snack flexibility. The cupholders are sized well for sippy-cup-sized drinks.

There are several mesh pockets sewn into the sides of the interior about big enough to hold a wipe container.

The Inside

The Veer Cruiser measures 30″ x 16″ x 13.5″. That is 13.5″ from the bottom of the footwell to the top of the side.

These dimensions make the Veer a tad wider than the Evenflo and Baby Trend but not quite as deep.

The insides of the Veer Cruiser stroller wagon
The Veer Cruiser is roomy enough for two toddlers but not much else

The Jeep Wrangler, Keenz 7S, and Radio Flyer Discovery are all 2 inches wider and 2 to 3 inches longer. The larger wagons have more room to wiggle, play and store things, whereas the Veer is more like climbing into the cockpit of a sports car.

The sides of the Cruiser are low enough for many children to be able to climb over. Kids view this as a big plus. For smaller tikes, one end of the wagon can be folded down for entry.

Part and Material Quality

With the substantial price tag of the Veer Cruiser you would expect a high level of quality and that’s what you get. Here are the overall ratings for part and material quality:

Graco Modes Adventure
97
Veer Cruiser
94
Larktale Caravan
91
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
90
Keenz 7S
90
Jeep Wrangler
90
Baby Trend Expedition
86
Radio Flyer Discovery
83
Wonderfold W1 Original
82
Ever Advanced
79

Our Cruiser was packaged well and had no discernible defects.

The frame is made of welded aluminum. The welds are very visible making you wonder whether the purpose is simply to look rugged. Whether that is true or not, the frame, handle and most other parts certainly feel rugged.

Most stroller wagons have zippers, buttons and velcro. The Veer has none of that, meaning there is not much to break, tear or snag.

The release buttons for folding the sides and handle operate crisply.

The axel assemblies have ball bearings and seem well made. The Veer is by no means a jogging stroller wagon. None of those exist.

However, to test the wheels we did run with the wagon. In our run test, the small swivel wheels shook badly, proving again that this product is not for running. To be fair, all the strollers had shakey wheels in the run test.

The little amount of fabric on the sides is durable.

Wheels

The tires are made of polyurethane. Other stroller wagons we tested have tires made from EVA foam and in some cases a combination of rubber and EVA foam.

We did not assess tire density or durability, however, if we had we would expect the Veer’s polyurethane tires to hold out longer than EVA foam tires on other wagons. EVA foam is typically less expensive and less robust.

Veer Cruiser vs Gladly Anthem 4

The Veer Cruiser stroller wagon next to the Gladly Anthem 4
The Veer Cruiser head to head with the Gladly Anthem 4

Although the Veer Cruiser is a 2-seat stroller wagon and the Anthem4 is a 4-seater, you may consider the Anthem4 as an alternative to the Veer.

Both wagons are designed with large wheels in front and swivel wheels in the back. In our tests, they both scored very well on steering and maneuverability.

Advantages of the Anthem 4 over the Veer Cruiser:

  • It has a lower price
  • It comes standard with a canopy, large storage compartment and a nap mat
  • It has quite a bit more internal space

Even if you don’t plan to use the wagon for more than two or three children, the additional width and leg room of the Anthem 4 makes for a more comfortable experience and extra storage space.

Our full review of the Gladly Anthem4

Advantages of the Veer Cruiser over the Anthem 4:

  • Better build quality
  • A smooth, reliable folding mechanism

The Anthem 4 has a tight, compact fold, but the folding button itself sometimes sticks and requires some shaking to make it engage. Other than that problem area, the Anthem 4 performance compares very favorably with the Veer in most every respect.

Veer Cruiser vs Evenflo Pivot Xplore

The Evenflo Pivot Xplore and Veer Cruiser stroller wagons facing forward, side by side
The Evenflo Pivot Explore and Veer Cruiser side by side

In our testing, the Veer and Evenflo stroller wagons came out number one and two respectively. The Xplore is roughly half the price of the Veer. It includes a built-in canopy and nice-sized storage bag out of the box.

Our full review of the Evenflo Pivot Xplore wagon

Our full comparison of the Veer and Evenflo wagons

Advantages of the Evenflo Pivot Xplore over the Veer Cruiser:

  • Half the price
  • Handles like a stroller
  • Front folds down for very small children to crawl in on their own
  • Large, accessible storage container included

Advantages of the Veer Cruiser over the Pivot Xplore:

  • More rugged construction
  • Can handle bigger bumps in push mode
  • Parent cupholders included
  • It looks cool

Both of these stroller wagons are easy to fold and stow. Both have reasonably comfortable seats, though neither have reclining seats. Both are quite maneuverable compared to their peers.

Veer Cruiser vs Wonderfold

Read our full comparison of the Veer vs Wonderfold.

Veer Cruiser vs Keenz

Read our full comparison of the Veer vs Keenz.