Evenflo Pivot Xplore Stroller Wagon Review

In our hands-on testing of the nine most popular stroller wagons on the market, the Evenflo Pivot Xplore scored higher than all but the Veer Cruiser. And the Xplore is half the price.

It excels in maneuverability, folding, transport and overall quality, and compares favorably to other wagons in the kid comfort and usability category.



Evenflo Pivot Xplore


Test Lab Score 80

Recommended

Lots of value, high performing, moderate cost




Parent Comfort and Usability
68
Kid Comfort and Usability
67
Steering, Maneuverability
86
Folding, Transport
91
Part and Material Quality
90

How it Compares

Here’s how the Pivot Xplore shapes up against the other 2-seat stroller wagons we tested. All of the wagons have very positive customer reviews, but in a side-by-side comparison, the Xplore comes out on top in several areas.

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Test Lab Score808379767572727169
Parent Comfort and Usability
68
69
66
85
71
66
87
57
92
Kid Comfort and Usability
67
67
70
67
66
70
57
58
62
Steering, Maneuverability
86
95
72
77
72
70
77
73
39
Folding, Transport
91
92
92
67
85
76
49
85
60
Part and Material Quality
90
94
97
86
83
79
90
82
90
SpecificationsThis Product
Seats2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Weight34.7 lbs32.5 lbs30.5 lbs42.0 lbs30.5 lbs33.1 lbs32.0 lbs33.0 lbs46.2 lbs
Capacity in Pounds110 lbs110 lbs100 lbs110 lbs120 lbs110 lbs110 lbs180 lbs110 lbs
Minimum Age6 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 No
Grass Rating10 10 9 8 7 8 8 8 7
Time to Assemble21 min13 min17 min18 min25 min12 min21 min15 min16 min
Dirt, Crumb Removal Rating7 9 7 8 9 9 9 9 9
Storage Volume Rating7 1 3 8 3 5 10 4 10
Car Seat Adapter IncludedNo No No Yes No No No No Yes
Additional Accessories IncludedCanopy, Snack Tray Snack Tray Canopy Canopy w/ Mosquito Netting, Nap Mat, Snack Tray Canopy Canopy, Snack Tray Canopy, Cooler Bag Canopy Canopy, Cooler Bag
Folding Time20 sec20 sec19 sec28 sec36 sec53 sec54 sec30 sec31 sec
Folded Size9.0 cu ft7.9 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 No No One of two No No No No
Kid CupholdersYes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No
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Where it Fits Among Other Choices

Stroller wagons differ from other kid wagons in that they can be pushed like a stroller and usually have other kid-friendly features like seat harnesses, snack trays, cupholders, and canopies.

The Pivot Xplore is a mainstream product, priced below several popular 2-seat wagons and even with others.

It is a reasonable alternative to a double stroller, though without reclining seats, not as comfortable for the kidos.

Most Common Complaints

Every product has weaknesses. We read every negative customer review (3-stars and under) and summarized the criticisms to compare them with our own experience.

CriticismOur Experience
Handle too lowThe handle adjusts between 37″ and 40″. The highest setting is one or two inches less than other stroller wagons. It wasn’t a problem for our mom and dad testers who ranged in height from 5′ 4″ to 5′ 10″ but could be low for taller parents.
Doesn’t lock when folded upTrue. There is nothing to hold it in its folded position which sometimes makes it tip over when standing folded.
Bulky when foldedWe found it to be less bulky folded than many other wagons, but not as compact as the Radio Flyer Discovery or Veer Cruiser.
Canopies come off too easilyTrue. They sometimes come loose when folding, unfolding or being grabbed by toddler hands.
Front wheels wobbleIn our normal-use test, the wheels did not wobble. In our go-very-fast test, they did wobble, but so did the wheels on all the other wagons at higher speeds.
Difficult to move while folded, heavy, bulkyIt is easier to fold, lift and stow than most other stroller wagons we tested.
Weak stitchingWe saw no evidence of weak stitching
Difficult to fold and unfoldIt folds in 20 seconds, unfolds in 13 seconds and we rank the ease of folding 9 out of 10. However, it is not a super-fast, single-motion, one-hand fold mechanism.
Folding hinge brokeWorks fine for us
Screws rust when left outside, fabric fadesWe haven’t tested leaving it outside
Wheel comes offSome stroller wagons had wheels slip off. This one did not.
Brakes don’t always lockThere are separate breaks for each rear wheel. They don’t always engage smoothly. We rated brake effectiveness lower for this wagon than others.
Handle slides down to low positionHandle always stays up for us
Not all-terrainTrue. Although the Xplore did well in our terrain tests compared to most other wagons, the tires are not wide enough to perform well in soft sand, gooey mud or paths with big tree roots.
Not enough space for kids feetThe footwell is 11″ from seat to seat and 3.5″ deep. That is on the small side. However, most 2-seaters don’t have a footwell at all.
Limited storage spaceThe storage bag is smaller than some other wagons. There is no space for storage inside the wagon when two kids are seated.
Canopies don’t cover the whole wagonTrue. We estimate that the canopies provide about 50% total coverage. However, they are adjustable so the sun can be effectively blocked in most situations.

Kid Travel’s Evenflo Xplore Video Review

Kid Travel’s video review of the Evenflo Pivot Xplore stroller wagon

Testing and Research

We conducted 65 tests over a period of three months. We observed how it performed against 5 other 2-seat stroller wagons and two 4-seat wagons. This was a kid favorite.

Parent Comfort and Usability

Our children come first, but the gear has to work for parents too! We took a close look at features that are important to parents including storage, handles, customer service, brakes, cup holders, cleaning, car seat adapters, assembly, and even the manual.

Here are the scores for parent comfort and usability:

Jeep Wrangler
92
Keenz 7S
87
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

The Pivot Xplore didn’t shine in this category.

Out of the box, it is missing a car seat adapter. We didn’t immediately realize that there are two parent cupholders, but they aren’t sized or positioned well.

Cloth cupholders on the rear sides of the pivot xplore
Fabric cupholder sleeves on both sides of the wagon

The handle only goes to 40 inches and could stand to be higher for taller parents. It is comfortable but we prefer the handles with a more rounded shape.

Brakes were adequate but not as effective as those on other wagons.

Unpackaging and assembly time was a decent 21 minutes and the user manual is very good.

We wrote to customer service and they responded 57 minutes later.

Storage Volume Ranking

Jeep Wrangler
10
Keenz 7S
10
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

You hope to have extra storage space when you buy a stroller wagon. The Evenflo comes with a moderately-sized storage bag in a handy location under the handle.

Evenflo pivot xplore storage bag under handle
Storage bag conveniently located under the handle

There is no additional storage if the wagon is occupied by two children.

Cleaning

The Evenflo isn’t difficult to clean. The fabric is resilient and spot cleanable. It is not removable but that isn’t necessary for cleaning.

The Xplore is average when it comes to crumb removal. There aren’t too many cracks where crumbs can collect, but there is a footwell to be cleaned.

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
Graco Modes Adventure
7

The footwell can help keep dirt and mud off of the seats unless children are climbing in and out by themselves with muddy shoes.

Brake Operation

The Pivot Xplore is the only stroller wagon we tested with a separate brake pedal on each rear wheel. All the other wagons had a single pedal that braked both wheels.

We tested with bare feet and releasing the brake required some pressure and hurt our feet.

The brake didn’t always engage the first time and didn’t stop the fully weighted wagon as quickly as brakes on other wagons.

Evenflo Pivot Xplore brake pedal on the left rear wheel
Single brake pedal for each rear wheel

Steering and Maneuverability

The Xplore Pivot is easier to steer and push than many other stroller wagons. It is not quite as long as some, so it feels more like turning a stroller than turning a wagon.

Veer Cruiser
95
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
86
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

We tested the Xplore loaded up with 80 lbs, 40 lbs in the front and 40 lbs in the back.

We pushed it through the grass and maneuvered over and around obstacles. While we don’t consider it to be truly all-terrain, it performed quite well on grassy soccer fields and parks.

We took it up and down hills, along paths, and over bumps. While it doesn’t push over bumps as well as the Veer that has large wheels in the front, it does perform well compared to other wagons.

If you need to use the wagon on paths with tree roots and branches, it is best to shift the handle to pull-mode. The pulling action lets you lift the front wheels over bumps as you pull and the larger wheels in the rear will roll over all but really big roots.

Handle transitions from push to pull mode

Bumpy terrain test:

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

The Xplore rear wheels are 10.5″ in diameter and 2.25″ in width. As you can see in the photo below they aren’t as wide as several other wagons with 12″ wheels but they are a touch wider at 2.25″ than some others.

Generally, a bigger diameter helps with going over bumps and wider wheels help to go through soft sand and mud. All-terrain wheels that can navigate soft sand well are 4″ wide or more.

evenflo pivot xplore wheel size vs radio flyer discovery
Pivot Xplore rear wheel size vs the Radio Flyer Discovery

Staying Straight

When you go on long walks you don’t want to fight your stroller wagon to keep it going straight. The Evenflo wasn’t our best nor our worst performer in the veer test:

Veer Cruiser
17.2
Wonderfold W1 Original
16.0
Ever Advanced
15.0
Keenz 7S
14.9
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
14.6
Baby Trend Expedition
14.6
Radio Flyer Discovery
14.2
Graco Modes Adventure
14.1
Jeep Wrangler
5.8

Note that while the Veer Cruiser performed best in this test in the lab, in real-world conditions with a person pushing, it was actually more difficult than others to keep going straight due to its sensitivity to handle pressure.

Pushing and Turning Force

When making sharp turns from a dead stop, the Evenflo required less force to turn than most other wagons:

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
Ever Advanced
33.0 lbs
Jeep Wrangler
36.4 lbs

And the force required to get it rolling straight from a dead stop while weighted was also less than most others:

Evenflo Pivot Xplore
11.0 lbs
Veer Cruiser
11.0 lbs
Baby Trend Expedition
12.1 lbs
Radio Flyer Discovery
12.6 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

Overall we found the Evenflo Pivot Xplore and the Veer Cruiser to be the best and easiest when it comes to steering. The Evenflo navigates cleaning through narrow 28″ doors.

Maneuverability Ratings:

Evenflo Pivot Xplore
9
Veer Cruiser
9
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

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
Jeep Wrangler
60
Keenz 7S
49

Folding

The Evenflo Xplore can be folded in 20 seconds and unfolded in 13. Not too shabby but also not the one-hand, one-motion fold action you find with some strollers. Fold time:

Graco Modes Adventure
19 sec
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
20 sec
Veer Cruiser
20 sec
Baby Trend Expedition
28 sec
Wonderfold W1 Original
30 sec
Jeep Wrangler
31 sec
Radio Flyer Discovery
36 sec
Ever Advanced
53 sec
Keenz 7S
54 sec
Folding the Evenflo Pivot Xplore and standing it up folded
The Xplore folds easily, doesn’t require the removal of accessories, but doesn’t always stay standing up!

Folded Size in Cubic Feet

Keenz, Jeep, Evenflo and Radio Flyer stroller wagons standing folded
The Xplore is relatively compact when folded

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
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

It fits easily into the trunk of a small sedan.

Evenflo Pivot Xplore in the trunk of a small sedan
There is quite a bit of room left in the trunk with the Xplore stroller wagon
Putting the Evenflo Xplore in a minivan
Stowing the Pivot Xplore in a minivan and convincing it to stay standing

Kid Comfort and Usability

Kids use a stroller wagon to play, ride, snack and sleep so we evaluated these criteria and more. The Evenflo ranks well for kid comfort and usability:

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

Seats

Pivot Xplore seats are padded and reasonably comfortable. They are not ventilated and they do not recline.

Evenflo Pivot Xplore seat and mesh storage pocket
Seat and mesh pocket for storage or drink

There is a footwell that allows kids to sit in a more natural seated posture than by wagons that don’t have a footwell. The Evenflo footwell is not wide between seats or deep. It is 11″ x 12″ on the sides and 3.5″ top to bottom.

Evenflo Pivot Xplore seats and mesh footwell
The Evenflo Xplore seats and footwell under a snack tray

Snack Tray and Storage

A removable snack tray with kid cupholders fits across the middle of the wagon. The tray and cupholders are deep enough to keep snacks and cups in unless you are flying over major bumps.

Pivot Xplore snack tray and cupholders go across the center of the wagon and is removable with buttons on the side
Evenflo Pivot Xplore snack tray and cup holders

There is also an elastic mesh storage pocket sewn into the insides on each side that can be used for storing a bottle or toy.

The Inside

The Pivot Xplore doesn’t have room for kids to move around or play. It functions more as a double stroller than wagon in that sense.

The inner dimensions are 30″ x 15″ by 15″. This is roughly the same size as the Veer although the Evenflo has a bit higher sides.

Stroller wagons that are boxier in shape and look more like classical wagons are typically larger and have more room for play and storage. These include the Radio Flyer Discovery, Jeep Wrangler and Keenz 7S. Those wagons are 2 or 3″ longer and 2″ wider than the Xplore.

The boxy wagons also have a flat inner surface that can be used for napping while the Xplore does not.

For toddlers who want to climb into the Xplore without being lifted, the front folds down. The sides are low enough in general for bigger toddlers to be able to climb over them.

Part and Material Quality

We found that the Pivot Xplore is a high-quality product overall. Here are the ratings for part and material quality:

Graco Modes Adventure
97
Veer Cruiser
94
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

The Evenflo arrived with all the parts and included spare parts and tools. The packaging was protective and the manual is excellent with helpful pictures and explanatory text.

The frame is solid and the folding mechanism seems sound although we don’t have long-term experience with it.

The wheel, axel and bearing assembly seem high quality. The wheels do not have springs or shocks.

The canopy is easy to open and close. As we’ve noted, the canopies can slide off of their mountings when kids pull on them and when the wagon is being folded or unfolded. This is annoying but they are easy to slide back on.

There are no buttons, zippers or velcro to break or wear out.

Wheels

The wheels are made of a combination of plastic and rubber in contrast to most other wagons with wheels made from EVA foam.

Evenflo Pivot Xplore vs Wonderfold

The wonderfold w4 elite stroller wagon facing the evenflo pivot xplore wagon
The Wonderfold W4 Elite head to head with the Evenflo Pivot Xplore

We tested the 4-seat Wonderfold W4 Elite. If you are comparing Wonderfolds to the Pivot Xplore, the W2 version is a 2-seater that is a more apples-to-apples comparison.

The Wonderfolds are more classic wagon-shaped strollers. they have reclining seats with a deeper footwell that results in a roomier, more comfortable ride.

Generally, the Wonderfold is great for kids but not so great for parents. It is more difficult than other wagons to fold, stow and steer. Whereas the Evenflo performs well in all of those areas.

Our full review of the Wonderfold W4 Elite

Advantages of the Wonerfold over the Evenflo:

  • Reclining seats
  • More foot room
  • A flat surface to nap or play on (without the seats)
  • Larger storage space

Advantages of the Evenflo over the Wonderfold:

  • Lower price
  • Folds more easily and more compact when folded
  • Maneuvers like a stroller

Evenflo Pivot Xplore vs Baby Trend Expedition

The evenflo pivot xplore stroller wagon sitting next to the baby trend expedition
The Pivot Xplore with the Baby Trend Expedition stroller wagon

These two stroller wagons are similar in price with the Evenflo generally running higher. The inner dimensions of these wagons is almost identical except that the Evenflo has a footwell.

In our testing the Xplore outperformed the Expedition in most categories including steering and maneuverability, folding and transport, and part and material quality. The Expedition came out ahead in parent comfort and usability in part because of its additional storage space and the car seat included with the base model.

The Baby Trend is bulky when folded making it more cumbersome to load and stow in a vehicle. There is no footwell and the seats are straight up and down resulting in a less comfortable ride for children. It also didn’t perform quite as well in our terrain and steering tests.

See our full review of the Baby Trend Expedition 2-in-1 Wagon

Evenflo Pivot Xplore vs Veer Cruiser

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

These were the top two performing 2-seater wagons in our testing and we recommend both of them. The Xplore is significantly less expensive but the Veer has rugged construction not found in any other stroller wagon.

See our full review of the Veer Cruiser.

While there is a lot to love about the Veer, the Xplore comes better equipped out of the box with additional storage and canopies, all for a lower price.

Evenflo Pivot Xplore vs Jeep Wrangler

See our full comparison: Evenflo Pivot Xplore vs Jeep Wrangler stroller wagons