Larktale Caravan Stroller Wagon Review

We ran the Larktale Caravan stroller wagon through 65 tests to compare it with the best stroller wagons on the market.

Larktale caravan stroller wagon

The Larktale performed well enough against the others to win our purchase recommendation primarily for its comfort and usability scores for kids and parents, as well as good maneuverability.

There are a few problems to be aware of in folding and usability that we discuss below.



Larktale Caravan


Test Lab Score 80

Recommended

Maneuverable, comfortable and full featured out of the box



Parent Comfort and Usability
85
Kid Comfort and Usability
77
Steering, Maneuverability
80
Folding, Transport
66
Part and Material Quality
91

How it Compares

The Larktale is one of the higher-priced 2-passenger wagons, priced lower than the Veer Cruiser, about the same as the Keenz 7S, and higher than popular wagons like the Evenflo Pivot Xplore and Baby Trend Expedition wagon.

It is shaped like a traditional, rectangular wagon and feels more like a wagon than a stroller. It has a push-handle like a stroller and a front handle for pulling, though the front handle isn’t really a handle.

Although it is shaped, and feels like a wagon, it has incorporated a footwell and reclining seats which provide adequate comfort for long, seated rides.

We bought the version of the Caravan that comes with two canopies, a rain cover and insect cover. There is a lower-cost version that does not include the canopies or covers.

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Test Lab Score80838079767572727169
Parent Comfort and Usability
85
69
68
66
85
71
66
87
57
92
Kid Comfort and Usability
77
67
67
70
67
66
70
57
58
62
Steering, Maneuverability
80
95
86
72
77
72
70
77
73
39
Folding, Transport
66
92
91
92
67
85
76
49
85
60
Part and Material Quality
91
94
90
97
86
83
79
90
82
90
SpecificationsThis Product
Seats2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Weight38.0 lbs32.5 lbs34.7 lbs30.5 lbs42.0 lbs30.5 lbs33.1 lbs32.0 lbs33.0 lbs46.2 lbs
Capacity in Pounds100 lbs110 lbs110 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 Rating9 10 10 9 8 7 8 8 8 7
Time to Assemble15 min13 min21 min17 min18 min25 min12 min21 min15 min16 min
Dirt, Crumb Removal Rating7 9 7 7 8 9 9 9 9 9
Storage Volume Rating8 1 7 3 8 3 5 10 4 10
Car Seat Adapter IncludedNo / Separate No No No Yes No No No No Yes
Additional Accessories IncludedCanopy, rain cover, insect cover Snack Tray Canopy, Snack Tray Canopy Canopy w/ Mosquito Netting, Nap Mat, Snack Tray Canopy Canopy, Snack Tray Canopy, Cooler Bag Canopy Canopy, Cooler Bag
Folding Time47 sec20 sec20 sec19 sec28 sec36 sec53 sec54 sec30 sec31 sec
Folded Size8.3 cu ft7.9 cu ft9.0 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 ReclineYes No No No No One of two No No No No
Kid CupholdersNo Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No
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Negative Comments About the Caravan

Most Larktale Caravan owners are very happy. We read all reviews about the Larktale and recorded common criticisms so that we could evaluate whether they were true or not.

In this table we list the complaints and our own related experience.

CriticismOur Experience
5-point harness buckle difficult to fastenAgreed. You have to arrange pieces of the buckle together first before snapping it in.
Can’t see kids from rear with canopies upWhen the canopies are installed, whether up or pulled down, you can’t see into the wagon, and there is no peek-a-boo window.
No universal car seat adapterThere are three separate car seat adapters that accommodate different brands and models.
Doesn’t stay locked in open position, could close while usingNo. There is a catch that does keep the wagon locked open. It is true that it doesn’t always latch by itself.
Front wheel falls offThis didn’t happen to us. There is a wheel-release button that can cause the wheel to come off if depressed.
Footrest cover hard to zipYes, the zipper is hard to line-up and engage for the footrest cover.
Footrest cover awkward to engageThe cover lays over one of the seats when not in use. If you want to use the harness on that seat, you have to thread it through the cover, and that is an awkward process. It is easier just not to use the harness on that side, or not to use the footwell cover.
Wagon is too longThe wagon is 36″ long and roomy. This makes it slightly more difficult to turn, particularly in close quarters. Despite its length we found it to generally be very maneuverable.
Not good offroadThis wagon does fine on grass, on packed gravel and flat surfaces. It does not do well surmounting bumps or obstacles.
Canopies difficult to insertWe thought the canopies were simple to insert and release from their mounts. It was time-consuming to fasten the canopy velcro correctly.
Plastic pokes through canopyNot for us.
Heavy to push, bulkyWe found it easy to push on typical surfaces. It is a bit heavier than some 2-seat wagons.

Testing and Research

We surveyed all the stroller wagons on the market and purchased the best-reviewed wagons for hands-on testing. We keep and continue to use each of the wagons we test to have a realistic, measurable comparison.

We tested the Caravan in five categories outlined below. Tests are conducted by multiple people over a period of time and compared to test results of other wagons.

Folding and Transport

The Larktale Caravan had mixed results in the category of 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

It folds quite fast without the canopies and much slower when they are properly seated and velcro-ed in.

Folding

The Larktale fold process includes folding down the handle, pulling up from the inside of the wagon, latching the wagon closed with a clip and removing the canopies.

The fold process without the canopies is 10 to 12 seconds long. Removing and stowing the attached canopies can take an extra 40 to 45 seconds.

If you can get by without the canopies, it is a breeze. You will want the canopies at most outdoor events where you anticipate sunshine.

Fold times (including canopies):

Graco Modes Adventure
19 sec
Veer Cruiser
20 sec
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
20 sec
Baby Trend Expedition
28 sec
Wonderfold W1 Original
30 sec
Jeep Wrangler
31 sec
Radio Flyer Discovery
36 sec
Larktale Caravan
47 sec
Ever Advanced
53 sec
Keenz 7S
54 sec

Note: The Veer Cruiser measurement was without a canopy.

Folded Size in Cubic Feet

The Caravan is in the middle of the pack for 2-passenger wagons at 8.3 cubic feet folded.

keenz 7s, larktale caravan and graco modes adventure folded and standing
Keenz 7S, Larktale Caravan, Graco Modes Adventure

Folded sizes 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

We were able to push it into the trunk of our Honda Civic, but just barely.

Larktale caravan fit inside our honda civic
Larktale Caravan in the trunk of a Honda Civic

Weight

Without the canopies, the Larktale is 33 lbs. The canopies and rain and insect cover add almost 5 lbs.

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

Weight certainly makes a difference when you have to lift the wagon into your vehicle frequently.

Kid Comfort and Usability

The Larktale Wagon was the highest scoring 2-seater in the areas that impact Kid comfort and usability:

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

Footwell

Most boxy 2-passenger wagons like the Jeep, Baby Trend, Keenz 7S Original, Ever Advanced and Radio Flyer do not have a footwell. The Larktale does have a roomy footwell that measures 15″ x 12″ x 6.5″.

Footwell of the Larktale Caravan
Larktale Caravan footwell, with footwell cover laying on right seat.

A padded footwell cover folds over from the front seat to cover the footwell. It zips close to form a flat inner surface in the wagon for napping on and playing in.

The footwell cover zipper is difficult to access and engage the zipper.

footwell cover zipper
Larktale Caravan with footwell cover closed but not zipped

When the cover is open, it rests on one of the seats and covers the lower harness strap. The harness can be threaded through the slit in the cover and the buckle reattached in theory. However, we had an extremely difficult time getting the strap back through the buckle to the point where we gave up and just don’t use the harness on that end of the wagon.

Aside from those problems with the cover we love that it is built-in and provides a footwell and non-footwell version of the wagon.

Larktale with footwell cover zipped
Cover closed and zipped

Seats

The seats are padded and comfortable. The footwell adds to the comfortable seating because kids don’t have to have their legs stretched out in front of them.

The wagon is also long enough to reduce the fighting over legroom.

Both seats can be reclined with a simple strap release on the seat backs. This makes napping in the seats possible as it is in most strollers.

Seat recline control
Squeeze to adjust the amount of seat recline

Snack Tray and Kid Storage

There are some small inner pockets for kids but no snack tray is included in the base model. A side-mounted snack tray with kid cupholder can be purchased separately.

The separate snack trays are hard for kids to reach because the sides of the wagon are high.

The Inside

The Larktale has the largest inner dimensions of any we tested at 35″ L x 17″ W x 20″ H. The height is measured from the bottom of the footwell to top of the side. The manufacturer gives the inner measurements as 36″ x 18″ but we feel like you lose a little of that to the seat thickness.

When the seats are reclined the wagon has an even roomier feel. The size difference is illustrated in the photo below where the Larktale with one seat reclined sits next to the Keenz 7S.

Larktale in front and Keenz 7S insides in back
Larktale in foreground, Keenz 7S in background.

Getting In and Out

The sides of this wagon are high, so smaller children are not able to climb in unassisted. The good news is that the canopies push easily out of the way so you can drop kids in from the top.

Agile 2-year-olds and older kids will probably be able to climb in over the side by stepping on the frame.

Canopies

The Larktale canopies are UPF 50+ and provide almost complete coverage from the sun when they are closed.

The release buttons are difficult to find by touch. I grope at them and then often have to look to find and press the buttons to remove the canopies.

It is easy enough to put them in their mounts, but to maneuver the fabric to the back of the seats and attach the velcro, then slide the side fabric through and attach its velcro takes time.

There is quite a bit of headroom at the back of the seats when the canopies are down.

While pushing the wagon, you can’t see past the canopies into the wagon and there is no window in the canopy to look through.

View from the back of the Larktale
View from the back of the Larktale

Parent Comfort and Usability

The Larktale tested well in areas that parents care about like storage space, cup holders, the handles and brakes. Scores in Parent Comfort and Usability:

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

Handles

The handle height is adjustable from 31.5″ to 46″ with a practical upper limit of about 43″. This is a large range compared to most other wagons.

Handle height difference between the Keenz 7S and Larktale Caravan
The Larktale handle on the right is significantly higher than the Keenz 7S on the left.

The faux leather handle is comfortable although I personally don’t like the feel of the stitching on the inner part of the handle.

It folds down by pushing two buttons simultaneously. This is typical for most wagons but those that have a single button are easier to use.

There is a cross bar in the front that can be used to pull the wagon. It works in a pinch but not as well as a true pull handle which must be purchased separately.

Larktale Caravan Pull Handle

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

There is a nice storage basket mounted on the front of the wagon with a small inner mesh pocket.

Larktale Caravan front storage basket
Storage basket mounted on the front

Underneath the basket is a zippered mesh compartment for keeping wet or smelly things separated.

larktale vented compartment
Vented compartment under the main storage bin

There are a few storage compartments at the back of the wagon under the handle. One of these works as a water bottle holder.

rear view of the larktale showing three storage pockets and the brake pedal

Cleaning

The canvas and fabric of the Larktale cleans up fine. Some people complain that it also fades in the sun, so follow the cleaning instructions and don’t use any soap that could affect the color.

There is easy access to the inside of the wagon for cleaning out, or dumping out, crumbs. But there are a few places they can hide along seams and under the footwell cover. 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
Larktale Caravan
7
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
7
Graco Modes Adventure
7

Brake Operation

The single brake pedal is easy to see and engage. It has a spring inside that reduces the force required to disengage the brake. We tried it barefoot and it didn’t hurt our feet.

In our runaway wagon test, it took a couple of tries to get the brake to engage as the wagon was rolling weighted, downhill. When it did engage the wagon stuttered a few times before stopping.

Overall the brake functions quite well.

Larktale caravan rear wheels and brake pedal
Single rear brake pedal of the Larktale

Steering and Maneuverability

larktale weighted down for testing
Every wagon is terrain and maneuverability tested with 80 lbs, 40 lbs in the front and 40 lbs in the back.

The Larktale is a long wagon and it performed better in our steering and maneuverability testing than we expected.

Steering and maneuverability ratings:

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

Pushing and Turning

The force required to get the weighted wagon rolling at a walking pace was fairly typical.

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

However, the force to make a 90 degree turn from a dead stop was high compared to many wagons, probably because of the length of the Caravan.

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 wagon turned quite easily while it was moving.

Terrain Performance

We pushed the loaded wagon on grass, up hills, on bumpy sidewalks and on trails. Generally, it felt very smooth, but it is not built for bumpier terrain.

Grass: The Larktale rolled through grassy fields and yards with little resistance. Even making turns on the grass when fully loaded was not a problem.

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

Hills: It also did a good a job going straight uphill. It was hard to go perpendicular across hills as the front of the stroller pulled downhill.

Veer Cruiser
10
Larktale Caravan
9
Graco Modes Adventure
8
Evenflo Pivot Xplore
7
Baby Trend Expedition
7
Radio Flyer Discovery
7
Ever Advanced
7
Keenz 7S
7
Wonderfold W1 Original
7
Jeep Wrangler
5

Bumps: The Larktale did not do well pushing over 1-inch bumps in the sidewalk or similarly sized obstacles on trails. It wasn’t bad on leafy ground but didn’t handle sticks and roots well.

Larktale offroad

Bump ratings:

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

The spring suspension in front and rear wheels, along with the nicely shaped rubber tires give it a smooth ride. The wheels are typical in diameter and width for stroller wagons, and are not adequate for true, all-terrain operation.

Staying Straight

On smooth surfaces, the Larktale did a great job of going straight and not veering to one side or the other while pushing.

Straight push test results:

Larktale Caravan
19.0
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

Steering

Overall Maneuverability Rating:

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

Part and Material Quality

The Larktale Caravan Wagon is durable. Here are the scores 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

While we don’t care for a few design decisions like the harness buckle, footwell cover zipper, footwell harness threading and canopy velcroing, we didn’t find problems with the parts or material.

The buttons, clips, velcro and zippers work well. The footwell cover zipper works but is hard to access. We didn’t have any problem with it separating, although one customer reported that.

Handle and Folding Mechanism

The handle operates crisply and stays firmly in place. The folding mechanism is smooth and easy. The lock that keeps the wagon frame fixed in an open position sometimes doesn’t latch by itself.

clip that holds the larktale closed when folded
Clip that keeps the Larktale closed when folded

Wheels

The front wheels are 8 inches in diameter and 1.75 inches wide. The rear wheels are 11.5 inches in diameter and 1.75 inches wide. Slightly wider wheels would be nice but wouldn’t be enough to make it all-terrain.

larktale front wheel
The front wheels have locks to force them to stay straight which we never use.

We like the rubber treads on the wheels. They are adequate for the wagon’s 100 lb weight limit and produce a smooth ride for kids on flat surfaces.

rear larktale wheel in the foreground and front wheel in background
Front and rear wheels have spring suspension

Larktale Caravan Wagon vs Keenz 7S

Keenz 7S and Larktale Caravan

The Keenz 7S and Larktale both have folding metal frames and a similar shape. They also both come well-equipped out of the box and have similar pricing.

The Keenz XC models have a footwell and reclining seats. The 2-passenger Larktale is a bigger wagon inside than the Keenz 2-seaters. The recline of the Larktale seats gives it even more room inside.

Both wagons have high sides which makes it impossible for small children to see directly over the sides.

The canopies have very different designs and their own strengths and weaknesses.

On the whole, the Larktale performed better in maneuverability, folding and transport and kid comfort while the Keenz 7S edged out the Larktale in parent comfort and usability. The Keenz XC has additional features that improve its kid comfort scores.

See our full review of the Keenz 7S here.

Advantages of the Larktale Caravan over the Keenz 7S:

  • Better maneuverability
  • Slightly better folding and stowing
  • Footwell and footwell cover
  • Reclining seats
  • Included rain cover and insect cover

Advantages of the Keenz 7S over the Larktale:

  • More storage overall
  • Insulated cooler bag
  • Better pull handle
  • Easier buckle operation