If you ask me to list down my most-recommended lightweight strollers for travel, Baby Jogger City Tour 2 would effortlessly land high on my list. It simply has every important feature that I think a parent, like me, would ever need, not just for travel but even for daily use.
However, another noteworthy release from Baby Jogger, the City Tour Lux, made me think twice about City Tour 2. It is lightweight and boasts of several delightful features that the City Tour 2 does not have.
BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR 2 VS BABY JOGGER CITY TOUR LUX – WHICH IS BETTER?
|City Tour 2||City Tour Lux|
|Folded Dimensions (inches)||17.7 x 7.1 x 21.6||17.71 x 9.05 x 22.04|
|Stroller Weight (Lb)||14.3 lbs.||19.82 lbs|
|Stroller Weight Capacity (lb)||45 lbs.||45 lbs.|
|Underneath basket Weight Capacity (lb) –||15 lbs.||15.4 lbs|
Baby Jogger City Tour 2, being the newer model, clearly was designed to be lighter and portable, weighing only 14.3 lbs.
City Tour Lux weighs 19.8 lbs! That’s almost a 6-lb. difference in weight.
As for the folded size, The City Tour 2 appears to be a bit slimmer than City Tour Lux. It is also smaller when folded at 17.7 x 7.1 x 21.6 inches.
The underneath basket’s capacity is also about the same for these strollers. They can both carry around 15 lbs. of additional cargo.
City Tour 2 and City Tour Lux are can be folded to a compact square and should have no problems fitting inside most overhead bins of airplanes. However, please ask your airline ahead of time to be sure as some airlines have stricter policies.
From my experience, it is best to put the stroller inside a stroller bag so they will just see it as a regular luggage.
Good thing both strollers come with their own carry bags. City Tour 2 has its own shoulder tote bag.
Baby Jogger City Tour Lux, on the other hand, has a backpack-style bag. It is pretty snug so putting other bulky items inside may not be advisable. It also comes with an integrated shoulder strap and a hand strap which City Tour 2 does NOT have.
Both strollers will retire at about the same time for your child. Each stroller has a maximum weight capacity of 45 lbs. CDC standards indicate that 45 lbs. is the average weight of a 6 year old. Meaning either stroller will last your child well into toddlerhood.
Ease of Fold and Unfold
One of the things I look for in as stroller is an easy folding and unfolding process. I am usually out with my daughter alone so if the stroller takes a lot of effort to open and fold, I would not even consider.
What I like about Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is its true One-Hand Fold.
Flick the brakes on before you start to fold to keep the stroller steady. Then to fold, simply slide your thumb across the handlebar, to release the lock. Push the handlebar down to collapse the chassis. Last step to completely fold the stroller is to pull it up by handle strap located between the seat and back rest to finish the folding process.
To see for yourself how this goes see this video.
Unfolding Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is also very easy. Just pull up the handlebar to separate the rest of the stroller from its base.
Folding the City Tour Lux is a bit more complicated. There are three steps to the Lux’s fold. First, bring the canopy in, folding it in towards the handlebar and folding it down onto the seat. Then second, locate the grey button on the handlebar. Then simultaneously push the button and push the handlebar down to collapse it, folding it down. Third, grasp the hand strap located right where the seat is folded. Pull the entire thing up so it folds in on itself automatically.
You can also check out the video below to see how the folding and unfolding process go on the City Tour Lux. Start at 1:12 if you are in a hurry.
You can find the unfolding demo of the City Tour Lux starting 1:47. Unfolding City Tour Lux is a little tricky compared to City Tour 2 and I am honestly not a fan of it.
While I would say technically you can also fold the City Tour Lux using just one hand, the simpler, continuous process of folding the City Tour 2 is what won me over in this aspect.
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Travel- System Ready
Both strollers were made to be paired with bassinets and car seats so your child can use it from birth. Baby Jogger designed specific bassinets that fit each of these stroller models perfectly and are travel ready. For the City Tour 2, Baby Jogger has the City Tour 2 Bassinet, which is a collapsible bassinet ready to be paired with the City Tour 2.
Meanwhile for the City Tour Lux, Baby Jogger designed the City Tour Lux Foldable Pram, which can be folded along with the City Tour Lux stroller.
You can also pair the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 with these car seats:
Meanwhile the Baby Jogger City Tour Lux can be paired with these car seats:
- Britax B-Safe
- Britax BOB B-Safe
- Chicco KeyFit 30
- Cybex Aton
- Cybex Aton Q
- Graco SnugRide Click Connect
- Maxi Cosi Mico AP
- Maxi Cosi Mico Max 30
Bonus Feature of Baby Jogger City Tour Lux
Baby Jogger City Tour Lux can also be installed with a glider board that you attach at the back can so your older kid can hitch a ride while you stroll. The maximum weight capacity of the glider board is 60 lbs.
So while the City Tour 2 by itself is more lightweight and portable, it appears City Tour Lux makes up for it by having more options for pairing. It seems Baby Jogger was really going for more design features when it comes to the City Tour Lux.
Strolling using both strollers should not be a problem no matter the season your baby is in. City Tour 2 and City Tour Lux have reclinable seats that you can recline during nap times. City Tour 2’s seat can recline up to 145 degrees and it is recommended to use it starting 6 months without a car seat or a bassinet.
Meanwhile the City Tour Lux has a near-flat recline making it more newborn-friendly as it can be used without a bassinet or a car seat starting 3 months old. It is really flat that some users even use it to change diapers.
But what’s really special about the City Tour Lux is its modular seat that allows both forward-facing and parent-facing positions. This is really a great feature especially for really young babies. You do not have this options with the City Tour 2.
Both these strollers seats have light padding so as not to be too bulky but not uncomfortable either. The seats are both about 17 inches wide so they should be plenty spacious for your little one.
The canopies are both 3-paneled canopies with solid sun visors and peek-a-boo windows. The sun visors on both strollers have a flick out function and are made up of UV 50+ material.
So either stroller offer significant sun protection for your child while allowing you to quietly check on them whenever you want.
Another common feature of the City Tour Lux and City Tour 2 is the adjustable leg rest. Both strollers’ leg rests can be adjusted to provide more support for your little one’s legs.
Maneuverability and Suspension
|City Tour 2||City Tour Lux|
|Wheel Size (inches)||Front: 5
Similarly, City Tour 2 and City Tour Lux have front swivel wheels that are the same size, with both strollers’ front wheels slightly smaller than the rear wheels. Both strollers also have detachable wheels, so you can pack them away separately if you want to.
The difference of the wheels is seen in the materials they are made of. The City Tour 2 has lightweight rubber tires, while the City Tour Lux’s wheels are made of hard plastic.
The City Tour 2’s rubber wheels make for better bump absorption and gives it better traction. Therefore, it is more adaptable to different kinds of terrains.
Meanwhile, I would not recommend the City Tour Lux if you will be using it mostly outdoors. The hard plastic material of the City Tour Lux’s wheels may not be suitable for slippery or bumpy tracks. However, it did beef up its wheels by installing suspensions on all 4 wheels for a more stable ride.
Both the City Tour 2 and the City Tour Lux have a standard 5 point-harness to secure your child in place. The harness is simple and easy for parents to use, but not easily undone by children.
When it comes to the brakes however, these strollers have different mechanisms.
The City Tour 2 has the standard flick on and off brakes on its wheels that are flip-flop friendly.
On the other hand, City Tour Lux comes with a hand brake for parking. It has a simple flick on and off mechanism as well but is literally more handy.
Since the City Tour Lux allows its modular seat to switch positions, there is more space between the handlebar and the seat than there is on the City Tour 2.
But both handlebars are made of high-grade plastic and metal. They also both have the standard button located on the handlebar for easy one-hand folding, which I said earlier.
The City Tour Lux’s handlebar is at 39 inches from the ground, while the City Tour 2’s handlebar is 38.9 inches high. Meaning both handles are of the same height and can be driven easily by average height or even taller persons.
Since both strollers are lightweight strollers, they are fairly easy to push with one hand.
The Baby Jogger City Tour 2 can be purchased online. Depending on where you buy, the price ranges from $230 to $250 USD on Amazon. Click here to check latest price.
The Baby Jogger City Tour Lux stroller however, is a bit pricier. It retails at almost $300 USD. Click here to check latest price.
My 2 cents
City Tour 2 and City Tour Lux are both practical and sound purchases. However, I must say, if you have to choose one over the other, it would help to base it on what stage your child is in. If you are still expecting, I would say that you go for the City Tour Lux because you do not have to spend extra for a bassinet. Also, the modular seat that you can position either forward-facing or parent-facing is really an important feature to keep in mind.
Also, the City Tour Lux is more ideal if you have an older tot in tow because of its glider board option. But then again, it is a bit pricier than the City Tour 2.