Chicco Cortina Travel System Stroller Review – Explorer

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Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (33 reviews)

With a one-hand fold, the aluminum frame Cortina Travel System in Explorer print from Chicco® features a multiple position, fully-reclining seat, and an adjustable leg rest that provides comfort for your baby. The seat also has memory recline for your convenience – it remembers the position you last left it in before folding. The adjustable, removable, water-repellent canopy protects your baby from the weather. The large basket – which is accessible when the backrest is fully reclined – provides plenty of storage for all the things your baby needs. Linked rear brakes and a 5-point harness provide safety and all-wheel suspension gives just the right ride to your baby. An adjustable handle makes strolling comfortable for Mom or Dad. The KeyFit™ infant car seat has an innovative LATCH management system, easy belt routing and a spring-loaded leveling to make the infant car seat installation process easy. The centrally located one-pull tightening strap has made tightening the LATCH attachment simple. The KeyFit™ base also has wide belt routing loops with a built-in belt locking system if the vehicle does not have LATCH. Leveling the seat is easy with a spring-loaded leveling foot and easy-to-read liquid level indicators on both sides of the base. The harness has one-pull tightening and loosening for quick harness fitting. The thickly padded infant insert gives extra support for a smaller baby around the head, neck, back and bottom. The carrier shell is lined with energy absorbing foam.


  • Conforms to “new” FMVSS 213
  • Usage: from 4-22lbs/up to 30in., newborn insert from 4-11lbs.
  • Parent’s and child’s trays with cupholders.
  • Lighweight yet sturdy aluminum frame
  • Comes with KeyFit infant car seat and base

Additional Info





50 pounds

30.0 x 23.0 x 19.0

Chicco Cortina Travel System Stroller Review - Explorer4.6533
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33 Reviews for “Chicco Cortina Travel System Stroller Review – Explorer”

  1. Katie G on March 11th, 2007 at 12:00 am

    I just bought this travel system and have not had my baby yet. I have a 3 year old and I used the stroller at the mall of america for 8 hours and I could not recommend a better stroller. My 3 year old rode completely comfortably the whole time in the stroller without complaining of wanting to get out with the exception of using the bathroom and eating. I haven’t had a chance to use the carseat yet but the material is great! The stroller folds up really easily and the handle bar adjusts for height. My husband is 6’1 and I am 5’4 and both of us can push it comfortably! It is 100% worth the money for this set! I would recommend it to ANYONE who is expecting!! I can’t wait to use the carseat for my newborn!

  2. Dana on July 6th, 2007 at 12:00 am

    I went to the fire department to have them show me how to insert the base and the EMS person said that this was a very high quality carseat and asked where I purchased it. So, I feel pretty good about putting my baby in the carseat. The carseat is not lightweight, but the stroller is both durable and lightweight! I have had a great experience with this product and would buy it again. The stroller is very easy to open and close and the carseat is easy to snap into the base and the stroller.

  3. Ann on July 16th, 2007 at 12:00 am

    I absolutely love this travel system! It is lightweight, durable, and looks great!!

  4. Jules on July 20th, 2007 at 12:00 am

    This is the best carseat and stroller you could want to have. The stroller turns on a dime and is really easy to manuver with one hand – especially great when you’re trying to get through a heavy door without help! We have been using this system every day for 2 months and each time I put our daughter in it I am so happy we spent the extra money. I was not too happy, however, that the car seat base price went up [$] since they introduced the key fit 30 – it’s exactly the same base as the one that came with our travel system. I wish I had purchased the extra base 2 months ago. I have recommended this to everyone I know who’s having a baby – including a stranger who asked me about it in a store!

  5. Busy Mom on August 7th, 2007 at 12:00 am

    I received this travel system as a gift when I had my second child and I love it. Just the name chicco I knew I was getting good quality stuff. The stroller is very easy to manuver and it is very easy to fold up. The car seat is great, I have a large SUV and with my previous child I had a Graco car seat and it would constantly sway and move in the turns, but this one is a sure fit, and my daughter loved being in it so I knew she was comfortable. Plus it is very easy to remove the cloth and dump in washer and easy to put back. It is a great buy!

  6. Mandy SLP on August 9th, 2007 at 12:00 am

    We are overall very happy with this purchase. I feel that my son is very safe in the durable carseat and the base was easy to install with the latch system. It clicks in/out of the car and the stroller effortlessly. My son is 5 months old now, so to carry him in the carseat carrier is getting tougher, but I think that’s the case with many of the infant seats. I’d rather have this one than a lighter cheapo one. Some seats are able to fit in the seat of a grocery cart, but this one is too big, so that’s a drawback I guess, although they say that’s not safe anyhow. As for the stroller, I like how you can adjust the overhead awning so to protect baby from the sun. It folds up easily, but it is bulky to store in my trunk. Takes up a ton of space:( I also wish the basket underneath was bigger to store more stuff like some of the other strollers I’ve seen. The only other thing is we chose the explorer which is black, beige, with red trim. I now wish I’d chosen a lighter color b/c of the heat.
    Great product though and worth the $$$.

  7. ams on August 30th, 2007 at 12:00 am

    I got this at the store and said man this is alot of money but, then again I said I want the best for my baby right! So I got it and my baby loves it. I think the extra money was worth it! and yes it’s a little heavy but, that show’s the quality of what it’s made of.

  8. ryansmom on September 3rd, 2007 at 12:00 am

    I love the look of this travel system but the infant seat is very heavy. My son was only 5 pounds when he was born & even then it seemed very heavy. Also, I have an SUV & it is pretty awkward to lift the seat into the base because of it’s weight. The stroller is also pretty heavy when lifting it folded into the trunk, however when you are pushing it it feels very lightweight. Overall I’m happy with it, just hope I don’t have a bum back when my son gets older!!!

  9. Martha on September 17th, 2007 at 12:00 am

    I love this travel system. I hope my baby loves it too.

  10. (almost) mom of 2 on October 3rd, 2007 at 12:00 am

    I had another travel system from another company prior to purchasing this one. I can’t express how much I wish I had bought this one first! Some people have said it is heavy, but compared to what I had before, it is actually very light! I love how easy it is to install the base and get it tightly secured. The stroller lifts in and out of my small trunk very easily (I have a Toyota Corolla). My husband is a foot taller than me but we can both push the stroller comfortably thanks to the adjustable handle. The stroller is smaller than other travel systems, so it is very easy to maneuver in stores. Also very easy to steer with one hand. I think it was well worth my money to get this system. I have been using the stroller now for over a year and it is still in excellent condition. I used the car seat & base for about 8 months and after washing the fabric it looks brand new!

    Don’t make the same mistake I did- buy the Chicco first!!!

  11. Amy on October 23rd, 2007 at 12:00 am

    A must have! This travel system is very functional and light weight. We’ve tried others and we find chicco to be the very best. We love this stroller and car seat combo.

  12. Seattle guy on October 26th, 2007 at 12:00 am

    After doing a lot of research we settled for the Cortina travel system. It is easy to operate and the car seat has a very functional and easy-to-use locking system. Folding the stroller is easy too. (unlike the ones we tried at […] the did not seem intuitive.)It looks great too. The newborn insert is very useful for the first month. Just FYI – if you have a petite frame like my wife, you may find the car seat a bit heavy to carry along with a baby. But then all the car seats were as heavy or heavier; the only exception being one from Graco. However that Craco stroller did not look as sturdy as the Cortina. I would defniteley recommend it if you are ready to spend the extra dollars.

  13. Mom on the go on December 13th, 2007 at 12:00 am

    This was the best purchase we made!! Stroller was very easy to put together, the one hand break down lever system makes it very easy to fold up and unfold. It’s also light weight and very easy to clean. My baby loves the car seat and the colors will work for a boy or girl. We love this product!

  14. Mommy on the Move on January 13th, 2008 at 12:00 am

    So worth the extra money. Added bonus – new arm muscles!!! I’ll be ready for swimsuit season by June 🙂

  15. Mommy to Three Girls! on January 17th, 2008 at 12:00 am

    This is the best system we have ever had! The car seat is super comfy, our little Gracie loves to sleep in it, when we are out she is so cozy she never wakes! The carseat is convient and not to bulky so it is easy to get in and out of the car, also I love the little levels on the side that let you know the seat is in correctly. The stroller could not be any easier to open and close, one hand is all it takes, and the height of the stroller is adjustable, it is perfect easy to push and does not cause you to bend and hurt your back! We love this system we wish we had had it for our first two, it is well worth the money! We prefer the darker colors, we saw the green and grey system before we bought ours and it gets dirty fast, we got the black and orange,for our beloved Bengals! We highly recommend this combo, you will be glad you spent the extra money!

  16. First-time mama in Kansas on January 23rd, 2008 at 12:00 am

    This has been the best product – I’d recommend it to everyone. The base installs easily, the seat fits in and out with ease, my daughter is comfortable and housed safely, and the system has great safety ratings. All in all, it has everything you need. It can get heavy toting it around for long distances, but we wanted something tough and durable, especially for safety reasons. The fabric cover(s) on the seat, newborn insert, etc. all wash easily, too. Plus, the color is good for either gender. Great product!

  17. Maya's Mum on February 11th, 2008 at 12:00 am

    I did a lot of research before I purchased this travel system. I am very impressed with what I ended up with. To start it was so easy to put the stroller together, it literally just snapped together! The carseat base was very easy to install in the car. Our daughter, now 3 months old, is very comfortable in this seat and has been from the beginning. The material seems to be very durable and wipes up well when our daughter spits up. The stroller works wonders. We walk almost everyday and the stroller does well whether on smooth pavement or rough surfaces. The only thing I would change if I could would be how big and heavy the stroller is.

  18. TeacherMom on February 22nd, 2008 at 12:00 am

    I LOVE this travel system! The carseat is great! The base is super easy to install and my son is very comfortable in the seat. In fact, when he was a month old, it was the only place he would sleep at night! I really liked the head padding when we needed it. It kept his head from falling into awkward positions. The stroller is great too. I liked the “carriage” feature when my son was newborn. I could lie him flat and close the bottom part up by his feet and I would know he couldn’t slide out the bottom (first time mom)! The adjustable handle is also good, since my husband is very tall. The only thing I don’t like about the stroller is that when the seat is laying completely back or when you have the carseat attached, you can’t get to the basket underneath (makes for trouble when you want to put things in it). Also, the carseat is a bit heavy and the stroller a bit bulky, but the wonderful things about this product totally cancel out those factors! I wish Chicco made a convertible seat for when he grows out of it!

  19. Single Mother on March 3rd, 2008 at 12:00 am

    It’s wonderful. I didn’t give it a five because the stroller, although easy to collapse, is still quite bulky. I myself have a large car so it actually fits in the trunk, but smaller cars would find it difficult to put anywhere. The car seat is so simple, yet very secure. The base has such a wide range of heights and it’s so easy to adjust. The car seat and the stroller are very light weight. The padding on the car seat is very easy to remove for cleaning. And the stroller turns so easily. When my son wants to be held and we’re out and about, I can manuver it with one hand, no problem. Definitely worth the money!!!

  20. First-Time Mother on March 12th, 2008 at 12:00 am

    I absolutely love this travel set! The car seat is very easy to install, the stroller is incredibly smooth, and the material is very durable. A little heavy for a 110lb women, but the baby has a lot to do with that.

  21. mom of two on March 13th, 2008 at 12:00 am

    This system is great! the car seat is easy to install and easy to adjust the straps. the stroller is great, i love how the handle adjusts. my baby loves sitting in the car seat.

  22. Edie on March 31st, 2008 at 12:00 am

    Love this set. My #1 decision in purchasing this product was safety. I did hours upon hours of research and comparison and found this to be at the top of the list in safety and price. Yes, the seat and stroller are a little heavier then other systems, but I’d rather know that my baby is safe. I especially love how the stroller handles adjust to different heights. I’m 5’2″ and my husband is 6’3″ and it accomodates us both perfectly. The car seat fits easily in the base and it’s also easy to take out. I also love how the stroller seat reclines at different angles. I would purchase this system all over again if I needed to.

  23. Susan on April 3rd, 2008 at 12:00 am

    I have the green/ gray version of this stroller–it’s the same I believe only different color. (2007)–it’s great. Very stylish, fits in carseat well, easy to manipulate and stow in the car–it’s very lightweight and can be collapsed one-handed. I only have 2 minor cons with this product: the carrier cannot fit in grocery store/ department store carts–you have to set it down in the basket. The net basket can weaken/ tear along where it attaches to the bar–especially if you travel on airlines. But that could be with any stroller, too.

  24. Caleb's mommy on April 3rd, 2008 at 12:00 am

    This travel system was a gift and I absolutely love it. The stroller is great, and the car seat looks and is safe. I do admit that the car seat is a bit on the heavy side compared to Graco’s snug ride, but I didn’t like the Graco’s colors :)The car seat is slightly reclined so your baby’s head will not lean forward, but lean back and comfy for them. I love it.

  25. new mom on April 13th, 2008 at 12:00 am

    I have only used the carrier so far, since my baby is only 4 days old. The stroller was pretty easy to set up and my husband didn’t have any trouble putting the car seat in the car. However, the car seat is huge, so we had to put it in the middle of the back seat and it barely fit (and we have an SUV). All in all, I am really happy with everything else-my baby fit in it very well and the infant support was fine without having to put in extra padding.

  26. Everett's Mommy on April 13th, 2008 at 12:00 am

    GReat stroller! I love how you can adjust the handlebar higher or lower and it has like 4 cup holder so really convient. the car seat converts as your baby grows. I wish it fit in grocery cars though. awesome stroller. My friend got the graco and wishes she had mine.

  27. Katie on April 27th, 2008 at 12:00 am

    My daughter is 7 mo. old now, so we have been use this travel system for a while. I am moving on to a lightweight stroller and am happy to be doing so.
    The cons: the plastic bar that connects to the basket has to be reatthed every time the stroller is taken off.
    I had a “JJ Cole Bundle Me” in the car seat during the winter and the straps would not adjust the way I would have like them too. It was a tight fit.
    The Pros: Overall great stroller. I love the colors which are neutral and look good with boy a boy or a girl.
    The material is great, and cleans easily.
    The handle bar is adjustable, for taller and shorter people.
    Well there I said what I had to say about the stroller.
    Next time around I will be buying a different one though.
    Wish you luck in you search for the perfect stroller!

  28. Julia always on the go... on April 30th, 2008 at 12:00 am

    This is a great system all around! I love hearing that snap sound to know I have the seat in secure. The base was so easy to put in the car! We have Nissan Altimas, which are fairly small, and the seat fits just fine. The carrier is a little heavy, but it’s worth it! Once we got it figured out, the stroller is easy to open and collapse. I love how thin the stroller is, I can really navigate well in stores. Best of all my son loves this comfortable seat. When we’re out he often falls asleep in it or we can soothe him by rocking him in it. It’s made going out very pleasant and easy.

  29. Kristen on May 5th, 2008 at 12:00 am

    Great stroller and car seat! Folds up very easily and fits in my very small trunk (not much else will fit in there with it though). The car seat is very easy to install. The only downfall of the car seat is that the handle doesn’t pull forward (toward the child’s feet). Overall though the fabric is great on both the stroller and car seat and they are very sturdy!

  30. annaliese on May 16th, 2008 at 12:00 am

    This is the best travel system ever! I put it together myself and it was soooooooo easy – my fiance was gardening and I said to myself, I can do this and it was too easy! It is rated as one of the top four stroller/car seats on Consumer Reports and it is high-quality, easy to use and stylish! I love Chicco! Just waiting for baby to be born in July!

  31. First time mom on July 28th, 2009 at 12:00 am

    I waited to post my comments until a year after purchase to give you the most honest review. My son is now 1 year, 20lbs and I’m just about ready to convert him to a front-facing car seat. I would trust ANY of the Chicco Car Seat/Stroller combos – the only difference between them is the style. Reasons I love my Chicco Car Seat/Stroller combo:

    Car Seat
    -comfy, pads – easily washable in washer, trustworthy protection, easy to carry around, durable, very easy to get in/out of car – big plus!, nice to put seat into stroller for sleeping babies or smaller babies.

    -extremely easy to push stroller through any type of material (and i push it through a lot of limestone) 1-handed, easy to wash – can even hose off and let dry, nice recline, great storage underneath seat, nice ride, easy to push, love the reclining handle – great for the people pushing b/c of different heights!

    Love my purchase, best buy at the right price!

    Only thing I would change – and this is on ANY car seat – I wish the button to recline the car seat handle was 1 button push and not 2 – but this is probably for safety reasons. Its just hard to put get that down while holding a baby.

  32. new momma on August 24th, 2009 at 12:00 am

    I bought this system because it is number one rated for safety and it is really easy to install with the latch. The carseat is a bit heavy and the only reason I only did 4 stars is cause the canopy on the carseat may as well not be there it barely covers the baby. Overall it is a great system though!

  33. ScarlettsMommy on August 25th, 2009 at 12:00 am

    The stroller is SO easy to push and can handle a little "four-wheeling." It’s incredibly easy to fold and unfold. I have a little Toyota Yaris and it fits easily in my trunk. The handle adjusts up or down which is great b/c I’m 5’2 and my husband’s 6’6. The carseat is a little on the heavy side, but ranked in the top 3 safest which is way more important. The base is super easy to install. Tightening and losening the straps is by far easiest on this car seat than any other. Some found its ability to sit in a shopping cart a problem. We don’t have an issue we get it to sit in the cart just fine. I really reccomend this if you want your money’s worth and safety. Also the stroller was a cinch to assemble.