3/4 Front Glamour 2012 Jeep Patriot

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Expert's Rating

3.3Good

MPG 23 City / 28 Highway
Pros
  • Many standard safety features
  • Many available trim levels
  • Low base price
Cons
  • Substandard interior quality
  • Could use more power
  • Not as handsome as other Jeeps

Introduction

The Patriot shares its small-SUV platform with the Jeep Compass, but provides off-road capability that its sibling doesn't. The Patriot is offered in either front-wheel drive or with a four-wheel drive system that features a "lock" mode to enhance traction during inclement weather. Three trim levels are available: Sport, Latitude and Limited. The front-wheel drive Sport and Latitude trims are powered by a 158-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while all other models get a 172-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (optional on the FWD Sport and Latitude). Available transmissions include a five-speed manual and a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with manual shift mode. Building on the Sport trim, the Latitude adds 17-inch aluminum wheels, heated front seats, fold-flat passenger seat, air conditioning and a leather steering wheel with integrated audio controls, as well as power mirrors, windows and door locks. The Limited is further equipped with a power driver's seat, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, satellite radio and a 6-disc CD/DVD player. An available Freedom Drive II« Off-Road package enhances the Patriot???s capabilities with a 4-wheel drive off-road mode, hill descent control, all-terrain tires, skid plates, tow hooks and a brake lock differential. Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes with brake assist, electronic stability control with roll mitigation, traction control, side-curtain air bags and tire pressure monitoring. Redesigned last year, the Jeep Patriot carries over with minimal changes for 2012. A new Limited trim joins the lineup, providing value-added features such as leather upholstery, automatic climate control and satellite radio.

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