With plans to replace with Patriot in the near future, Jeep decided on an early release for the final 2014 model year of the slow-selling SUV that shares a platform with the now-defunct Dodge Caliber. (The new crossover, which will also supersede the Jeep Compass, is likely use the new Dodge Dart's platform.)
There are few changes for the outgoing Patriot. Most significantly, a well-geared six-speed automatic transmission replaces the unloved continuously variable transmission (CVT) in most Patriots. A five-speed manual is still standard, as is a 2-liter inline-four on the front-wheel drive base model. While the upgraded Latitude trim level shares that engine, the top-level Limited is equipped with a more powerful 2.4-liter inline-four.
All three trim levels offer a pair of four-wheel drive systems. The basic 4x4 system is called Freedom Drive I and is available with five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions. The other, named Freedom Drive II, is a beefier system that has a higher crawl ratio as well as skid plates—it's only available with the old CVT transmission, however, which can feel slow when trying to reach highway speeds.
Though the Latitude trim still comes with the 2-liter engine, it features a much longer list of standard features: 17-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in all-season touring tires; roof rails finished in black; body-color cladding; air conditioning; a 115-volt power outlet; heated mirrors; a fold-flat front passenger seat; a recline feature for the rear seat; heated front seats; and cloth upholstery. Katzkin leather seats are available as an aftermarket option from Mopar.
As the top-of-the-line Patriot, the Limited offers the most upscale experience with standard equipment like: leather upholstery; automatic air conditioning; front seats with lumbar adjustments and six-way power; and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and parking brake handle. A navigation system is a Limited-only option. Other optional upgrades include chrome roof rails and a chrome exhaust tip. A 2.4-liter inline-four comes with either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. An optional Trailer Tow package includes a Class III receiver hitch.
The base Sport model features a 2-liter engine with a five-speed manual transmission; a six-speed automatic is available, as is four-wheel drive. Sixteen-inch steel wheels are standard, but 17-inch aluminum wheels are optional. Other standard features include fog lamps and a rear stabilizer bar. The Sport's interior does not have standard air conditioning but includes a CD/MP3 player as well as cloth seating. The rear seat is a 60/40 split and folds flat to maximize cargo space.
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|Build & Price|
2014 Jeep Patriot$18,500 | 27,305 mi
2014 Jeep Patriot$19,919 | 24,383 mi
2014 Jeep Patriot$20,000 | 17,175 mi
2014 Jeep Patriot$20,495 | 631 mi
2014 Jeep Patriot$21,744 | 13,867 mi
2014 Jeep Patriot$21,891 | 18,052 mi
2013 Jeep Patriot$15,889 | 15,753 mi
2013 Jeep Patriot$17,893 | 20,013 mi
2013 Jeep Patriot$19,991 | 23,954 mi
2013 Jeep Patriot$23,998 | 8,041 mi
2012 Jeep Patriot$13,485 | 35,590 mi
2012 Jeep Patriot$14,881 | 40,678 mi
2012 Jeep Patriot$15,299 | 37,769 mi
2012 Jeep Patriot$15,500 | 26,927 mi
2012 Jeep Patriot$16,995 | 27,883 mi
2012 Jeep Patriot$17,944 | 39,121 mi
2012 Jeep Patriot$17,981 | 33,517 mi
2012 Jeep Patriot$18,288 | 54,137 mi
2012 Jeep Patriot$18,490 | 23,067 mi
2012 Jeep Patriot$18,888 | 33,350 mi
2012 Jeep Patriot$18,964 | 72,955 mi
2011 Jeep Patriot$12,988 | 76,500 mi
2011 Jeep Patriot$13,987 | 40,494 mi
2011 Jeep Patriot$16,250 | 41,763 mi
2011 Jeep Patriot$18,978 | 32,226 mi
2010 Jeep Patriot$13,655 | 90,976 mi
2010 Jeep Patriot$14,899 | 65,069 mi
2008 Jeep Patriot$9,985 | 97,541 mi
Much more fun-to-drive on pavement, but not nearly as capable off-road
Has four-wheel drive, but a sluggish engine
More expensive, though it comes with standard all-wheel drive
Available four-wheel drive plus a refined interior