3/4 Front Glamour 2014 Jeep Patriot

Expert's Rating

3.5Good

MPG 22 City / 28 Highway
Pros
  • Affordable Base Price
  • Solid Off-Road capability
  • Rugged styling
  • Several transmission options

Cons
  • Need more power
  • Substandard interior quality
, Automotive Editor -
It might not reach the quality levels of its competitors, but the Jeep Patriot holds on to its status as the "best-priced SUV in America."

Introduction

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.

Which Style To Buy?

2014 Jeep Patriot
Starting price
$22,773
Shopper Popularity
19%

2014 Jeep Patriot Latitude

Recommended for: Buyers wanting more standard features along with more options.

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.

2014 Jeep Patriot
Starting price
$25,005
Shopper Popularity
7%

2014 Jeep Patriot Limited

Recommended for: Those who were attracted to the Patriot by something other than its low base price.

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.

2014 Jeep Patriot
Starting price
$15,681
Shopper Popularity
74%

2014 Jeep Patriot Sport

Most Popular
Recommended for: Shoppers who want a four-wheel drive crossover for the lowest price.

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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