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2013 Jeep Patriot Overview

The Jeep Patriot - first introduced for the 2007 model year - shares the same platform found on fellow Chrysler group models such as the Jeep Compass and Dodge Caliber. Yet the Patriot provides much better off-road performance with similar exterior/interior dimensions when compared to its' Mopar mates.

Jeep Patriot trims are offered in three tiers named, from least- to most-expensive, the Sport, Latitude and Limited. The base trim is equipped with a standard five-speed manual transmission and available 2.0L or 2.4L inline-four (I4). The larger engine is an option for 4x2 models but standard on all 4x4 Patriots. There are two different four-wheel drive systems offered, one of which, named the Freedom Drive II, is for a continuously variable transaxle automatic transmission (CVT) that achieves impressive low-range power without the need of a transfer case.

Near the top of its class in fuel-economy, the Patriot achieves an EPA estimated 30 MPG on the highway with the 2.0L engine and manual transmission. However, this small engine demonstrates poor performance at higher speeds and sluggish acceleration; giving way to the 2.4L I4 as more suitable if power is a consumer's main concern. Despite its compact size, the Patriot still earns the “Trail Rated” badge that is Jeep’s way of letting consumer’s know the model “has been designed to perform in five categories of off-road conditions: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation, and water fording.”

Though they struggle to compete on the trail, the refinement offered by competing compact SUVs surpasses the Patriot in almost every other aspect. The most notable may be the quality of interior materials with the Patriot featuring hard and uninviting plastic that engulfs the cabin. Rivals such as the Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V receive praise for luxurious interiors akin to what more shoppers of this segment desire. These competitors, along with the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Kia Sportage, offer better on-road handling and more innovative cargo areas as well. The Suzuki Grand Vitara incorporates a similar mix of on- and off-road performance as the Patriot, but could prove difficult to find new with Suzuki recently ceasing production of their U.S. automobiles. Price is an important factor however, and Jeep claims to have “the best priced SUV in America” as a sparingly equipped Patriot can be had for under $16,000.

Falling between the Compass and Liberty in Jeep’s lineup, the Patriot is built to offer the automaker’s trademark off-road ability in a four-door compact SUV.