The Patriot keeps fooling us by bouncing back year after after. But we can now say with certainty that 2017 will be the last outing for the compact crossover, which has found plenty of buyers over the years with its low price and Jeep family resemblance.
What's New for 2017
Satellite radio and Bluetooth are now standard on all models, and a rearview camera is (finally) available. The Limited trim has been cut from the lineup.
Choosing Your Jeep Patriot
The Patriot starts out with a 2-liter four-cylinder with 158 horsepower, matched to a five-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The available 2.4-liter delivers 172 horsepower, which is more typical for this class, and comes with the manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The bigger engine is required with Freedom Drive I, a conventional all-wheel drive system, and Freedom Drive II, which is designed for light off-road duty. Freedom Drive II comes exclusively with a specially tuned CVT that simulates low-range gearing.
The Patriot is available in four trim levels:
All Patriot models are eligible for a built-in WiFi hotspot, a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment interface, and a rearview camera. Navigation is available on the Latitude and High Altitude only.
Before you get too excited about the Patriot's surprisingly low base price, remember that you have to pay extra for things like air conditioning and power windows. Unless your only concern is price (which is the case with many Patriot buyers), springing for the High Altitude makes the most sense in our view. It delivers some nice comfort and style upgrades without asking for much in return.