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A new 6-speed automatic transmission is now available on most models, although the dreaded continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is still roaming freely among models equipped with the Freedom Drive II option. Front-seat side-impact airbags are now standard on all trims.
This close to the end of the platform's life cycle, there is little investment going into upgrades. For 2013, some software recalibrations give the Jeep Patriot a slight boost in fuel efficiency and a couple of new colors join the paint palette. Sport, Latitude and Limited are the trim packages.
Aggressively freshened in 2011, the 2012 Jeep Patriot offers four new exterior colors, along with calibration improvements to the CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). The retuned CVT improves launch acceleration and pedal responsiveness, while reducing engine noise.
The 2009 Jeep Patriot receives some interior improvements including a new instrument panel design, soft touch materials on the door and center console and increased sound insulation around the engine bay and floor pan. Front-wheel-drive models now offer the option of a 2.4-liter PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) engine.
The Jeep Patriot and Compass are based on the same platform, have similar measurements, similar price ranges and offer almost identical sets of comfort and convenience features. So why introduce such similar vehicles within mere months of each other? Well, the Compass is intended as an asphalt-tuned ride for city slickers, while the Patriot adheres more closely to traditional Jeep principles. Indeed, the Patriot's more rugged suspension and powertrain options deliver enough off-road performance for it to earn Jeep's "Trail Rated" badges.
By MikeInDenver (CO) on Saturday, August 25, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Smooth, reliable, fun to drive."
Cons: "Lack of torque from a stop"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I upgraded from a 2007 Chevy Cobalt to my 2010 Jeep Patriot FD1 in 9/2011. I've driven all types of vehicles from pickup trucks to passenger, sport and muscle cars to small and large SUV's. PROS: After having it for a year, I continue to enjoy and increase my enjoyment evertime I drive my little Patriot. I love the mileage, and though not great, better than any V6 SUV I've driven while keeping myself in an American car. It performs well on the highway with a smooth ride. With the CVT, the feelings of the vehicle shifting are non-existent, making it comfortable driving around town where any other car will be changing gears up and down constantly. The ESC (Electronic Stability Control) keeps it on the road in icy/snow conditions. I've purposely tried to spin the vehicle out unsuccessfully in some of our heavy Colorado Snowstorms - though I still drive with care. Cargo room is great, passenger space is wonderful, head room is great. Independent Suspension makes for a wonderful ride in the city where potholes are abundant. CONS: OEM tires are really noisy on the road, I suggest upgrading to something with less road noise. Low-End torque is a bit lacking from a stop. It feels a bit sluggish merging into traffic, but isn't a huge deal. The size of the vehicle compared to the motor leaves a lot of room under the hood, which is nice when you want to get at stuff. But, they should have used some more of this abundance of space by making the Patriot a 2.6L or 2.8L I-4 to give it a bit more pickup & go. The layout of the windshield makes seeing overhead stop lights difficult, but again not something that is a huge deal. Does not have a full-size spare tire. CVT is at times noisier than traditional transmissions. Makes getting up to speed a bit louder, but once you are cruising, it is smooth & quiet. I do wonder about long-term reliability of the CVT because they have only recently begun to be used in Production vehicles. But the CVT was invented over 100 years ago, so the concept is not new. I wish they had standard tinted windows. Should have made power driver seat standard. OVERALL: Overall, I really love this little Jeep. It wasn't too expensive, and is a great alternative for someone who wants to not sit on the asphalt behind big trucks with headlights shining through the mirrors from behind in your eyes, but doesn't want the negatives of a large SUV. I suggest avoiding the front-wheel drive only version. Get at least the AWD/4WD 2.4L FD1 if you want to get the best value. Upgrde to the 2.4L FD2 for increased offroad-ability offering the added 19:1 Low Gear for those tough trails. Great for a city-goer who needs a smaller car to fit in those tight parking lots. Also a good option for travelers who want to save money on gas, but want to have enough room for the wife, kid(s) and family dog. Great for people who live in areas that experience harsh winters. This little Patriot will get you where you want to go with no worries about getting stuck with the added ability of light to medium off road capabilities."
16 people out of 16 found this review helpful
By Gina (Kissimmee, Fl) on Wednesday, July 18, 2007
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"The only thing I wish is that the gas tank would had been larger. Gas does not last long because of the small tank. Therefore, more trips to the gas station. Other than that - PERFECT for the budget conscious driver!!!"
11 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By Jenni (RI) on Monday, October 17, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Pros: "interior space, all-weather driving, handling"
Cons: "poorly built electrical system, hood hard to open"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I bought this Jeep new in 2007. I've been buckled into a Jeep ever since I was in a car seat. My last Jeep was a 1991 Cherokee Sport that would probably still have outlasted this one. This Patriot was fantastic for moving from apartment to apartment - the low profile made it easy to load things onto the roof rack, and I could fit a dresser, surf boards, you-name-it in the back. I drove it up and down the east coast, from Maine to the Keys, all without a hiccup. The turning radius allowed me to u-turn way better than previous Jeeps It got me to work and home during blizzards and I even slept in it. But at 75,000, things went sour. I started having major electrical issues, leaving me broken down in the middle of busy intersections. Chrysler took over a week even to figure out what was wrong with it. I've now replaced 2 different computer modules. The worst part is that I was just 2,900 over the warranty boundary! $2,000 later, I'm heartbroken that I find myself shopping for a more reliable car. :'("
8 people out of 8 found this review helpful