By KBB.com Editors
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.
Whether you're looking for a daily driver with a rugged streak or a nimble off-roader that you can comfortably take to work, there's a Jeep Patriot model for you.
Especially compared to the vehicles with which the higher-priced Patriot models compete, the Jeep falls short in overall interior refinement.
The Patriot is the first car-based vehicle to earn Jeep's "Trail Rated" badge. That it's also pleasant on the highway and perfectly practical makes it a well-rounded seven-day solution.
Driving Impressions With the increased off-road capability engineered into it, we might have expected the Patriot's highway ride to be rougher than those of its Compass and Dodge Caliber relatives. As it...turns out, the Patriot might be the most comfortable cruiser of the three. The compromise seems to have been made in the cornering department; wisely, where we wouldn't expect or require much from a Jeep anyway. Where the Patriot really impressed us was out past the pavement, where our "Trail Rated" model was able to traverse bona fide boulders with unexpected ease and composure. As with all such gearboxes, the unique behavior of the Patriot's two available continuously variable transmissions can take some getting used to.
Freedom Drive II (Trail Rated) Package
"Trail Rated" Patriot models include a continuously variable transmission with low range and 19:1 crawl ratio, skid plates, tow hooks, hill descent control, heavy-duty cooling system, nine-inch ground clearance and 19-inch water fording capability.
As part of the 458-watt Boston Acoustics premium audio system, the Patriot's rearmost speakers flip down from the open liftgate to project outward. Outdoorsy Jeep types will find it an especially alluring option.
If you've spent time in most any Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep vehicle lately, the design and materials that define the Patriot's passenger cabin will likely feel familiar. It's not an unattractive environment in which to spend a commute, but it's among the least interesting interiors in the category. Some of the standard and optional features that count as bright spots include comfortable seats, a fold-flat front passenger seat, 115-volt power outlet, auxiliary audio input, outward-projecting rear speakers and a removable and washable vinyl cargo floor.Exterior
Whereas the Compass picks up some of the softer styling of the Jeep Liberty, the Patriot's decidedly squarer lines and boxier stance evoke the purpose-built style of the now-defunct Cherokee and, to a lesser degree, its Grand Cherokee successor. Limited models are distinguished by bright inserts front and rear, bright roof rails, fog lamps, body-color side moldings and 17-inch aluminum wheels.
A base Jeep Patriot Sport comes equipped with cloth seats, a four-speaker AM/FM/CD-MP3 sound system with auxiliary audio input, 16-inch styled steel wheels and a collection of standard safety equipment that includes front and side-curtain airbags, electronic stability and traction controls with rollover mitigation and four-wheel ABS with brake assist.
The Patriot's optional equipment list includes air conditioning, power windows/locks/mirrors, remote keyless entry, sunroof, stain-resistant cloth seats, leather seats, heated seats, 458-watt premium sound system, six-disc CD changer, navigation radio, satellite radio and Bluetooth(r) hands-free phone connectivity.
The Patriot's powertrain lineup consists of 2.0- and 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines, two- and four-wheel drive systems, plus a five-speed manual and two continuously variable transmissions (one with a low range). The larger, more powerful engine is actually the standard powerplant, and the smaller edition is available only on 2WD Sport models equipped with the CVT, while the "Trail Rated" moniker is available only on four-wheel-drive Limited models with the CVT. The Patriot's maximum towing capacity is 2,000 pounds.
2.0-liter in-line 4
158 horsepower @ 6400 rpm
141 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 26/30 (CVT only)
2.4-liter in-line 4
172-horsepower @ 6000 rpm
165 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 26/30 (2WD manual), 24/27 (2WD CVT), 25/29 (4WD manual), 23/26 (4WD CVT), 21/23 (4WD CVT, off-road package)
By RD on Saturday, July 19, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,600overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "4wd full time, easy to clean inside and out."
Cons: "a bit noisy with road noise at highway speeds"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"11k on my Patriot. Find it to be exceptional. Good looking, all arounder. Have FD 1 and it has kept me going in the winter. I am sure there are better vehicles out there, but this is American made and doesn't break the bank"
3 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By mr.doering on Wednesday, July 09, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "2nd week I owned it -16 and fired right up"
Cons: "wish it did not have carpet so I could hose it out"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have owned thus 2014 Jeep Patriot for 6 months and it is no nonsense SUV that will take me wherever I want to go; moreover, It truly is an all-purpose vehicle without all of the bells and whistles. Last week I drove it non stop for 800 miles each way and it was comfortable and got about 27 miles per gal. It is in the top 3 of the least expensive autos to insure."
4 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By Jeep Lover on Tuesday, July 08, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 113,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great gas mileage. Easy to Drive Handles Great."
Cons: "It does not have Power Windows or Doors."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I love my Jeep Patriot. It has a Split Shift Transmission which makes it cheaper on Gas. Even though it is very cheap on Gas anyway. I had never took my Jeep any father than a 160 mile Round Trip. I left out of here back in October 2013 and went to Florida in it. I never had a problem with it. It took me on average $50.00 in Gas There and Back. I would recommend any type of Jeep to anyone. I love A JEEP."
4 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By imagoodgirl on Tuesday, June 24, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 134,000overall rating 3 of 10rating details
Pros: "Comfortable, good on gas"
Cons: "Eats tires, front end needs work 24/7."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I purchased this Jeep brand new in 2008, I drove it from Northern NY to Colorado and back three months after I purchased it, and drove it for one year back and forth to work 52 miles each way, five days a week. Otherwise it was only driven approximately 2 miles a day during the week and occasional local trips within 50 miles on weekends. I have faithfully had the oil changed, and had it serviced when necessary. The CONS: I have had to purchase a set of tires a year, had the front end replaced entirely, and have had three sets of balljoints put on the front end since I purchased it. I've also had a tie rod, and some sort of stabilizer arm replaced also. This thing eats tires like Cookie Monster eats macaroons. I have them rotated as recommended by the manufacturer, and finally put a different size on, as recommended by my local tire place, and those tires lasted me two years. At almost $200 a tire, it makes for a steep expense yearly. The tires always wear in the inside, specifically on the front tires, but since I have them rotated regularly, I have to replace all four. The stereo will NOT work in subzero temperatures, and never has since the first winter I owned it. If the mercury drops below -10, the weather has to warm up at least 10 degrees before the stereo will work, even if you leave it on the night before. Just a quirk for me, but a VERY annoying one. I will NEVER purchase a Jeep product again. The front end replacement came out of my pocket, despite the fact that it was within 16 months of purchasing the vehicle, as the manufacturer insisted there was no factory defect. I have more than $8000 in this car, after purchase price in parts, labor, and that doesn't include that someone side swiped me and I had to replace the mirror. The PROS: It's GREAT on gas, I averaged upwards of 34 miles a gallon while traveling across country. It's still great on gas today. I can fill it once a month and drive it around town daily and not have to worry about filling it again til the following month, but I usually top it off whenever it gets to 3/4 of a tank. It's comfortable to ride in. I have degenerative disk disease and three ruptured disks, and I have to admit, this is one vehicle that I can ride in the front or back seats without having to get out and walk around to loosen up my back. It heats up fast in winter. I live in an area where it's usually subzero temps from mid December until March, and I never have to worry about a cold car. It has NEVER not started for me. I've replaced the battery once. Other than the front end, and eating tires this vehicle is great."
8 people out of 17 found this review helpful
By Boomer on Saturday, May 24, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,437overall rating 3 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good gas milage (what little I got to drive it)"
Cons: "Transmission issues"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"I bought this vehicle in March 2014. At 1,437, smoke poured from under the vehicle. Pulled over and trans fluid was all over the vehicle. Had it towed to the dealer. So far the shop has replace the gasket in the transmission, the transmission pump, and now they have had to order the Power Transfer Unit. Vehicle has been in the shop for 22 days straight now. Va Lemon Law become effective at 30 calendar days. It will be interesting to see how Jeep/Chrysler handles this."
18 people out of 28 found this review helpful
By sanwag on Thursday, May 22, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,400overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Decent price, easy to drive, easy to keep clean"
Cons: "Might want it to get better mileage"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This vehicle backs very well. Has a great turning radius. Sits well, plenty of room on the back for the product I need for me job. A/C works fine, sound is decent. LOVE the Bluetooth. I have not tried the 4x4, but I have had Jeeps before, and I know that it will be great."
1 person out of 3 found this review helpful