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2010 Jeep Patriot

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2010 Jeep Patriot Review

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Based on the same platform, the 2010 Jeep Patriot and Compass have similar measurements, similar price ranges and offer almost identical sets of comfort and convenience features. So why would Jeep produce such similar vehicles? 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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Especially compared to the vehicles with which the higher-priced Patriot models compete, the Jeep falls short in overall interior refinement.

What's New for 2010

New features for 2010 include the availability of a 5-speed manual transmission with the 2.0-liter engine, as well as remote start and automatic climate control.

Driving the Patriot
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 devices, the unique behavior of the Patriot's two available continuously variable transmissions can take some getting used to.

Freedom Drive II (Trail Rated) Off Road Package
"Trail Rated" Patriot models include a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT2) 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.

Liftgate Speakers
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.

2010 Jeep Patriot Details
Interior

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's seat, 115-volt power outlet, auxiliary audio input, outward-projecting rear speakers and a removable and washable vinyl cargo floor.

Exterior

Whereas the Compass's styling trends toward the softer side of Jeep design, the 2010 Jeep 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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base 2010 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, air conditioning 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 anti-lock brakes (ABS) with brake assist.

Optional Equipment

The 2009 Jeep Patriot's optional equipment list includes power windows/locks/mirrors, automatic climate control, remote start, front side-impact airbags, remote keyless entry, sun roof, stain-resistant cloth seats, leather seats, heated seats, 458-watt premium sound system, six-disc CD changer, Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT2) with Auto Stick manual shift mode, Freedom Drive I all-wheel drive, Freedom Drive II Off Road Package with low ratio capable CVT2, Uconnect gps navigation radio, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity.

Under the Hood

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. A five-speed manual is standard with both engines, while the "Trail Rated" moniker is available only on four-wheel-drive Limited models with the CVT2. 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: 23/27 (automatic), 23/28 (manual)

2.4-liter in-line 4
172-horsepower @ 6000 rpm
165 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/28 (2WD, manual), 21/25 (2WD, automatic), 23/28 (4WD, manual), 21/24 (4WD, automatic), 20/22 (4WD, automatic, off-road package)

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2010 Jeep Patriot Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 459 Ratings for the 2007 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

I despise this vehicle with every ounce of my soul

By on Saturday, May 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "random flashlight in the trunk that recharges."

Cons: "teeny tiny baby engine for the size of vehicle"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"The engine is not nearly big enough for the size of the vehicle in my opinion. The stereo components are cheaply made. The plastic components throughout the Patriot are cheaply made and easily broken. This is overall a cheaply made vehicle I honestly don't know what possessed me to purchase it to begin with. I should have kept my Volkswagen GTI. Far better vehicle."

Pretty Dissapointed

By on Wednesday, May 04, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Looks decent, has potential if you opt for 4x4 2.4"

Cons: "No HP, MPG eh? CVT trans awful"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Ok, so I've had this "vehicle" for a little over 6 months now and have put on about 14k miles, so I feel like I can leave a fair, honest review. First off, this 2015 Jeep Patriot Altitude (2WD 2.0L) is our 2nd Patriot. The first being a 2009 with 4WD Nad the 2.4L with Auto Trans. Both vehicles look similar, however I was in a single vehicle accident with the 2009 in a snow & ice storm, which totalled the vehicle out. Very sad. Leather, Boston Acoustics stereo, very well put together. Performed well, shifted well, 4WD was very useful. (2WD, AWD, 4WD, FWD all seem to render pretty much helpless on ice). This new Patriot??? Looks pretty nice. Seats uncomfortable for long trips. I average about 26 mpg, you say not bad for a small SUV, this is not an SUV. this is a small car, with a boxy body. Stay away from the 2.0L paired with the CVT transmission. This thing is a DOG!! Please do not try to jump out onto the highway with this set up, without a very long merge ramp, you will get run over. I am very displeased with the lack of guts this thing has. The handling in the rain is awful, not sure if it's the car or the Firestone Affinity tires, or combination of both. I have had a class A CDL for 22 years, also a previous Police Officer with numerous pursuits and professional driving experiences. Have owned no less than 60 vehicles since I've began driving, and I flat out do not like this car. Not only is it gutless and way behind on power and technology, but the resale value is garbage. I tried to get out of this thing a few times, and unless you're willing to fork over $5-6k within the first year, you're stuck with it. I am an AVID MOPAR fan and really enjoy their vehicles, this thing.... Not so much. At the first opportunity I have, I will find something else that suits my needs and wants, but it will not be another Patriot/Compass."

14 people out of 21 found this review helpful

STAY AWAY!!

By on Sunday, February 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Cons: "Reliability"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"The Jeep Patriot offered exactly what I was looking for. Small SUV with Jeep Styling and reliability and at a good cost. I have a 2014 Patriot Limited, with about 40000 miles on it. At first everything was great, I loved all the features my limited had! The sunroof, sound system,leather was all awesome! Then things started to go downhill. This car has turned into a nightmare, it rattles at idle, my steering wheel shakes radically, air conditioning makes a horrible grinding noise, when I turn left the steering makes a horrible winding noise. When I brought it back to the dealership for service, I was basically I got what I paid for a cheap car and there was nothing they could do for me. For its size the gas mileage is really not that great either. I was never expecting this car to be the car of my dreams, however I also was not expecting it to be the car of my nightmares!!"

25 people out of 40 found this review helpful

this jeep is perfect for anyone!

By on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "price is set at market negotiable value"

Cons: "there are a lot of jeeps out there"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

anything you need!

"I wont waste your time, this jeep has been everything I needed in a vehicle. It is great for road trips, and great space front and back for its size. It has gotten me through monsoon storms, and off road to safety while camping/hunting. I wouldn't sell this jeep if I wasn't about to deploy, but I cant stand the idea of it sitting in a parking spot for an undetermined amount of time. If you are interested, there is nothing wrong with this jeep, and would make anyone happy."

13 people out of 22 found this review helpful

anything you need!

disappointed

By on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "cheap for an suv"

Cons: "unreliable seatbelts, rattles, leaks"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"I have had this car for about a year now. leaky roof, faulty seat belt, door seals falling off, loud rattles in the doors, and hands free quit working."

8 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Can't beat it for the price

By on Tuesday, February 09, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 44,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "nice look, good price, good power"

Cons: "inside plastic cheaply made, not for tall people"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I had my patriot for 6 months now. It fits 2 car seats in the back well with room for a small adult. Seem to have more get up and go then my ford escape did. I would buy another one down the road."

10 people out of 22 found this review helpful

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