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2011 Jeep Patriot

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2011 Jeep Patriot Review

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The Patriot is Jeep's answer to the compact crossover SUV challenge from such heavyweights as the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester and Ford Escape. But, being that this is Jeep, after all, the Patriot takes a decidedly off-road approach, adhering 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...

Need an everyday vehicle that's as comfortable plowing through deep snow as it is capable of off-road adventuring? If so, the 2011 Jeep Patriot deserves a closer look.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If refinement and resale top your must have list, the Patriot's course four-cylinder engine and modest resale value probably won't impress.

What's Significant About This Car?

For 2011, The Patriot receives new front and rear end styling, a revised interior with more soft touch points, a new three-spoke steering wheel, and retuned steering and suspension systems. Cruise control is now standard on all trims.

Driving the Patriot

Driving Impressions Thanks to its new suspension and steering calibrations, the rugged Patriot delivers a very car like ride. Although rapid maneuvers and sharp corners still produce a noticeable amount of body...

roll, in tight curves the Patriot never feels top heavy or tipsy. The cabin is somewhat noisy, but not annoyingly so, with most of the noise provided by the rowdy and rude 2.4-liter engine, especially when the throttle is wide open. Where the Patriot truly shines is off-road. Equipped with the Freedom Drive II four-wheel drive system, the Patriot was able to traverse small boulders and deep ruts with ease. The system employs a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with an integral low range and a four-wheel drive LOCK mode that uses the ABS, traction control and engine computer to allow for rock crawling and low speed descents.

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.

2011 Jeep Patriot Details
Interior

If the Patriot had one weak spot, it was its interior. For 2011, Jeep has remedied the Patriots interior malaise by replacing hard surfaces with soft ones, revising the dash and center console and adding steering-wheel controls for cruise and audio. New fabrics grace the seats, while door switches for the windows, locks and mirrors are now backlit. Highlights for the Patriot's interior include a fold-flat front passenger seats, 115-volt outlet, available nine-speaker Boston Acoustics sound system with flip out rear liftgate speaker bar and a removable and rechargeable LED flashlight.

Exterior

Unlike the Jeep Compass, which has a softer appeal, the newly redesigned 2011 Jeep Patriot's sharp edges and boxy shape bear a faint resemblance to the old Jeep Cherokee. The traditional Jeep seven slat grille is color-keyed to match the Patriot's body, while new standard fog lights take up residence just below the grille. 4X4 models gain an extra inch in ride height, making the Patriot even more capable off road. The rear hatch opens low over the bumper for easy loading, and additional storage can be had in the form of an available cargo carrier that attaches to the roof rack.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base 2011 Jeep Patriot Sport comes equipped with a five-speed manual transmission, cloth seats, a four-speaker AM/FM/CD-MP3 sound system with auxiliary audio input, 16-inch styled steel wheels, air conditioning, cruise control 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. The Latitude trim adds heated front seats, steering wheel audio controls, heated outside mirrors, power windows and locks and a fold flat passenger front seat, while the Latitude X includes leather seats, a six-way power driver's seat and automatic temperature control.

Optional Equipment

Options vary according to trim and include 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, Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist, 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 2.0-liter engine is available on the Sport and Latitude 2WD models; all others are powered by the 2.4-liter unit.
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), 23/29 (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), 21/27 (2WD, automatic), 22/28 (4WD, manual), 21/26 (4WD, automatic), 20/23 (4WD, automatic, off-road package)

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2011 Jeep Patriot Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 420 Ratings for the 2007 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

This Jeep Patriot is a reliable vehicle

By on Sunday, May 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I wasn't sure about purchasing the Patriot, based on the Caliber platform, however, it has turned out to be a reliable, well built vehicle, and I have not regretted purchasing it. I must travel 50 miles one way to my place of employment, the Patriot gets me there in comfort, and with the fairly good gas mileage, it has been a wonderful car."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Poor quality car

By on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 49,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "4x4 handles well on snow"

Cons: "Poor quality components. Too much maintenance."

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

"The overall quality of the car is very low. With less than one year had to change the electronic module. I put few miles per year but already had to change suspension components, shocks, engine parts, and the list goes on. The engine is noisy and CVT transmission is very bad. The only positive aspect is that it handles well in the snow. Will never buy a Jeep again."

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Family Car

By on Sunday, April 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

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
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good gas mileage, Easy to get in and out of. fun"

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

"We go everywhere in our little Patriot. Nothing has broken in it and the AC cools the entire cab well. It is sporty. The ride on turns in the country can be rough if the surface isn't even. Goodness, we love it. The back bench lays back for the kids to sleep. the front seets pump up or down for your pleasure. It tells you when to change the oil. It has a plug in for aux music, We are pleased."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Cheaply made

By on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "Good gas mileage"

Cons: "Cheaply made"

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

"The first few months I loved going places, but the quality of the ride has gone down. Seat cushions fall flat quickly, anything plastic (moldings, the bolt cover on the floor, vents) breaks quickly. Two months after I bought it, the window belt broke, and the window was stuck down til a replacement part could come in. I'm not rough on a vehicle, so imagine my surprise every time something cracked and fell off. I wish I had seen a review like this before I bought it."

16 people out of 24 found this review helpful

I love, love, love my Jeep!

By on Monday, March 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,500

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Turning radius! Looks, comfort, gas mileage"

Cons: "The pressure when windows are open"

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

"I love my Jeep!! there is only one draw back on this vehicle. That is when you roll the windows down, especially the back windows, it creates like a pulsating pressure in the ears, so I am unable to drive with all the windows down. I've had this Jeep for 17 months and am thrilled with it!"

18 people out of 36 found this review helpful

would not buy one again

By on Friday, March 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 56,900

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great in snow"

Cons: "poorly built poor gas mileage ."

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

"Got this car new with in 3 months we had to have new ball joints replaced. The first in inspection the car failed for inner tie rods. 6 months later right ball joint was bad. 2nd year later inspection the car fail for a bad ball joint on left side and the wire harness for the tail gate was bad and we had no lights for lic.plate .. the Jeep is now 7 years old with 56000 miles has had 5 ball joints 4 sets of tie rods the driver seat will not adjust any more..rear wiper only work when it wants too. the power outlets stop working and we wash the jeep every week in the winter by the fifth year the jeep had rust on the rear panels and the dealers ( we took it to two jeep dealers say it only cover if it is rusted out. Stay away from these cars"

7 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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