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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 New for 2011

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
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 461 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

Great fuel efficient vehicle

By on Thursday, July 7, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fuel mileage, reliability, functionality"

Cons: "no cupholders in the doors"

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

"This little guy has done everything I have asked of it with aplomb. From hauling the family to the beach, towing our popup to bombing down fire roads this little jeep does it all and gets great gas mileage while doing it. The only reason I would ever get rid of it is to get the Grand Cherokee Diesel."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great CO car

By on Thursday, May 26, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Incredibly reliable"

Cons: "Not fast"

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

"This is a GREAT car. Equal to or exceeding my 1984 Toyota 4-Runner in reliability, but with better gas mileage. In 150K miles, there have only been minor garage visits needed. A bearing replacement and a ball joint. That's it. The car is fantastic in the snow, has a great durable interior finish that works well with kids who love to get dirty. It also has good safety ratings and has a lifetime powertrain warranty, just in case."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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."

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Pretty Dissapointed

By on Wednesday, May 4, 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."

24 people out of 32 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!!"

26 people out of 41 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."

15 people out of 24 found this review helpful

anything you need!

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