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2012 Jeep Patriot

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2012 Jeep Patriot Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 5.1

Porsche 911 enthusiasts have their Cayenne to bear/loathe/ignore (pick one or all); Jeep loyalists have their Patriot and Compass. No one, of course, suggested love of your off-road brand would be easy. Jeep's Patriot is the perfectly appropriate corporate response to a market (quickly) realizing that while gnarly SUVs might look the business, few in the consuming public are actually doing the business. In short, the public wants the "outdoorsy" look, but is rarely venturing off-road. For those users, car-based SUVs such as the 2012 Jeep Patriot are perfect, while for the Jeep loyalist this Patriot would more appropriately be labeled "Traitor."

You'll Like This Car If...

If all-season driving means you need power to each and every wheel, the Jeep Patriot with 4WD is a viable contender in the category. With enhancements to the drivetrain in 2011, Jeep's Patriot has received the "Trail Rated" designation. Those living in Utah, however, should note that Trail Rated is not the same as "Boulder Rated." Avoid large, round objects at all costs.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If your ideal Jeep provides both off-road capability and long-lived durability, buy a Wrangler. Based on Chrysler's Caliber platform, the Patriot is far closer to its econobox roots than anything emanating from Jeep's main plant in Toledo.

What's New for 2012

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.

Driving the Patriot
Driving Impressions

The rework of the Patriot and its platform sibling, the Compass, in 2011 was significant. It wasn't, however, a clean-sheet approach, and at this point in the competitive segment a...

... clean-sheet approach is what's needed. We're told one is coming, but in the interim anticipate the Patriot to provide benign handling on pavement, along with credible capability – with Freedom Drive II – off-road. Jeep loyalists won't understand four cylinders mounted transversely, nor the buzzy CVT transmission. But this one isn't for them; it's for those more timid souls wanting to be like them.

Freedom Drive I (On-Road Package)
For those venturing no farther off-road than a McDonald's drive-through, but confronting seasonal climate issues (at least) seasonally, Freedom Drive I provides a full-time, active 4WD system designed to give drivers year-round assurance in virtually all types of weather. You won't, to be sure, tackle the Rubicon with Freedom Drive I, but you could tow your ATVs to its trailhead.

Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package
For those preferring the road less traveled – or no road at all – Jeep offers the optional Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package. The package is comprehensive, and includes a second-gen CVT transaxle with low range, a 19:1 crawl ratio, 17-inch all-terrain tires mounted on alloy wheels, a full-size spare and an abundance of skid plates, tow hooks and foglights.

2012 Jeep Patriot Details
Interior

Having benefited from much-needed interior upgrades in 2011, the 2012 Patriot soldiers on with those enhancements, along with a veritable cornucopia of available technology. Some of what Jeep terms "cool" available features include a Uconnect media center with iPod interface, SiriusXM satellite radio, navigation with Sirius Travel Link and a premium audio system with nine Boston Acoustic speakers. Very cool.

Exterior

Given what they had (the aforementioned Caliber) to work with, Jeep's design team did an admirable job of combining traditional Jeep proportions with a front-wheel-drive architecture. And unlike so many of today's crossover/car-based SUVs that attempt to imitate a 4-door GT, the Patriot's upright architecture provides reasonable visibility in combination with an unabashed "spunk" factor.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Despite its very affordable starting point of under $17,000, Jeep's 2012 Patriot Sport is well equipped. Standard features include electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, Hill-Start Assist, ABS, audio jack, fold-flat rear seats, deep tint glass and roof side rails. Standard power is a 2.0-liter four connected to a 5-speed manual transmission.

Optional Equipment

You want options? Jeep's marketing team has supplied them, most of which are obtained via bumps in trim level or package selection. The move from Sport to Latitude provides the buyer with A/C, power windows and door locks, 17-inch aluminum wheels, remote start, front heated cloth seats, body-color exterior door handles and leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and speed controls. Opt for the upscale Limited and you'll enjoy the larger 2.4-liter four, leather seating, 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS, and Jeep's Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC).

Under the Hood

Within its three trim levels reside two engine choices (2.0- and 2.4-liter fours) and three transmissions (5-speed manual and two CVT automatics). The 2.0 liter is standard on 2WD Sport and 2WD Latitude, while the 2.4 liter is fitted to 4WD Sport, 4WD Latitude and both 4x2 and 4x4 Limited. Those Patriots with the Freedom Drive II Off-Road package are equipped with the CVT2L transmission, which incorporates a low range for aggressive off-roading.

2.0-liter in-line 4
158 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
141 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/27 (2WD CVT2), 23/29 (2WD 5-speed manual)

2.4-liter in-line 4
172 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
165 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/28 (2WD 5-speed manual), 21/27 (2WD CVT2), 22/28 (4WD 5-speed manual), 21/26 (4WD CVT2), 20/23 (4WD CVT2L Off-Road package)

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2012 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."

6 people out of 8 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."

23 people out of 31 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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