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2013 Jeep Patriot

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2013 Jeep Patriot Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 5.4

It made sense at the time: Offer a whiff of that rugged Jeep ethos at a cut-rate price. The original Jeep Patriot was created in 2007. To be fair, effort did go into providing a degree of off-road capability, but it was built on an economy-car foundation, which tells you most of what you need to know about the 2013 Jeep Patriot. If your budget and your expectations – especially for comfort, performance and refinement – are modest enough, this is about the lowest-priced SUV on the market. Its much-needed replacement arrives in a year or so.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need 4-wheel drive, either because of snowy winter roads or regular off-road excursions, and that really is all you need, the Jeep Patriot offers decent value. Or if you want to dabble in the Jeep lifestyle at a minimal cost of entry, this could be your ticket.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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

What's New for 2013

This close to the end of the platform's life cycle, there is little investment going into upgrades. For 2013, some software recalibrations give the Jeep Patriot a slight boost in fuel efficiency and a couple of new colors join the paint palette. Sport, Latitude and Limited are the trim packages.

Driving the Patriot

Driving Impressions You can't deny your roots, and neither can the Jeep Patriot. The Dodge Caliber econocar platform probably made sense for a low-priced, light-duty Jeep in 2007, but this class is...

too competitive for that formula to still work. The Patriot can hold its own in modest off-roading when equipped with the Freedom Drive II package, but almost all drivers spend the vast majority of their time on public pavement, and there the Patriot is simply outclassed. Neither of the 4-cylinder engines feels very strong, and the CVT transmission does more for fuel economy than it does for performance. Highway ride and handling are okay, as long as you don't compare the Patriot to a more refined small SUV – of which there are plenty. The all-new (probably Fiat-based) platform for the Patriot can't come too soon.

FREEDOM DRIVE I (ON-ROAD PACKAGE)
For those facing seasonal road conditions, Freedom Drive I provides a full-time 4WD system designed to give year-round peace-of-mind. You won't be tackling the Rubicon with Freedom Drive I, but you could tow your ATV to where the trail starts.

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. It includes a second-generation CVT transaxle with low range, 17-inch all-terrain tires and an abundance of skid plates, tow hooks and fog lights.

2013 Jeep Patriot Details
Interior

Hard plastic surfaces aren't the most inviting but they are easy to clean, which is one benefit of the Patriot's utilitarian cabin. Still, there are some nice techy features to enjoy (a Uconnect media center with iPod interface, SiriusXM satellite radio and navigation with Sirius Travel Link) and a couple of truly clever ideas, such as the cargo-area lamp that pops out to become a rechargeable LED flashlight and the speakers that flip down from the raised liftgate to energize those tailgate parties.

Exterior

Jeep's design team did an admirable job of sculpting traditional Jeep proportions onto economy-car, front-drive architecture. Requisite Jeep-family features show up, including the seven-slot grille and "can-do" fender flares. The Patriot's upright layout provides reasonable outward visibility as well as some visual character.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Despite its very affordable starting price of under $17,000, Jeep's 2013 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 tinted glass and roof side rails. Standard power is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine connected to a 5-speed manual transmission.

Optional Equipment

You want options? Jeep has supplied them, mostly in the form of upgrades in trim level or package selection. The move from Sport to Latitude adds air conditioning, 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 top-line Limited and you'll enjoy the larger 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, 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, one with low range). The 158-horsepower 2.0-liter is standard on 2WD Sport and 2WD Latitude, while the 172-horsepower 2.4-liter is fitted to 4WD Sport, 4WD Latitude and all Limiteds. Patriots with the Freedom Drive II Off-Road package get the CVT2L transmission, which incorporates a low range for slow-crawling off road.

2.0-liter inline-4
158 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
141 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/30 mpg (2WD, manual), 22/28 mpg (2WD, automatic)

2.4-liter inline-4
172 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
165 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/28 mpg (2WD, manual), 21/27 mpg (2WD, automatic), 22/28 (4WD, manual), 21/26 mpg (4WD, automatic), 20/23 mpg (4WD, automatic w/ Off-Road package)

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2013 Jeep Patriot Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 437 Ratings for the 2007 - 2015 models.

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

Great vehicle

By on Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Price, interior size, fuel efficiency"

Cons: "not flashy"

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

"So I am a college student who drove a 2000 mitsubishi eclipse for the past 5 years. It finally died and I needed something affordable and reliable. I started researching jeeps because they are notorious for being good vehicles. The Patriot stood out among the rest because of its price, fuel economy, and size. I get better gas mileage with this Patriot than I did in my Eclipse. Runs smooth, sound system is really incredible. It's not a flashy interior but it's all you need! Very proud owner."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Trucky driving, nice features without being snobby

By on Sunday, July 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Versatility, durability, confidence."

Cons: "Needs a V6 option!"

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

"I bought this Patriot being an old-school SUV fan on a working dad's budget (I had a Bronco back in the 90's). I've recently had trouble with sedans in the bad weather around Chicago, and this Patriot destroys deep snow and ice without any trouble. The Limited trim includes many nice features, such as touch-screen navigation, heated leather seats,defrosting mirrors, etc. I also have a power sunroof (can't live without one now), and the Boston Acoustics sound system (the stereo shakes the ground outside the vehicle has enough internal memory to hold all of my music, and has a subwoofer and flip-down speakers in the hatchback that are great for parties or working outside. On the radio you can watch DVD's while not moving, and the Blue Tooth integration with iPhones is flawless. The climate control system on the Limited trim is great; although the infrared thermometer by the front dome lights looks creepily like a camera (I assure you it is not). My Patriot actually holds more luggage in the cargo area than my wife's new Cherokee (which is probably attributable to the more square design that critics bash as outdated), and has life-saving hard plastic on the back of the driver and front passenger seats (parents, you know what I'm talking about). The engine has lots of smooth acceleration and low-end torque for the size (2.4L 4 cylinder with the 6-speed automatic), but I think the vehicle could use a mid-size 6-cylinder to really shine. Regardless, to have a 4X4 that has this many features AND gets 28 mpg on the highway, I can easily live with the powertrain. My wife has a Cherokee with a V6 and an 8-speed transmission, and I'd take the powertrain in my Patriot any day (6-speeds are so much smoother and less chaotic). In summary, I would highly recommend the Patriot to anyone that is looking for lots of flexibility and options in an SUV for less than $30K (though the sticker on mine was just over that). Please be advised that well equipped the Patriot is substantially more expensive than it's advertised base price, but you will know where that extra money went. I am a "car guy," and I would put my Patriot Limited 4x4 up against the Chevy Equinox or the Subaru Forester any day of the week, and the Jeep design makes it much sexier. If you try to build a similar vehicle with almost any other brand you will either far exceed the price of the Patriot or compromise on the ruggedness of the Jeep brand. I would buy it again!"

19 people out of 30 found this review helpful

Great ride, comfortable, reliable

By on Thursday, July 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,400

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
10/10

Pros: "Great Price, Smooth Ride, Zero defects"

Cons: "cloth cargo area, rearview mirror placement"

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

"I just bought this vehicle in May and since then drove it cross country from Virginia to California putting 3400 miles on it in 6 days and in doing so realized it is super comfortable for long trips. I had zero issues with this vehicle and filled up 12 times along the way at an average price of $23 a tank. I brought 2 animals with me in the back with the seats down in a large dog crate. The back contained a large dog crate, 2 full size suitcases, 3 other hand bags, a safe, and miscellaneous items, they all fit perfectly. This Jeep handled temperature extremes ranging from 50 - 104 degrees in the 6 day timeframe with zero issues. I see some people complain about the performance/pickup of the engine; however, it is an SUV not a sports car and I think people know that going in. I would recommend this vehicle to anyone looking for a low priced SUV with great handling, smooth ride, and practical amenities. Our family also owns a 2x4 2011 Patriot that has had zero issues."

10 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Just bought it yesterday

By on Tuesday, July 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Almost everything"

Cons: "No Back up camera"

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

"Enjoyed driving the Patriot so much on the first day I had to rush to review. After looking to buy a used car to replace my wife's lease I couldn't pass up the incredible deals offered on a new Jeep Patriot. $28,000 car for under $23000. I have to agree with many of the consumer reviews, I have no idea what the so called experts are talking about. First you can't beat the price by a long shot. The 4 cylinder engine is surprisingly peppy and strong. The transmission has been very smooth. I find the interior a fresh change from all the complicated looking star wars cockpits with too many buttons. Things on the jeep are mostly either on or off. I love that. Very roomy although at 6'0 my leg rests on the center console when driving, but its my wife's car and not a big deal for me. We drove through a winding road in a State Park and it handled the road like a European car. It was a joy. I was always intrigued but not a huge fan of the Patriot. It was purchased mostly because of the price and we figured how bad can it really be. We feel like we hit the jackpot. Love the patriot. OK a couple what the? One touch power window is only on the drivers side. It doesn't have avg mpg in the series of info data. That's it. Only disappointment is it doesn't come with a back up camera. I'm now a huge fan and want one of my own (but will never give up my Wrangler :) Don't listen to the experts, take advantage of the huge incentives and buy one today…."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

good vehicle

By on Thursday, July 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "comfort, style"

Cons: "engine power and transmission are poor"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"the only detraction to this vehicle is the cvt/engine....the transmission is horrible...the engine is weak at best...when I floor it I feel like I could get out and run faster than the car.......style, comfort, and reliability is good. If you don't mind having everyone else pass you, and being last in the line so to speak, then this is the car for you."

16 people out of 27 found this review helpful

Always reliable, great in the snow

By on Thursday, June 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Safe, reliable, easy to maintain"

Cons: "Gas"

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

"I love my jeep. It uses more gas than a smaller car, but I can always make it to work, rain or snow. When we had -5 weather here in Ohio, a lot of peoples cars wouldn't start, but the jeep never hesitated. I would buy a jeep again."

13 people out of 23 found this review helpful

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