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2009 Jeep Patriot

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2009 Jeep Patriot Review

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Based on the same platform, the 2009 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 2009

The 2009 Jeep Patriot receives some interior improvements including a new instrument panel design, soft touch materials on the door and center console and increased sound insulation around the engine bay and floor pan. Front-wheel-drive models now offer the option of a 2.4-liter PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) engine.

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.

2009 Jeep Patriot Details
2009 Jeep Patriot photo 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 2009 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 2009 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, 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 equipped with the CVT2, 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 only)

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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2009 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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