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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
8.1
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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