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A new 6-speed automatic transmission is now available on most models, although the dreaded continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is still roaming freely among models equipped with the Freedom Drive II option. Front-seat side-impact airbags are now standard on all trims.
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.
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.
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.
The 2015 Patriot is the least expensive new SUV you can buy, and it's a Jeep to boot. That's the good news. Other aspects of this inexpensive 5-passenger Jeep are not so bright. It is aging, rather unrefined and not all that fuel-efficient compared to fresher crossover SUVs such as the Subaru Forester and Mazda CX-5. And while its starting price is tempting, be advised that a base 2015 Patriot wearing that sub-$18,000 tag lacks air conditioning, adjustable driver's-seat height and even power windows and power door locks. To get those features you'll have to pay extra, which diminishes the Patriot's value proposition. If there's any redemption, it's that a properly equipped Patriot with 4-wheel drive (4WD) offers decent off-road ability.
By ala mode on Wednesday, April 04, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Looks, Durability, Dependability, Value, Comfort,"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"The absolute perfect vehicle to operate our service business in the rugged area of southwest Montana. Frequently traversing dirt roads, snowy roads and this vehicle performs excellent. For the costs, it is the world's best value. We haven't had any serious maintenance issues. It is a great rig to put our employees in and it conveys a good image for our franchise. Not too flashy, just perfect. The gas mileage is fantastic for an SUV too, averaging about 24mpg. It isn't big enough for my large family, but good enough for the gear and road travel we do for our business. I am surprised that there are thousands more of these on the road for the great price they are listed at."
6 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By J on Monday, February 01, 2010
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"My wife and I spent about a year and a half looking for the perfect vehicle to purchase. After what seemed like hundreds of choices...we decided on this beauty. I own a 2008 Patriot Sport, with freedom driveII. Wether it is snow/ice on the roads, or knee deep mud on the trail, this "little jeep that could" will handle it. With about 30,000 extremely well maintained miles on it we have not had one single issue with the jeep. It is perfect for the campers, hunters, long travel, offroaders, and just plain carefree commuting in horrible weather."
6 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By oldvet46 on Thursday, May 09, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,500overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great Price/great highway mileage/typical Jeeplook"
Cons: "no lumbar/some cabin noise/"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I have owned Cherkoees and Grand Cherokees which I cherished, now that I'm older I look at value. The Patriot is a good looking nostalgic Jeep. It is practical and useful for any family. It has comfortable seats and a great comfortable ride. The CVT is a little work getting used to but fine after that(2014 has the 6sp. auto). This car is great in all season inclimate weather and for slight off-road use. You will love the 27-29 MPG highway benefit with the CVT. I got a 2012 with CVT, 2.4L engine, the convenience pkg(heated elec. mirrors/elec.door locks/A/C/cruise control)for under $19.5(11/2012) with some perks. You must check for the incentive deals before you buy because you will get your best deal."
5 people out of 5 found this review helpful