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By Cars.com Staff
January 5, 2011
Sharing a platform with the Jeep Compass and Dodge Caliber, the Patriot is supposed to be the most rugged of the three. It seats five people. To give its macho looks some teeth, the Patriot is available with two four-wheel-drive systems. The more capable of the two gets Jeep's Trail-Rated designation, meaning it's capable of meeting certain off-road standards for traction, water fording, ground clearance and more. Patriot competitors include the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester.
New for 2011 Minor front and rear styling tweaks distinguish the 2011 Patriot from its predecessor, and maximum ground clearance increases to 9.5 inches, when properly equipped. The Patriot's steering and suspension systems have also been upgraded for better ride and handling, according to Jeep.
Exterior The Patriot has a seven-slot grille, rounded headlights and trapezoidal wheel-well openings. The crossover gets a new front bumper that repositions the standard fog lights. Around back, there's new rear bumper styling. Other exterior features include:
Standard side roof rails
Standard 16-inch steel wheels; 17-inch aluminum rims optional
Optional power heated side mirrors
Interior Two rows of seats provide room for five. The 2011 Patriot has a new steering wheel, new climate controls, padded upper front-door trim and a new center armrest. Other interior features include:
Standard cloth upholstery; leather optional
Standard 60/40-split folding backseat
Standard outside temperature gauge
Standard CD stereo with auxiliary input jack
Optional flat-folding front-passenger seat
Optional heated front seats
Optional air conditioning
Optional touch-screen audio system with 28-gigabyte hard drive
Optional Boston Acoustics audio with speakers that swing down from the liftgate
Optional Garmin-based navigation system
Under the Hood Two four-cylinder engines are available for the Patriot. Both come standard with a five-speed manual transmission. A continuously variable automatic transmission is optional.
Buyers have three drivelines to choose from: front-wheel drive; Freedom Drive I four-wheel drive with lock mode; and Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package, a Trail-Rated four-wheel-drive system. Freedom Drive II has a CVT that incorporates a low range for off-road driving. The package also includes 17-inch all-terrain tires, a full-size spare tire, skid plates and tow hooks. Mechanical features include:
Base 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Available 172-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Both engines use regular gas
Safety Safety features include:
Standard side curtain airbags
Standard electronic stability system with electronic roll mitigation
Standard antilock brakes
Standard traction control
Standard tire pressure monitoring system
Optional side-impact airbags for the front seats
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