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By Cars.com Staff
October 14, 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 can meet 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 2012 The Jeep Patriot's continuously variable automatic transmission has been refined for 2012, offering smoother deceleration, better initial acceleration, reduced engine noise and a more responsive gas pedal, Jeep says.
Exterior The Patriot has a seven-slot grille, round headlights and trapezoidal wheel-well openings. Last year, the crossover got a new front bumper that repositioned the standard fog lights. 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. All Patriot models have a rechargeable flashlight. Other interior features include:
Standard cloth upholstery; leather optional
Standard 60/40-split folding backseat
Standard outside temperature gauge
Standard CD stereo with MP3 jack
Standard illuminated cupholders
Optional flat-folding front-passenger seat
Optional heated front seats
Optional air conditioning
Optional power windows, locks and side mirrors
Optional touch-screen stereo 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 CVT 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 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
Optional side-impact airbags for the front seats
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