(4.2) 26 reviews
MSRP: $5,153$11,113
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 25
Engine: 172-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: 4x4
Seats: 5
2009 Jeep Patriot

Our Take on the 2009 Jeep Patriot

Our Take

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 de... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Cheap interior
  • Anemic power
  • Sluggish CVT

Notable Features

  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Trail-Rated offroad model available
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Cargo-area dome light doubles as flashlight

4 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.