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2009 Jeep Patriot

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$2,806 — $9,230 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
25 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Stability control standard
  • Inexpensive base model
  • Variety of trim levels
  • Offroad or on-road performance option

The Bad

  • Cheap interior
  • Anemic power
  • Sluggish CVT

What to Know

about the 2009 Jeep Patriot
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Trail-Rated offroad model available
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Cargo-area dome light doubles as flashlight

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2009 Jeep Patriot Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
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 offroad standards for traction, water fording, ground clearance and more. The Patriot comes in Sport and Limited trim levels; its competitors include the Ford Escape and Kia Sportage.

New for 2009
The Patriot has a redesigned instrument panel, door trim panels and center console; retuned suspension; and new sound deadening techniques. Option packages also have been simplified.

Exterior
The Patriot has a seven-slot grille, rounded headlights and trapezoidal wheel-well openings. Trail-Rated Patriots have an extra inch of ground clearance, as do models with the 17-inch wheels.

The Patriot is 173.6 inches long and 69.1 inches wide, which is smaller than the Escape but bigger than the Sportage.

  • 16-inch steel wheels (standard on Sport)
  • 17-inch alloy wheels (standard on Limited)
  • Standard body-colored grille, front and rear bumpers
  • Optional sunroof
  • Optional fog lamps
  • Optional dual power mirrors

Interior
Two rows of seats provide room for five, and the interior is trimmed in shades of gray or beige. For 2009 there’s a new instrument panel, door trim, soft-touch armrests and LED instrument gauges. The Patriot ...

Vehicle Overview
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 offroad standards for traction, water fording, ground clearance and more. The Patriot comes in Sport and Limited trim levels; its competitors include the Ford Escape and Kia Sportage.

New for 2009
The Patriot has a redesigned instrument panel, door trim panels and center console; retuned suspension; and new sound deadening techniques. Option packages also have been simplified.

Exterior
The Patriot has a seven-slot grille, rounded headlights and trapezoidal wheel-well openings. Trail-Rated Patriots have an extra inch of ground clearance, as do models with the 17-inch wheels.

The Patriot is 173.6 inches long and 69.1 inches wide, which is smaller than the Escape but bigger than the Sportage.

  • 16-inch steel wheels (standard on Sport)
  • 17-inch alloy wheels (standard on Limited)
  • Standard body-colored grille, front and rear bumpers
  • Optional sunroof
  • Optional fog lamps
  • Optional dual power mirrors

Interior
Two rows of seats provide room for five, and the interior is trimmed in shades of gray or beige. For 2009 there’s a new instrument panel, door trim, soft-touch armrests and LED instrument gauges. The Patriot has several unique options, including a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics audio system with speakers that can swing down from the liftgate, plus a cargo-area dome light that can be removed and used as a flashlight.

Passenger volume comes in at 101.7 cubic feet, which is about the same as its competitors. The Patriot’s cargo volume is less than both its competitors. Cargo volume behind the rear seat is 23 cubic feet, 54.2 cubic feet with the standard 60/40-split folding rear bench down. The folding rear bench has a reclining option, and there’s an optional passenger seat that folds forward for a flat surface.

  • Available vinyl, stain-resistant cloth or leather seating
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard illuminated cupholders
  • Optional voice-activated navigation and/or audio system (including touch-screen, voice commands and 30GB hard drive)

Under the Hood
For 2009, the Patriot receives new floor and engine compartment insulation as well as a revised exhaust resonator for a quieter ride. Revised suspension tuning also provides a smoother and more comfortable ride. 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 continuously variable automatic transmission, which incorporates a low range for offroad driving. It also has Hill Descent Control and Brake Traction Control.

  • 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 141 pounds-feet of torque
  • 172-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 165 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five-speed manual or continuously variable transmission
  • Front- or all-wheel drive

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard electronic stability program with electronic roll mitigation
  • Standard antilock braking system
  • Standard traction control
  • Standard smart key that immobilizes the engine in cases of attempted auto theft
  • Optional seat-mounted side-impact airbags (front only)

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.0
34 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(3.8)
Interior Design
(3.8)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.0)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

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(1.0)

Worthless piece of junk!

by Arby from Spring, tx on September 5, 2019

DO NOT BUY THIS CAR!!! WORTHLESS PIECE OF JUNK!!! 0 stars Purchased a brand new 2009 Jeep Patriot Limited in late 2008 at my local Spring, TX Chrysler Jeep dealer. I loved my Patriot and I am now the ... Read full review

(4.0)

Roomy little SUV

by Laurie1967 from Indy on February 11, 2019

Meets all of our needs. Spacious interior, comfortable seats and lots of rear seat leg room. Nice space in the hatch for hauling. a bit of a gas hog Read full review

Safety

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Patriot received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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