2011 Jeep Patriot
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Perfect Size!

by from El Paso, TX on April 2, 2011

I traded in a 2007 Jeep Liberty Limited in for a new '11 Patriot, mainly because if its looks, price and past flawless Jeep record of ownership. The Patriot is roomy, quiet, nicely appointed and excel...
I traded in a 2007 Jeep Liberty Limited in for a new '11 Patriot, mainly because if its looks, price and past flawless Jeep record of ownership. The Patriot is roomy, quiet, nicely appointed and excellent on or off road. It handles like a dream and rides like a car. This is the year of Jeep, with ever model refined or all new, like the Grand Cherokee. One of the best features is the modern CVT! I get over 30 miles per gallon and have nothing by praise. The seats have the best in class support, needed when off-roading. I ordered a Limited and with the high quality leather, materials and switches, it feels like a poor man's Range Rover!
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Perfect Size, Price, Ride and Drive!

by from Ithaca, New York on April 9, 2011

I have owned many Jeeps throughout the past couple of decades and this newest one to our family reminds me of the same kind of faithful wagons we had while growing up, except that the '11 has 4-wheel ...
I have owned many Jeeps throughout the past couple of decades and this newest one to our family reminds me of the same kind of faithful wagons we had while growing up, except that the '11 has 4-wheel drive, is trail rated and comes with both truck-like and luxury car-type features combined into one. Our primary vehicle is a Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. The Patriot serves as a second car. It makes the perfect transporter of the children to sports camps, the lake, ski trips and scouting events. The fit, finish, ride, handling, room and features are all outstanding.
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Has longevity

by from Poconos, PA on February 20, 2016

My 2011 Jeep Patriot has over 95,000 miles. Everything in it still works! Has only required costs of maintenance-oil, tires, brakes. The brakes lasted to 50,000 miles. I live in the Northeast Mountain...
My 2011 Jeep Patriot has over 95,000 miles. Everything in it still works! Has only required costs of maintenance-oil, tires, brakes. The brakes lasted to 50,000 miles. I live in the Northeast Mountains of Pennsylvania. I use the stick shift to decrease speed on the mountains and hills-I like the stick shift a lot. Brakes last longer. For the rough roads I travel, the Patriot is working out much better than my previous 'Compass'. I've looked around for my next vehicle, but there's nothing offered that's better than what I'm driving. Why replace what works so well! I recommend the Jeep Patriot!
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Worst vehicle we ever bought

by from PA on March 15, 2014

Bought new in November 2010. In October 2013 the factory warranty was expired. Took in at 38000 miles for state inspection. was told needed front driver side control arm...$375. Service manager at dea...
Bought new in November 2010. In October 2013 the factory warranty was expired. Took in at 38000 miles for state inspection. was told needed front driver side control arm...$375. Service manager at dealership admitted this was a common problem and should be a chrysler recall! Computer had been replaced once when car was brand new. New computer has same problems as old one. Yhe tire pressure light NEVER goes off. In January of 2014, experienced problems with car wanting to stall and would not drive. The electronic throttle control needed replaced to the tune of $600. While at the dealership they also inforrmed us thr passenger side control arm was also bad! Again nothing is covered by the warrant even though still underpower train warranty. Car is now making loud whiningnoise. Took it in. It is the bearings now! car has 43000 miles and is financially killing us! We plan to unload it ASAP! We own a 2005 Jeep Liberty. Itis best car we ever purchased....this One is the worst!
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You cannot do better, for the money

by from western Massachusetts on August 29, 2013

I appreciate the sold, truck-ish feel, but it is also comfortable. The wife likes the heated seats in the winter! Back-end space is rather limited, but the design lets you stack stuff high. The drawba...
I appreciate the sold, truck-ish feel, but it is also comfortable. The wife likes the heated seats in the winter! Back-end space is rather limited, but the design lets you stack stuff high. The drawback I notice the most is the fabulous headrests. They're supposed to be a safety feature, OK. But they block the view in the Jeep Patriot significantly--- in a vehicle designed with not as much glass as many other vehicles, to begin with. For this reason, I prefer my old Saturn with 300,000 miles on it (yes!) for getting around in the city. Highway driving is less of a problem. My wife does not experienced the same issues, I must add. This stuff does not bother HER. Overall, it is a great car for the money. We didn't buy it for speed and ruggedness. We don't use the 4X4 feature to explore the wilderness--- just to help out in the snow. (We live in southern New England.)
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Great SUV for the money

by from Ohio on March 19, 2014

Most "experts" who review the Patriot tend to give it a bad rep, and generally come to the conclusion that it feels "cheap." Well, that's probably because this is a very inexpensive SUV. It isn't ultr...
Most "experts" who review the Patriot tend to give it a bad rep, and generally come to the conclusion that it feels "cheap." Well, that's probably because this is a very inexpensive SUV. It isn't ultra-sporty or luxurious, but it also isn't trying to be. The Patriot is a great value for the money. Mine has 20,000+ miles on with no problems thus far. The engine won't win you bragging rights, but it gets the job done as well as decent fuel economy. Mine has the CVT, and although people tend to complain about the noise, if you're normal and drive with the radio on, it isn't really an issue. The Jeep has a comfortable ride and handles well for a boxy SUV. Driving around town is a breeze, the car turns on the dime and is very easy to park. I'm 6'3" and have plenty of room whether I'm in the driver's seat or even in the 2nd row. Cargo space is a little tight, but it's flexible enough to make up for it. The interior isn't exactly anything special, but it's put together well and has a great appearance. The controls are also very straightforward and easy to use, even if you're wearing big gloves. I don't do any serious off roading, but if you find yourself on gravel or dirt, or you live somewhere where you have to deal with snow, the Patriot tackles it like a champ. All in all, it's definitely a jeep with it's rugged styling and capability, but it's also comfortable, civilized, and economical enough to be a great all around vehicle.
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very comfortable and stable!

by from Phoenixville, Pa on March 23, 2014

We are very pleased with the performance, stability, and overall experience of the jeep. This has been a pleasure to own and drive this vehicle. Overall we are very pleased with this experience.
We are very pleased with the performance, stability, and overall experience of the jeep. This has been a pleasure to own and drive this vehicle. Overall we are very pleased with this experience.
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Good Vehicle for the Money

by from Crawford, GA on August 25, 2014

This vehicle is a good value and is quite comfortable. It does not have real good takeoff performance and the transmission is a bit noisy when starting from first gear, especially on a hill. It does h...
This vehicle is a good value and is quite comfortable. It does not have real good takeoff performance and the transmission is a bit noisy when starting from first gear, especially on a hill. It does have road noise, as would be expected from an SUV. For an overall, onroad and offroad, vehicle, it is a good choice. The fuel mileage is not quite as good as rated, but still fair for this type of vehicle. It would be better if driven in flat terrain most of the time, but is not as good if used mostly in hilly country.
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Value

by from Chicage on December 7, 2010

When reviewing my 2011 Patriot I factored in the price point. It is a couple thousand less than Chevy equinox which was the only other vehicle I considered. The performance is a little sluggish but is...
When reviewing my 2011 Patriot I factored in the price point. It is a couple thousand less than Chevy equinox which was the only other vehicle I considered. The performance is a little sluggish but is not a deal breaker for normal driving. If you have a heavy foot this is not the car for you but none of the other 4 cylinder crossovers are either. The trade off is better than average fuel economy for its class. The ride and handling are good with a tight turning radius. Mine came with heated seats which work well. The seats are comfortable and head room is good. I read that Jeep greatly improved interior materials for 2011 and I like the interior. The Equinox had a nicer interior but at a price difference. A little thing the patreiot includes is a little foot rest for the driver to rest their left foot on. I can see where this will be nice on a long drive. The radio is is nice and includes a hard drive feature which can hold 6700 songs digitally so you dont have to carry your cds with you. You load them into the hard into the hard drive and the actual cds stay safe in the house. Of course you still can play an actual cd if you want. The climate controls are simple to use. The heater is excellant and gives heat quickly. Have not used the ac yet. One thing I miss form my old GM car was auto-on head lights which my patriot does not have. It took a couple of days to get used to turning the lights off and on manually. No big deal now. There is a chime if you try to exit the car with the lights on and and even if you still forget the lights will turn off after a few minutes.
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False start, but nice recovery

by from Milwaukee on August 22, 2011

Being a two-time Cherokee owner, the Patriot naturally caught my eye when it debuted in 2007. I finally pulled the trigger in April 2011, and I'm very glad I did. I started shopping around in early 2...
Being a two-time Cherokee owner, the Patriot naturally caught my eye when it debuted in 2007. I finally pulled the trigger in April 2011, and I'm very glad I did. I started shopping around in early 2011, looking at the Ford Escape and this thing called 'Kia'. It wasn't even close. Sure, I could have spent more money on those makes with comparable packages to the Patriot, but the value of the Jeep is what ultimately sold me. I bought a middle of the pack Patriot: auto, 4X4, pw/l, alum wheels and owl tires. Stickered at $22,495... paid $20,500 after negotiating and rebate. The Pros are quite obvious. Value aside, the MPG are very good. All hwy - 25.2, All city - 19.7. I'm doing about 22.1 mixed. You hear a lot about the "soft-touch" interior, and I suppose that is a nice amenity. But I was surprised by how comfortable the Patriot is. The biggest knock on my old Cherokees was that the seat never quite went back quite far enough ... and on a loooong trip, my knees locked up. I'm only 6'0". The cabin space is amazing. Plenty of room for me, my wife and our 2.3 kids. For a small SUV, it above average. The "quiet" Pro is the safety. High marks from crash tests are obviously important. I got to test the 4x4 in a freak April snowstorm. It handled more like my old Jeeps than I thought it would. That was a pleasant surprise. It rides like a Jeep (for the most part) and the new suspension for 2011 makes it an inch taller - less car, more truck now. The Cons are few. The acceleration is anemic... especially when running the A/C. After 23 years of V6s, I think I just need to 'get over it'. It had been in the shop 3x for the same issue. A pull to the left. To the dealer's credit, they never gave up and even called Chrysler looking for a fix. In short: camber bolts. A problem coming out of the factory. If you have a Patriot that sort of drifts left or right, especially with your foot 'off' the gas coasting = camber bolts. I admit, I had 2nd thoughts after this false start, but once it was fixed, I was happy and haven't looked back. The cargo space is minimal, though the seats fold down to make up for it. If we have to haul a bunch of stuff, we take my wife's Honda Pilot. Bottom-line: We bought a Patriot because of the value for the dollar, safety, MPG, previous Jeep experiences, and we wanted something that played well in these crummy Wisconsin winters. We could have easily spent a bunch of money on the other small SUVs/CUVs out there, but we questioned what we were getting in return. If you need or want a vehicle that "does the trick" without the fancy, gas-sucking ride of a big SUV - check out the Patriot. It's anything but a 'cute-ute'.
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