26 City / 30 Hwy....that's a lie !!
May 11, 2019
I beg to differ about the mpg rating. I drive 45 miles one-way to work and my 2007 Jeep Patriot drinks just slightly more than 1/4 tank of gas during this trip. So basically, the 45 mile trip to work and then back home uses roughly 1/2 tank of gas. Nowhere quite as near the 30 mpg Hwy mileage that is stated on the specifications of this vehicle.
Another drawback, is that the front driver and passenger seats are very uncomfortable when resting the seat back to lie down when parked and trying to rest. The headrest feels like your head is lying against a rock. Place a pillow behind your head when laying the seat down to rest.
The year and make of this Jeep Patriot and probably the 2006 and 2008 Patriots have a known issue when the fuel tank is filled to capacity. Chrysler Jeep knows about this but refuses to initiate a recall notice for this problem. Not only is it annoying to not be able to pump gas hands-free using the lever trigger locking mechanism on the pump hose without it constantly triggering off, but what happens is when the fuel tank is being filled up and even topped off, a "vapor-lock" condition occurs which starves the fuel injectors at any given time right after the vehicle leaves the fuel station. When vapor-lock occurs, the engine will hesitate and sputter, eventually causing the engine to stall - even while driving down the road in rush-hour traffic. This not only is dangerous, but very scary and embarrassing to have your vehicle die in the middle of a busy road.
Like I mentioned previously, Chrysler has not initiated a recall notice, most likely because after a few miles of driving, the gas-guzzling engine will have used up enough fuel to create a larger void of air within the confines of the fuel tank to eliminate the vapor-lock condition. The best fix action for this would be to not top off the fuel tank. Only fill the tank up to no more than 95% of the total capacity to allow some air space within the tank itself.
Headlights remain on during the day and night while the vehicle is running. It's amazing that the headlight bulbs last as long as vehicles which do not have the daytime headlight function.
Plenty of room for large items when the rear seats are folded down.