It's not a fast car but it accelerates fine, drives very well on the highway and it handles heavy rains better than any car I have owned. It is geared accordingly, which helps. The Patriot looks much better with the aluminum wheels, or get your own when the tires wear out and use the original steel wheels with dedicated winter tires. So for the minimal price difference and the extra torque, we recommend the larger 2. Inside, the Patriot is far better looking than it was at launch. For 2011, the rear end gets an update to match the front and it's the biggest improvement. The cabin space is amazing.
Additionally, in certain models, the nozzle may detach from the valve assembly with enough force that it could cause injury and also render the product inoperable. Chrysler's number for this recall is S61. The optional Continuously Variable Transaxle works well and we found the Auto Stick manual-shift feature useful. That's the name of the game. The Sportage has a top safety score like the Patriot, and it gets better fuel economy with a more powerful base engine.
On paved country roads the Patriot feels light and nimble. The optional garage door opener is integrated into the roof, by the map lights. The smaller engine is 2. We thought the doors sounded kind of tinny when they were closed. The door handles are easy to use. The performance is a little sluggish but is not a deal breaker for normal driving.
If we have to haul a bunch of stuff, we take my wife's Honda Pilot. The Patriot Sport's front seats have manual adjustment and come with cloth upholstery; the Latitude has heated cloth seats which we prefer for four seasons. Fold down the passenger seat, and the Patriot has room for something eight feet long. Has almost 100K miles, but is still a very solid vehicle. The Patriot begs to be driven hard. The 5-speed manual gearbox is a joy to use, even with its long throws. You load them into the hard into the hard drive and the actual cds stay safe in the house.
This is a major improvement. Driving Impressions The Jeep Patriot comes with a choice of engines. Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. Test drivers called the front seats adequate, but even though they said the back seat is roomy, the back seats themselves are uncomfortable. To that end the rear bumper on the 2011 Patriot is deeper and almost totally hides the muffler that looked like a large industrial afterthought on earlier versions. We hit a couple of washboard curves, trusting in the stability control to keep the Jeep from bashing into the rocks, and it did.
Storage compartments include map pockets on all four doors, the glove compartment and an padded, open storage bin above it, a small dual-level center console with padded bottoms, and a small padded area under the center stack. 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 front passenger seat also folds forward to accommodate long items. Although it's acceptable for trucks and genuine four-wheel drives to have lots of mechanical bits visible underneath it's less desirable in a compact crossover. The Jeep Patriot remains a boxier, chunkier companion to the Compass; both models share most of their underpinnings with the Dodge Caliber but take aim at quite different crowds—with quite different styling being one of those key differences.
Gauges are clear and readable, with a tachometer that goes up to the engine limit and no further as it should , and a reasonable 120 mph speedometer. Suspension, f: independent, MacPherson strut, stabilizer bar Suspension, r: independent, multilink with coil springs, shocks, stabilizer bar Ground clearance: 9. That gets you the standard 2. The Jeep Patriot is considered a compact, although it looks larger. Visibility is quite good; the large sun visors travel along their mounts for a couple of inches, and clear barely the center roof bulge. Optional nets keep groceries from flying around, and the split rear seats fold forward as one would expect using straps in the passenger compartment which also control how much they recline. We hit an elevated cattle crossing at 30 miles per hour and tensed for an impact that never came.
Have not used the ac yet. Suspension and more The original Patriot had decent enough cornering and felt stable during emergency maneuvers; and the anti-tip and stability control systems can pull people out of bad situations. Takes corners really well, very solid. The cargo space is minimal, though the seats fold down to make up for it. Once you consider the Latitude model you can option up to remote start, Uconnect Bluetooth with voice control, a universal garage-door opener, and tailgate speakers, as well as an available media center system with 30 gigabytes of music storage. The recall began February 14, 2018. The climate controls are simple to use.
Cargo space is where the Patriot shines not only compared to the related Compass but to most other very compact utility vehicles; the tall roofline and boxy proportions make the cargo space behind the backseat more usable, and rear seatbacks fold forward neatly. The interior has an airy feel, thanks to big, well-placed windows; the windshield, side windows, and roof are far enough from driver or passengers, front or back, to make the Patriot seem roomier than it is. Fuel economy for the 2. The independent suspension eagerly ate them up. It is a couple thousand less than Chevy equinox which was the only other vehicle I considered. Interestingly enough, the engine still seems to surge a bit while at full acceleration, and the engine doesn't go to redline, but close to it, and wiggles slightly up and down in that over-6,000 range. Reclining rear seats are optional, as is a flat-folding front passenger seat.