2008 Jeep Patriot

2008 JEEP PATRIOT REVIEW

The 2008 Jeep Patriot is one of the more affordable SUVs on the market today. With a manufacturer’s suggested retail price ranging anywhere from $15,475 to $21,945, anyone looking for a compact crossover sport utility vehicle is likely to be able to drive away with a Patriot.

Although SUVs have a reputation for having terrible fuel economy, the 2008 Jeep Patriot actually offers better than one might expect. In fact, this SUV is rated as getting 28 miles per gallon on the highway and 23 miles per gallon in the city. Nonetheless, it can still comfortably it five passengers and offers impressive 4x4 capabilities.

With a NHTSA Driver’s Crash Rating of five out of five stars, the 2008 Jeep Patriot is one of the safest SUVs on the road. This is thanks to a number of safety features that come standard with each model. These include:

  • Anti-lock brakes, which are capable of sensing when the tire has stopped rotating and then modulating the brake pressure so the driver can still turn the vehicle.
  • Stability control, which is capable of sensing when the vehicle has reached its handling limits and then reducing the engine power and applying the brakes in order to prevent the driver from losing control.
  • Front-impact airbags, which help to protect the heads of the passenger and driver if a frontal crash occurs.
  • Overhead airbags, which protect the heads of the occupants if a rollover or side collision occurs.
  • Pretensioner seatbelts, which are designed to automatically tighten and to place the passenger in the best position when a collision occurs.
  • Security system, which disables the ignition and prevents the engine from starting if a key other than the original manufacturer’s is used.

In addition to its safety equipment, the 2008 Jeep Patriot offers a variety of attractive standard features. These include rear wipers, halogen headlamps, and AM/FM radio with CD and MP3 capabilities, roof rails, and 16-inch steel wheels and all-season tires.

The Patriot, which was introduced in 2007, continues to enjoy success in 2008. Although no major changes have been made since 2007, it has received a great deal of praise and attention for its off-road capabilities. In fact, the reviewer at NewCarTestDrive.com declared “The suspension is superb: stable and comfortable in all situations” after having given the SUV a rigourous road test.

When on the road, the 2008 Jeep Patriot remains enjoyable to ride and does not have the same stiffness or “truck like” feel of some SUVs. As Car and Driver put it, “On-road, the Patriot is gratifyingly nimble, agility that’s amplified by light but accurate steering.”

The 2008 Jeep Patriot is available in two different trims, Sport and Limited, with each being available in front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Each model also includes a Lock mode, which improves the SUV’s traction during poor weather conditions. Each model comes with a 2.4-liter I4 engine, which provides for even greater fuel economy. Nonetheless, it still provides 172 horsepower with its standard five-speed manual transmission.

Drivers looking for even greater off road capabilities will appreciate the optional FDII package. This package offers a continuous variable transaxle when its off-road mode has been activated. This package also includes a number of other attractive features, such as hill-descent control, an added inch of ground clearance, and more durable rear suspension.

Drivers selecting the Sport 2008 Jeep Patriot with two-wheel drive will receive front disc/rear drum braking with a rear wheel anti-lock braking system. All other models, on the other hand, feature 4 wheel disc braking with 4-wheel anti-lock brakes. Regardless of the model, brake assist comes standard for extra protection.

Despite its compact size, the 2008 Jeep Patriot offers plenty of legroom with a total of 39.4 inches in the rear seat. It also features a 60/40 split rear seat, which folds flat. An optional flat-folding front passenger seat is also possible, which allows for over 8 feet of storage space.

It is easy to see why so many consumers are looking toward the 2008 Jeep Patriot to fulfill their SUV needs. As Car and Driver said, “...like the Cherokee, the Patriot’s dynamic virtues, all-around usefulness, and solid value make it hard to ignore.”

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