Jeep Patriot


The Jeep Patriot is new to the lineup and it made an appearance so Jeep would have a representative in the compact SUV market. With the appearance of the Jeep Patriot the competition should be concerned simply because of all the Patriot offers. First of all, the Patriot is an affordable vehicle with the top of the line model costing in the mid $20s. The front wheel drive base Sport Patriot model starts at just $14,425, which is an amazingly low price for a brand new vehicle. Of course, it does not have all the bells and whistles and it does not have air conditioning but it has the basics.

These include vinyl seats, manual outside mirrors, manual crank windows, and the like). In addition, just because the basics are very basic does not mean the Patriot skimps on safety. Four wheel anti- lock disc brakes, side curtain airbags, traction control, brake assist, electronic roll mitigation, and electronic stability control are all of the safety features offered. That is pretty amazing considering the low price tag for the base model. Now, with gas prices being as expensive as they are nobody wants a gas guzzler anymore. Luckily, with the Patriot you will get 26 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. That is pretty good!

If all wheel drive is what you are interested in then perhaps the Sport with Freedom Drive I is more your speed. This model still has good gas mileage with 23 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. It starts at a modest $16,175. Now, if you truly are into off roading and want to get out in the fields, gravel pits, and dirt roads then you will appreciate the Trail Rated Sport. With all it offers in off-roading capabilities it is not too hard on your pocketbook at $18,615. It has 21 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. If you really want the best inside and out then you may choose the Limited edition that offers cruise control, leather seating, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, power locks, windows, and mirrors among other things. This version costs $19,425 but if you want to upgrade form the 4 x2 to 4x4 it will cost you a little bit more at $22,615.

Now, as far as the exterior goes the Jeep Patriot is very similar to the Jeep Liberty. That is just because they are sized similarly. The Compass is another model that is similar to the Patriot as they share a platform. The offerings of this vehicle are rather surprising considering its overall price but buyers will love getting more than what they feel they are paying for. Side curtain air bags, electronic stability system, and a 2.4 liter four cylinder engine are just a couple of the things you should anticipate. Those who enjoy driving on trails will really love the Patriot since it is designated for these activities. It has the appropriate ground clearance to ford water and big holes, great traction, and drives great under these conditions as well. The exterior of the vehicle boasts real handles on each door and a boxy and rugged front fascia.

Test drivers have found this vehicle a great buy especially for all it offers drivers. Some have complained that the engine is not the best for the compact SUV although it is not necessarily a bad engine. Others have compared it to sounding like a blender. Overall the engine works fine and does a good job for the Patriot. Of course a better engine could be used but that would likely increase the already very affordable price tag. So there really is not much to complain about on this vehicle. There are wide selections available from bare bones and really affordable to luxury at a very nice price.

If you are interested in the Patriot and just are not sure if you can believe it does all it claims to do then take it for a test drive. You will be surprised that the Patriot really can maneuver deep holes, ford water, and then hit the pavement like it never even went off roading in the first place.

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