The Jeep Patriot is a five-door compact crossover SUV introduced by the American manufacturer Jeep from 2006 to 2016 for the 2007 to 2017 model years. Jeep produced the Patriot and the Compass in Chrysler's assembly factory in Belvidere, Illinois. Despite strong sales, production stopped after the 2017 model year, and the model remained primarily unchanged for the previous ten years.
History of the Jeep Patriot
The Patriot was constructed on the same platform as the Compass and the Dodge Caliber, but it was optimized for even greater off-road performance. The seven-slot grille, the powerful belt line, the enormous fender flares, and the rectangular bodywork all but screamed "Jeep" from the outside. A few tweaks were made to the Patriot's inside and exterior for 2011. The rear bumper writing, reading "Patriot," was removed, and Jeep installed a more standard bumper while the front fog lamps were downsized and shifted. In the United States, buyers could choose between the Sport, Latitude, and Limited trims. When the Latitude trim was discontinued in Canada, the North Edition was released with a few upgrades. In 2011, Jeep celebrated its 70th anniversary by releasing a special edition vehicle. The Altitude Edition was a limited-edition 2012 offering based on the Sport trim level. Jeep's dedication to the U.S. Army and military was celebrated with the 2013 model year's Freedom Edition version, based on the Sport model, and included several unique features. For the 2014 model year, Jeep made numerous adjustments to its trim levels and models. Nevertheless, Freedom Drive 1 Patriots were initially offered a Hyundai 6-speed automatic gearbox in place of the CVT. The Patriot came standard with a 172 horsepower, 2.4L, 4-cylinder engine. The engine may be paired with a 5-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission. You may have the standard trim level with either a front or all-wheel drive setup. The low crawling ratio CVT provided maximum torque when required, complementing the all-wheel drive system and the off-road package.
In 2017, Jeep retailed the Jeep Patriot with a starting MSRP of under $18,040 for the base model, rising to $30,000 for the High Altitude AWD trim.
- Base Sport 2WD - $18,040 ($21,797 in 2022)
- Sport SW 4WD - $22,285 ($26,926 in 2022)
- Latitude 4WD - $25,840 ($31,221 in 2022)
- High Altitude 4WD - $26,985 ($32,605 in 2022)
Features of the Jeep Patriot
The Patriot may not look exactly like the 4-door Wrangler Unlimited, but at least there's a striking similarity. The Sport trim's standard wheels are 16 inches in diameter and made of steel, whereas the Patriot Latitude trim's are 17 inches in diameter and made of aluminum. Like its larger sibling, the Patriot has a square body, Jeep's characteristic round headlights, and a front grille featuring seven vertical slots. The Patriot's prominence and functionality are enhanced by the standard roof rails. Models with the Freedom Drive II off-road kit have extra protection like skidplates and tow hooks.
Two rows of seats allow the 2017 Jeep Patriot to seat five people comfortably. It can be very basic and practical with hard plastic surfaces or quite luxurious with leather seats as well as 6.5-inch touch-screen navigation and an entertainment system, all according to the trim level and options chosen. A height-adjustable driver's seat is optional on base versions, and there is no Patriot with a telescoping steering wheel, so finding a comfortable driving position will be more challenging. Rear seats fold almost completely flat for added cargo space, and in all, save the base model, they also recline.
- Manual Air Conditioning
- Cruise Control
- AM/FM/CD Audio System
- Auxiliary Input
- Hands-Free Phone Connectivity
- SiriusXM Satellite Radio
- Heated Front Seats (Latitude and above)
- Power Outlet (Latitude and above)
- Keyless Entry (Latitude and above)
- Automatic Headlights (Latitude and above)
- Power Windows
- Air Conditioning
- Leather-Trimmed Steering Wheel w/ Built-in Audio Controls
- Heated Front Seats
- 17-Inch Wheels
- Infotainment and Navigation System
- 6.5-Inch Touch Screen
- Leather Interior
- Power-Adjustable Driver's Seat
- Rearview Camera
Specs and Performance of the Jeep Patriot
Four 4-cylinder engines and three different gearboxes are available for the 2017 Jeep Patriot. The front-wheel drive (FWD) 2.0L engine is the entry-level option. If you want 4WD, you'll need the optional larger 2.4L engine, which is available for both models. The two engines share a regular 5-speed manual transmission. There are two available automatic transmissions: a 6-speed and a CVT. The Freedom Drive II off-road package has a CVT with a 19:1 crawl ratio, making it ideal for tackling tricky terrain at a sluggish pace. The maximum weight that a Patriot may tow is 2,000 pounds. Even while the Patriot isn't exactly fuel-efficient (particularly with the Freedom Drive II option), at least standard unleaded gasoline may be used. Dimension-wise, the Jeep Patriot 4,409 mm (173.6 in) long, 1,755 mm (69.1 in) wide, and 1,669 mm (65.7 in) high. Its wheelbase measures 2,635 mm (103.7 in) with a curb weight of 3,263 lbs (1,480 kg).
The Jeep Patriot was released from 2006 to 2016 for the model's 2007 to 2017 model years. Jeep discontinued the production of the Jeep Patriot to make way for the Jeep Compass second generation.