2015 Jeep Patriot

 
2015 Jeep Patriot
 
2015 Jeep Patriot
 

2015 Jeep Patriot

MSRP 
$17,890
Invoice 
$17,848
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 23 mpg City, 30 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.0 L Regular Unleaded I-4, 158 HP
  • Transmission: Manual (standard)
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The Patriot is an unexpectedly capable city car, combining a boxy, rugged-looking traditional Jeep appearance with car-like handling, good outward visibility, an interior that's comfortable for four adults and a city-friendly small-car size. The drivetrain and ground clearance, combined with an available Freedom-Drive II off-road package, makes for respectable off-road capability as well. Even the base model includes a strong list of essential safety features.

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What's New For 2015

The Jeep Patriot is essentially unchanged from the 2014 model. Unfortunately, the hatch-mounted flashlight is no longer included.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 100,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 3 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver:
  • Side Passenger:
  • Rollover Rating: 3 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2015 Jeep Patriot

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • Radio: Uconnect 130 AM/FM/CD/MP3
    • Radio w/Clock
    • 4 Speakers
    • Fixed Antenna
    • Audio Jack Input for Mobile Devices
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 16" x 6.5" Styled Steel
    • Tires: P205/70R16 BSW AS
    • Wheels w/Silver Accents
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Body-Colored Rear Step Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Black Bodyside Cladding
    • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Black Door Handles
    • Black Manual Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Deep Tinted Glass
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Body-Colored Grille
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Manual Tailgate/Rear Door Lock
    • Roof Rack Rails Only
    • Aero-Composite Halogen Headlamps
    • Front Fog Lamps
  • Interior Features
    • 4-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
    • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
    • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Cloth Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer and Trip Odometer
    • Manual Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • 5 Person Seating Capacity
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Headliner/Pillar Ducts
    • Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Chrome Instrument Panel Insert and Chrome Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Chrome Gear Shift Knob
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Instrument Panel Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Manual 1st Row Windows
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Fixed Rear Head Restraints
    • Sliding Front Center Armrest w/Storage
    • Sentry Key Engine Immobilizer
    • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 2.0L I4 DOHC 16V Dual VVT
    • Transmission: 5-Speed Manual T355
    • 4.12 Axle Ratio
    • GVWR: 4,435 lbs
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 60-Amp/Hr 525CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 120 Amp Alternator
    • 1320# Maximum Payload
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Touring Suspension
    • Hydraulic Power-Assist Steering
    • 13.6 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.5
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 9
    • Drum - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) - 9
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - 45.1
    • Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - 38
    • Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - 27.4
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 53.5
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 23
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 23
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 525
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 120
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - ECN
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 2.0 L/122
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 158 @ 6400
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 141 @ 5000
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 103.7
    • Length, Overall (in) - 173.8
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 69.2
    • Height, Overall (in) - 65.5
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 59.8
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 59.8
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 8.1
    • Liftover Height (in) - 30.7
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 13.6
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 104.4
    • Front Head Room (in) - 41
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 40.6
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 54.5
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 52.3
    • Second Head Room (in) - 39.9
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 39.4
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 54
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 51
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 26
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 23
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 30
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 35.6
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Jeep Patriot
    • Body Style - Sport Utility
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - TLB
    • Rear Tire Order Code - TLB
    • Front Tire Size - P205/70TR16
    • Rear Tire Size - P205/70TR16
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 1000
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 100
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 1000
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 150
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 1000
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - DD7
    • Trans Type - 5
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.77
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.16
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.41
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.03
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.72
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.42
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 4.12
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 6.9 (Est)
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3136
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 16 X 6.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 16 X 6.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Styled Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Styled Steel
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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  • Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat Black Clearcoat Bright White Clearcoat Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearlcoat Eco Green Pearlcoat Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat Maximum Steel Metallic Clearcoat True Blue Pearlcoat
  • Billet Silver Metallic Clearcoat
  • Black Clearcoat
  • Bright White Clearcoat
  • Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearlcoat
  • Eco Green Pearlcoat
  • Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat
  • Maximum Steel Metallic Clearcoat
  • True Blue Pearlcoat

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Introduction

Jeep Patriot is the most affordable model from the off-road brand. It looks the part with its square lines, seven-slot grille, and round headlights. Patriot and Compass are based on a car platform, but still offer moderate off-road ability, and a suitably equipped Patriot earns Jeep’s rigorous Trail Rated label.

Patriot carries over largely unchanged for the 2015 model year. Garmin navigation is an option for the Latitude model, and a new dome light replaces the removable, rechargeable flashlight used previously. Launched as a 2007 model, along with the Compass, the Jeep Patriot was updated for 2009, 2011 and 2014.

A four-door compact SUV, Patriot offers a roomy cabin for front and back seats. The 60/40-split rear seat folds flat, and a flat-folding front passenger seat is optional, allowing room for an 8-foot ladder.

Patriot is available with front-wheel drive or a choice of two all-wheel-drive systems, including the CVT2L version that Jeep qualifies as Trail Rated.

Those who like to go off the pavement (or tow more than 1000 pounds) should choose the Trail-Rated Freedom II AWD system. This uses gearing 20-percent lower than the other models for steeper climbs and descents. But be warned: if you mistake it for a true 4WD with a low-range transfer case, like a traditional Wrangler or big Grand Cherokee, you may soon find yourself truly stuck.

Two four-cylinder engines are offered. We prefer the 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 172 horsepower and 165 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 23/29 mpg City/Highway with the 5-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive and the 6-speed automatic transmission drop the estimate to 21/27 mpg, but we think Jeeps should have all-wheel traction. The 2.4-liter delivers good power; put the pedal down even while cruising uphill at 75 miles per hour, and it will accelerate with reasonable haste.

The smaller 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is rated 158 horsepower and 141 pound-feet of torque with an EPA-estimated 23/30 mpg City/Highway with the manual transmission and 2WD or 22/27 mpg City/Highway with the continuously variable transmission.

Incorporating a crawl ratio for heavier-duty off-roading, a special continuously variable transmission (CVT2L) is optional on all-wheel-drive Patriot models with the 2.4-liter engine and Freedom Drive II package. This combination gets an EPA-rated 20/23 mpg.

Patriot is light and nimble on twisty roads. When maneuvering around town, turn-in is sharp. The body is well isolated from the wheels: You can hear the tires hitting expansion strips on the freeway, but you can’t really feel the impact. The independent suspension works well. We found the Patriot delivered steadiness and comfort during a long day of driving on patchy two-lanes, hard-packed dirt roads, sandy off-road trails, shallow rivers, and deep gullies.

Lineup

The 2015 Jeep Patriot comes with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, with a choice of two engines. Transmission include a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed automatic transmission, a CVT continuously variable transmission, and a CVT2L continuously variable transmission with a low ratio for rugged terrain.

Patriot Sport 2WD ($16,695) comes with cloth upholstery, cargo-floor carpeting, fog lamps, tinted glass, manual-opening windows, reclining front seats, 60/40-split folding rear seat, cruise control, smart-key engine immobilizer, and an AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA four-speaker stereo. (Air conditioning is not included.) A Sport front-wheel-drive model can be equipped with the 2.4-liter engine ($495) and 6-speed automatic transmission ($1,300).

Patriot Sport AWD ($18,895) is equipped the same but comes standard with the 2.4-liter engine, all-wheel drive, and rear disc brakes that replace the rear drum brakes on the standard front-drive model. Options for Patriot Sport models include air conditioning ($1,195), 17-inch tire/aluminum-wheel group ($895), and Uconnect 230 radio with 6CD/DVD changer ($595). An All-Weather Group ($795) combines tow hooks, engine block heater, floor mats, daytime running lights, and aluminum wheels with P215/65R17 tires.

Patriot Altitude 2WD ($20,990) and Altitude AWD ($22,990) add to Sport models an option package that includes the 2.4-liter engine, 6-speed automatic, black side roof rails, and black 17-inch aluminum wheels.

Patriot Latitude 2WD ($21,095) comes standard with the 2.0-liter engine, while Latitude AWD ($24,395) includes the 2.4-liter engine and rear disc brakes with the all-wheel drive. Both Latitude models upgrade standard equipment to include air conditioning, power windows, driver’s seat height adjustment, heated front seats, reclining rear seats, fold-flat front passenger seat, heated power mirrors, remote keyless entry, 115-volt outlet, and P215/60R17 tires on aluminum wheels. Options include Uconnect voice command ($495), premium Boston Acoustics speakers ($650), All-Weather Capability group ($795), Sun/Sound group ($1,545), Security & Cargo Convenience group ($695), and tow package ($250 to $485).

Patriot High Altitude 2WD ($23,675) and High Altitude AWD ($25,490) add to front-drive Latitude model an option package that includes the 2.0-liter engine, CVT2, leather-trimmed bucket seats, 6-way power driver’s seat, sunroof, and 17-inch Mineral Gray aluminum wheels.

Patriot Limited 2WD ($24,695) and Limited AWD ($26,695) come standard with the 2.4-liter engine and 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. Also included are four-wheel disc brakes. Limited models come with climate control; leather-trimmed seat upholstery; 6-way power driver’s seat; bright bumper inserts; bright cargo side rails; Media Center 230 AM/FM radio with 6CD/DVD changer, audio jack, and SiriusXM satellite ratio.

Options for Patriot include Uconnect Phone with Bluetooth and/or Web service and a smoker’s package. The Freedom-Drive II Off-Road Group for Latitude/Limited ($750) or Sport ($1,250) upgrades 4WD models with a bigger alternator, skid plates, electronic brake traction assist, tow hooks, engine oil cooler, upgraded sealing, all-terrain tires, and full-size spare; it requires the CVT2L continuously variable transmission, with off-road crawl ratio. (All New Car Test Drive prices are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices, which do not include destination charge and may change at any time without notice.)

Safety features on all Patriot models include dual front airbags, head-protecting curtain side airbags, torso-protecting front-seat side-impact airbags, ABS with electronic brake-force distribution, traction control, electronic stability control with rollover mitigation, and active front head restraints. Optional all-wheel drive can improve handling stability in slippery conditions.

Walkaround

Patriot features traditional Jeep styling cues: round headlights, seven-slot grille, boxy body shape, upright windshield and upright rear hatch. Unlike its jelly bean-shaped competitors, Patriot’s boxy shape translates to a more spacious feeling inside because the roof doesn’t curl in. In addition, the vertical rear end allows more cargo inside and better sheds snow and ice in the winter. Overall appearance of the Patriot has changed little since model year 2011.

Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass share much of their engineering and dimensional differences amount to only a couple of inches. However, variations in design details are enough to give each of those models a distinct character. A bit of additional height on the Patriot is especially noticeable.

Patriot Latitude features more bright trim, but we think the body-color trim of the other models is more visually appealing and more befitting a Jeep.

Tow hooks and roof-rail crossbars are optional. We’d prefer the fog lamps to be farther apart, but that observation falls into the nitpicking category.

Although it’s acceptable for trucks and genuine four-wheel-drive vehicles to have lots of mechanical bits visible underneath, it’s less desirable in a compact crossover. To that end, the rear bumper on the Patriot is quite deep and almost totally hides the muffler, which looked like a large industrial afterthought on early models.

Patriot is considered to be a compact SUV, though it looks larger. With a lot of space between front and rear wheels, and overall length less than 15 feet, the lack of bodywork beyond the wheels adds dimension and improves backcountry accessibility. It’s only a couple of inches away from identical height and width, and the Patriot’s ground clearance matches that of many heavy-duty pickup trucks.

Patriot Sport wheels are 16-inch steel. Attractive 17-inch aluminum wheels are standard on Latitude and Limited models, and optional for the Sport. The Patriot looks much better with the aluminum wheels. In wintry climates it’s useful to have both, with winter tires on the 16-inch steel wheels, summer tires on the 17-inch aluminum wheels.

Interior

A high seating position gives the Jeep Patriot driver a commanding view of the trail, the street, or the highway. A surprisingly comfortable driver’s seat provides massive headroom, good thigh support, but so-so back support.

Patriot Sport’s front seats have manual adjustment and come with cloth upholstery. Patriot Latitude has heated cloth seats, which we prefer for four-season comfort. Patriot Limited gets leather-trimmed upholstery, which might amount to overdressing the Patriot but it adds an inviting bit of class and is better for dog hair.

Rear occupants endure harder cushioning than those up front, but have plenty of space to stretch out. The center rear spot would be acceptable, except for a huge front console that protrudes into the rear foot area.

The cabin layout is functional and roomy. The dark dashboard and instrument layout is simple, and the gauges are a tidy white-on-black with glowing orange needles. The speedometer is small, however, with small numbers, it’s not so easy to read unless it’s illuminated.

The door handles are easy to use. Soft-touch panels line the tops of the doors, and their pockets have clean edges. The three-spoke steering wheel has integral cruise and audio controls.

Audio controls are easy to understand and operate. Jeep says the available Uconnect Tunes system can hold up to 6700 songs, which can be ripped from a CD or USB memory stick. We thought the doors sounded somewhat tinny when they were closed.

Simple climate controls continue the uncomplicated approach taken in the Patriot’s interior. A small but high-mounted information screen sits on the instrument panel, ahead of the driver. The Patriot’s hand brake is strictly mechanical and practical, in stark contrast to the electronic brakes that have appeared on so many models.

Cubby storage consists of a nice tray over the good-sized glove compartment, which is big enough for books. The space between the front seats includes a nook for change or cell phones, plus two fixed cupholders. The center console is split for two levels of storage and is padded. Door pockets are on the small side, but they can hold six CD cases; much of the space is taken up by the 6×9-inch speakers.

The rear seat is split 60/40 and folds flat easily. Simply flip up the seat cushion and flop down the seatback. Reclining rear seats are optional. Upper-level models get a flat-folding front passenger seat. With the rear seats folded flat, there’s a spacious 53.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity. Fold down the passenger seat, and the Patriot has room for an object eight feet long. With all seats in use, there’s 23 cubic feet in the back, comparable to the space in any compact SUV. There’s a nice cargo cover, though using it would significantly limit the storage space below.

The hatch glass does not open separately, but the hatch isn’t heavy. Removable carpeting lines the cargo-area floor and hides a real full-size spare tire underneath, on most models. That cargo deck is a relatively high 30.7 inches off the ground. The maximum cargo height opening is 27.4 inches. Taller people should watch their heads when beneath the open hatch.

Driving Impressions

With its uncomplicated controls, the Jeep Patriot drives and feels like a car from 20 years ago, but in a good way. That means modern ride comfort, capable handling, useful performance, and a satisfying overall driving experience. When appropriately equipped, the Patriot can also handle an impressive number of off-road duties, despite lack of a two-speed transfer case.

We think the larger 2.4-liter engine works best. It has good power, with 172 horsepower and 165 pound-feet of torque, and is responsive where it needs to be. Our only criticism is that it sounds gruff under heavy throttle. Fuel economy for the 2.4-liter engine is an EPA-estimated 23/29 mpg City/Highway with the manual transmission and front-wheel drive.

The 2.0-liter engine offers a bit less power and slightly better fuel economy. The 2.0-liter engine makes 158 horsepower and 141 pound-feet of torque and is EPA-rated at 23/30 mpg with the manual transmission and two-wheel drive. The smaller engine needs to be revved quite a bit to make power, however.

The 6-speed automatic transmission is well-behaved and delivers no unpleasant surprises. Equipped with a shift gate, it permits gear changes by feel, unlike some that require you to look down or ahead at the instrument panel to see which gear you’ve selected.

The 5-speed manual gearbox is a joy to use, despite long throws. The lever comes out of the center stack above the driver’s right knee, which is an improvement over being on the floor near the right thigh. The 5-speed makes the Patriot feel truly like a Jeep. Properly used, it brings out the potential of the engine.

On paved country roads, the Patriot feels light and nimble. The ride is steady over rough asphalt patches. The body feels well isolated, and you can hit a bump with one wheel without your head being tossed.

The suspension works well in all conditions. We drove it over a 20-mile stretch of dirt road: hard-packed, potholed, a layer of loose dust, with lots of uphill and downhill curves. The Patriot was stable and confident.

We aimed for some of the potholes, including a 50-foot-long row of little ones. The independent suspension eagerly ate them up. Along came a washboard surface, and the Patriot stayed true. We hit an elevated cattle crossing at 30 miles per hour and tensed for an impact that never came. The Patriot did a great job in these conditions.

We used the brakes hard on this dirt road; the ABS frequently activated on the slippery dust with the all-season tires.

We also drove a Patriot with the Trail-Rated Freedom Drive II off-road package. It adds one inch to the ground clearance for a total of 9.1 inches, allowing a 29-degree approach angle, a nearly 34-degree departure angle, a 23.7-degree breakover angle, and enabling the Patriot to ford 19 inches of water. Unfortunately, Freedom Drive II is not offered with the manual transmission.

Both all-wheel-drive systems have a locking center differential that sends half the power to the rear wheels. They also have a brake lock differential that can shift the power from side to side on each axle, which is important in slippery terrain. The Freedom II package also gives the CVT a low range with a ratio of 19:1, good for crawling over obstacles.

We tested a Freedom Drive II combination on an off-road trail in the Arizona desert, crossing some ridges and ditches that raised one wheel two feet in the air. It felt effortless, as the Patriot slowly and securely picked its way over. A sharp U-turn showed off the tight turning radius. In a sand pit, the off-road brake traction control dabbed the brakes of the slipping wheel or wheels for us, and pulled the Jeep through.

The Freedom Drive II package includes Hill Descent Control that automatically engages when in Low range on steep downhill grades. It keeps the Jeep under 5 mph and under control when going down steep hills, even icy ones. You can take both feet off the pedals and let it do its thing.

We hit a sandy gulley and floored it, racing up to 45 mph, engine screaming, and the CVT stayed in low range. Driving flat-out in a straight line over the washboard surface, with the wheels bouncing every which direction, the Patriot remained controllable, responsive and tracked true. We hit a couple of washboard curves, trusting in the stability control to keep the Jeep from bashing into the rocks, and it did. Below 35 mph, the electronic stability control only uses the brakes to keep the Jeep on the line; above 35 it also cuts the throttle, if necessary.

Summary

Jeep Patriot offers off-highway capability in a compact SUV with a capable four-cylinder engine that gets decent fuel economy. The suspension is stable and comfortable, and cargo capacity is useful because (except in the Sport edition) all the passenger seats can easily fold flat. Add the Patriot’s prowess in ordinary driving, coupled with its distinct Jeep character, and it’s an SUV that’s at home in both rough and civilized environments.

NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Sam Moses filed this report from Scottsdale, Arizona, with correspondents Kirk Bell reporting from Chicago and G.R. Whale from Los Angeles. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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About These Prices

As you know, pricing cars is particularly complicated. One of our duties at CarQuotes.com is to help our customers comprehend this process better.

Three important prices we may show on a particular vehicle

CarQuotes.com Estimated Target Price is for research purposes only. It reflects a typical, negotiated price (before taxes and other customary fees and charges, such as dealer documentation fees, tire and battery disposal fees, license and registration, and where applicable, finance charges) generally found for the vehicle that you selected. The Estimated Target Price is NOT a price quote from CarQuotes.com or any other dealer. If you request a price quote from a dealer via CarQuotes.com displaying an estimated target price, your price may differ.

Invoice is commonly known as the published amount that the dealer paid the manufacturer for the vehicle. This may or may not represent a close relation to the dealer’s actual cost, but can be beneficial as a benchmark. This figure is available on many other web sites however CarQuotes.com adds an estimate of local and regional fees from manufacturer to the dealers to this price, which makes it very close to the actual invoice amount for cars at your local dealer.

MSRP is the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. This is a proposed price only. For most vehicles, the CarQuotes.com price is below this amount. Some high demand cars may be priced over this amount.

Estimated Target Price

The CarQuotes.com Target Price is to be used as a general guide that reflects a typical, market price (before taxes and other customary fees and charges) generally found for the vehicle that you selected. This price is based on our research and estimates of supply and demand in the marketplace. There are many factors that go into the final price of a particular vehicle including local supply and demand. Your final price may differ.

CarQuotes.com Estimated Target Prices include

The ’base’ price of the vehicle
All options that you select
Base Destination Charges — this is a charge that is added to the base price for every vehicle
Any related Estimated Manufacture to Consumer Cash Rebates. Note: rebates are subject to change at any time. Please make sure to confirm any consumer Cash rebates with your dealer representative at the time of purchase.

CarQuotes.com Estimated price(s) do NOT include any of the following:

Local taxes, license fees and other local fees, such as dealer documentation fees, tire and battery disposal fees, and where applicable, finance charges — these fees are also excluded from Dealer Invoice and MSRP and would be excluded from most advertisements you might see.
Random ’special qualification’ rebates — i.e., for new college grads only; for customers trading in a specific type of car.  Ask your dealer Representative for more information on ’special qualification’ rebates.

CarQuotes Estimated Dealer Price

The Estimated CarQuotes Dealer Price is an estimate of the pricing presented to CarQuotes members from CarQuotes Authorized Dealers in your area, and is calculated by subtracting an estimated savings value from the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price ("MSRP") as well as a value that relates to invoice for the "ideal vehicle" you configured. Dealer documentation, administrative or similar processing fees are not included in the price estimate. Any vehicle configured on the CarQuotes website is an "ideal vehicle" and may not exist at a CarQuotes Authorized Dealer or any other partner dealer. Each Dealer attempts to match a member’s vehicle preferences with the best possible selection from current, in-stock inventory.

Estimated Savings

The Estimated Savings represents the estimated amount of savings off of MSRP available to you from CarQuotes Dealers for a vehicle consistent with your configured preferences plus any customer incentives currently available.  This is also true when it comes to CarQuotes estimated target prices. Your actual savings will depend on several factors including market conditions, the style of vehicle you select, installed options, dealer coverage, and applicable manufacturer incentives. Each dealer sets its own pricing.

Advertised Rebates, Special Manufacturer Financing or Leasing Programs

In most cases, you must choose between these programs OR a customer rebate or a special manufacturer-to-dealer incentive that may or may not already be included in your CarQuotes.com Target Price. So, your final price may go up if you take advantage of special manufacturer financing. Credit Union members should contact their Credit Union loan department to determine what type of loan and financing options are right for you.

Please note that CarQuotes.com strives to include identified manufacturer incentives within the CarQuotes.com Target Price. CarQuotes.com does not administer these programs, which are subject to and often change without notice. Eligibility for these programs is subject to verification by a licensed auto dealer.

Ask your dealer representative for complete manufacturer program details for your area, and how participation in these programs will affect your price.

Base Vehicle

The base vehicle is the vehicle before any optional equipment or destination fees have been added. All of the standard features are included in the base vehicle.

Options

This is the total charge for all optional equipment included in the configuration of your virtual vehicle. The Options charge varies depending on whether it is calculated based on the Factory Invoice or MSRP. Options are not included in the base vehicle price and are not considered standard features.

Regional Fees

A Regional Fee is the fee a manufacturer charges a dealer to advertise and promote the vehicle in the dealer’s market. CarQuotes also includes estimated manufacturer preparation charges (manufacturer charges to the dealer to cover any work done on the car prior to delivering it to the dealership) and fuel charges (the charge for the fuel in the tank when the buyer purchases the vehicle) in this total. CarQuotes attempts to include regional ad fees in its Factory Invoice calculations; other sites at times do not.

Destination Fees

These are the amounts that manufacturers charge to deliver a vehicle from the factory to the dealership.

Customer Incentives

Customer incentives are also commonly known as customer cash or bonus incentives. These incentives are offered by manufacturers as a way of enticing buyers into purchasing a vehicle.

 

Note: Dealer Invoice amount might not be the amount that the dealer paid to the manufacturer

Dealer Invoice price may or may not bear close relation to a dealer’s actual cost for the vehicle. In some cases, a cost for a vehicle may be significantly less than the invoice price originally paid for the vehicle. Any difference between invoice price and the dealer’s final cost may be caused by many factors including factory refunds, rebates, allowances, or incentives which the manufacturer or distributor may provide to the dealer.

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