2011 Jeep Patriot Sport Manual Road Test Review

30 Aug 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on 2011 Jeep Patriot Sport Manual Road Test Review

Price: $30,000 (plus

Fuel Economy (claimed): 8.4

Fuel Economy (tested): 9.9

Revised for 2011 with an interior, revised bumpers, new and standard cruise control the range, the Jeep PatriotMY11 refresh is best as “mild”.

Beyond its enticing sticker price and wagon we found that the Patriot a more substantial upgrade to it genuine appeal to compact SUV

Quality: Cabin quality refinement. Plastics and controls match the better Japanese (the centre console for example, is not damped and simply shut if let go).

The leather-trimmed steering wheel is to hold though, and the cloth feels durable. Soft-touch on the upper door-trims are new for 2011, and a addition.

Comfort: The manually-adjusted seats are roomy, soft and The back seats are also and comfortable (the reclining helps), but the seat is a little under the thighs.

The steering only adjusts for rake, and width restricts the Patriot to a four-seater (for adults), smaller kids can go three across the rear.

Equipment: on the entry-level Patriot Sport is a trip computer, power and mirrors, air-conditioning, a four-speaker with AUX input and 17-inch wheels.

Bluetooth, a USB audio input, sat-nav, heated front and front side airbags are as options.

Storage: The Patriot can up to 536 litres of cargo with the seats up, and up to 1357 litres the seats folded. However, the cargo blind in place the capacity drops to just 320 with the seats up, or 721 with folded.

Driveability: The Patriot’s 2.4 litre petrol four-cylinder has the numbers, but it feels slower it should on the road.

There much torque below and the engine is generally lifeless revved hard. Performance is blunted when carrying a load of passengers.

The standard manual has good gearing, but is with a vague shifter and clutch pedal. The optional CVT might be the better choice.

Refinement: There is a fair of noise and vibration from the engine and transmission. The Patriot’s shape also generates a lot of noise at speed – around the wing mirrors.

The itself is tight though, no trim rattles heard our time with the car.

The Patriot’s suspension is soft to smooth out choppy urban but – peculiarly – a tad too firm over smaller corrugations and surface imperfections.

a lot of body roll during cornering and undulating tarmac at can be a bit of a handful. The upside of its AWD underpinnings means that the Patriot can out of trouble on slippery surfaces by the grippy Continental tyres).

The steering is over-assisted, which going from lock-to-lock in a carpark, but doesn’t tell the much about what the wheels are doing.

Braking: The feels overly soft, and performance is only average.

rating: Not tested

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Safety Stability control, traction ABS, brake assist, Roll Mitigation, front and airbags, three-point seatbelts on all

Front side-airbags are available on the Sport as an optional extra.


Warranty: 3 years/100,000km.

costs: Intervals are set for every with a typical service between $310 and $500. services are scheduled for every and cost roughly $650.

Nissan X-Trail ST ($32,490) Producing the same power and more torque, the X-Trail is to the Patriot on paper, but is a far more vehicle.

The Nissan has better quality, more intelligent packaging and a longer standard list – easily the $2,490 premium over the (see X-Trail reviews )

CR-V ($28,090) – The is heavier than the Patriot and slightly more fuel, but about its only disadvantage.

the X-Trail and Forester, the CRV is better better built and has more handling. (see CR-V )

Subaru Forester X ($30,990) A favourite in the compact SUV market, not hard to see the Forester’s appeal. durable, has strong resale and comes with a tractable petrol flat four. Forester reviews )

Note: all prices are Manufacturer’s Price and do not include dealer or on-road costs.


The entry-level Patriot Sport is par when judged against its and is starting to show its age. ordinary on-road performance, its interior quality and feature could use some sprucing up.

a distinct butch appeal to its styling though, and it’s one of the affordable AWD compact SUVs on the Its problem is it feels outclassed in a competitive segment.

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