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This one#8217;s easy.

Because there#8217;s one.

One compact crossover SUV a four-cylinder engine and a $15k price that#8217;s available a two-speed transaxle and Low range One small SUV that has the gear to go #8211; but won#8217;t eat you alive gas bills on-road.

It#8217;s the Patriot.

Everything else is FWD, AWD #8211; or makes you buy a engine to get 4WD with Low range Or gets worse gas mileage a #8217;77 Chrysler Newport.

The is a compact-sized, four-door crossover

It is conventional in its general layout to other small car-based SUVs in that it#8217;s on a unibody platform (body and are welded together onto a unit, like most cars) and it#8217;s got a transversely four-cylinder engine and a FWD rather RWD-based drivetrain layout. But all other FWD-based compact on the market right now (excepting its cousin, the Jeep Compass, shares the same layout) the can be ordered with an off-road-capable 4WD that includes a driver-selectable transaxle and Low range gearing for crawling or slogging through snow or mud.

To get more #8211; or even comparable #8211; you#8217;ve pretty got to move up to a truck-based #8220;real#8221; SUV something along the lines of a Xterra, Toyota#8217;s FJ Cruiser or the own stablemate, the Liberty. However, machines all cost a lot more to buy and most of them use a lot more

The 2012 Patriot starts at (vs. $24,890 for the base Xterra, $23,995 for the base Liberty and $26,115 for the base Toyota FJ).

A top-of-the-line Limited has an MSRP of $23,650.

NEW FOR 2012 

Jeep has recalibrated the optionally available continuously (CVT) transmission for improved

Also, softer-touch interior have been added. The edition Altitude package centered on a monochromatic exterior scheme #8211; has been with new chrome/stainless steel trim and unique to this 17-inch  high-gloss #8220;black wheels.


cylinder fuel economy and off-road capability.

Feels looks hunky.



Four acceleration.

Slightly clunky handling.

Bargain-looking interior.

towing capabilities.

The Patriot is a deal, like many of the less-capable crossovers in this such as the Honda CR-V. But you do get a of four cylinder engines.

The Patriot is fitted with a 2 158 hp engine #8211; teamed up either a five-speed manual or CVT automatic. The upgrade engine standard in mid-trim Latitude and Limited Patriots #8211; is a 2.4 172 hp engine that#8217;s also with either transmission.

In addition to the engine choices, prospects also have choice of drivetrain layouts three choices, actually:

#8211; and like other crossovers #8211; is FWD. So the Patriot is similar to the Honda or the Toyota RAV4 or the Chevy

Next up is full-time AWD #8211; calls this Freedom I. It is also like the AWD systems in the models mentioned above. them, most of the time, of the engine#8217;s power is routed to the wheels, with power kicked to the rear wheels the front wheels begin to

The third option is Freedom II #8211; and it is unlike the AWD systems in competitor vehicles because it you Low range gearing with a crawl ratio similar to you#8217;d find in a traditional 4WD SUV. t is engaged by moving the into L #8220;off road.#8221;

not quite as heavy-duty as what find in something like a 4WD or Xterra or FJ Cruiser #8211; but heavier-duty than what get in a CR-V, RAV4, Equinox or along those lines.

As earlier, the Patriot gives you enhanced capability with fuel consumption #8211; to truck-based, 4WD SUVs.

The base FWD Patriot with the 2 liter and five-speed manual is rated 23 29 highway. A Patriot with the 2.4 liter engine and Freedom II still manages 20 city, 23 While not spectacular, this is better than the 15 city, 18 delivered by a 4WD Toyota FJ or the 15 city, 20 you#8217;d see (if lucky) in a 4WD Nissan

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And it#8217;s about the same as you#8217;d get in something much such as the Toyota RAV4 its optional V-6 and AWD.

Most of the I#8217;ve read of the Patriot it for being slow. Well, not quick (zero to 60 with the 2.4 liter engine takes 10 seconds with the manual but that#8217;s certainly adequate for around. A Prius is a second and people seem to do ok.

Context is If you lined up a bunch of new cars on line, dropped the checkered and had them all race, all-out, to 60 MPH sure, the Patriot would be one of the to get there. But that#8217;s not the real In the real world, most don#8217;t usually run all-out one stoplight to the next #8211; and if do, there are better vehicles for than the Patriot.

A tire-fryer not. But adequately powerful for real-world driving it is.

Same as cornering. If you drive it within #8211; that is, not expecting it to a corner like a Corvette it#8217;s fine. Nothing or unpredictable #8211; or too firm or too

It tracks where you point it and the won#8217;t screech unless really pushing it, in which that#8217;s your fault, not the

Normally, I don#8217;t recommend CVT #8211; especially with (and not so powerful) engines. But the updated-for-2012 CVT is a well-sorted unit: smooth and well-matched to the engine. I tell you how it performs with the 2.0 engine, but it performed well the 2.4 liter engine in the Patriot I

For off-road use, it#8217;s the better choice, too, as it give you more fine than the manual.

Speaking of I took the Patriot off-roading, it to take me down to the fence on the other end of our property #8211; involves carefully trundling 16 acres of open, rolling #8211; including several deep dips and two pretty inclines. No problems. It tackled terrain as well as my 4WD pick-up. I never take someone brand-new FWD or AWD light-duty crossover a CR-V off into the fields woods) as I did with the Patriot.

#8220;trail rated#8221; talk walks the walk. Order the Package for everything you#8217;ll to deal with almost any situation: Skid plates, all-terrain tires, tow hooks and a real-deal spare tire. stuff plus 8.1 inches of clearance and the 19:1 crawl in off-road 4WD Low range will get you (and over) terrain would break lesser or at least, leave them you) waiting for the winch.

The one functional deficit you#8217;ll is the Patriot#8217;s 2,000 lb. maximum tow This is due to the lack of a V-6 engine than anything else. in this general class do offer V-6 engines (such as the RAV4) can pull up to 3,500

The Patriot#8217;s squared off, boxy silhouette is a defiant of the current trend toward the It looks like an SUV #8211; not a Similarly, inside #8211; everything is meaty and purposeful than delicate and fine. For you can easily manipulate the large knobs for the AC and heat while gloves.

No small buttons to tap much less a mouse to your coffee all over.

The #8211; dashpad, trim and so on #8211; are maybe not quite as as what you#8217;d find in other crossovers, but they are apt to be durable . The matte grey-black can be easily wiped down or off.

The ambiance is purposeful and #8211; as a Jeep ought to be.

classified as a compact, the Patriot is close to mid-sized in terms of space. For example, the technically Patriot has an inch more seat headroom (41 inches) a technically #8220;mid-sized#8221; crossover SUV the Lexus RX350 (39.1 and #8211; here#8217;s where it really interesting #8211; inches of rearseat legroom vs. for the #8220;mid-sized#8221; Lexus.

Total cargo capacity is cubes for the #8220;compact#8221; Jeep vs. 40 cubes for the #8220;mid-sized#8221; RX350.

So, assume the Patriot#8217;s too small it#8217;s listed as a compact.

other #8220;compact#8221; crossovers in the price range also #8220;mid-sized#8221; (or nearly mid-sized) room #8211; including the RAV4 #8211; they offer the off-road capability the Patriot does.

Since you get a Liberty with a diesel anymore, the Patriot may be the next thing: A capable vehicle doesn#8217;t kill you with gas There#8217;s not much #8211; if #8211; else out there you can into the woods that#8217;s capable of giving you almost 30 MPG on the #8211; and better than around town.

Buyer#8217;s The Patriot#8217;s stablemate, the Compass, is #8211; but more luxury on-road) minded. This is in its higher-to-start $19,295 base Probably there#8217;s still overlap between these two for Jeep#8217;s own good, however.


This vehicle is not to compete with the others in its as much as it#8217;s trying to be different for change.

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