2014 Jeep Patriot review

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Identical under the to the much less attractive Compass. the Patriot is the cheapest (well, technically, it#39;s an in a line of vehicles that includes the off road icon Wrangler. Unfortunately for those to travel off the beaten path, the only thing Wrangler and have in common is their grille and round headlamps.

The Patriot is based on the old Dodge – but that#39;s not quite as bad as it sound. A fully independent and unibody architecture hardly it off road chops, although an Freedom Drive II package not tested here – a low ratio continuously variable designed to give it some crawling ability.

Instead of package, our mall-crawling tester was more for suburbanite duties the Latitude mid-level trim, a package with side to complement the standard curtain and a touch-screen audio system Bluetooth for $25,670.

Patriots either a 2.0-liter or 2.4-liter gas engine and the choice of either a manual or, as in our tester, a CVT.

it up against?

Patriot competes a wide range of compact including the strong-selling Honda Hyundai Tucson and Ford .

None of those offer resembling off road capability the Patriot, although it#39;s to say that most buyers in class aren#39;t looking for more than inclement traction.

What#39;s it look like?

a distance, the Patriot certainly up images of the trusty old Cherokee. either a compliment or an insult, on your perspective.

We#39;re of the three-day beard-looking Cherokee, we thought still looked darn cool even 17 years when it was finally put out to during the summer of 2001. means we also rather the Patriot.

A 2011 model update gave it more inside than outside, but the look of our tester was new. The lower panels give it a rugged look. Those a more high-style vehicle can opt for the Limited.

All that said, of the Patriot#39;s proportions still a little suspect to us. Its front juts out like an underbite, the bulging tailgate feels hatchback than SUV to us – but those are the prices to pay for the Patriot#39;s car platform.

Oh, and then there#39;s the whip antenna, a cheap if there ever was one. At your Jack-In-The-Box antenna will have a home.

And on the inside?

If you spent time a Patroit prior to its 2011 year update, we#39;re really sorry.

But what a a model year made. rivals are fresher and more inside, but that doesn#39;t that the Patriot is necessarily a bad to whittle away the miles.

and design upgrades brought the and feel of the dashboard and door to class-competitive levels, and although not sold on the van-like narrow console and high-mounted CVT lever, at everything is conveniently located for access.

At the top of the center stack Chrysler#39;s now-familiar touch-screen, drive-based infotainment system (a option), which is slowly phased out in favor of a more setup like that on the Journey and Chrysler 300. from the un-branded speakers was enough that we think an or Alpine label would be

The cloth-covered front seats comfortable over longer and we liked the tough-knit feel of center sections, but the Patriot#39;s back seat and ultra-long are reminders that most are better-packaged. Ingress and egress is mediocre in the Patriot thanks to a high step over and low At least the cargo area is laid out and nicely finished.

But does it go?

Patriot#39;s 2.4-liter cranks out 172 horsepower and 165 lb-ft. of in this application, which it among the segment#39;s more offerings. If only it had a transmission was worth a damn.

This CVT is in light duty use, but merging and passing proved on our eardrums as engine revs above 4,000 rpm. town, there#39;s enough torque to keep engine low, but there#39;s still no of the elastic rubber band the CVT has on the skinny pedal. In short, the is there, but it#39;s delivered in a way takes a little acclimation.

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We tagged the EPA#39;s 21/26 mpg economy figures and we averaged 23 mpg in a of mixed driving.

If going in a straight line isn#39;t the forte, at least it rides and pleasantly and its small size it a nimble feel. Nicely-weighted feeds the driver limited but generally inspires confidence. The leather-wrapped three-spoke steering undoubtedly helps a little as does the taut suspension.

We learned a long time ago the Jeep badge doesn#39;t mean out-of-the-box off road so we were hardly surprised to Firestone Affinity Touring wrapped around our tester#39;s alloy wheels. The good is that these tires a compliant and comfortable ride over rutted terrain and noise on the highway – but about as off road ready as a of leather-soled dress shoes.

And not to say that the rest of our test really felt up to rock duty either. The suspension precious little travel, means the wheels are reliant on control to distribute power to the in need. A chrome lever awkwardly behind the parking serves as a quasi center lock.

To the average driver, means a modest increase in traction at lower speeds.

For bounding up a gravel road to a spot, the Patriot should be but we#39;d probably invest in a robust set of tires. If you#39;re on going further into the well, hang onto Cherokee.

Why you would buy it:

You#39;ve the nostalgia bug – and why not, the Patriot is pretty pleasant.

Why you

For strictly on or strictly off road there are better options.

its age is showing through in terms of room and powertrain refinement, the Patriot channels just of the happy-go-lucky puppy feel of its predecessor to merit our recommendation.

cross shop most before signing on the dotted but there#39;s certainly enough to about the Patriot.

2013 Patriot Latitude 4×4 price, $22,880. As tested,

Security and Cargo package, Touch-screen audio, $695; $475; Destination, $925.

and photos by Andrew Ganz.

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