Review: 2012 Jeep Patriot Latitude | The Truth About Cars

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If you didn#8217;t know any you#8217;d think the Jeep was the Cherokee reincarnated; the last Jeep with solid four doors and a real seat. Instead, this #8220;baby Jeep#8221; is the most offspring of the Chrysler/Mitsubishi alliance gave birth the #8220;plastastic#8221; and the Compass (aka the Lady ). Unlikely how?

Because the is as attractive as the Caliber is ungainly.

the outside, the Patriot hit the nail on the when it was released in 2006 slab-sides, horizontal tailgate, wheel arches, #8220;Wrangleresque#8221; and high beltline. While brought major changes to the hot that was the Compass#8217;s exterior, minor tweaks were to the Patriot. Those tweaks the #8220; don#8217;t fix it if it #8216;aint#8217; #8221; mantra; the only tweaks are revised fascias and standard equipment like fog and an increased ride height on the 4#215;4 model. (Models #8220;Freedom Drive II are unchanged.) The form screams Jeep, and just how Jeep shoppers it.

As a testament to how awful the interior was on the Patriot, Chrysler hasn#8217;t the interior once but twice. In Chrysler … the awkward effect#8221; center stack and it with a monochromatic hard dash with round 2011 brought another of improvements ditching the old steering and Mercedes-like cruise control for the thick-rimmed corporate steering better upholstery, revised armrests and switchgear.

While plastics are a notch the Honda CR-V and the new Ford the Patriot starts $6,500 than the Japanese competition and less than even the Kia Given what you find in $16,000 vehicles, the plastics are firmly (and honestly) However, should you option Patriot Limited up to the nearly ceiling, the plastics may seem for the price tag.

The Patriot excellent cargo capacity being shorter than the and CR-V. As we have said at before, pay little attention to the cargo numbers from manufacturer #8211; the way they are doesn#8217;t always translate to useability. While the Patriot is 10 cubes behind the RAV-4 and the square cargo area the space extremely useable for items.

With the rear folded, the numbers are essentially a tie in my comparison and the Patriot trumps a folding front passenger for schlepping those long purchases. If your cargo is of the human persuasion, the Patriot#8217;s form provides adequate and for a quartet of 6#8217;5#8243; Americans is more than can be said of the

With a low starting price and a on off-roading, corners had to be cut somewhere and the fund took the hit. The radio and speakers are adequate for who need basic entertainment; for stepping up to the “Media center gets you a 6.5-inch touch and the ability to browse your off USB drives. Fortunately, we had no problem iTunes AAC files on the head

A further bump up to the 430N (only available in the Limited) you the same head unit a Garmin designed navigation on the 6.5-inch screen. Moving up the list to the more expensive units does nothing to the speakers, so if you are looking for a bit more a 548-watt, 9 speaker Boston system is also available. The system is easy to use but lacks command for destination entry Ford’s SYNC offers.

beware that to get the integrated “tailgate boombox” pushed on Jeep’s web page, one has to opt for the $1,295 and sound” package (which a moonroof and those Boston speakers).

As before, if you need some iDevice love, be ready to up $475 for the uConnect package to add items. This is a serious when most states in have a hand-held phone ban in and the competition is starting to offer as standard on some models. the gadget options being limited, package costs can add up with the fully loaded Limited ringing in at $29,260 a whisker away from a Cherokee Laredo) so shop

Power numbers remain at 158HP and 141 lb-ft for the 2-liter and and 165 lb-ft for the optional 2.4-liter With Jeep#8217;s renovation being tight we won#8217;t see the #8220;Tigershark#8221; engines with NVH characteristics under the Patriot#8217;s for a while. While both can still be described as #8220;gutless and Jeep improved the CVT tuning and isolation making the cabin than before.

With to motivate, acceleration in our tester was but interestingly faster than the Trail Rated#8221; model, to 60 in 8.4 seconds vs 9.0 thanks to the lower provided by the Freedom Drive II

Jeep would like to believe the Patriot is the cheap, alternative to the rest of the Jeep However the reality is somewhat because of the Dodge Caliber AWD system. Unlike the rest of the lineup, the Patriot has no transfer no low-range gearbox, no locking and no center differential. Like FWD biased systems, the open and rear differentials are connected via an controlled wet clutch pack.

This means that if all have traction and the system is locked, the power is split (front/rear). While this is essentially the same as the systems on the what Jeep does to the system #8220;Trail Rated#8221; is in a lower final drive tweak the traction control and raise the ride height to

The drop from a 6.12:1 to final drive is what Freedom Drive II package to a 19:1 #8220;rock crawl#8221; (still considerably lower the rest of the other Jeeps). is also the reason fuel dives from 21/26MPG  to FDII#8217;s tweaked traction system applies the brakes to that are spinning without engine power to imitate a slip differential.

Because essentially #8220;consumes#8221; engine (because the braking wheel is the energy into heat in the the wheels that do have don#8217;t really get a larger of the power than if all wheels had This also means if you are using the feature for a long especially in combination with down-hill runs, brake becomes a worry.

On the road, the tall and narrow of the Patriot and tall ride conspire to make the Patriot nimble in the corners than other crossovers. The flip is a soft ride that is comfortable than many with sporty aspirations. We the Patriot to Hollister Hills and it acquitted itself on the basic as well as some very moderate without issue. As with stock SUVs, the limitation snazzy AWD systems, but ground

While the #8220;brake lock#8221; proved helpful in off-camber (deep diagonal ruts), it that plenty of slip is before the system intervenes. because the brakes essentially their wheel#8217;s share of power, it leaves the Patriot somewhat out of breath. Despite short comings I have no that none of the competition perhaps the Range Rover (which uses similar would have been to follow us.

While our foray the mud proved the Patriot isn#8217;t the replacement for your lifted it is a vehicle that can handle on a farm, ranch, or rural without getting stuck as as the competition.

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While I have to agree the #8220;forum fan boys#8221; that the isn#8217;t a real Jeep the trail rated badge, it is the most capable CUV on the market. The of utility, fuel economy isn#8217;t abjectly horrible, a low price and an interior that no makes me want to put my eyes out is competitive makes the Patriot a CUV should be at the top of your list if you in the country.

If you#8217;re a city the off-road looks and low price of the FWD is also quite compelling. spending a week with the the only problem I foresee  the baby Jeep is convincing to take that second at the Jeep dealer.

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