The all-new Jeep Patriot more than fills the bill, it defines new territory. For about $17,000 it offers 4WD Jeep capability in a compact SUV with a strong four-cylinder engine that gets an EPA-rated 25/29 mpg. The suspension is superb: stable and comfortable in all situations. Cargo capacity in the Patriot is large because all the passenger seats can easily fold flat. With a full complement of safety features, it will be hard to find more capability and value for the money.
NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Sam Moses filed this report from Scottsdale, Arizona.
Model Line Overview
Jeep Patriot Sport 2WD ($14,425); Sport 4WD (16,175); Limited 2WD ($19,425); Limited 4WD ($21,175)
Freedom Drive II Off-road package, CVTL, 17-inch wheels, all-terrain tires, foglamps, full-size spare, all-season floor mats, tinted glass, air conditioning
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
2.4-liter dohc 16-valve I4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
172 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
165 @ 4400
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
62.7 cu. ft.
disc/disc with ABS, EBD
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of March 01, 2007.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: