Summary, Prices, Specs

By April 22, 2007

Summary

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
Model lineup:Jeep Patriot Sport 2WD ($14,425); Sport 4WD (16,175); Limited 2WD ($19,425); Limited 4WD ($21,175)
Engines:172-hp 2.4-liter I4; 158-hp 2.0-liter I4
Transmissions:5-speed manual; CVT
Safety equipment (standard):frontal airbags, curtain airbags; electronic stability control, ABS, EBD
Safety equipment (optional):side-impact airbags, tire pressure monitor
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Belvidere, Illinois
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Jeep Patriot Sport 4x4 ($16,175)
Standard equipment:vinyl seats, AM/FM/CD/MP3, halogen headlamps, rear wiper, roof rails, fold-flat rear seats, brake traction control, 16-inch steel wheels, all-season tires
Options as tested (MSPR):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
Destination charge:$560
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$20405
Layout:4-wheel drive
Engine:2.4-liter dohc 16-valve I4
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):172 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):165 @ 4400
Transmission:CVT
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:25/29 mpg
Wheelbase:103.7 in.
Length/width/height:173.6/69.1/65.7 in.
Track, f/r:59.8/59.8 in.
Turning circle:35.6 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:41.0/52/3/40.6 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:39.9/51.0/39.4 in.
Cargo volume:62.7 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:2000 Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent
Suspension, r:independent
Ground clearance:8.1 in.
Curb weigth:3250 lbs.
Tires:P215/65R17
Brakes, f/r:disc/disc with ABS, EBD
Fuel capacity:13.5 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of April 22, 2007.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-925-5337 - www.jeep.com