I drove one of these cars Dodge Caliper with the same transmission and it is different. A more complete package includes all those things plus tinted windows, map and dome lights, driver seat height adjustment, fold-flat front passenger seat, reclining rear seats, 115-volt outlet, foglamps and roofrail crossbars. And with clearly defined corners, it's easy to park--and it fits into small spaces, also thanks to its compact-car size. It was the worst car ever, and the dealership was the same. They're silver on the Limited and body-colored on the Sport; we think the Sport is cleaner looking. Walkaround The Patriot is unmistakably a Jeep.
With everything folded flat, there's a spacious 62. First and last time buyers of a Jeep, we went to a Ford and had stress free trouble for the past 2 years; a nice feeling after being put through a terrible situation for nothing. The five-speed manual gearbox was a relief, a joy to use, even with its long throw. Drove vehicle for a couple months without issue. A Continuously Variable Transaxle is available for the 2.
It looks more like a Liberty, or maybe like a baby Commander. Another package has cruise control. We expect the Patriot to maintain a similar resale value to its Compass stablemate, marginally better than Sportage and Escape and notably better than the Grand Vitara. He lives in the mountains of Utah and that Dodge routinely sails through uphill grades at speed with no problems. It's unmistakably a Jeep, and looks like a cross between a Liberty and the new Compass; or maybe a three-quarter scale version of the big Commander. None of the chronic problems that plagued us with endless anxiety was attributed to driver habit. The Patriot did a great job in these conditions.
You can hit a bump with one wheel without your head being tossed. There's an abundance of hard plastic, but it fits the Jeep Patriot's very purposeful design and it looks like it would clean up well. I was lucky that I had that happen while I was in my parking. Handling and maneuverability, surprisingly, are strengths. You can be going uphill at 75 miles per hour, and it will still accelerate for you. The rear cargo area is something called Ultra Floor, a washable and removable vinyl.
The warranty was for 12 months so she had to buy yet another fridge. Kerwin Maude, Pitt Meadows, Canada Year of manufacture 2008 First year of ownership 2008 Most recent year of ownership 2011 Engine and transmission 2. When I accelerate, the car revs up highly, the tack goes to nearly 4k but the car does not accelerate in unison. I have a problem using their car surveys and this is an example. Liftgate Speakers As part of the 458-watt Boston Acoustics premium audio system, the Patriot's rearmost speakers flip down from the open liftgate to project outward. The Patriot failed to live up to our needs and wants in countless ways, and we lost money and value in an economically made substandard vehicle that is worthy of its poor ratings.
Interior Features The seating position is high in the Patriot, two inches higher than in the Caliber; with the upright windshield, the forward visibility inspires confidence. I would not wish this frustrating nightmare on anyone. Vehicle Details If you've spent time in most any Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep vehicle lately, the design and materials that define the Patriot's passenger cabin will likely feel familiar. Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. That car had the 3. Jeep will sell the Patriot in Europe as well….
Strange noise when the fan is in the 2 position. Cargo capacity in the Patriot is large because all the passenger seats can easily fold flat. The acceleration felt much stronger. Furthermore, it brings a low range for the transmission, skid plates, heavy-duty cooling, and hill descent control. The independent suspension is as good as the engine, delivering steadiness and comfort in every abusive situation we could find for it, during a long day of driving on every surface from patchy two-lanes, to hard-packed dirt roads, to sandy off-road trails, to shallow rivers, to deep gullies. With the increased off-road capability engineered into it, we might have expected the Patriot's highway ride to be rougher than those of its Compass and Dodge Caliber relatives.
You can be going uphill at 75 miles per hour, and it will still accelerate for you. The five-speed made the Patriot feel like a Jeep. The 2008 Jeep Patriot has good, communicative steering, and although the body leans some, it doesn't seem out of place on a curvy road. Outdoorsy Jeep types will find it an especially alluring option. When you lift your foot off the gas, the tach drops as the revs are cut by half. Seating is well laid out; front seats aren't that supportive, but due to the boxy shape, there's plenty of headroom in front plus but plenty of head and legroom in back for adults.
Limited models are distinguished by bright inserts front and rear, bright roof rails, fog lamps, body-color side moldings and 17-inch aluminum wheels. The dashboard and instrument layout is simple, and the gauges are a tidy white on black with glowing orange needles. The climate and sound system controls are easy to understand and operate. The Patriot's maximum towing capacity is 2,000 pounds. With a full complement of safety features, it will be hard to find more capability and value for the money. Some of my best cars have been some of their worse. Suspension, f: independent Suspension, r: independent Ground clearance: 8.
Little of substance has changed with this year's model. The lever comes out of the center stack as it should, above the driver's right knee, an improvement over being on the floor near the right thigh. So why would Jeep produce such similar vehicles? Air conditioning and cruise control do not come standard, and the windows, mirrors and door locks are manual. Whereas the Compass picks up some of the softer styling of the Jeep Liberty, the Patriot's decidedly squarer lines and boxier stance evoke the purpose-built style of the now-defunct Cherokee and, to a lesser degree, its Grand Cherokee successor. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-925-5337 -. Automobile characterizes the Patriot's 2. Got the manual shift and am averaging 22 mpg in city driving and I do have a bit of a lead foot.