I'm so sick of the 'professional' auto writers who are not able to review an economy car with realistic expectations. We almost wrote off the Patriot thinking the engine had no power. Bought the 5 speed manual with 2.4L and love it. Very comfortable highway ride and 25MPG on the very first tank of gas! Traded my 15MPG Wrangler for this and am so very happy with the trade. Vinyl seats look like leather and clean up easy - what a novel concept huh? I'm 6'1" 250lbs and was completely comfortable for a 240 mile trip yesteday. Super features at a great price. Plenty of zip for getting into traffic too.
Two-tone 'leather look' seats, MP3 jack, exterior styling, comfort and roominess, 4 wheel antilock disk brakes and most of all - paid under $15K.
Cross bars for the roof rack should be included, otherwise it is useless