I have had my Patriot for over two years and have put on about 24,000 miles on it. It still runs like new. I have the 2.4L with a 5sp man trans. I average 26-27mpg on the street and 30 on the highway. The vehicle is underpowered, but considering the MPG I get it is a fair trade off. I enjoy the roomy interior and cargo space. I can haul all my Civil War Reenacting stuff with no problem. I like the Spartan interior which is easy to clean. The biggest knock against it is the small (11.5 gal) gas tank. Value for the price, compared to the other "big three" offerings, was a big plus also. I wanted simple reliable transportation at a decent price. I got it.
Roomy interior, excellent mpg, and a nice sound system. Plus, it's a Jeep. ;-)
Better quality plastics in the interior, a bigger gas tank, padded arm rests, and a longer extending visor (when deployed against a side window the visor is not long enough to block the sun for anyone over 6' tall).
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