Mid-Term Review (2 yrs) - North Edition
By quattroNORTH on
2008 Jeep Patriot Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
The Pat can rattle driving on gravel roads or offroad. Esp annoying are rattles coming from inside the steering column & the int. dr panels. Gas mileage can be sensitive, so stick to the manual's instructions. Take-off & passing perf are slow, & you'd have to make your engine scream. But once momentum kicks in, it can be quite quick. Extreme cold weather starts (even plugged-in) can hesitate. Looks are great w/ lift kit & interior is roomy for its class. Pkg & value are superb, and offroad abilities are still good for its class. But too many Dodge Caliber parts. And 4WD LOCK doesn't seem to make much difference. Great looks & handling in snow and otherwise. SIRIUS reception can be spotty.
Exterior looks esp with the 3" RRO lift kit, stain-repel & heated front seats, rear reclining bench, interior storage with seats down, and overall value and package. Light off road abilities are good but interiors can start rattling fairly quick. Winter handling is great. Overall, GREAT little SUV.
More horsepower & torque, quieter engines, better fuel mileage, less rattles/squeaks/clunks, and use less Dodge Caliber parts - this is supposed to be a Jeep!! Stock SIRIUS satellite radio reception can be crap, and no display of artist/song info. Get diesel for N America for improved pwr and mpg.