So far I really like my Patriot. I traded in a 1998 Mercury Mountaineer in the cash for clunkers program and got $8000 off with the additional $3,500 off from Jeep which was a great deal. It's taken some getting used to losing lots of the extras that my Mountaineer had that this car doesn't have such as automatic lights on/off and power seats, etc. but over all it is a great little SUV. It does get about 21 MPG, however it has a very small gas tank. I drive about 300 miles or more per week, so I am at the gas station at least every four days and that is getting old. Also, if you are used to a V8 or a V6, use caution for the first month or so when pulling out in traffic.
Looks great, quiet ride, smooth ride, stereo ROCKS! don't get the cheaper model with small tires and no sunroof... the next model up is soooo worth the money. Did I say the stereo rocks? I'm 40 and I never thought I'd think a stero was very important until I heard the Boston Accoustics System
Material in the cargo area is so cheap that it tore up the first time I put a box on it. Make sure to cover it! Need auto on/off for head lights. Blind spot is very bad - check your mirrors carefully