2010 Jeep Patriot Sport Fleet 4dr SUV w/Prod. End 04/10 (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
Beautiful modern design in & out but quality of materials very cheap & features very basic, the bumpers can't take a hit for nothing. As a teen I shoved multiple friends in this car & took many road trips racking up 65k miles in 2 yrs still it performed amazingly, the seats are pretty comfortable especially the back seats & it has an amazing standard sound system!
I ultimately had a tire blowout, due to negligence, at 60mph on a slippery, empty highway & crashed 3 times very hard totaling my baby but noone in the car even had whiplash due to the active head-restraints that activate during a crash. Besides a rust problem with the driver door & trunk door hinge this car was a great first!
Sound system quality, AUX input, Good MPG, Light-up cup holders, Ability to roll over random things with confidence, Cargo space, No prob passing cars on highway with 2.4L, Auto-Stick only really useful to make yellow lights before they turn red.
Most of the budget probably went to making it off road capable but music controls on the steering wheel would've been great, had to slam driver side door and trunk door due to rust after only 1 year, and why are the tires $160/tire?? Absolutely no one else but Goodyear makes these "special sized" wheels and it's only one option.
2010 Jeep Patriot Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
I bought my Patriot new. It came w/ CVT which takes some time to get used to, but once you manage it, it's a great feature. I liked the selection of trims. You can get bone stock w/ no AC to a fully loaded Limited. I picked a package that fit my needs which includes power locks, mirrors, windows, AC and cruise control. Folding rear and passenger seats provide tons of space to carry oversized items. It has best fuel economy in its class. Depending on the trim you choose, you can get 30+ mpg hwy. Great vehicle for any outdoor adventures! However, it is known for weak/cheap front suspension components which go bad at around 40k+ miles and water leaks. For more info check out jeeppatriot forum.
Great MPG. Folding rear and passenger seats. Boxy, rugged looks remind of the legendary Jeep Cherokee. Love its Freedom Drive System which is great in all weather conditions.
Bigger gas tank. Better quality front suspension components. Tow package w/ hitch and oil cooler should come standard. Cheaper add on features such as skid plates and fog lights.
I have the Sport 2.0 L with the 5 speed manual and have had great results. The editors of all the car magazines don't like this car, but they compare it to cars that cost $15K more. This is an excellent working person's car, great mileage in town, and enough engine for highway cruising. In 4th gear it climbs long hills at 55 without any problem. My insurance rate went down by $20 a month because of this car's great safety features. And if you're a big guy like me, it has a lot of room. One caveat, I got the manual transmission because Chrysler seems to have a hard time making a decent automatic transmission, but I like the feel of the manual. One practical vehicle.
Higher clearance is nice for hopping snow drifts. Aux input on stereo is nice.
Bring the center console a little higher. Hard to reach my caffeine when driving to work.
I bought this Patriot new, it is a base model no a/c, no power anything, but I only paid 14K out the door. So for the money I could not be Happier. Great performance (for a 4cyl) even better gas milleage. It may not have the creature comforts but it comes stock with all the safety features that the top models have including the tire pressure monitor and canopy airbags. The best part is it still has a cd player with AUX input for ipod and tinted windows. So once again for the money I challenge anyone to find a better SUV.
I purchased the 2.0 lt automatic with CVT and had similar complaints when driving a slow speeds.
The transmission does seem to kick when decelerating and re-accelerating around 10-15 MPH.
Also, I have less than 10k on it and occasionally have a hesitation when trying to start it up.
Cold days around 30-40 degrees seem worst and when parked on any type of hill...
The stereo is awesome for the money and the aux input is great to have.
Would have appreciated another power outlet but one is alright.
Rear suspension is beginning to squeak.
The controls for temp are cheap don't always seem to get in the right spot for the setting.
For the money, not a bad SUV but feels cheap.
AUX stereo input
Spare in the trunk
Lighted cup holders
Shelf in the dash
On 2L Sport:
More smooth transmission
Better cold weather start-ups
More solid front seats
Less road noise
Padded/softer door side arm rests
More solid/quality powertrain and suspension