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.