I bought a new Jeep Patriot in June on 2009. After owing it for only 6 months I was involved in a head on collision with another lager SUV at a combined speed of over 100 mph. My boyfriend and I walked away from the accident with only mild injuries compared to the severity of the accident. My Jeep was totaled, but I think that it preformed remarkably well under the conditions. The EMT's at the crash and my doctor in the ER both said that it was amazing that we were not hurt worse or dead. When all was said and done I purchased another Jeep Patriot to replace my 09' as I felt very safe in this car after our accident. I would recommend the Jeep Patriot to anyone.
My favorite thing about the Patriot is the way it reminds me of the old Jeep Cherokee.
The only feature I would like to be changes/enhanced would be the council configuration. I think it could be a bit more user friendly.