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By idbackroads on
2011 Jeep Patriot Latitude X 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
I was intent on buying a Forester. I read all the professional reviews, talked to a friend who works for Subaru and even with the looming cost of Subaru oil changes, went to the lot to pick one up. I drove it and was less than impressed. The road noise was more than I expected, the ride felt "Jouncy" there was an irritating plastic on plastic rattle coming from the back and with the CVT it was much slower than I anticipated. My wife suggested we look at a Compass and I ended up buying a Patriot with a 5 speed. My best MPG is 29, it has far more features, rides better and is quieter than the Subaru for $3500 less. So far a perfect fit for Idaho roads including rutted USFS 2 tracks. Happy!
The Patriot has several nice features including heated seats and voice controlled blue tooth audio not found anywhere near the price point on competing vehicles. The 2.4 mounted to the 5 speed is no sprint car but doesn't leave me wondering if I will ever get up to highway speeds. My fuel mileage so far is acceptable with a best tank of 29 MPG and worst of 24 MPG. The worst MPG was during the maiden voyage into the Idaho back country, I did find a suggested improvement that I will list below, but overall it did better than expected. I have a pickup for the rough stuff but this will get me to any of my favorite fishing holes / trail heads in more comfort, carry my family and use less gas.
While negotiating rough terrain the need for a lower 1st gear in the 5 speed becomes evident. The split between 1st and 2nd isn't enough that having a lower 1st would have that much of a negative effect on drivability while on road and would make off road driving much easier on the clutch and the driver.