2011 Jeep Patriot Latitude X 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
Well built. Quiet, handles well except for some body lean on tight curves (compared to my BMW). Averages 24 MPG with 1500 miles on the odometer of mixed driving. The CVT takes a little getting use to but after a couple of hundred miles you and it adapt to one another. Where this guy shines is when you take it down the logging roads. It really shows it's Jeep heritage! Nothing seems to faze it. Rocks, water, mud, deep ruts equals "No Big Deal".
The FDI drive system gives you the best of FWD, AWD and you have the option of 4 Lock. So far I've seen no reason to use 4 Lock. The ESP/TCS systems seem pretty capable of determining wheel slippage and adjusting torque to the front or rear wheels. The 2011 ground clearance is exceptional for this class vehicle. No lift kit needed to tackle the off road environment. Heated seats and side mirrors, that's a real plus in the NE.
Tow hooks should be standard on all models, front and rear. So should skid plates (it's a Jeep for Christ's sake). I'd like to see a Turbo equipped gas engine as an option. The diesel is not offered in my state but that's not Jeep's fault. Wider selection of audio packages.