2012 Jeep Patriot Consumer Review: Good, inexpensive 4WD wagon
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2012 Jeep Patriot - Consumer Review

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Good, inexpensive 4WD wagon
By x_defector on

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2012 Jeep Patriot Latitude 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl CVT)

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My Patriot is a 2.4 Latitude 4x4 but with a manual trans and not a CVT (something the Jeep site says shouldn't exist). There is lots to like here: the size is right, the price is low, the feature content is high for the price, the interior is roomy and comfortable, visibility is excellent, its quiet, the seats are great, the ride and handling balance is very good, and the 4WD system works well and has a locking center diff. I love the simplicity of the interior although the materials could be better, but they look long-wearing. Plenty of cargo room in reality. Looks far better than the soap-bar competetion and remains a true 4WD station wagon. For someone like me, a solid choice.

Best Features

Favorite features are the configuration (4WD, manual transmission, wagon body), perfect size, quiet ride, comfortable seats, simple and durable interior, content for the price, 4WD system, unique appearance, ride and handling, flat-folding front seat, lots of headroom, and low cost.

Worst Features

Manual shifter is a bit clunky and balky, although it is improving with age. Shift lockout is similarly clunky. Sounds a bit loud and harsh at full throttle.
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