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At first glance, the Jeep Patriot will probably remind many people of the upright, boxy Jeep Cherokee of old. And that's the way Jeep wants it. But underneath, the Patriot utilizes the same platform as the Jeep Compass and the Dodge Caliber, two vehicles that get wobbly-kneed at the first sight of a dirt road. Setting the Patriot apart are steeper approach and departure angles, a low-range gear, slightly higher ground clearance and the availability of an optional package that adds protective skid plates.
The heritage styling and extra smidge of off-pavement ability combine with a low price to make the Jeep Patriot a potentially attractive package for some buyers. However, there's not a whole lot else to the Patriot to make it a stand-out choice for the majority. Other vehicles in this segment offer roomier interiors, more cargo space, better fuel economy, available V6 engines, superior fit and finish and even off-road capability. Overall, we think most shoppers will be best served by looking at other choices.
Used Jeep Patriot Models
The Jeep Compass was introduced for 2007. Some features were added a year later, but 2009 saw big changes in the form of a new and improved interior. Prior to that, the crummy hard plastics created one of the worst cabins on the market. For 2010, the 158-hp four-cylinder could be paired to the five-speed manual for the first time. These 2007-'10 Patriots lack the upgrades made to the 2011 model; these include minor exterior styling changes, improved interior trim, reworked steering and suspension systems, and a taller 4WD ride height.
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