Those needing a cheap way to travel off the beaten path might want to consider the 2011 Jeep Patriot. Otherwise, steer clear of this out-classed compact-car-based Jeep SUV.
- Low base price
- Jeep-lite styling
- Above-average off-road ability compared to most car-based crossovers
- Several clever features.
- Sluggish acceleration
- Poor braking distances
- Disappointing base engine fuel economy
- Power-sapping continuously variable transmission (CVT)
- Low-budget interior
- Limited cargo capacity.