Used 2015 Jeep Patriot Sport SUV Review

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2015 Jeep Patriot Sport SUV.

Most helpful consumer reviews

was a good value... until 17,000 miles
d0nman,05/25/2015
Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
TL;DR: If you must purchase a Patriot, avoid the later model years of this vehicle, and get one with an automatic transmission. Regardless of service department quality, it's clear that the cost-cutting Chrysler imposed as they moved on to the Renegade platform had an effect both on the vehicle and the inevitable service required. I'll start off by saying I was intending to buy a Subaru Crosstrek or Forester this time around, after owning one of the FDII trail-rated Patriots previously. I've always been a big fan of Japanese vehicles for the mix of compactly packaged capability and good fuel efficiency. I thought this vehicle would mostly fulfill that idea, for a lower price. I replaced the stock tires with Toyo all-terrains right off the bat. I don't intentionally go off-roading and probably don't need them, but I did occasionally get plowed in by the maintenance guys and I've barreled through snow piles up to the front grill without a problem. Visibility is not a strong point. The A-pillars are pretty large and I've been surprised more than a few times when making a left turn by cars that were completely blocked from my view. Windows are pretty small all around. I had one strange issue with the ignition system, with no warning. One cold and dry winter evening it simply would not even attempt to start. After about 10 minutes of research I found that over the years people have had trouble with static electricity locking up the anti-theft electronics in the ignition, especially in dry weather. I pulled the appropriate fuse for about 30 seconds and it started right up after that. Currently having an issue with concerning vibration noise somewhere in the transfer case (according to local shop); will update once I get it dealt with by the dealer. *UPDATE*: So, about that vibration noise... turned out to require a full transmission rebuild. Yes, at 17,000 miles (owned since new for about 2.5 years). I couldn't get too much information out of the horrible service rep but it sounded like bad bearings among other things. Some scouring of online forums suggests that this isn't an isolated occurrence, but it seems like many people just were told that it was "normal" and didn't pursue further until things really went south at 50k+. This wouldn't even have totally spoiled my opinion of this vehicle (my 2011 CVT didn't have any issues while I had it) and Chrysler, but then it took them 3 MONTHS to repair it. I called once every 1-2 weeks to get updates and was constantly led on about how it would just be a few more days. I got a loaner after a couple of weeks, but it was a Chrysler 200 with worn tires that I had to drive from January through March in a northeast winter, the exact conditions I bought a Patriot for in the first place. Afterward, responding to my inevitable complaints, the manager said that it took so long because they were waiting for back-ordered parts. He never explained why they couldn't tell me that over the phone during the previous three months. And it gets even better; once I did finally get it back and pulled out of the dealership, I immediately heard and felt something rubbing/scraping in the steering. Took it to a different dealership, and they said it needed a new steering rack and incidentally a new lower control arm because a bushing was torn. At least this time it only took about a week to fix. I can't imagine how or prove that the first dealership caused that damage while doing the transmission, but I had no problems with it beforehand. Never had an experience like this with any other car, new or used, in my 20+ years of driving.
I mostly love my Patriot!
S,02/02/2016
Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
I really like this car. First off I will say I traded in a 4 door Wrangler Sahara with WAY more options and I am still satisfied. I have a 50 mile commute (one way) to work and the Patriot really is just a great value. I get decent gas mileage for the size of the car, the front seats are comfy, the AC/heat works great. It is a noisy rough ride, but it is also a budget car. The biggest complaint I have would be the sound quality from the base stereo, absolutely horrible ad the plasticy feeling of the interior panels. I popped some aftermarket speakers in and it is like a different car. The best thing about this car is the storage and how easy it is to drive, especially around the city. The seating position is great and it is very very easy to know the dimensions of this car, it is one of the only small suvs that still has a hood in sight when sitting in the drivers seat. I think the critics reviews of this car are very harsh but when you start to compare it to other cars in its price range, it really is the best you can buy.
Bang for the buck
Mark,06/13/2016
Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
I bought my jeep one year ago and put 12000 Miles on it. I was looking for a 4x4 vehicle under $20,000, the jeep patriot was the only new 4wd or awd vehicle I could find. With automatic and air I paid 19K out the door. I live in northern California and dive on dirt roads and in the snow. The jeep has excellent road feel for off road not the feel of a car made for the road with awd. I see the pro reviewers give the patriot low to average score but compare it to a cars that cost 10k more. I give the patriot 5 stars because it just gives the most bang for the buck, sure an awd car that cost 5K more has extra comfort on the road but the Patriot has adequate road comfort and is far superior off road. I have had no problems with the Patriot and my only complaint is the gas tank could be larger. I average about 21mpg and get 26mpg on long trips. If you drive an SUV in a big city the patriot is easy to park in small spaces and has an outstanding turn radius.
I got a deal
Augusta Harvey,09/11/2015
Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
The price was well worth it ! I'm very happy with my decision! Alot of room for a car seat and 2 booster seat . In the rear seat!

Edmunds Summary Review of the 2015 Jeep Patriot Sport SUV

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable front seats
  • optional flip-down tailgate speakers
  • above-average off-road capability with Freedom Drive II
  • attractively priced.
  • Unrefined and sluggish base engine
  • unpleasant CVT
  • steering wheel doesn't telescope
  • subpar crash-test scores
  • unsophisticated ride
  • minimal cargo space
  • chintzy cabin.


Full Edmunds Review: 2015 Jeep Patriot SUV

Aside from its low price tag, there's little reason to consider the 2015 Jeep Patriot given the excellence of its competitors.

Vehicle overview

We were frankly a bit surprised to learn Jeep penned in the aged 2015 Patriot for production. After all, the new Cherokee has supplanted the Patriot as the brand's prime-time compact crossover, and the pint-sized Renegade is waiting in the wings as a spunky, lower-priced alternative. But a glance at the sales numbers tells the story. The Patriot has been surprisingly resilient in the twilight of its career, finding plenty of new customers over the past few years despite its age and stage. So it's back this year for what could be its final hurrah, floating a familiar promise of Jeep attitude and style in a tidy crossover wrapper.

Does it deliver? Compared to its many formidable rivals (not to mention its fresh-faced siblings), no, it does not. Although the Patriot trades on Jeep's "Trail Rated" toughness, it's only a legitimate off-roader with the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Group, which yields dismal fuel economy and requires the speed-sapping continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) besides. Otherwise, you choose between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, as with any other crossover. Stripped of its prowess off the beaten path, the Patriot trails the pack in virtually every way, lacking the performance, refinement, versatility and even safety scores to impress in this ultra-competitive segment.

Only if you're searching for a new crossover that will fit a very tight budget will the Patriot make sense. Otherwise, the urbane 2015 Ford Escape, the sporty 2015 Mazda CX-5 and the popular 2015 Toyota RAV4 are all vastly superior choices. We're pretty fond of Jeep's new Cherokee, too. The Patriot isn't all bad, but by today's standards, its retirement is overdue.

2015 Jeep Patriot models

The 2015 Jeep Patriot is a five-passenger compact crossover SUV. It is available in Sport, Latitude and Limited trim levels. There are two notable sub-trims -- Altitude Edition and High Altitude Edition -- that add features to the Sport and Latitude, respectively, but come only with front-wheel drive, the base 2.0-liter engine and the CVT.

The Sport has an equipment roster that matches its modest price, comprising 16-inch steel wheels, roof rails, foglights, manual exterior mirrors, crank windows, manual locks, cruise control, cloth upholstery, a tilt-only steering wheel, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.

The Altitude Edition adds 17-inch black alloy wheels, a body-color rear bumper and gloss black exterior accents.

The optional Power Value Group adds power heated mirrors, keyless entry and power windows and locks. Note that this package requires air-conditioning, which is a separate option on both Sport and Altitude.

The Latitude gets the above features as standard (minus the Altitude Edition's extras), plus 17-inch silver alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, heated front seats, a fold-flat front passenger seat, reclining rear seatbacks and steering-wheel audio controls.

The High Altitude Edition tacks on gray 17-inch alloys, a sunroof, a six-way power driver seat (plus manual lumbar adjustment) and leather upholstery.

The Limited starts with the Latitude's equipment and adds a larger engine, four-wheel disc brakes (the other front-wheel-drive Patriots have rear drum brakes), upgraded exterior trim, automatic climate control, a trip computer, a six-CD changer and satellite radio, plus the power driver seat and leather upholstery.

The Latitude and Limited are eligible for a couple desirable packages. The Sun and Sound Group adds a sunroof and a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics sound system with a subwoofer, two drop-down liftgate speakers and satellite radio. The Security and Cargo Convenience Group adds adjustable roof-rail crossbars, remote ignition, a tire pressure monitor display, a cargo cover, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a universal garage door opener, Bluetooth and a USB port. Offered separately on the Latitude and Limited is a 6.5-inch touchscreen that includes digital music storage. A navigation system by Garmin can be added to the touchscreen for a fee.

All Patriots can be equipped with Bluetooth as a stand-alone option, while Wi-Fi hotspot capability (subscription required) is a dealer-installed extra.

Also available across the board are the Freedom Drive I all-wheel-drive system and the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Group. The latter requires the CVT and adds low-range gearing, hill-start assist, hill-descent control, tow hooks, all-terrain tires, a full-size spare tire, skid plates and, on the Sport, 17-inch alloy wheels and a height-adjustable driver seat.

2015 Highlights

The 2015 Patriot loses its nifty cargo light/flashlight combo, but navigation is now available on the midgrade Latitude trim.

Performance & mpg

The 2015 Patriot offers a variety of powertrain configurations. The base engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 158 horsepower and 141 pound-feet of torque; it's only featured in Sport and Latitude trims with front-wheel drive. A five-speed manual is the default transmission, with a six-speed automatic available. There's also a CVT that comes only with the Altitude or High Altitude package.

According to EPA estimates, the 2.0-liter Patriot returns 24 mpg combined (22 city/27 highway) with the six-speed automatic, a disappointing result given the engine's modest output. The Patriot with the CVT also gets 24 mpg combined (22/27). If you don't mind shifting your own gears, the manual version does slightly better at 26 mpg combined (23/30).

The uplevel engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder rated at 172 hp and 165 lb-ft of torque. It's optional on front-drive Sport and Latitude trims and standard on front-drive Limited. Also, all Patriots with all-wheel drive (Freedom Drive I) or more serious four-wheel drive (Freedom Drive II) come with the 2.4-liter engine. With Freedom Drive II, the CVT is the only transmission in town, whereas the other 2.4-liter Patriots offer either the five-speed manual or the six-speed automatic.

With front-wheel drive, the 2.4-liter Patriot yields an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined (21 city/28 highway) when paired with the six-speed automatic. The five-speed manual improves to 25 mpg combined (23/28). Adding Freedom Drive I results in 23 mpg combined (21/27) with the six-speed automatic and 24 mpg combined (22/27) with the manual. As for Freedom Drive II, it gives you a quite poor 21 mpg combined (20/23).

In Edmunds performance testing, a Patriot with Freedom Drive I and the six-speed automatic went from zero to 60 mph in 9.4 seconds, which is comparable to a Honda CR-V (9.5 seconds) and Toyota RAV4 (9.2 seconds) tested separately. However, a Patriot with Freedom Drive II chugged to 60 mph in 10.3 seconds, a leisurely time for a small crossover SUV. Properly equipped, the Patriot can tow up to 2,000 pounds.

Safety

The front-wheel-drive Sport and Latitude trims (including the Altitude and High Altitude variants) come standard with antilock brakes that include front discs and rear drums. The front-wheel-drive Limited and all Patriots with Freedom Drive I or Freedom Drive II get disc brakes front and rear. Traction and stability control are standard regardless, as are front side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags.

In Edmunds brake testing, the Patriot came to a stop from 60 mph in 121 feet, an average distance for this class.

In government crash testing, the Patriot earned an overall rating of  four out of five stars, with a five-star rating for side impacts offset by a rather alarming three-star rating for frontal impacts. The independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Patriot its highest rating of "Good" in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests, but it downgraded the Jeep to "Poor" in the small-overlap frontal-offset test. The Patriot's seat and head restraint design was rated "Good" for whiplash protection in rear impacts.

Driving

The 2015 Jeep Patriot is certifiably slow with the 2.0-liter engine, and even the 2.4-liter models move like molasses when equipped with Freedom Drive II and the soul-sucking CVT. This would be somewhat forgivable if the Patriot were great on gas. It is not. Nor is either engine refined, with the smaller one particularly troubled by the dreaded NVH trio (noise, vibration and harshness). The six-speed automatic, introduced last year, is the Patriot's saving grace in the powertrain department, lifting the 2.4-liter engine's performance to class-competitive levels despite frequent and sometimes slow shifts. The 2.0-liter/CVT tandem in the Altitude and High Altitude is the antithesis of a saving grace.

On paved surfaces, the Patriot allows an abundance of wind and tire noise into the cabin. The trend these days is toward quietness at speed, even among value-priced vehicles, but this Jeep is a throwback. Ride quality is similarly unimpressive, as the Patriot's suspension struggles with broken pavement, making for a jittery drive over urban streets. Handling is adequate under normal circumstances, aided by the Patriot's compact footprint, but you'll notice plenty of excessive body roll if you enter a corner with any kind of speed. As for the off-road experience, the Freedom Drive II setup does move the Patriot significantly beyond Freedom Drive I's conventional all-wheel drive -- but as noted, it's also slow and thirsty.

Interior

The Patriot's interior has been tweaked over the years, but it's still one of the most basic you'll find, with cheap, hard plastics covering most surfaces and a tilt-only steering wheel that can compromise driver comfort. The Sport model is the worst offender because of its lack of standard power accessories and air-conditioning, but even the Limited's layout looks and feels more like that of an economy car than a competitive crossover. On the bright side, the front seats are pretty comfortable, providing satisfactory support for long stints in the saddle. Rear passengers won't be as pleased, however, as legroom is tight and the bottom cushion sits low, largely negating the benefits of the reclining rear seatbacks (Latitude and Limited only).

The Patriot's primary gauges make a good first impression with their large, easy-to-read font, and the straightforward, generally ergonomic controls are consistent with Jeep's no-nonsense heritage. The optional 6.5-inch touchscreen is outdated, though; the 8.4-inch system used in the Cherokee is vastly superior. As ever, the Patriot provides optional flip-down liftgate speakers that'll help get the party started, but the cool combination cargo light/ flashlight has been replaced for 2015 by a simple dome light. If you're looking for steps forward, the Patriot hasn't really taken any since its debut many years ago.

Cargo capacity is another weak spot. Although the 23 cubic feet of space behind the rear seatbacks isn't totally shameful, folding down the rear seatbacks opens up just 53.5 cubic feet of maximum stowage. For context, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf -- a compact hatchback -- provides 22.8 cubes out back and a maximum of 52.7. The CR-V's splits, meanwhile, are a whopping 37.2 and 70.9.

Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2015 Jeep Patriot in Virginia is:

$54.92 per month*
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