2017 Jeep Patriot SUV

2017 Jeep Patriot
MSRP range
$18,040 - $26,985
2017 Jeep Patriot

Pros

  • Optional flip-down tailgate speakers
  • Above-average off-road capability with Freedom Drive II
  • Attractively priced

Cons

  • Unrefined and sluggish base engine that's paired to a droning CVT
  • Steering wheel doesn't telescope
  • Subpar crash test scores
  • Unsophisticated ride quality when going over bumps
  • minimal cargo space


Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

We're just going to get this out of the way right now: Time has not been kind to the Jeep Patriot. It debuted for the 2007 model year and has carried on without a full redesign ever since. A decade later, the 2017 Patriot's plasticky interior, rough ride quality and intrusive road noise are throwbacks to those troubled DaimerChrysler days. It's a similar theme under its hood where neither of the available four-cylinder engines is a standout for performance or fuel economy. If you order the Freedom Drive II package (which gives the Patriot some light off-road ability, one of its few major selling points), for example, you're looking at a rather unimpressive EPA combined rating of 21 mpg. Some competing models get closer to 30 mpg.

Simply put, the Patriot isn't for those shoppers who want a modern interior, class-leading fuel economy, a relaxed ride or the latest in-car tech. But it does have a few benefits. As mentioned above, the Patriot will handle off-road obstacles better than competitors when equipped with Freedom Drive II. It's also inexpensive, potentially undercutting other small crossover SUVs by thousands of dollars when purchased new. Tempering that, however, is that fact that the base Sport does without some features most people have come to take for granted, such as power accessories and air-conditioning, and will likely need to be added as options.

We recommend many competitors if you're in the market for a small SUV. Jeep's own Renegade is a more stylish and modern alternative, and you can still go off the beaten path effectively in the Trailhawk version. If keeping your crossover on the road is more your scene, check out the 2017 Honda HR-V, which boasts a large cargo area and excellent fuel economy. We also like the 2017 Mazda CX-3 for its blend of sporty handling and impressive cabin materials. These vehicles might end up costing you a little more up front than the Patriot. But as the old saw goes, you get what you pay for.

The front-wheel-drive Sport and Latitude trims come standard with antilock brakes that include front discs and rear drums. 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 received four stars (out of a possible five) for overall protection, with five stars for side protection and a rather alarming three-star rating for front impacts. More scoring comes from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which gave the Patriot its highest rating of Good in the moderate-overlap front-impact, side-impact, roof strength and head restraint (whiplash protection) tests. But the IIHS downgraded the Patriot to the worst score of Poor in the small-overlap front-impact test.

2017 Jeep Patriot configurations

The 2017 Jeep Patriot is a five-passenger compact crossover SUV. It is available in Sport and Latitude trim levels. There are several notable sub-trims: The Sport has two appearance-related packages called the Sport SE and 75th Anniversary Edition, while the Latitude can be had in a High Altitude Edition.

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

The Sport SE package adds 17-inch gray-painted alloy wheels, gloss-gray exterior trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls, heated front seats, upgraded cloth and vinyl upholstery, increased ride height for front-wheel-drive models and tow hooks for all-wheel-drive models.

The 75th Anniversary package includes 17-inch bronze-painted alloy wheels, bronze exterior accents, remote engine start, a sunroof, mesh upholstery and a cargo cover.

Stand-alone options for the Patriot Sport include air-conditioning, black steel or alloy wheels, and an upgraded stereo with a six-CD changer. The optional Power Value Group adds upgraded exterior trim, power accessories (windows, locks and mirrors), heated mirrors, remote keyless entry and automatic headlights.

The Latitude comes with all of the features of the Sport with the Power Value Group, plus air-conditioning, 17-inch alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls, a height-adjustable driver seat, heated front seats, reclining rear seatbacks and a 115-volt power outlet.

A few options packages are available on the Patriot Latitude. The Premium Sound Group adds nine Boston Acoustics speakers, including two that flip down from the tailgate. The Sun and Sound Group includes those features and a sunroof. The Security and Cargo Convenience Group includes a cargo cover, adjustable roof-rack crossbars and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Finally, the High Altitude package consists of unique 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior trim, a sunroof, leather upholstery and a power driver seat (with manual lumbar adjustment).

A few packages are also available for both trims. The All-Weather Capability Group for 4WD models adds an engine-block heater, daytime running lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, tow hooks and all-season floor mats. The Trailer-Tow Prep Group (2.4-liter engine only) includes a trailer wiring harness, an oil cooler and a full-size spare. The Freedom Drive II Off-Road Group (also 2.4-liter engine only) consists of the Trailer-Tow Prep Group plus an upgraded CVT with a low-range 4WD mode, skid plates, hill descent control, hill start assist, tow hooks, a height-adjustable driver seat, and body sealing to allow the Patriot to ford greater water depths.

An 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system is optional. For the Latitude, it can also be ordered with a navigation system. A rearview camera can also be ordered with the touchscreen.

The 2017 Patriot's base engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 158 horsepower and 141 pound-feet of torque. It can only be had with front-wheel drive. The uplevel engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder rated at 172 hp and 165 lb-ft of torque; it's available on front-wheel-drive Patriots and required with all-wheel drive (Freedom Drive I or Freedom Drive II).

A five-speed manual is the default transmission for both engines. The optional automatic for the 2.0-liter Patriot is a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that functions like a traditional automatic, while the 2.4-liter engine is offered with a six-speed conventional automatic. The exception to this rule is the Freedom Drive II off-road package, which combines the 2.4-liter with a unique CVT that features low-range gearing.

Fuel economy varies depending on which powertrain setup you get. None are all that fuel-efficient, though. For example, you're looking at 24 mpg combined (22 city/26 highway) with the 2.0-liter engine and the CVT or 23 mpg combined with the bigger 2.4-liter engine and front-wheel drive and the six-speed automatic. That drops to 21 mpg when you get the Freedom Drive II's CVT.

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 HR-V (9.7 seconds) or Jeep's own Renegade 2.4 (9.4 seconds). However, a Patriot with Freedom Drive II chugged to 60 mph in 10.3 seconds, a disappointing number considering how poor the fuel economy is with this package.

Properly equipped, the Patriot can tow up to 2,000 pounds.

Driving

The 2017 Jeep Patriot is painfully 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 is the Patriot's saving grace, lifting the 2.4-liter engine's performance to class-competitive levels despite sometimes slow shifts.

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 body roll if you enter a corner with any kind of speed. As for the off-road experience, the Freedom Drive II setup moves 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, because legroom is tight and the bottom cushion sits low, largely negating the benefits of the Latitude's reclining rear seatbacks.

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 other Jeep models is vastly superior. As ever, the Patriot provides optional flip-down liftgate speakers that'll help get the party started.

Cargo capacity is another potential weak spot. The 23 cubic feet of space behind the rear seatbacks isn't totally shameful, and folding down the rear seatbacks opens up 53.5 cubic feet of maximum stowage. That's about what you'll get from subcompact crossovers such as the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3 but much less than bigger models such as the CR-V and CX-5.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2017 Jeep Patriot.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Northern vehicle for crappy road conditions
Christy Oslund,01/11/2017
Haven't had this Jeep Patriot Latitude long enough to comment on reliability but I can say, if you live in an area with challenging road conditions and a lot of snow, this is a great choice. Bought during a winter where we regularly received 6 inches overnight and plow trucks were leaving my former car stuck in my driveway every morning. The Jeep has handled these conditions admirably; under the worst conditions the 4 wheel drive ads an element of grip and helps get up and down steep, poorly cleared streets. I've always driven 'practical' vs. plush vehicles, so from my point of view, this is a comfortable vehicle to drive. My first with heated, leather seats and honestly - I love them. So why not a 5 star rating? The driver's door often creaks on opening and I do have some concerns about how this will hold up long term. My need to get over rough roads and living with extreme winters though, made the clearance and 4 wheel capacity of the Jeep more important. Sure, if I was going to spend at least another ten to twenty thousand, I could buy a vehicle that was equally good on rough roads and more likely to hold up better over time. I'd rather spend a lot less up front, and re-evaluate my needs in four or five years, by which time car technology will have taken a few more steps.
I wanted a rugged SUV.. jeep was the best choice
Joe,03/09/2017
I hunt and fish and wanted a SUV that would get me into some places that were hard to access. The Patriot does every thing I ask of it. And The purchase price saved me almost $6000! I have over 12,000 trouble free miles so far, I couldn't be happier with my choice.
Solid Performer
Al Poplawsky,04/07/2017
All the professional reviewers trash this car but most of them must not have bothered to drive it. I got the manual transmission for the better fuel economy and it got 25 mpg on the first tank with half highway and half small town driving. Not bad for AWD - beats the old Subaru that died after only 160k miles hands down. Here in the Northwest everyone drives Subarus, I call this the Subaru alternative. Fit and finish both inside and out are excellent. Very solid feeling on the highway - feels like a much larger vehicle, yet very maneuverable in the city. Wind noise is minimal, you do hear the 4 cylinder a little when you put it through its paces, stock tires are terribly noisy. These Goodyear tires rate near the bottom in every category at TireRack, Jeep must have gotten them for free! I got a car that listed at $24,500 for $19,100. It has all the features you need and expect in these times - plus a few - and was $5000-$10,000 less than a similarly equipped Toyota or Honda. A good value in my book! Professional reviewers say they are not reliable, but when I looked at the details for the 2015 it was below average or way below average for repairs in every category. My 6 foot teenager is amazed by the room in the rear seat, says its more than our Dakota crew cab! Not new and not sexy, but solid. After 7200 miles I have not had a single problem or item needing attention from the dealer. We have taken this AWD/4WD vehicle on the worst Idaho forest roads (5 mph) and it performed and handled beautifully! It does not have low range, but is geared low enough already with the manual transmission to have no problems with very low speed rough rocky roads. After one year and 13,000 miles, still not a single problem, and not been back to the dealer. It was totally awesome in the snow this last winter with studless snow tires. 25-26 mpg city or highway. I recently purchased a Chevrolet Spark EV for city driving so this one is strictly highway now. Very solid highway car in all conditions. Now at 19,000 miles and not a single issue - haven't been back to the dealer. MPG keeps getting better, recently got 30 on the highway. Easily fit the two kayaks on top and even got 28 mpg with them up there!
Big bang for the buck
Stu,04/16/2017
My wife drives a Toyota Rav 4 which cost $10,000 more and this is a better vehicle---Nothing fancy-- Jeep more comfortable --Jeep faster acelleration ---better air conditioning-- We love this Jeep--Its the best value out there---Sure its Old school and it looks like a station wagon--Its like my old cherokee that they quit making in 2001--- after an 11 year run its been perfected---
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$25,840
MPG
20 city / 25 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
172 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$18,040
MPG
23 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
158 hp @ 6400 rpm
MSRP
$20,040
MPG
23 city / 28 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
172 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$23,685
MPG
22 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
158 hp @ 6400 rpm
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Safety

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Poor
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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More about the 2017 Jeep Patriot

The 2017 Jeep Patriot is built and priced to appeal to budget-minded shoppers who want a compact SUV suitable for around-town chores and light off-road duty. Having undergone only minor updates since its introduction for the 2007 model year, the Patriot is essentially still in its first generation. And although its design carries some traditional hallmarks of the Jeep brand, the Patriot is beginning to look a bit more dated than some of its stablemates.

Since the Patriot is scheduled to be replaced early next year, there really are no changes to the existing model. It retains the classic boxy exterior design that from the beginning has made Jeep vehicles identifiable from a mile away. In addition to making a style statement, this shape gives it a fairly roomy passenger compartment and, with the rear seats folded, a decent amount of cargo space.

The interior is relatively basic compared to those of its closest rivals. A mild reboot for 2011 improved the cabin somewhat, but in standard trim, it still surrounds occupants with a lot of hard plastic surfaces. On the plus side, these are at least easy to clean. The entry-level Sport models don't come with such conveniences as power windows or air-conditioning, although these are standard on higher trim levels. And buyers who want to add some extra comfort can opt for upgrades such as leather seats and premium sound systems.

Although not designed for serious work in the dirt, the Patriot does boast better off-road  capability than many of its competitors. If you want to spend more time in the wilderness, you can add the Freedom II Off-Road Group, an optional package that toughens up the compact SUV with such features as skid plates, larger wheels and tires, an oil cooler and hill start assist.

The Patriot's standard powerplant, available only in the front-wheel-drive version, is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 158 horsepower and 141 pound-feet of torque and comes mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. An optional choice is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that puts out 172 hp and 165 lb-ft of torque. Available transmissions include a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and a six-speed automatic.

EPA-rated fuel economy for the base front-wheel-drive Patriot with the 2.0-liter engine and the manual gearbox is 25 mpg combined (23 city/30 highway). Opting for four-wheel drive, the larger engine and the CVT lowers the rating to a 21 mpg combined (20 city/23 highway).

The Patriot is available in the base Sport model and the slightly better-equipped Sport SE. Up the line are the well-optioned Latitude, the 75th Anniversary Edition and the High Altitude model. Whatever your preference, let Edmunds help you find the best 2017 Jeep Patriot to suit your needs.

2017 Jeep Patriot SUV Overview

The 2017 Jeep Patriot SUV is offered in the following styles: Latitude 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 6A), Sport 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M), Sport 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 5M), High Altitude Edition 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 6A), High Altitude Edition 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT), Latitude 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M), Sport SE 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 6A), Sport SE 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl CVT), 75th Anniversary Edition 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 6A), and 75th Anniversary Edition 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 6A).

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