Russ Darrow Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Milwaukee is ready with your nicely-equipped Jeep Patriot, and it is providing the vehicle in three fashions: the Sport, the Latitude and the Limited. This standard indicates that when one or more wheels are elevated, the Jeep 4×4 system helps the others stay on the bottom longer to keep you shifting. The 2014 Patriot is unmistakably a Jeep, designed to enchantment to compact-SUV buyers who need traditional Jeep styling with best-in-class off-highway capability at an affordable value. We skid on the stomach pan a bit and with the precise line, the Patriot was up and over.
The 2011-14 Jeep Patriot 4×4 included a low-range mode with a greatest-in-class 19:1 crawl ratio, brake traction control, 19-inch water fording functionality, Hill Descent Control, 4×4 Lock (which sends 50 p.c of torque to entrance and rear wheels), and a most tow rating of two,000 lbs. If you’re a minimalist…in case your concept of an awesome go-wherever trip is an old steel-bodied Willys Jeep Wagon or a mid-80s Cherokee, you just might find quite a bit to love within the Patriot.
Based on the now-defunct Dodge Caliber compact hatchback, the Patriot first launched again in 2007 with eccentric styling and a significantly downmarket inside. As we have suggested before, though, the Patriot is the closest factor you will get in 2013 to the fondly remembered 1984 Cherokee..the primary of the small SUVs. Jeep® Patriot presents unsurpassed off-street capability, up to 30 MPG+ hwy, and nice options in a enjoyable-to-drive, compact SUV. The Patriot’s rivals embody the Subaru Crosstrek and the Kia Soul—and the Compass, of course, though the Patriot is supplied to be the cheaper of the duo, at least in base type.
Compared to the 2006-2010 fashions, the 2011-14 Jeep Patriot had greater spring and damping charges, added rebound springs, and an elevated diameter of the rear sway bar; however (in 2011 a minimum of) the very best 4×4 fuel economic system in its phase. Fixed control arms are designed should you plan on protecting one measurement lift in your Jeep for many of its life.
And in case you’re questioning why such a lackluster vehicle has been solely barely up to date, Jeep will launch its alternative in early 2014. Like the opposite two models – Compass Altitude and Grand Cherokee Altitude, the new Patriot Altitude will go on sale this May and will probably be priced from $20,240 for 4×2 models and $23,275 for 4×4 fashions. As for the off-road experience, the Freedom Drive II setup strikes the Patriot significantly past Freedom Drive I’s standard all-wheel drive – but as famous, it’s also slow and thirsty.