The 2011 Jeep Patriot's Total Car Score ranks it near the bottom of its class.
A minor 2011 freshening brings a slightly revised look inside and out with less shiny plastic and more visual quality, but auto writers still feel the interior is low-rent and doesn't live up to segment standards. They also dislike the coarse engine and lack of drivetrain refinement.
In a class of road-going crossovers, the Patriot stands out for its off-road prowess, particularly when equipped with the Freedom-Drive Off-Road Group that adds a more advanced four-wheel-drive system, skid plates, all-terrain tires, tow hooks and hill descent control.
Reviewers appreciate the Patriot's potential off-road prowess, as well as its relatively low pricing and solid fuel economy numbers, but only for buyers willing to buy a crossover that drives more like a full-fledged truck.
The 2011 Jeep Patriot comes in Sport, Latitude, Latitude X and 70th Anniversary trim, each with front- or all-wheel drive.
Standard items like a four-speaker audio system with CD player, cruise control and steering wheel audio controls add to the Patriot's value equation on Sport models. Lattitude versions get keyless entry and heated outside mirrors while Latitude X and 70th Anniversary models get a larger engine, automatic climate control and leather upholstery.
Standard in the Sport and Latitude models is a 158-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Lattitude X and the 70th Anniversary models are powered by a 172-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder. Transmission choices for both engines are a five-speed manual or a continuously variable automatic.
EPA fuel economy ratings run as low as 21 mpg city/26 highway and 23 miled for the 2.4-liter engine with AWD and the CVT to 23/29/25 for the 2.0 with FWD and the manual transmission.
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