Patriot: Above-average off-road capability with Freedom Drive II


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Jeep Patriot

The Jeep Patriot has more than a passing nod to retro design with its familiar features and high ground clearance. Specifically designed to handle challenging terrains, this compact SUV is ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

Jeep Patriot: The Traditional SUV That Enjoys an Adventure

If you’re a fan of the traditional appearance, the Jeep Patriot is likely to appeal to you immediately. This crossover not only offers a serious off-road performance but the familiar, high-riding boxy silhouette that fans of old-school retro design will love. There’s no mistaking the shape of the Patriot, and it makes its intentions clear from the start. This is no slightly modified sedan; the Patriot is proud to be a Jeep and makes sure everyone knows it! Sharing a platform with the Dodge Caliber, the Patriot has excellent ground clearance making it possible to tackle even the toughest terrain. This combined with a dedicated four-wheel drive package will get enthusiasts foaming at the mouth to get their hands on the wheel. Both front wheel and all-wheel drive are offered on the Patriot, with the former being fitted with a four-cylinder 2.0-litre engine as standard. This can be upgraded to the same engine which pairs with the all-wheel drive, a four-cylinder 2.4 litre that produces 172 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission is the standard option but the 2.0 litre can be switched to CVT and the 2.4 litre can be upgraded to a six-speed automatic.

Choosing Your Set Up

Capable of accommodating five passengers, the compact Patriot SUV has two main trims which can be enhanced with a number of extra packages. Bluetooth connectivity, tinted windows, cruise control, roof rails, USB ports, satellite radio and a CD player comes fitted as standard, setting out a decent basic trim. Some of the extras available to be added include alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, heated mirrors, automatic headlights, a leather trim, wheel mounted audio controls, a sunroof, and power-adjustable driving seat. Adding the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Group package provides towing facilities, hill descent control, skid plates and body sealing (which permits deeper water to be safely traversed).

Maintaining Its Reputation

Jeep has a reputation for high-quality design and this is evident from the range of safety features fitted as standard. ABS, traction control, power steering, stability control, emergency braking assist, dusk sensing headlamps, tire pressure monitoring and a post-collision safety system are all included across the range. There is also a comprehensive airbag system, providing protection to the front, sides and head level. The Jeep Patriot is a great choice for those who prefer a traditional design and an SUV that looks more like a proper off-road vehicle. With a package to enhance all-terrain driving, this crossover has all the hallmarks of another top design from the much-revered Jeep.