2017 Jeep Patriot

Pros: Affordable pricing; available 4-wheel-drive systems deliver true off-road prowess; decent cargo room for the size; numerous personalization options

Cons: Dated basic design; weak acceleration; noisier and less refined than most class rivals

CG Says: Jeep Patriot is unchanged for 2017. Patriot is a compact SUV with a choice of two four-cylinder engines. A 158-horsepower 2.0-liter four is standard on front-wheel-drive models. The 2.0-liter engine is paired with either a five-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Optional on front-wheel-drive models and standard with four-wheel drive, is a 172-horsepower 2.4-liter four. The 2.4-liter engine is available with five-speed manual, six-speed automatic, or CVT transmissions. Two four-wheel drive systems are available. Freedom Drive I is full-time four-wheel drive. Freedom Drive II is full-time four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer case that has a low-ratio for extreme off-road conditions. While most drivers will prefer the better on-road manners and refinement of class competitors such as the Honda CR-V or Mazda CX-5, few compact SUVs can match the Patriot’s impressive level of off-road prowess. A judiciously optioned Jeep Patriot is a decent choice for shoppers who value the Jeep brand’s unique character and/or have a need to do some serious off-the-beaten-path trekking.

The Facts
Class Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive
Manufacturer Jeep
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices Sport: $18,040
4×4 Sport: $20,040
Latitude: $22,540
4×4 Latitude: $25,840

Base Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
158
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
CVT
EPA City Range (mpg)
22-23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26-30

Optional Engine
2.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
172
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed auto or CVT
EPA City Range (mpg)
20-23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
23-28