• Aug 11, 2008
Click above to view a gallery of the Patriot's new accoutrements

All you used to need to know about the Jeep Patriot is that it looks Jeepy; drives super-solidly (even when making forays above 80 mph); and comes with a nasty interior that will shred your knuckles on that excess flash all over every piece (Ed. note: flash is what's left over from injection molding where the two halves of the mold come together). Take that painful and bloody criticism, print it out on heavy paper, and then savor the sound as you crumple it up; our bloviating has been rendered irrelevant by Chrysler delivering on its promise to fix the Patriot's insides.

Our final judgement will come down after we get a chance to sample one of the new interiors in person, but these pics of the new interior we picked up on last week are inside vehicles that have already made their way to some Jeep dealers' lots. There's a new, smoother dashboard; SRT-reminiscent seats; and door panels that look more well thought out (nevermind that manual window crank). It's nice to see that Chrysler's owner-pooch has put its money where its three mouths are and delivered a more attractive interior that appears higher quality. Click the gallery below to see more angles of the Patriot's new flash-less interior. Thanks for the tip, Jeffrey!


[Source: Cars.com]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      We need bigger tires and more ground clearance. Jeep buyers are not so interested in the slomumn or 0-60 times. They read reviews like this to see if then should buy.

      http://www.expeditionswest.com/equipment/reviews/patriot/index.htm

      The Patriot seems like a good buy to me, although it could use a spray out interior after the camping/off road trips.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Neither is my cup of tea, since I am a truck guy.

      However, my sister has owned a fully Caliber R/T AWD for over a year now and she loves it. Keep in mind her previous car was a Subaru Impreza hatch...She likes the Caliber more.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks great. Definately acceptable for its price range and target audience.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think it's funny that grand theft auto named the biggest dumbest SUV "The Patriot" to make fun of the cocks who drive them. Then Jeep goes ahead and names a model the same thing. Classic.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, and Jeep gave the name to the smallest, most fuel efficient vehicle in their entire lineup that could actually do what an SUV is supposed to do (i.e. go off-road at some point in its life).

        Ford should name its next-gen Escape the Canyonero and make it a hybrid diesel that gets 100 miles per gallon.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have both an 07 Patriot & an 08 Liberty and they are both great driving vehicles. The Liberty is quite a bit larger but the Pat gets bettter mileage and it drives super - duper ! Liberty drives almost as good as my 04 Jag XJ8... And my next vehicle will be a JEEP again for sure...they are GRRREAAATTTT !!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks good, all things considered, including the fact that they had to work on a car whose hard points were not only locked in, but actually in production. Can't wait to see how the Caliber benefits. As for the crank windows, I would buy that. Oh yes I would.

      Also, writing accolade for Dan-

      "Take that painful and bloody criticism, print it out on heavy paper, and then savor the sound as you crumple it up ..."

      Nice.
        • 6 Years Ago
        LX: "As for the crank windows, I would buy that. Oh yes I would."

        I'd go for the crank windows too, except the location on the Patriot's door panel looks like a potential knee-whacker when closing the door. The cynical side of me thinks Chrysler put it there on purpose as a way to upsell the power windows to potential customers.

        Other than that, a vast improvement over the earlier dash design IMO.
      • 6 Years Ago
      looks very cheap and plasticky
        • 6 Years Ago
        Good for them. They have now reached Ford's levels of refinement from 5 years ago.
        • 6 Years Ago
        you sound like a hater and/or whinner
        • 6 Years Ago
        Please look at what it used to look like.
        http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b239/hanyou_kimura/7482016199245938751IM104565x421_A56.jpg
        Also, realize the base price is only $17k.
        • 6 Years Ago
        To be honest, if you show me these interior pictures without the Jeep logo on the steering wheel, and ask me what I think of them, I would straightly tell you that it's a made in China vehicle, or a Chinese knock off.

        Actually, I've seen made in China interiors that looks better than this.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Edit: Although I'll admit it looks a lot better than it did.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Brent: After seeing those pics, a whole LOT better.

        I know it costs $17K. The new dash looks good, don't get me wrong. I have an issue with the doors specifically. They look tough but toy-like. There doesn't appear to be much room on the armrest, and the door has no differentiation in color between the crank and the door panel. On the other hand, when you zoom in it looks like they've done a good job on plastics grain. The seats look like they might be too soft and unsupportive, with the same recline levers as they already had. Build quality looks like it might be iffy in a few places.

        Bottom line: It looks like it might be uncomfortable. But I'll have to see it in person before I come to a final conclusion.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1000
      • 6 Years Ago
      looks great!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I didn't think the previous look was too bad -- gave it a truck-like, durable interior that was Jeep, off-road, mud and dirt capable. This re-do does look nice, however. It still retains a truck-like look and didn't go too swoopy and "soft" or "car-like," like so many indistinguishable interiors of today.

      I am absolutely drawn to the revised open space on the passenger-side dash. It looks great. (I like it on the Commander too!)

      I happen to like the compass-looking (not to be confused with "Compass" looking) half-guages. I don't think they make it look like a toy, as one poster said. It kind of gives it a "camping instrument" feel to me.

      This has definitely solidified itself in the top three of my list if I were forced to replace my Liberty.

      By the way: why are Chrysler's revisions referred to as "emergency re-do's?" Doesn't every manufacturer do a periodic re-freshening every couple of years? Aren't the Japan-based manufacturers praised for doing refreshes more quickly in the product cycle than their American-based counterparts? Why aren't they labelled with the negatively vibed "emergency" label? At what point is a scheduled update not considered an "emergency re-do?"

      It honestly smacks of self-appointed automobile critics placing more importance to their opinions than really exists -- claiming their vitriol as the catalyst for progress regardless of the amount of time that has passed.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't get what everyone's bitching about with this new interior - it looks light years better than the hideous dashboard the Patriot had for the 2008 model year. The plastics probably aren't soft touch, but they look markedly better textured and more durable than what was there before.

      To be quite honest, you're paying roughly the equivalent of around £9,000 for a 4x4 - from a purely British perspective, you're lucky it actually HAS an interior at that price!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Many of us who have had lots of Jeeps prefer the more square dashboard. It seems more utilitarian and in touch with Jeeps simple roots. This would be an excellent Compass dash.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That window crank must have been designed by the power window lift supplier...
      • 6 Years Ago
      It just screams ME TOO ME TOO ME TOO
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