• Nov 24, 2010

2011 Jeep Patriot – Click above for high-res image gallery

Quick – what's the least expensive new SUV on the market in America? Did you guess something from Hyundai or Kia? Or perhaps from Suzuki? Guess again. As a matter of fact, the answer is the Jeep Patriot, which sees its first major update since its introduction for the 2007 model year. Full details of the changes can be found here.

For 2011, the Patriot carries a base price of $15,995 (plus $700 for destination) and comes equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 158 horsepower and a five-speed manual transmission. Stepping up to four-wheel drive will cost you $17,695 and opting for the larger 2.4-liter mill will cost $300 and offer up 172 ponies.

For just a hair under $20K, buyers can snag a Jeep Patriot Latitude and be rewarded with heated seats, steering-wheel audio controls, 17-inch aluminum wheels, remote keyless entry and even air conditioning. That's right; amazingly enough, A/C isn't standard on lower-trim models, it's a $895 option that we imagine will pretty much always be selected. Guess that's how you earn the lowest-cost title...

At the very top of the range sits the Jeep Patriot Latitude X, which we optioned up to just under $30,000 with such desirable features as a leather interior, sunroof, navigation and a premium audio system with internal hard disk. Naturally, we also selected the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package, which forces the inclusion of a CVT automatic transmission with a low range for off-road work.

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      crusco10
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awsome loving my 2012 patriot sport 2.4 with alunium block by damlier. On the fly 4x4 rules the road or tail.29 mpg aint bad either.My 3rd jeep.Bring it on mother nature.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I still can't figure why this wasn't named the "Cherokee?"
        • 4 Years Ago
        To not sully the Jeep Cherokee name?

        Isn't the Patriot a Dodge Caliber with square fenders?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thank god it wasn't! Not against the Patriot, it is best looking vehicle of the three in the family but definitely not deserving of the the Cherokee name. The Cherokee was twice the vehicle this will EVER be!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because the Cherokee still exists - that's what the Liberty is in the rest of the world.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That would be an absolute slap in the face to the capable old XJ
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you have to add on everything, then does that make the other choices (KIA etc.) cheaper? I hate gimmick sales, won't bother even checking it out. The only jeep that I like is the Wrangler, and yes it is overpriced, thus I don't own one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want one of these but of the 40 sitting on local lots, none, NOT ONE IN FOURTY has the manual transmission that is standard on all levels of trim. WTF!??
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Estate" from MW2, anyone?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really want this to have square lights instead of round ones. I think that would give it a tougher appearance and also bring it even closer (in appearance) to the old Cherokee.
      • 4 Years Ago
      For those who were talking about the XJ Cherokee, if Chrysler would bring it back WITH the 4.0-liter inline six, I'd be in the dealership in a heartbeat. I have a '92 XJ Laredo (it's actually a wannabe Limited with all its options) that just crossed the 300,000-mile mark. I think it's the best vehicle AMC or Chrysler ever made (and probably the best car I've ever owned, even better than the three '69 Vista Cruisers that I've owned since 1982), and I can't understand why they wouldn't bring it back. Too bad Jeep doesn't make anything today that can hold a candle to the XJ.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love the new style. I have an 09 Patriot that I got back in cash for clunkers. Absolutely love the thing. Gives me 30mpg on the highway and I can still fit fence posts in it since the seats all fold flat. It's all together pretty awesome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A Fiat CRD would be nice in this Jeep.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I test drove a sport 4x4 a couple of weeks ago.

      I thought the CVT performed just fine. I was expecting something awful due to all the negative press, but must admit, I thought it was quite good.
      For what it is, an inexpensive truck, it drove well, and felt solid.

      I agree with others who want square lights like the XJ, and also diesel.
      I'm looking forward to trying the new compass.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not sure I like all the cosmetic changes (I thought tupperware cladding went out in the '90's), though the interior is much approved. With a diesel & 6-speed manual, this thing would rock. (see the Euro Jeep fuel economy challenge where one was driven from England to Poland on approx 48 litres of fuel achieving 60+ mpg)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not a bad little SUV, if only they ditched the damn CVT.

      Considering I would need an auto, a CVT is a deal breaker.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, the CVT is horrible. Unfortunately, the engine is under-powered and rough, so it makes little difference. I drove the manual as a possible purchase (my wife has a manual Wrangler), and there was so little power, even the manual wasn't enough to save it. Nice looking critter, though... an updated powertrain would do wonders.
        • 4 Years Ago
        By dammit Jim, I hope you're right.

        If only it had the six-speed that the Avenger/200 get this year.

        The only problem is, though, how would they give it a low-range gear in that case? Surely to keep FDII an option it would need a transfer case...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm fairly sure the CVT will be replaced by the Fiat DSG sooner or later.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, the CVT is horrible. Unfortunately, the engine is under-powered and rough, so it makes little difference. I drove the manual as a possible purchase (my wife has a manual Wrangler), and there was so little power, even the manual wasn't enough to save it. Nice looking critter, though... an updated powertrain would do wonders.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I actually have a 2008 with the CVT, and once you get used to it and learn how to drive one it's pretty nice. Sure if you hop in and floor it you get a lot of noise that doesn't match the rate of acceleration you're getting, but if you back off a bit (in my case @ 3000 RPM) you'll gain speed just as quickly (or slowly, in this instance) but in a much more subdued fashion.
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