• 2013 Jeep Patriot Freedom Edition front 3/4

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  • 2013 Jeep Patriot Freedom Edition driver's seat

  • 2013 Jeep Patriot Freedom Edition seat

It was reported in Automotive News a few months ago, but a new report on Allpar.com adds some details to news that the 2014 Jeep Compass and Patriot will get a six-speed automatic to replace the CVTs they currently use. According to a tip provided to Allpar, the 2014 models will begin production in March and be on sale sometime in the summer. The Jatco-sourced CVT in use until now – Jatco is owned by Nissan and Mitsubishi – has been often criticized, and many won't be sad to see it go.

The incoming six-speed automatic is said to be an all-wheel-drive cog-swapper that's the work of Hyundai and Magna and has been paired with the DynaMax AWD system used in the Hyundai ix35 and Kia Sportage. It won't be the only Chrysler product using a transmission with ties to Hyundai: the six-speed automatic in the Dodge Dart comes from Powertech, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hyundai. With the Patriot and Compass said to be driving down the trail for the last time this year, it will be a short run for the new tranny and the rumored addition of a backup camera and power rear liftgate on the Compass.


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      Chris Burns
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have to admit, this Freedom Edition in the pics looks pretty good. Glad to see the CVT die though
      drewpy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hell, I'd take one. They may be crap...but they are priced accordingly...and they look ok on the outside...I'd deal for the price spread. If it had those 2" lift blocks, and limited trim it may not too bad.
      CEC
      • 2 Years Ago
      I believe they are switching transmission, even if it is for one model year, because the Jeep twins are built in the same factory as the Dart. Because the Dart uses the same transmission, this move reduces the number of different parts Chrysler needs, and simplifies the manufacturing process, thus saving Chrysler money.
      TruthHertz
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's nice to see they are using a Hyundai sourced automatic to pair up with that Hyundai sourced (GEMA) engine lineup they still use. It would be amazing if Chrysler could engineer something revolutionary instead of depending on other brands (including Fiat). Even the Pentastar V6 isn't really putting out much more power or better fuel economy than other setups that date back almost a decade or longer. A Kia Sorento gets better mileage than a Dodge Journey and in a drag race it's a dead heat. Go figure... GM deserved to get the bailout. In my opinion, Chrysler should have been parted out to whomever had money to spare.
        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TruthHertz
        Really? A 3.6 with 290 hp is more than pretty good and hate to break it to you but many brands use other brand's tech. Mini uses a Peugeot Motor and previously, a Chrysler Neon based mill, GM use Fiat turbodiesels in Europe, etc, etc. so deal with it. Chrysler is making some genuinely good cars today and a few hundred thousand jobs were saved.The public seems to agree because sales are very strong so go hate somewhere else.
          turbomonkey2k
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Shiftright
          @carguy1701, since the e-56 came out in 2007. I believe BMW makes their own but I know it was co-developed by BMW and Peugeot-Citroen based on an earlier Peugeot-Citroen design.
          T
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Shiftright
          The Pentastar V6 is also available at 300 HP+ in other models, and 305 HP in the Challenger. It is still pretty conservatively tuned at that. Turbo and possibly twin-turbo variants are also in the works!
          iTsLiKeAnEgG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Shiftright
          Hell, the 2003 G35 made 280hp with its V6 and it only went up from there with the HR (high rev) variant.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Shiftright
          >Mini uses a Peugeot Motor Since when?
        wasp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TruthHertz
        GEMA engines are NOT Hyundai sources. It was a joint venture between 3 companies with Chrysler taking GEMA on as its own. Yeah, I know, I fed the troll. I'm a dummy.
        turbomonkey2k
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TruthHertz
        I used e-56 where I should have stated R56.
      zizixx89
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nissan should ditch the cvt on any type of V6 models especially the 290hp maxima. That needs a 7 speed
        barkeep
        • 2 Years Ago
        @zizixx89
        I'm calling it right now. Next Maxima will be a 3.7 L V6 with 7-speed automatic, well over 300 HP for sure, and possibly AWD as an option.
          zizixx89
          • 2 Years Ago
          @barkeep
          Nahh that wont happen. Then it will step on the G37's toes. It will most likely be a carry over but i can see AWD though
        md_stew
        • 2 Years Ago
        @zizixx89
        If that were to happen Nissan would have to switch to an Appointment Only sales program!
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thank Raptor Jesus. The CVT is a horrible transmission.
      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have taken a vow to never buy a cvt. hated everyone I have rented.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they did that five years ago, maybe it would have been a competitive car.
        The Other Bob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        I totally agree. Well, maybe 2 years ago when the revamped the interior. The CVT was a deal breaker.
      Camaroman101
      • 2 Years Ago
      unusual for a powertrain update this late in the product cycle but good news for the consumers
      Mark Kemp
      • 2 Years Ago
      I must be the only person that likes my CVT. Its really smooth and problem free and I dont want to go back to a normal transmission, at least not in my commuter car.
        IBx27
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mark Kemp
        Once you hit 80,000 miles, the pin from the built-in grenade comes out and you need to replace the whole transmission.
      Lightning
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just drove a Patriot today. The CVT it uses gets more hate than it deserves - It was responsive and compliant paired to the 2.4L engine. Jeep should focus more on making modern dashes/interiors/gauge clusters.... My god the gauge cluster. I felt like I was in a late 90's pickup.
        domingorobusto
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lightning
        With this one, it's more about the reliability. The reliability on the one they are using is truly terrible. There have been several cases of the CVTs needing full replacement at less than 50k miles.
        transam
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lightning
        You also have to consider price. At 16K to start and 24K for a loaded Limited with leather, the Patriot is a relative bargain.
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