2017 Patriot New Car Test Drive
The 2017 Jeep Patriot might be dated, but it still offers good value. It's a far better vehicle than the original Patriot. It might not be equipped as well as some of its rivals, but it's a sensible package with real Jeep character and enough civility to be a good family vehicle.
The Patriot compares with mainstream crossovers like the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, or Toyota RAV4, and smaller models like the Subaru Crosstrek, Nissan Juke, or Mazda CX-5.
It doesn't look much like the Jeep Compass, which Jeep markets as a more premium model, but beneath its sheetmetal the Patriot is basically the same, with a lower price and available stripped-down.
The Patriot will be redesigned for 2018, so for 2017 it's unchanged. Base engine is a 2.0-liter four cylinder making 158 horsepower and using a standard 5-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). This engine only comes with front-wheel drive, which sort of defeats the purpose of a Jeep. If that's all you want, there are better crossovers.
The other engine is a 2.4-liter four cylinder making 172 hp with that 5-speed gearbox or a 6-speed automatic. It comes with all-wheel drive.
The Patriot performs well in some crash tests, but scores a Poor rating from the IIHS in the small-overlap frontal crash test.
The 2.0-liter engine with 5-speed gearbox and front-wheel drive delivers an EPA rating of 23/30 miles per gallon City/Highway, or 26 mpg Combined. With the 2.4 liter, 6-speed automatic and all-wheel drive, mileage drops to 20/26/22 miles per gallon City/Highway/Combined.
The 2017 Jeep Patriot Sport ($17,895) comes with cloth upholstery, air conditioning, manually operated windows and door locks. All-wheel drive is available ($19,895).
Patriot Latitude ($22,395) and Latitude 4WD ($25,695) upgrade with power locks and windows and upgraded seating and tires. The High Altitude Edition ($1045) is a package for the Latitude with leather-trimmed seats, special interior and exterior trim and other features.