The New Jeep Patriot

Although it doesn’t hold the title of being the smallest Jeep anymore, the 2016 Jeep Patriot model remains the least expensive. It is the cheapest SUV you can buy. If you are weighing the pros and cons, remember that it’s hard to keep the price down when the Standard edition doesn’t even include air conditioning.

The Basics

The 2016 Jeep Patriot Sport doesn’t give offer you any luxury because is below $18,000; It doesn’t offer much. The steering wheel is a tilt-only type, and the driver’s chair has few adjustments. Manual windows and Manual locks are standard, and air conditioning is just an option. Split-folding the back row can extend the small cargo space. There’s no USB port or touchscreen, but you do get an auxiliary audio jack and Bluetooth. However, the streaming audio system works with UConnect voice commands. To sugar-coat the deal, Jeep is offering a free satellite radio subscription.

Cost and Competition

The Jeep Patriot Sport is a money-saving choice at an MSRP of $17,695. Up in anticipation of the last few years, the Patriot had very little rivalry compared to today’s multitude of compact SUVs. Even with more rivals, it offers a less expensive substitute to any of them. This includes the Nissan Juke, the Chevy Trax, and the Honda HRV. It also valued cheaper than Jeep’s Renegade. However, there is a sacrifice that you will observe as you weigh its pros and cons.

Exterior Stylishness

The Jeep Patriot appears more like SUVs used to look. It’s rugged, tall, and boxy. Patriot standards include roof rails and a 15-inch steel wheel. You can also get:

  • Chrome trim (High Altitude)
  • Adjustable roof-rack crossbars
  • Sunroof
  • Gloss-gray trim (Sports SE)

Adventure Capability

You won’t find anything further off-road proficient at Patriot prices. However, it does bring the Patriot up at the cost of the rivalry’s base editions. The Sport SE package combines height to the front-wheel drive models for lighter use. The all-weather package adds daytime running lights, tow hooks and bigger alloys. The Jeep even offers a trailer wiring hitch. The Freedom Drive II Off-Road group adds the exceptional features you will need to go off-roading. It is especially impenetrable against water, allowing the Patriot driver to wade through water up to 19 inches. It also adds:

  • Hill start assist
  • Skid plates
  • Hill descent control
  • Four-wheel drive

Performance and Fuel Economy

To get an off-roading ability, you have to go for the costlier 2.4-liter World Engine. This power-train dash out 165 lb.-ft. Of torque and 172 horsepower. If that sounds small to you, it is necessarily higher than most compacted rivals out there.  Fuel efficiency is only 28 miles per gallon on the highway, which doesn’t rise to those same rivals. The base model is capable of producing only 158 horsepower. With the high automatic transmission, it can get a generous 30 miles per gallon on the highway. If you crave for a better fuel economy, you will need to spend more for Subaru Crosstrek or the Honda HRV.

Upgrading the Ride

If you feel like upgrading your car, you will notice that your expenses rise quickly as you pay for air conditioning and power accessories. The Sport SE sells for $19,840 MSRP. It includes a leather-clad steering wheel and heated seats. For a finer cabin, you may choose get the Latitude, sold at $22,295 MSRP. With the upgrade the driver will enjoy the flexibility of an adjustable driver’s seat and backseat passengers will like the bask seatbacks. This model also adds a 6.5-inch touchscreen. Adding to your costs, you also go for a rear-view camera, a USB port and, navigation.

High Altitude Model

If you want life’s superfluities, you will discover that the Patriot has now exceeded the base prices of its rivals and progressed into Jeep Cherokee territory. The High Altitude at $24,495 MSRP clothes the seats in leather. It adds a sunroof and a power driver’s chair. A Bose system is comprising of two drop-down tailgate speakers. You can also option:

  • Push button start
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Luggage cover
  • Wi-Fi connectivity

Safety Features

When it comes to safety, Patriot safety features comprises of six airbags, active head restraints, traction controls, and electronic roll mitigation. However, the Patriot’s biggest discrepancy is safety. It doesn’t do well in testing by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. There is also an absence of crash avoidance features. You will have to extend your search to the Honda HRV or any other rivals of that class to get to get it. Obviously the Patriot’s attraction is in its low price tag.

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