Jeep Patriot Review

Posted on 09. Mar, 2007 by in Auto News

High gas prices, foreign wars in oil producing countries and fears of global warming have fuel efficiency of the new patriotism. Yet many Americans reject clown-sized small cars and suppository shaped CUV and minivan. They cling to the outdoorsy lifestyle and go-anywhere freedom rough-and-tumble SUV embodies. In a second attempt to meet these changing values, has unveiled the Jeep Patriot. It is an SUV for gas conscious Americans! Everything really matter. Please, oh please, just let it be better than the Compass.

Optical succeeds the $ 15k (FWD) Patriot, where the mechanical Lookalike, The Compass fails. The Patriot actually looks like a Jeep. Its grille is upright and the hood folds intelligently about seven slots and round headlamps. Under the bumper that narrows the Patriot body back working, facilitating off-friendly approach and departure angles behind.

Muscular fender frame the Jeep brand opposed trapezoidal wheel arches in the Grand Cherokee fashion AS the Compass "Fat Elvis fender work. The Patriot the upright greenhouse follows the same rectangular proportions as the Commander, which is itself a tribute to the Cherokee. Wrangleresque it not, but the Patriot Mom was clearly playing in the Jeep gene pool.

Serious Jeepers are not fussy interior aesthetics. Dirt Lovin 'Liberty and Wrangler owners have known for their rigs strip'. Interior carpet pickup bed liners and spray on the bare metal These fearless depreciators appreciate the patriot inside the Rubbermaid chic.

Sure it's carpet, available leather seats, has a leather steering wheel and splash wrapped trendy faux aluminum, but any other surface and is made of textured plastic tray. No matter how dusty and foul the Patriot cabin is plugging mud crawling over rocks and slithering through sand, cleanliness is just a damp cloth away, it's like wiping a baby's high chair.

Of course, the pairing of this highly washable liner is designed with a vehicle for off-road crazy Jeep owners respond purely coincidental. Chrysler used the same unpleasant cheap plastic in almost every car they make, including the eponymous appointed Jeep Compass. Moreover, the most dedicated (and dirtiest) off-road enthusiasts will stick with Wranglers. The Patriot will compete for inclusion in urban and suburban environment where drivers expect more refinement.

On the positive side, the seating position is very good, especially for taller drivers. Drivers trade in their gas sucking Jeep Liberty Patriot appreciate the generous legroom and lying back seats.

When it comes to the ride, the Patriot takes a back seat to his twin brother, the compass, the ride and handling are unacceptable already on the wrong side. Although only 1.5 "taller and 33 pounds heavier, the Patriot is much more sensitive to all non-linear movements, thanks to its four-wheel independent suspension, the dynamics are strictly Olde Worlde;. The Patriot bends and flops his way down a winding road, like a wounded Hessian.

The Compass "excellent brakes are … AWOL. Patriot Stop The pedal takes its four-wheel discs very slowly indeed, and annoys the driver's input. Nevertheless, the long-legged suspension dispatches bumps and eagerly devouring motorway carbuncle, alluding to the Patriot offroad potential.

Unfortunately share these sisters-under-the-skin their main fatty bits: their drives. Both vehicles come with an atonal 2.4-liter 16-valve four-cylinder dual Variable Valve Timing World Engine, which are incomplete at a buzz-inducing (and not in the caffeinated literally) Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

The 172hp mill motivates the Patriot to 60mph in … yawn … Stretch … ah, who cares? You get up to highway speeds, you know, at some point. And yet, this engine is Patriot raison d '