If you are price sensitive and you really want a capable SUV with some serious off-roading capabilities, the 2016 Jeep Patriot is your best bet. However, you will have to do without a myriad of features in the cabin like air-conditioning and power windows in the base Jeep Patriot.
Unlike the outgoing model, Jeep has upgraded the new Patriot to look a little better and has added a dose of softness in its cabin. Read along to find out more:
2016 Jeep Patriot Exterior
Although the Patriot is not the best looking SUVs out there in terms of looks, it is a good offering considering its price tag. The Patriot features a boxy shape particularly sized for regular use in the city and still capable when you decide to venture onto the off-road terrain.
At the front, the Patriot has borrowed some styling cues from the Wrangler. On the flanks, the model has borrowed styling cues from the Cherokee as well as the Wagoneer. The Patriot is offered in two trim levels, Sport and Latitude trim levels.
Standard features on the Sport include 16-inch steel wheels, manually operated side mirrors, roof rails, fog lights, and crank-down windows. Black steel and alloy wheels are offered as standalone options. An optional Power Value Group adds keyless entry, power mirrors and windows, heated mirrors and automatic headlights. The SE package on the other hand adds 17-inch gray alloy wheels, tow hooks (on AWD models) and a gloss-gray exterior trim.
The Latitude trim has all features of the Power Value Group and adds 17-inch alloy wheels. A sun roof is available with the Sun and Sound Group. The High Latitude Group adds chrome exterior trim and 17-inch alloy wheels.
2016 Jeep Patriot Interior
Well, going for the base model denies you power accessories and air conditioning. The Jeep Patriot accommodates five passengers. Its seats are upholstered in a quality cloth. Other features include a tilt-only steering wheel, a 60/40-split folding rear seats which expand its cargo space from 23 cu ft to 53.3 cu ft, a 4-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, a satellite radio, cruise control and a single auxiliary audio jack.
However, there are a myriad of standalone options including an upgraded sound system with a 6-CD/DVD changer and air conditioning. The SE package features a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The steering wheel is integrated with audio controls. The package also adds cloth and meshes upholstery and heated front seats.
The Latitude is more equipped. It adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, height-adjustable driver’s seat, a 115-volt power output and reclining rear seatbacks. The Premium Sound Group brings in a subwoofer and a 9-speaker Boston Acoustics sound system; two of the speakers are placed on the tailgate. A luggage cover, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, adjustable roof-rack crossbars, an alarm and remote ignition are offered on the Security and Cargo Convenience Group. The High Altitude package adds a power driver’s seat and leather upholstery.
Both trims feature a 6.5-inch touch-screen infotainment system and a Wi-Fi hotspot. There are also several styling cues Groups that the two trims share.
Engine Specs and performance
Two engines are available for the 2016 Jeep Patriot. The base models will be powered by a 2.0 L, 4-cylinder which will be offered on front-wheel-drive only. This engine produces 158 horses and 141 lb-ft of toque. The engine is paired with either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a CVT system. With the manual, the model returns 23 mpg in city and 30 mpg on highway drives. With a CVT system, the Patriot returns 22 mpg city and 26 mpg on highway drives.
For more power, buyers can opt for the 2.4 L, 4-cylinder engine which is capable of producing 172 horses and 165 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with either a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. A 6-speed automatic transmission system and a CVT are offered as options. Power is transmitted either to forward wheels or all wheels. The Freedom Drive II off-road system is offered for models with CVT systems. The system has a 19:1 crawl ratio for difficult off-road environments.
In terms of fuel economy, FWD models with a manual transmission are rated at 23 mpg city and 29 mpg on highway, with FWD and automatic transmission, the model returns 21 mpg city and 28 mpg on highway drives. AWD models with a manual gearbox return 20 mpg city and 26 mpg on highway while models with CVT systems return 20 mpg city and 23 mpg on highway drives. Adding the CVT w/Off-Road package reduces fuel efficiency to 20 mpg city and 23 mpg on highway drives.
Price and release date
The good thing about the new Jeep Patriot is its affordability. The base model has an MSRP of only $ 17,695 which makes it the most affordable new SUV. However, a well equipped Patriot Latitude can fetch as much as $30,000. The model is already available in dealer showrooms.
The Jeep competes with the likes of Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester.