2015 Jeep Patriot Is An Adorable Crossover That Will Not Hurt Your Budget Too Much
If you need a small, simple and most importantly cheap crossover than the Jeep Patriot is surely the only choice for you. However, we have to ask is it any good? The production started way back in 2006. Actually, the car was revealed in April 2006, but the first units hitting the pavement have emerged in 2007. Nevertheless, that means that the customers knew about the car nine years ago, so the 2015 Jeep Patriot will probably be the last one in production. Only quality kept this car alive for so long and good sales were the result of the rather appealing looks of the car and insanely low price.
As it turns out, nothing special has been modified for the 2015 Jeep Patriot. The only noticeable novelty is the addition of the navigation system for the mid-grade trim level. Luckily, that is not the only quality of this vehicle. Despite the unfavorable reviews by a majority of the motoring press, the buyers are rather satisfied with it. The main quality is a simple, yet durable interior which has been updated throughout the years, but still, it cannot compete with the new cabins in terms of refinement, roominess and type of materials used. The ruggedness and the feel the Jeep Patriot cabin brings with itself in line with the famous Jeep vehicles from the past and that is one of the qualities the buyers who aren’t financially powerful enough for more expensive vehicles are attracted to. That said, Jeep did everything in their power just to add some sort of luxury to it. Cheap equipment is available throughout the offering which includes three trim levels – Sport, Latitude and Limited with two additional sub trims named Altitude Edition and High Altitude Edition.
Interestingly, the entry offering doesn’t include air conditioning which is optional for Sport and Altitude Edition. That, however, is justified. It is hard to find a cheaper small crossover in offer, so with some additional equipment, or even with the next trim level – Latitude, the 2015 Jeep Patriot became a rather well equipped crossover (for a price). Latitude trim includes 17-inch silver alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated seats and multi-functional steering wheel.
Even though the Patriot is in its last year of existence on the new car market, Jeep made it available with two different engines. The entry level engine is a two liter petrol four banger with 158 HP. This engine is available with five speed manual (as standard) and six speed automatic transmission and it is exclusively available with a front wheel drive layout. Four wheel drive is only available with a 2.4 liter petrol engine which brings a bit more power, it is available with CVT transmission and it is slightly less fuel efficient. Unfortunately, the Patriot is rather slow with any of the power-trains. The best 0-60 time is somewhere around 9,3 seconds, but when equipped with the best Four wheel drive in offer (with Freedom Drive II), the acceleration drops to disappointing 10,3 seconds to 60 mph.
That shouldn’t worry much of the buyers, because, with Freedom Drive II, the 2015 Jeep Patriot becomes a very capable off roader (not by any means Wrangler-capable), so its credentials can be showed in some other ways instead of in straight line acceleration. Unfortunately, its dated structure and old school style did not make it a formidable highway rider. Its harsh NVH values are well under the levels of the closest counterparts, while the ride lacks refinement of the modern crossovers. Nevertheless, its price corrects much of it.