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MSRP: $16,695 - $26,695
Invoice: $16,539 - $25,672
MPG: 23 City / 30 Hwy
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Jeep Patriot Review

The 2015 Jeep Patriot ranks 23 out of 24 Affordable Compact SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Jeep Patriot, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2015 Jeep Patriot is ranked:

Though it has a low base price, reviewers say the Jeep Patriot is outshined by competitors with better performance, more space and higher-quality cabin materials.

Reviewers say that the 2015 Jeep Patriot feels weak, noisy and underpowered, regardless of whether you choose the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or opt for the more powerful 2.4-liter four-cylinder. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, while a six-speed automatic and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) are available, depending on the trim. Test drivers agree that the six-speed automatic offers the most satisfying performance, while the CVT doesn’t make the most of the engine’s available power. The base 2015 Patriot gets up to an EPA-estimated 23/30 mpg city/highway, which is about average for the class. Test drivers dislike the Patriot’s unwieldy handling and jarring ride quality over rough roads. According to reviewers, the Patriot is a decent off-road SUV when equipped with the available Freedom Drive II four-wheel drive option.

The Jeep Patriot’s interior earns poor marks from reviewers who say it’s made up of cheap, hard plastics. A few note the Patriot’s basic controls are functional, and the front seats are fairly roomy and comfortable. However, a few think its back seat is cramped. The 2015 Patriot has one of the lowest starting prices in the class, but it also doesn’t come with many standard features. A four-speaker stereo and an auxiliary audio jack are standard. Available features include Bluetooth, air conditioning, power windows, liftgate speakers, keyless entry, remote start, a touch-screen audio system, navigation, Uconnect Web with a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio and a USB port. Reviewers agree that most dashboard controls are simple, and that the gauges are easy to read. However, they complain that the optional touch-screen audio system is dated and makes adjusting audio settings complicated. With 53.5 cubic feet of room, the Jeep Patriot has very little cargo space for the class.

  • "The Jeep Patriot is an inexpensive compact crossover that offers above-average off-roading capability for what is, admittedly, a very pavement-bound segment. In other areas, such as fuel economy, interior quality, acceleration and overall refinement, the Patriot lags behind the majority of its competitors." -- Left Lane News
  • "The 2015 Patriot is the least expensive new SUV you can buy, and it's a Jeep to boot. That's the good news. Other aspects of this inexpensive 5-passenger Jeep are not so bright. It is aging, rather unrefined and not all that fuel-efficient compared to fresher crossover SUVs such as the Subaru Forester and Mazda CX-5." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Only if you're searching for a new crossover that will fit a very tight budget will the Patriot make sense. Otherwise, the urbane 2015 Ford Escape, the sporty 2015 Mazda CX-5 and the popular 2015 Toyota RAV4 are all vastly superior choices. We're pretty fond of Jeep's new Cherokee, too. The Patriot isn't all bad, but by today's lofty standards, its retirement is overdue." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2014 Jeep Patriot is billed as the best-priced SUV in America. That may be true, but as the old axiom goes, you get what you pay for." -- AutoTrader (2014)

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Other SUVs to Consider

The Nissan Rogue impresses reviewers with its well-appointed cabin, which they say features high-quality materials and comfortable front seats. The Rogue also has one of the largest cargo holds in the class and earns excellent fuel economy estimates.

According to reviewers, the Kia Sportage’s powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engines put out plenty of power for quick acceleration. They also like the Sportage’s agile handling and responsive steering, as well as its stylish cabin.

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Details: 2015 Jeep Patriot

The 2015 Jeep Patriot seats five and has standard front-wheel drive. A five-speed manual transmission and 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine are standard. All-wheel drive and two full-time four-wheel drive systems are optional. The Patriot comes in three trims: Sport, Latitude and Limited. The Patriot was introduced in 2007 and sees few changes for the 2015 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2007 through 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 11/21/14

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