2007 Jeep Patriot Review
This review was written when the 2007 Jeep Patriot was new.
The Patriot is an inexpensive and attractive SUV, but it can't match the interior quality or engine power of others in its class. If you're in the market for an affordable compact SUV, you should also consider the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V.
The all-new 2007 Jeep Patriot receives praise from reviewers for being a viable daily driver with good off-roading capabilities at a very affordable price -- with excellent safety scores to boot. "The Patriot is perhaps unique in offering its level of offroadability in a cute 'ute package and is simply more likeable than the Compass and Dodge Caliber (its other C-segment sibling), with more refined ride and handling and better body control," praises Motor Trend. In addition to excellent handling and a pleasantly boxy exterior reminiscent of the Jeep Cherokee, the Patriot boasts comfortable front seats, adequate space for five passengers and generous room for cargo with the rear seat folded down.
Points of criticism among reviewers are the uncomfortable rear seats, relatively cheap interior quality and complicated optional Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) paired with a sometimes lacking engine. Still, the majority of reviewers feel the 2007 Jeep Patriot is "an affordable way for buyers to get the rugged styling and image of a Jeep," says Edmunds. The reflects on the Patriot's good value, noting, "Some new minicars cost this much, yet can't hold five full-size adults and their gear the way the Patriot can."
But buyers take note: The affordable price can climb to a more daunting $27,000 when the Patriot is fully equipped. This is especially important considering that the base Sport model doesn't come with such essentials as air-conditioning, power locks and power windows. Regardless, Cars.com says, "Even after you adjust the price to add the missing basic features ... it's pretty reasonably priced." Kelley Blue Book expects the Patriot to "maintain resale value that's similar to its Compass stablemate, marginally better than Sportage and Escape and notably better than Grand Vitara." IntelliChoice gives the Patriot a value rating of "excellent" for its predicted five-year total cost of ownership, compared with other vehicles in its class.
The Jeep Patriot has two available trims: the base Sport and the Limited. Both are available as a 4X2 (FWD) or as a 4X4.