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in 2010 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $11,129 - $15,505
Original MSRP: $17,795 - $24,550
MPG: 23 City / 28 Hwy
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2010 Jeep Patriot Interior

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The Patriot's interior has long been universally criticized for its poor quality, With a new dashboard and better materials in 2009, it now receives more praise than criticism. On the plus side is its impressive cargo capacity (especially with the rear seat folded down) and a list of innovative options including flip-down liftgate speakers.

  • "Redesigned-for-'09 cabin decor brings this compact SUV more in step with class competitors, via higher-grade plastics, more soft-touch surfaces, and a more-solid feel than previous Patriot models." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The new interior looks well-formed and thought-out." -- Kicking Tires
  • "There's a new, smoother dashboard; SRT-reminiscent seats; and door panels that look more well thought out (nevermind that manual window crank). It's nice to see that Chrysler's owner-pooch has put its money where its three mouths are and delivered a more attractive interior that appears higher quality." -- Autoblog
  • "Inside, the Patriot's upright dash and flat expanse of hood make you feel as though you're in something substantial -- more truck than minivan -- and the simple controls are logically laid out." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Previously, the interior drew rants for its plasticky and cheap construction; the '09 update addresses most of our complaints. The interior of the Patriot is spacious and comfortable." -- Car and Driver

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Seating

Though the five-seat Patriot is one of Jeep's smallest models, it doesn't skimp on space. But while the front seats are more than adequate, the rear seats are uncomfortable for most reviewers. Limited models come with leather-trimmed bucket seats and heated front seats - but they start at about $5,000 more than the base trim.

  • "Adult-size headroom and legroom [in the rear]. However, the flat, too-soft seat lacks support. Narrow door openings complicate entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide
  • "There's plenty of room in the back, but the rear seats are amazingly uncomfortable, with everyone we put in back panning them, from child to adult; it's a combination of unusual firmness and unusual contours." -- A Car Place
  • "The [rear] bottom cushion must have been shaped by a steamroller. To make things worse, the flat seat bottom is too short and offers little thigh support. The backrest is as curvy as a plank, and the fold-down center armrest oops, there isn't one." -- Autobytel
  • "Headroom is quite ample with plenty of elbow space for the driver. The backseat is comfortable for two and passable for a third, except for the need to straddle the cupholder console. Hollowed-out front seatbacks help rear leg space, and toe room is huge." -- AutoMedia
  • "The front seats are nicely shaped, but the beltline is too high for an SUV wannabe, and the steering wheel lacks a telescope function." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

While reviewers previously criticized the Patriot for its low-quality materials, the 2009 model improved everything with a cabin redesign. However, standard features on the base model are still lacking. It doesn't even come with power door locks or windows, which is more evidence of the Patriot's cost-cutting nature. A reviewer favorite is the Patriot's flip-out liftgate speakers, an especially unique option for tailgate parties. The feature comes as part of the Premium Sound Group package, a $595 option.

  • "New for 2009 is Chrysler's uconnect multimedia suite, which can include a wireless cell phone link, 30-gigabyte hard drive for storing digital music and picture files, and a navigation system with real-time traffic information." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Patriot's once-plasticky interior, widely panned by the automotive press two years ago, has been smartly upgraded for 2009, with a greater abundance of soft-touch plastics and stainless accents amid all the injection molds, and a higher overall level of finish." -- Four Wheeler
  • "On the bright side, the optional navigation system's touchscreen interface is mostly intuitive, and it offers high-tech features that aren't available on some competing models." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The Jeep Patriot may be a relatively small SUV, but it offers an impressive amount of cargo space for its size -- 23 cubic feet with all seats in use and 62.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. This is still less than top competitors, which are generally larger. The Honda CR-V provides a maximum 72.9 cubic feet of space, while the Toyota RAV4 provides 73 cubic feet.  Interior storage is also somewhat limited.

  • "The cargo area is enhanced by available flat-folding front passenger seat. The rear seats fold completely flat. Limited interior storage includes a small center console and tiny door pockets." -- Consumer Guide
  • "With just the rear seats folded, there's still 54.2 cubic feet; and with all the seats in use there's 23.0 feet in the back, good for any compact SUV. The rear cargo area is something called Ultra Floor, a washable and removable vinyl. No worries with dogs and lawn mowers." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "For camping trips and tailgate parties, the Boston Acoustics system features unique liftgate-mounted speakers that flip down so the sound projects outward. The Jeep's removable and easy-to-clean cargo floor is another nice touch." -- Edmunds

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