2012 Jeep Patriot Review
While test drivers say the 2012 Jeep Patriot is one of the most car-like off-road SUVs you can purchase, they also say it’s underpowered and has a very basic cabin.
It is easy for off-road SUVs to cost $25,000 or more, but the 2012 Jeep Patriot manages to be one of the least expensive off-road vehicle in the class. However, the Patriot’s low base price comes with watered-down performance. Its off-road abilities can’t match its siblings, Jeep Wrangler or Grand Cherokee, and it isn’t the most refined SUV for daily driving. However, if you’re looking for a combination of the two, critics say you might be satisfied with the 2012 Jeep Patriot.
However, many test drivers say it’s better to get a true off-road vehicle or a true crossover than the confused Jeep Patriot. That way you’ll have ample power for trudging through the outback or driving around town. They also say you’re likely to get an interior that is much nicer than the 2012 Jeep Patriot’s cheaply-made, bare-bones cabin.
The 2012 Jeep Patriot is a very inexpensive off-road vehicle, but if you pay more for a model like the Jeep Wrangler or GMC Terrain, reviewers think it will be money well spent.
Other SUVs to Consider
The Jeep Patriot looks like other models in the Jeep lineup, but reviewers say the Patriot isn’t close to matching the off-road abilities of the Jeep Wrangler and Grand Cherokee. Reviewers are impressed with both of these models, which have undergone significant redesigns. But this year, reviewers are buzzing about the Wrangler’s new Pentastar engine, which is a lot more capable of multitasking than the Patriot because the Wrangler meshes off-road power and on-pavement refinement well.
But if you want the Jeep Patriot just because it’s a Jeep, you’ll be much better off with a crossover vehicle like the GMC Terrain. Not only does it have better performance than the Patriot, but its interior is much nicer, the seats are more comfortable and there is plenty of interior space for cargo and passengers. And if you need all-wheel drive, it’s optional.
Details: Jeep Patriot
For 2012, the Jeep Patriot gets new exterior colors and calibration improvements to its optional Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) to improve performance.
The Patriot comes in Sport, Latitude and Limited trims. Two four-wheel drive systems are available, but they are only optional with an upgrade to the 2.4-liter engine.
See the full list of 2012 Jeep Patriot specs.
- "Patriot lacks the overall refinement of other vehicles in this class, but compensates somewhat with impressive available off-road capability. Most shoppers will be better served by more street-oriented trucks such as the Honda CR-V or Suzuki Grand Vitara, the latter of which rivals Patriot's off-road prowess. But as a daily driver ready for the occasional off-road foray, a modestly equipped Patriot makes some sense." -- Consumer Guide
- "For those who want a compact crossover that will spend most of its time on-road, but still like the idea of mild off-roading, the Patriot is a decent compromise." -- Motor Trend
- "You see, this compact SUV's problem is that it doesn't seem able to make up its mind what it wants to be. So in the process of trying to split the difference between traditional Jeep ruggedness and mild-mannered suburban-friendly runabout, it ends up not filling either role particularly well." -- Edmunds