in 2012 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $13,925 - $20,179
Original MSRP: $15,995 - $25,330
MPG: 23 City / 29 Hwy
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2012 Jeep Patriot Interior

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The 2012 Jeep Patriot’s cabin isn’t putting on any airs, reviewers say. The interior is simple, cheap-looking and comes equipped with few standard features. Shoppers looking for luxury will probably be disappointed with the bare-bones cabin, but those who want an SUV they won’t mind getting dirty shouldn’t mind.

  • "Patriot's cabin is generally in keeping with its rugged demeanor. While the door and console armrests have padding, most everything else is rather cheap-looking, monotone plastic." -- Consumer Guide
  • "If the Patriot had one weak spot, it was its interior." -- Kelley Blue Book


Reviewers say front and rear space won’t be an issue for adults, but rear seat comfort will. The back seats are flat and unsupportive. Also, it’s hard to enter and exit through the rear doors.

  • "(Front seats) Ample headroom. High-mounted seats contribute to generous legroom. Visibility is good all around. … (Rear seats) Adult-size headroom and legroom. However, the flat, too-soft seat lacks support. Narrow door openings complicate entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The base 2012 Jeep Patriot has basic standard features that include air conditioning, a stereo and an auxiliary input jack, but you can equip the Patriot with a few optional high-tech systems. Chrysler’s Uconnect voice command system is a stand-alone option on all models. There is even the option for Uconnect Web, which turns the Patriot into a Wi-Fi hotspot. That’s a rare option in this class.

Reviewers say that overall, the interior features work well and are easy to use (if you don’t get navigation), but more standard features and nicer materials would be a plus.

  • "Gauges are large and easy to read. Most controls are handy and logically placed. Some auxiliary functions, especially the steering-wheel audio controls, are oddly placed. The available navigation system absorbs audio functions, making some simple adjustments a multi-step process." -- Consumer Guide
  • “About the best we can say about this design is that the gauges and controls are straightforward and the front seats are reasonably comfortable." -- Edmunds


The Jeep Patriot is a relatively small SUV, but it offers an impressive amount of cargo space for its size. There are 23 cubic feet available with all seats in use and 53.5 cubic feet available with the rear seats folded. This is still less than top competitors, which are generally larger overall. The Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 offer about 73 cubic feet in all, but they don’t have the Patriot’s off-road abilities. Reviewers add that the Patriot’s liftgate speakers, which are good for tailgating, and its cargo lamp, which doubles as a flashlight, are handy bonuses.

  • "The rear hatch opens low over the bumper for easy loading, and additional storage can be had in the form of an available cargo carrier that attaches to the roof rack." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Another clever idea is the optional Boston Acoustics speakers mounted in the liftgate that can be flipped down to provide a soundtrack to your next picnic." -- Edmunds

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