2013 Jeep Patriot Review
Although it offers four-wheel drive capability, test drivers say that the 2013 Jeep Patriot can’t compete with compact SUVs that offer higher-quality interiors and better on-road performance.
The Patriot comes with a four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission. Some reviewers say that the 2013 Patriot offers adequate power, though the bulk of critics agree that the Patriot is sluggish from a stop and underpowered on the highway. A more powerful engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) are available, but test drivers say that even with the added horsepower, the Jeep Patriot doesn’t accelerate as well as they would like. The Patriot gets up to 23/30 mpg city/highway, which is fairly good for the class. However, models equipped with all- and four-wheel drive see lower EPA estimates. Most critics say that while the Patriot handles adequately, many rivals in the class offer better handling and a more refined ride. That’s not an uncommon trait among off-road SUVs, however the Patriot also doesn’t perform as well as rivals like the Jeep Wrangler and Nissan Xterra when the pavement ends.
While a low base price may seem appealing to SUV shoppers, the base Jeep Patriot is sparsely equipped. Features like air conditioning, keyless entry and power windows don’t come standard, and test drivers say that hard plastic surfaces dominate the Patriot’s cabin. While test drivers find the front seats comfortable, they also say that the back seat doesn’t offer enough legroom. The Patriot also offers less cargo space than many SUVs in the class. The 2013 Patriot comes standard with a four-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input jack, while available features include an upgraded Boston Acoustics stereo, heated front seats, navigation and Bluetooth.
- "You can't deny your roots, and neither can the Jeep Patriot. The Dodge Caliber econocar platform probably made sense for a low-priced, light-duty Jeep in 2007, but this class is too competitive for that formula to still work." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "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." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
- "The Patriot's real challenge, however, lies in the quality of its competition, because this segment of compact crossovers is one of the most competitive in the market. Buyers simply looking for some added peace of mind when road conditions turn ugly will find all-wheel-drive versions of small crossovers like the Chevrolet Equinox, Honda CR-V and Kia Sportage to be more refined alternatives." -- Edmunds (2012)
- "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. The real question is whether it's a compromise crossover buyers are looking for." -- Motor Trend (2011)
Other SUVs to Consider
The Mazda CX-5 can’t match the Patriot’s off-road abilities, but it offers excellent fuel economy, and reviewers say that the CX-5 is one of the best-performing SUVs in the class. The CX-5 also offers more standard features than the Patriot, and test drivers note that the CX-5 stands out from the pack with a high-quality interior and great cargo space.
If you’re looking for a small SUV with good off-road performance, consider the Suzuki Grand Vitara. Like the Patriot, reviewers say that the Grand Vitara isn’t the most athletic SUV in the class, but the Vitara outdoes the Patriot with a longer powertrain warranty and standard features that include a navigation system and Bluetooth connectivity.
Details: 2013 Jeep Patriot
The 2013 Jeep Patriot seats five and comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive. A more powerful 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a CVT are optional. All- and four-wheel drive systems, known as Freedom Drive I and Freedom Drive II, are also available. The Patriot is available in Sport (base), Latitude and Limited trims. Latitude and Limited models add interior features and offer some upgraded interior materials. This year, the Patriot earns slightly better fuel economy than the outgoing 2012 model, but sees few other changes. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2011 and 2012, as well as the current model year.