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in Affordable Compact SUVs

MSRP: $16,895 - $26,895
Invoice: $16,853 - $26,127
MPG: 23 City / 30 Hwy
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Jeep Patriot Interior

Reviewers criticize the 2015 Jeep Patriot for having cheap, hard plastic materials throughout its cabin. However, a few say that despite the cabin’s poor look and feel, the Patriot’s control layout is simple and functional. While features like power windows, power door locks and air conditioning come standard on nearly every SUV in the class, the Patriot only offers them as options. The 2015 Patriot has one of the smallest cargo holds in the class, and some reviewers say there’s a short supply of back-seat legroom.

  • "With simple, user-friendly controls and a simple but attractive design highlighted by a three-spoke steering wheel and circular A/C vents, the interior is pleasant and functional but still marred by an abundance of hard, cheap plastics." -- Left Lane News
  • "Depending on trim level and options, it ranges from simple and utilitarian with hard plastic surfaces to nicely equipped with leather seats and a 6.5-inch touch-screen navigation and entertainment system." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Patriot's interior has been tweaked over the years, but it's still one of the most basic you'll find, with cheap, hard plastics covering most surfaces and a tilt-only steering wheel that can compromise driver comfort. The Sport model is the worst offender because of its lack of standard power accessories and air-conditioning, but even the Limited's layout looks and feels more like that of an economy car than a competitive crossover." -- Edmunds
  • "The cabin materials are about as cheap as you'll find these days, and we can hardly believe that the Sport comes standard with crank windows, manual locks and no air conditioning." -- AutoTrader (2014)

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Seating

The 2015 Jeep Patriot seats five on standard cloth seats. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, a reclining back seat and a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat are available. Automotive journalists say the Patriot’s front seats are fairly comfortable and supportive, with good head- and legroom. Visibility is good in most directions, a few say. However, some test drivers report that back-seat legroom is cramped.

  • "On the bright side, the front seats are pretty comfortable, providing satisfactory support for long stints in the saddle. Rear passengers won't be as pleased, however, as legroom is tight and the bottom cushion sits low, largely negating the benefits of the reclining rear seatbacks (Latitude and Limited only)." -- Edmunds
  • "Most drivers and front-seat passengers will have ample headroom. The front seats have generous legroom thanks to high-mounted seats. The views out the front, to the sides, and out the rear window are good." -- Consumer Guide (2014)

Interior Features

The 2015 Jeep Patriot comes standard with a four-speaker stereo and an auxiliary audio jack. Compared to other SUVs in the class, the Patriot has a small offering of standard amenities. Bluetooth, air conditioning, power windows, liftgate speakers, a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics sound system, keyless entry, remote start, a touch-screen audio system, navigation, Uconnect Web with a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio and a USB port are optional.

Test drivers agree that the Patriot’s interior controls are large, clearly labeled and well-placed. However, some note that the available touch-screen stereo is not as modern as those available on rivals. The touch screen’s absorption of audio controls also makes adjusting settings complicated, a few critics say.

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  • "The Patriot's primary gauges make a good first impression with their large, easy-to-read font, and the straightforward, generally ergonomic controls are consistent with Jeep's no-nonsense heritage. The optional 6.5-inch touchscreen is outdated, though; the 8.4-inch system used in the Cherokee is vastly superior." -- Edmunds
  • "The gauges are big and simple to read at a glance. Most controls are logically placed and easy to use. A few secondary functions, such as the steering-wheel radio controls, are peculiarly placed. Audio functions are incorporated into the available navigation system, complicating what should be simple adjustments." -- Consumer Guide (2014)

Cargo

The 2015 Jeep Patriot has 23 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seats and 53.5 cubic feet of room with the rear seats folded. That's much less cargo space than what most competitors have. Some reviewers mention that the Patriot's small cargo capacity is similar to what you get with some compact cars. 

  • "Cargo capacity is another weak spot. Although the 23 cubic feet of space behind the rear seatbacks isn't totally shameful, folding down the rear seatbacks opens up just 53.5 cubic feet of maximum stowage. For context, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf -- a compact hatchback -- provides 22.8 cubes out back and a maximum of 52.7. The CR-V's splits, meanwhile, are a whopping 37.2 and 70.9." -- Edmunds
Review Last Updated: 5/13/15

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