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in Affordable Compact SUVs

MSRP: $16,395 - $26,395
Invoice: $16,252 - $25,388
MPG: 23 City / 30 Hwy
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Jeep Patriot Interior

Test drivers slam the 2014 Jeep Patriot's cabin, saying its plastic materials are cheap. However, some reviewers say that although the interior materials are of poor quality, they are practical and simple. While features like power windows, power door locks and air conditioning come standard on most compact SUVs, the Patriot only offers them with optional packages and upper trims. The Jeep Patriot also falls short of the competition when it comes to cargo space, offering significantly less room than rivals like the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester. Some reviewers say the front seats have good legroom and visibility, but that back-seat legroom is scarce.

  • "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
  • "The Patriot's interior generally reflects its rugged, utilitarian demeanor. The cabin is mostly composed of rather low-quality-looking, monotone plastic, but the armrests found on the doors and center console are padded." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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

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Seating

The 2014 Jeep Patriot seats five on standard cloth seats, while leather-trimmed seats are available on higher trims. Heated front seats, a reclining back seat and a power-adjustable driver's seat are also available on upper trims. Reviewers say the driver and front passenger have good legroom and visibility, but that the back-seat legroom is cramped.

  • "The front seats are comfortable enough, but rear-seat legroom is tight in the outboard seats and virtually nonexistent in the center position." -- 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

Interior Features

The 2014 Jeep Patriot comes standard with a four-speaker stereo and an auxiliary audio jack. Compared to rivals, the Patriot has limited standard tech offerings, but comes with some unique features like a rechargeable LED flashlight and liftgate speakers. Optional features include Bluetooth, air conditioning, power windows, keyless entry, navigation, remote start, satellite radio and a USB port. Many of these features come standard on several competitors.

Reviewers agree that the Patriot has large, legible gauges and straightforward controls that are easy to access. However, one auto writer says the steering wheel-mounted audio controls are not well-placed. Some reviewers say the available touch-screen navigation system is outdated, and that it makes accessing some audio settings more complicated than they should be.

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  • "Still, there are some nice techy features to enjoy (a Uconnect media center with iPod interface, SiriusXM satellite radio and navigation with Sirius Travel Link) and a couple of truly clever ideas, such as the cargo-area lamp that pops out to become a rechargeable LED flashlight and the speakers that flip down from the raised liftgate to energize those tailgate parties." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Large, easy-to-read gauges and user-friendly controls are at least in keeping with Jeep's off-road heritage, though the available touchscreen electronics interface is antiquated, as it lags behind competitors' systems in both ease of use and smartphone-integration features." -- 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

Cargo

The 2014 Jeep Patriot has 23 cubic feet of room behind the back seat and 53.5 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded. That's significantly less cargo space that most rivals’. Reviewers say the Patriot's cramped cargo space is one of its biggest disadvantages, especially in comparison with notably roomier SUVs like the Honda CR-V. 

  • "With just 23 cubic feet of space behind the 60/40-split rear seats and 53.5 cubic feet with both sections folded down, the cargo area is significantly smaller than that of most crossover SUV competitors, save for the Sportage. The Escape offers 68.1 cubic feet of capacity, while the Honda CR-V has more than 70 cubic feet of cargo volume." -- Edmunds
Review Last Updated: 5/15/14

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