2011 Jeep Patriot Interior

#19 in 2011 Affordable Compact SUVs Interior Score: 6.6 / 10
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2011 Jeep Patriot Interior Overview

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Jeep Patriot was new.

An update in 2009 gave the Patriot an interior that reviewers like overall, though they do complain about cramped rear seats and a limited number of standard features on the base model. On the plus side, its cargo capacity (especially with the rear seat folded down) is impressive, as is the list of innovative options, including flip-down liftgate speakers.

  • "Redesigned-for-'09 cabin decor brings this compact SUV more in step with class competitors, via higher-grade plastics, more soft-touch surfaces, and a more-solid feel than previous Patriot models." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The new interior looks well-formed and thought-out." -- Kicking Tires
  • "There's a new, smoother dashboard; SRT-reminiscent seats; and door panels that look more well thought out (nevermind that manual window crank). It's nice to see that Chrysler's owner-pooch has put its money where its three mouths are and delivered a more attractive interior that appears higher quality." -- Autoblog
  • "Inside, the Patriot's upright dash and flat expanse of hood make you feel as though you're in something substantial -- more truck than minivan -- and the simple controls are logically laid out." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Previously, the interior drew rants for its plasticky and cheap construction; the '09 update addresses most of our complaints. The interior of the Patriot is spacious and comfortable." -- Car and Driver


Though the five-seat Patriot is one of Jeep's smallest models, it doesn't skimp on space. But while the front seats are more than adequate, the rear seats are uncomfortable for most reviewers. Limited models come with leather-trimmed bucket seats and heated front seats - but Limited models also have a much higher price than the base model.

  • "Adult-size headroom and legroom [in the rear]. However, the flat, too-soft seat lacks support. Narrow door openings complicate entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide
  • "There's plenty of room in the back, but the rear seats are amazingly uncomfortable, with everyone we put in back panning them, from child to adult; it's a combination of unusual firmness and unusual contours." -- A Car Place
  • "The [rear] bottom cushion must have been shaped by a steamroller. To make things worse, the flat seat bottom is too short and offers little thigh support. The backrest is as curvy as a plank, and the fold-down center armrest oops, there isn't one." -- Autobytel
  • "Headroom is quite ample with plenty of elbow space for the driver. The backseat is comfortable for two and passable for a third, except for the need to straddle the cupholder console. Hollowed-out front seatbacks help rear leg space, and toe room is huge." -- AutoMedia
  • "The front seats are nicely shaped, but the beltline is too high for an SUV wannabe, and the steering wheel lacks a telescope function." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

While the Jeep Patriot’s base model lacks standard features, you can get some pretty high-tech systems as options. Chrysler’s Uconnect voice command system is a stand-alone option on all models, and you can also get things like flip down tailgate speakers for outdoor parties. Reviewers say that, overall, the interior features work well, but they wish for more standards and nicer materials.

  • "The Patriot's once-plasticky interior, widely panned by the automotive press two years ago, has been smartly upgraded for 2009, with a greater abundance of soft-touch plastics and stainless accents amid all the injection molds, and a higher overall level of finish." -- Four Wheeler
  • "On the bright side, the optional navigation system's touchscreen interface is mostly intuitive, and it offers high-tech features that aren't available on some competing models." -- Edmunds


The Jeep Patriot may be a relatively small SUV, but it offers an impressive amount of cargo space for its size -- 23 cubic feet with all seats in use and 54.2 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. This is still less than top competitors, which are generally larger. The Honda CR-V provides a maximum 72.9 cubic feet of space, while the Toyota RAV4 provides 73 cubic feet. Interior storage is also somewhat limited.

  • "The cargo area is enhanced by available flat-folding front passenger seat. The rear seats fold completely flat. Limited interior storage includes a small center console and tiny door pockets." -- Consumer Guide
  • "With just the rear seats folded, there's still 54.2 cubic feet; and with all the seats in use there's 23.0 feet in the back, good for any compact SUV. The rear cargo area is something called Ultra Floor, a washable and removable vinyl. No worries with dogs and lawn mowers." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "For camping trips and tailgate parties, the Boston Acoustics system features unique liftgate-mounted speakers that flip down so the sound projects outward. The Jeep's removable and easy-to-clean cargo floor is another nice touch." -- Edmunds
Review Last Updated: 12/23/15

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