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2014 Jeep Patriot Debut

America's most affordable compact SUV gets an upgrade.

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What's New

A Jeep is known for its capabilities both on and off-road. The 2014 Jeep Patriot hopes to continue on with that reputation, although it can be argued the previous model didn't uphold that notion. In an attempt to bolster its credibility, Jeep has bolstered its Trail Rated 4x4 capability, and added a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-seat-mounted side airbags are also now standard, giving the Patriot more than 30 safety features. For the 2014 model year, Jeep has also worked on refining the Patriot's overall ride and handling no matter what weather conditions present itself. The 2014 Jeep Patriot starts at $15,995, the same price as a 2013 Dodge Dart, making it the most affordable compact SUV on the market currently. Hopefully these refinements and low price tag help further spur sales, which have been on the up over the past two years.

Who It's For

The 2014 Jeep Patriot is tailor-made for loyalists of the off-road brand who don't need the Grand Cherokee's size but are looking for something more than the Compass has to offer. Like the Compass, the Patriot squares off against the likes of the Subaru Forester, Honda CR-V, and the Toyota RAV-4. Unlike the RAV-4 and CR-V, the Patriot has struggled to earn the public's adoration but the welcomed addition of a six-speed automatic among some other refinements may help sagging sales. The addition of the available Freedom Drive I and II drivetrains is also expected to help boost sales.

Key Features

The 2014 Jeep Patriot's changes are almost entirely under the skin, including:
  • The new six-speed automatic transmission
  • Available Freedom Drive I and II drivetrains
  • Trail Rated 4x4 capability
  • Highway fuel economy gets a bump up to 30 mpg

What We Think

The 2014 Jeep Patriot is the model's latest chance to try and shake a reputation that isn't the best, to put it simply. That reputation isn't all bad, but it definitely doesn't grab sales like other competitors in the same compact SUV segment. The addition of the six-speed automatic transmission is a welcomed one and will hopefully refine the Patriot's rather rough ride. However, we're not entirely sure that these additions and refinements will save the Patriot from compact SUV limbo. We won't truly know how much better it is than the one it's replacing until we get our hands on it so stay tuned.

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