2007 Jeep Patriot

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2007 Jeep Patriot Review

With impressive off-road abilities and an inexpensive base price, the 2007 Jeep Patriot has carved a place for itself in the automobile market.

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Overview

The Jeep Patriot is a compact, sport utility vehicle (SUV) added to the lineup for the 2007 model year. Before the release of the Patriot, Jeep already had two successful SUVs in the lineup. In order to differentiate from those two successful vehicles, the Jeep Patriot is designed to be more of an off-road, compact SUV, rather than just a smaller, car-based SUV.

The version of all-wheel drive (AWD) that the Patriot incorporates ensures that the vehicle can scale the steepest trails, and the skid plates will protect the SUV from possible rock damage. However, with the inclusion of such a wide array of rugged features for off-roading, the Patriot sacrifices some on-road capabilities. This Jeep come standard with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 172 horsepower (hp), and buyers can choose between AWD and front-wheel drive. Two transmission options are also available: a manual five-speed, or the continuously variable transmission (CVT).

While this vehicle is designed for more active individuals, the 2007 Jeep Patriot is also a very good choice for families. It boasts the classic Jeep appearance, with the strong beltline, seven-slot grille, and rectangular body. Another definite bonus to the Patriot is that it does not cost nearly as much as some of the other SUVs on the market.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder; 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, CVT
Models: Jeep Patriot Sport, Jeep Patriot Limited

What's New

The Jeep Patriot is a compact SUV, brand new for 2007.

Exterior

As far as the exterior of the 2007 Patriot is concerned, the design is very distinctively a Jeep and can be recognized as such. The compact SUV comes in two models: the Sport and the Limited. The Sport models have 16-inch steel wheels and the Limited trim comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels. The Sport models also have a rear defogger, variable intermittent wipers, a roof rack, and all-season tires. Upgrading to the Limited level will add chrome exterior trim accents, privacy glass, and the larger alloy wheels. Most of the features that come standard on the Limited models can be added to the Sport models through the available packages. Some of the various other exterior enhancements are a power moonroof, special skid plate packages, towing packages, and hill descent control.

Interior

The 2007 Jeep Patriot has a nice interior feel, with large, easy-to-read gauges, user-friendly controls, and touches of class provided by the two-tone color scheme. The build quality feels solid and strong, although some blots are exposed. The standard interior features of the Sport models are minimal, but the Limited features can be added, along with many other optional packages. Beginning with the Sport level, the features include an MP3 auxiliary jack and a CD player. The Limited level includes air-conditioning, leather seating, cruise control, full power accessories, reclining rear seats, heated seats, an outlet for 115-volt power, and keyless entry.

Both the Sport and the Limited models come with the basic, four-speaker stereo system with a single-disc CD player. There is the option of adding the premium Boston Acoustics audio system to any of the Jeep Patriot trim levels.

Performance & Handling

The 2007 Jeep Patriot SUV has impressive handling, as it uses stiffer suspension settings than its competitors. There is a small amount of body roll that is typical with SUVs, although the Patriot still manages to feel very confident when cornering. The firm ride can be controlled effectively over any bumps, and, with the off-road package, it can handle extreme terrain conditions with ease. Despite its rugged, off-road capabilities, the Patriot offers a surprisingly quiet ride.

The 2.4-liter four-cylinder produces 172 hp with 165 lb-ft of torque across the board, with the choice of the standard, manual five-speed transmission or the optional CVT. The AWD Patriot comes with the off-road package and the CVT. If you opt for the Sport model with the front-wheel drive, you can choose the CVT and a smaller, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine for more affordability.

Safety

The 2007 Jeep Patriot comes with many standard features, such as curtain airbags, stability control, traction control, and anti-lock brakes. Front side airbags are an optional feature for both trim levels, and a tire pressure monitor is only available for the Limited model.

EPA Fuel Economy

Jeep Patriot Sport: 22/27 mpg city/highway
Jeep Patriot Limited: 22/27 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Quiet on the road
  • Bargain priced
  • Excellent off-road capability
  • Good handling and ride

You Won't Like

  • Quiet on the road
  • Bargain priced
  • Excellent off-road capability
  • Good handling and ride

Sum Up

With impressive off-road abilities and an inexpensive base price, the 2007 Jeep Patriot has carved a place for itself in the automobile market.

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