The 2008 Jeep Patriot SUV has lower ratings than other Jeep models. Some of the criticisms include that the Jeep Patriot is outdone by other small SUVs from the competition in the areas of cabin quality, performance, and refinement. The Jeep Patriot is an affordable and adequate urban commuting vehicle that has an above-average rating for off-road abilities. However, the materials used on the interior have been described as mediocre, and the Patriot has less cargo space than other Jeep models. Jeep-brand enthusiasts recommend that if buyers want to enjoy owning a Jeep, they should invest more in the purchase price because the extra investment returns higher-quality materials and much better performance. The lack of performance can be made up for with the extra miles per gallon that the Jeep Patriot has to offer, if the buyer is more interested in efficiency than performance.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed continuous variable transmission with manual shifting capability
Models: Jeep Patriot Sport, Jeep Patriot Limited
Entering into the Patriot’s second year of manufacture, the 2008 model has a few minor changes. Air-conditioning that was an option in 2007 has been made standard for the 2008 Patriot. The CVT has an added manual-shifting feature. Some chrome has been added to the interior in response to criticisms about sparse trim. The 2008 Patriot Limited can also be equipped with a navigational system if the buyer wishes.
The Patriot Sport wheels come with 16-inch steel wheels, and the Limited has 17-inch steel wheels. Both models come with all-season tires and a temporary spare tire. A rear defogger and rear window wiper are included on both models to help ensure visibility behind the vehicle. A roof rack is standard on both models of the 2008 Patriot. The Limited Patriot has privacy glass so people outside do not get a good view of the inside. Cargo tie-downs are available on both models for extra cargo-carrying capacity.
The front seats of the Patriot Limited are much better than the Patriot Sport. Although both seats have the same room for passenger comfort, the front seats of the Sport are vinyl bucket seats with no extra features. The front seats of the Patriot Limited are leather bucket seats with multi-level heating available to the driver and front passenger as well as manually-adjustable lumbar support for the driver. The passenger seat can fold back in the Limited model, but the Patriot does not have this feature.
Performance & Handling
The rear-passenger seats are split-folding and rear ventilation ducts are available to supply fresh air. Only the rear seats in the Jeep Patriot Limited recline. The Jeep Patriot Sport does not have any power features, but the Patriot Limited has remote power door locks, power mirrors, and one one-touch power window. The comfort features for the 2008 Patriot Sport are very limited and unimpressive. The additional comfort features than can be found on the Limited model are front reading lights, an electrochromic rearview mirror, a leather steering wheel, and floor mats in the front and rear.
The safety features on the 2008 Jeep Patriot Sport include front and rear head airbags, but do not include the side-collision protection of side-mounted airbags in either the front or back as standard features. They are, however, optional. The four-wheel ABS has ventilated front discs and solid back discs that are manipulated by the electronic brake force distribution in order to deliver even braking and prevent sliding. Stability and traction control systems are included in both models as well as a tire-pressure monitoring system that will notify the driver before any serious issues arise with the tires. The 2008 Jeep Patriot Limited model has the extra protection of an anti-theft alarm system to warn the owner if the vehicle is broken into.
EPA Fuel Economy
Jeep Patriot: 23/28 mpg city/highway
- Affordable price
- Efficient fuel economy
You Won't Like
- Low-quality materials
- No standard side airbags
- Limited safety features
- Limited comfort features
Comes at the cost of mediocre performance, sluggish passing, and a lagging transmission during full-throttle acceleration.
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