The 2009 Jeep Patriot is a compact crossover SUV with reasonably good off-road capabilities but not a lot else to show for itself. For 2009, Jeep made the Patriot available in two trim levels: Sport and Limited. The base model Sport offers affordability and includes standard features such as 16-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, and a CD/MP3 player with auxiliary audio jack. Opting for the more upmarket Limited version sees the addition of 17-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, privacy glass, chrome exterior accents, leather trim, front seat heating, a fold-flat front passenger seat, 60/40 rear split seats that recline, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and optional uconnect GPS. There is also a high-tech bundle that includes Bluetooth, a hard-drive-based navigation system, 30 gigabytes of music storage, DVD playback on the LCD screen, and a voice-recognition feature. Other standard features for the Limited include a 115-volt outlet, power accessories, cruise control, and remote keyless entry. Many of the Limited’s standard features are also available a la carte for the Sport.
Additional extras available for both trim levels include a sunroof, a six-CD changer, and a premium audio system by Boston Acoustics that includes satellite radio and flip down speakers mounted in the liftgate. Four-wheel driver versions of the Patriot may be equipped with an off-road package. That package, which includes skid plates, hill descent control, and an extra inch of ground clearance, transforms the Patriot into a truly formidable off-road vehicle.
The 2009 Patriot is available in either front-wheel or four-wheel drive. 4WD versions are available with two configurations: Freedom Drive I or the more-rugged Freedom Drive II, which is only available with the CVT.
Body Styles: compact SUV
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, continuously variable transmission (CVT)
Models: Jeep Patriot Sport, Jeep Patriot Limited
Modifications for the 2009 Jeep Patriot include additional sound insulation, an improved dashboard layout, a new center console design and a new door panel design that features padded armrests. Jeep also introduced an optional uconnect multimedia integration system.
One of the most appealing things about the 2009 Jeep Patriot is its ""Jeep-like"" exterior. With round headlights reminiscent of the Jeep Wrangler, vertical grille slats, and a squared-off rear end, the Patriot indeed looks the part of a compact.
Despite efforts made by Jeep to improve the Patriot’s cabin, it still suffers from major fundamental problems. For starters, it utilizes cheap, hard plastic materials, interior panels aren’t as secure or well fit as they could be, and the entire cabin is subject to interior rattle. On the plus side, the front seats are nicely shaped, and the vehicle’s gauges and controls are large and laid out simply. Also, the uconnect multimedia integration system features a nice intuitive touchscreen interface while providing many high-tech features you wont find on competing models.
The flip-down speakers mounted on the liftgate for versions equipped with the Boston Acoustics audio system make the Patriot ideal for tailgate parties or camping trips. There is also a removable cargo floor that’s easy to clean. Another of the Patriot’s interior downsides is that it only provides about 54 cubic feet of storage space.
Performance & Handling
Despite earning a respectable rating of 172 horsepower, the Patriot’s 2.4-liter engine doesn’t deliver much bang for your buck when you step on the gas. This is partially due to the CVT, which is slow to respond to throttle input. The 2.0-liter engine, which providing better fuel economy, is even more underwhelming.
Steering is another area in which the 2009 Patriot comes up wanting. One area where the Patriot does excel is in handling the bumps and irregularities of a rough road. This is due to the vehicle’s inherently off-road disposition. Notably, when it’s equipped with the optional off-road package, the Patriot becomes a truly formidable off-road vehicle.
Standard safety features for the 2009 Jeep Patriot include anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, rollover mitigation, and side curtain airbags. Both trim levels can also be outfitted with optional front-seat side impact airbags. The 2009 Jeep Patriot earned four out of five stars for driver protection in government tests for frontal impacts. It also received a perfect five out of five stars for protecting front and rear passengers in the same kinds of collisions. In frontal offset crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Patriot earned a top rating of ""Good.""
EPA Fuel Economy
Jeep Patriot: 23/28 mpg city/highway
- Affordable price for base model
- Respectable off-road ability
- Rugged good looks
You Won't Like
- Insubstantial cargo capacity
- Excess of engine noise
- Subpar interior materials
Capable of handling itself off-road or on rough payments.
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