2011 Jeep Patriot

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2011 Jeep Patriot Review

An affordable, car-based crossover that despite a few flaws provides decent off-road capabilities.

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Overview

The 2011 Jeep Patriot is a front-drive compact SUV for busy families that can take you from the highway to off-road activities.

US News & World Report named the 2011 Jeep Patriot to its ""Best Cars and Trucks"" list. According to the magazine, ""The Jeep Patriot performs admirably off-road and on the highway. While it can’t keep up with compact crossovers when it comes to on-pavement comfort and handling, it’s one of the more comfortable off-road SUVs for every day driving.""

If you’re looking primarily for an impressive off-road vehicle that can do double-duty as an occasional around town car, then the 2011 Jeep Patriot might be the vehicle for you. It is a reasonable choice if you want to go offroad but don’t want to spend a lot of money to do it. To get an off-road vehicle that also offers a stylish and comfortable ride on the highway you have to spend more than the cost of a Jeep Patriot.

Jeep offers a basic manufacturer’s warranty of three years/36,000 miles (whichever comes first). Towing assistance is available 24/7 during the 36 months/36,000 mile warranty period. An additional drivetrain limited warranty is valid for 5 years/50,000 miles (whichever occurs first). Ask your Jeep dealer about available extended warranty service contracts to cover your vehicle beyond the initial 36 month/36,000 mile period.

The Range

Body Styles: compact SUV
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 2.4-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: CVT, five-speed manual
Models: Jeep Patriot, Jeep Patriot Latitude X

What's New

The Jeep Patriot received updates for 2011. The exterior was re-styled, and the interior received an upgrade in trim pieces. The steering and suspension hardware have also been revised.

Changes to the suspension and steering hardware have been made that improve handling; the door panels and center armrest have been updated with softer-touch materials. The low-range transfer case is an attractive feature that pleases off-road enthusiasts. With these changes, Jeep hopes that the 2011 Patriot Sport is a big seller.

Exterior

Standard equipment includes 17-inch polished alloy wheels, variable intermittent wipers, privacy glass, a rear defogger, a roof rack, a rear liftgate door, cargo tie downs,a rear window wiper, remote power door locks, power windows, and power heated mirrors. Standard equipment on the Sport includes 16-inch steel wheels with all-season tires, variable intermittent wipers, and a rear defogger.

There are many option packages available for the Sport. They offer the following equipment: 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/65 tires, daytime running lamps, illuminated entry, remote power locks, and power heated door mirrors.

Interior

With two rows of seating, the 2011 Jeep Patriot seats five. Interior features include padded upper front-door trim, a new center armrest, standard cloth upholstery, optional leather upholstery, optional heated front seats, and an optional touchscreen audio system with a 28 GB hard drive.

Standard equipment includes multi-level heated driver and passenger seats, a driver’s seat with manual lumbar support and height adjustment, leather upholstery, a fold-flat passenger seat, climate control, simulated alloy interior trim, a leather steering wheel, cruise control, power steering, a tilt-adjustable steering wheel with audio control functions, a compass, and an AM/FM/CD/MP3/Satellite audio system with four speakers and a radio data system.

The Sport features a manual lumbar-adjustable driver’s seat, an audio system with a six-CD changer in the dash, UConnect voice command system with Bluetooth, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a USB port, and satellite radio.

Performance & Handling

The base Sport comes equipped with a 2.0-liter, 158-hp, four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission. It is equipped with a 2.4-liter V-6 engine and a five-speed manual transmission. Unfortunately the acceleration is sluggish and the CVT saps power. However while the 2011 Patriot may not perform that well on the road, it does surprisingly well offroad, especially for a car-based SUV.

Both the Sport and Latitude X models offer four-wheel drive. A mechanical center differential, electronic hi-lo gear selection, automatic locking hubs, and center locking differential make up the four-wheel-drive system.

Safety

Standard safety features for the 2011 Jeep Patriot include stability control with rollover mitigation, traction control, side curtain airbags, and whiplash-reducing active front head restraints. Four-wheel drive and Latitude X models come equipped with four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes.

Standard equipment includes front and rear stabilizer bars, front and rear head airbags, emergency braking assist, engine immobilizer, fog lights, stability control, traction control, and electronic brakeforce distribution.

EPA Fuel Economy

Jeep Patriot: 23/29 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Affordable base price
  • Formidable off-road capabilities for a car-based crossover
  • Innovative smart features
  • Styling

You Won't Like

  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Poor braking distance
  • Disappointing gas mileage with base engine
  • CVT saps power
  • Somewhat limited cargo capacity

Sum Up

An affordable, car-based crossover that despite a few flaws provides decent off-road capabilities.

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See the New 2015 Patriot.

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