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2013 Jeep Patriot

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2013 Jeep Patriot Review

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The 2013 Jeep Patriot shares a chassis with the Jeep Compass, although the Patriot is supposedly more robust. This SUV is available as a four-wheel-drive vehicle or a front-wheel-drive vehicle. Although the power of the available engines pales when compared to that of a sports car, this Jeep gets good fuel economy and it runs well in on-road or off-road conditions. One of the Patriot’s biggest claims to fame has is that it is one of the lowest-priced, if not the lowest, SUVs on the market.

New For 2013

New features for the 2013 model year include:

  • Trail-rated off-road model available
  • Optional flip-down liftgate speakers


The galvanized steel body for the 2013 Jeep Patriot comes in a clear coat monotone paint. The Latitude also has the options of pearl coat monotone and metallic monotone paint. The grille trim is body-colored and the wheels are silver aluminum for the Latitude and Limited models. The Sport comes with silver-styled steel wheels, with silver aluminum wheels available as an option. The windows are deep tinted, for added privacy. The rear cargo door is a lift gate and the rear window is fixed. All models come with roof rails, a rear step bumper, and a compact steel spare wheel.

Dual power remote heated mirrors are standard on the Latitude and Limited, while they are available as an option for the Sport. A roof rack is available as an option for the Latitude and Limited, as is a first-row sliding and tilting glass sunroof.

Interior & Cargo

Manual air-conditioning is standard in the Latitude and available in the Sport. The Limited comes with automatic air-conditioning. An air filter and under-seat ducts come standard for all three models. Front seats are bucket-style and rear seats are 60/40-split bench seats.

The seats in the Sport and Latitude are cloth-upholstered, and the Limited seats are leather. The Latitude and Limited come with a six-way power driver’s seat and a fold-flat front passenger seat. All models come with a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat. Driver lumbar support is optional for the Sport and Latitude, and standard for the Limited.

Entertainment features for the Patriot include a CD player and an AM/FM stereo with seek-scan, upgraded to an AM/FM/Satellite seek scan stereo for the Limited. The CD player is a single-CD player for the Sport and Latitude, and plays six CDs in the Limited. Both audio systems have four speakers, are MP3-capable, and support auxiliary audio input and DVD-audio. Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls are standard for the Latitude and Limited. Voice recognition and Bluetooth compatibility is optional for all models. A navigation system is available for the Limited.

The 2013 Jeep Patriot comes with a full floor console and cargo tie-downs as standard storage features. With the seats up, it has a luggage volume of 23 cubic feet. However, when the seats are down, the maximum luggage volume increases to 53.5 cubic feet for the Sport and 63.4 cubic feet for the Latitude and Limited. The Patriot can carry 925 pounds in the Sport and up to 1,300 pounds in the Latitude or Limited if they are equipped properly. The same can be said for the maximum trailer weight, which ranges from 1,000 pounds for the Sport to 1,000-2,000 pounds for the Latitude and Limited, if they are equipped for it.


The Patriot comes with driver and front passenger frontal airbags and first- and second-row side curtain airbags. An occupant-sensor comes standard. Side-impact airbags are optional for all three models. Anti-lock brakes come with brake assist and are standard, as is driveline traction control. Front seatbelts are height-adjustable and come with pre-tensioners. Fog lights, rear child safety door locks, ignition disable, and a low tire pressure warning also come standard for all models. This vehicle also warns the driver when the fuel level is low or when it is time for the vehicle to be serviced. Features that are standard for the Latitude and Limited, but optional on the Sport, include illuminated entry, remote keyless entry, a panic alarm, and power door locks.

Driving Experience

The 2013 Jeep Patriot comes with a 158-horsepower (hp), 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine for the front-wheel-drive models, which has a fuel economy of 23/30 mpg city/highway. The four-wheel-drive models come with a 172-hp, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, which has a fuel economy of 22/28 mpg city/highway. Both engines are paired with the standard five-speed manual transmission with overdrive. A two-speed continuously variable transmission (CVT) with overdrive is available as an option.

The Patriot comes with a strut suspension in the front, supported by gas-pressurized shocks and coil springs. It comes with a multi-link rear suspension, also supported with gas-pressurized shocks and coil springs. Front and rear anti-roll bars come standard. An electronic stability system comes standard and Tiptronic automatic is available as an option, as is a locking/limited slip differential. Cruise control is standard for all three models.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Jeep Patriot

  • Ford Escape
  • Honda CR-V
  • Subaru Forester

See the New 2015 Patriot.

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