For 2009 the Jeep Patriot compact SUV gets a new instrument panel, door trim, center console and chrome trim on the interior, while sound deadening and exhaust tuning provide for a quieter ride. With a choice of front- or four-wheel drive, both the Sport and Limited trims come with a standard 2.4L four-cylinder engine capable of 172 hp and 165 lb-ft of torque, paired to a five-speed manual transmission, although a continuously variable transmission is optional. Jeep Patriot fuel economy estimates place it at 23 mpg city/25 mpg hwy for the 4X2 and 20 mpg city/22 mpg hwy for the 4WD. With room for five passengers the Patriot car-based SUV sports rear seats that fold down in a 60/40 split to increase rear storage up to 54.2 cubic feet. The AWD system can be enhanced with hill-descent control and an extra-low off-road gear is available on CVT trims, while the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Group package adds skid plates, front and rear tow hooks and a full-size spare tire. Standard safety equipment includes the Patriot's advanced multistage airbags and many other features.Read more Read less
For 2009, Jeep's boxy compact gets a redesigned instrument panel, center console, and door panels, along with new trim and chrome accents. LED-illuminated cupholders are another new feature, and armrests are now padded, and a new removable carpeted cargo floor replaces the vinyl one. To reduce engine and road noise, more sound insulation has been added along the floor and the exhaust system has been retuned, and the suspension on Sport models has been retuned for a more comfortable ride. Newly available on the Patriot for 2009 is the ?UConnect tunes' system, an all-in-one entertainment package that allows for hard-drive storage of music and photos, and movie viewing.
Interior and cargo space; maneuverability and parking ease; safety features; tech options; off-road ability plus fuel economy
The Patriot is an unexpectedly wonderful city car, combining a boxy, rugged-looking traditional Jeep appearance with car-like handling, good outward visibility, an economical powertrain, an interior that's comfortable for four adults and a city-friendly small-car size. Although the base Sport model is basic, it's quite a bargain for a vehicle that includes all the essential safety equipment; and for those willing to option-up, there are more high-tech options than is typical for a basic sport-ute.