2014 Jeep Patriot Limited 4×4 Test Drive

?Jeep? Patriot models improve for 2014?

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Jeep? first introduced the Patriot as a 2007 model, further expanding their off-road reach with yet another Trail-Rated vehicle. The 2014 Jeep Patriot continues as a compact, 5-door, five-passenger, off-road capable, SUV adventurer, executed with traditional Jeep styling cues such as the familiar 7-slot grille, round headlights, flat hood, rectangular arched wheel wells and geometric, squared-off body forms.

Patriot is based on the concept first introduced at the 2005 International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany. It remains essentially a modern interpretation of classic Jeep design. The Patriot combines the packaging and interior versatility of an SUV with the characteristic performance, handling, fuel economy and price of a compact car or small pickup.

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Two engines are available for powering the Patriot: a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, global engine that produces 158 horsepower and 141 pound feet of torque, optionally available only in the FWD model; or a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder VVT, DOHC motor generating 172 horses and 165 pond feet of torque. Transmission choices include: an automatic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT2) ? standard with the 2.0-liter motor or optional with the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder; or, a 6-speed manual with overdrive in addition to a new 6-speed PowerTech AutoStick automatic gearbox,

Patriot is available in either a two-wheel or four-wheel drive configuration. In two-wheel versions, it is the front wheels that provide the driving force. 4WD models may choose from two 4WD systems. Freedom Drive I , an available full-time, active four-wheel-drive system with Lock mode designed to give drivers better control in low-traction conditions. Freedom Drive I features a lockable center coupling, giving drivers the ability to put the Jeep Patriot in four-wheel-drive Lock mode when navigating deep snow, sand and other low-traction surfaces. The Freedom Drive II Off-road Package is a Trail Rated four-wheel-drive system. The Freedom Drive II Off-road Package includes the second-generation Continuously Variable Transaxle with low ratio (CVT2L), 17-inch all-terrain tires and aluminum wheels, a full-size spare, skid plates, tow hooks, fog lamps and manual seat height adjuster. The Freedom Drive II Off-road Package is recommended for off-road situations that include grades, occasional wheel lift and moderate rock or log climbing. Trail Rated Patriots sit one inch higher than non Trail Rated models, offering better approach, departure and breakover angles along with increased ground clearance.

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There are three trim levels for the Patriot: Sport, Latitude and Limited. My test Patriot was in Limited trim in the 4×4 configuration (Freedom Drive I), powered by the 2.4-liter engine mated to the new 6-speed PowerTech AutoStick automatic transmission. It wore an exterior coat of Inferno Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl Coat, and sported a Dark Slate Gray leather interior. The base price was set at $25,895. which included a sizeable inventory of standard features and equipment. Included in the optional equipment list was: the Deep Cherry Red Pearl coat paint; the Customer Preferred Package; and U-connect GPS; 1 year SIRIUS Traffic service; and Destination charge — options elevated the final sticker to $28,630. In its base form, the Jeep Patriot comes with a host of standard features and a starting price tag of $15,995. which makes it the best priced 4×4 in America.

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SUMMARY: The Jeep Patriot Limited 4X4 is a satisfying, compact SUV that serves admirably, doing duty in mundane everyday activities, or that displays a suitable capability in conquering off-road treks, when equipped with Freedom Drive II. It showcases unmatched Jeep capability in all weather conditions, fuel economy up to 30 mpg and more than 30 safety and security features.

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Jeep Patriot is loaded with standard features that provide value and convenience for drivers and passengers. 2014 Jeep Patriot standard features include: front seat-mounted side air bags, electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, Hill-start Assist, anti-lock brakes, illuminated cup holders, sunscreen glass, fog lamps, removable/ rechargeable flashlight, outside temperature display, rear fold-flat 60/40 folding seat, rear window defrost and wiper, tilt steering column, cruise control and sliding visors with a mirror.

The 2.4-liter motor is not bashful about making its presence well known when prodded with gusto, but is not overly offensive. Acceleration is adequate for inner city or highway cruising, but not terrific when passing on an uphill grade ? allow sufficient time for such maneuvers, don?t cut it close.

The interior is comfortable enough, but not overly spacious ? hey, it?s a compact SUV. There are lots of nooks and crannies for storage of personal items, so it?s great for traveling with small children, pets or even adults.

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All in all, the Jeep Patriot fits in well as yet another Jeep off-roader, positioning itself between the Compass and Cherokee models. If you?re serious about traveling off-road on a regular basis, there?s probably no better, affordable vehicle than a Jeep. Lord knows there are now enough models from which to choose ? there?s Wrangler, Wrangler Unlimited, Compass, Patriot, Cherokee and Grand Cherokee. Jeep may well be considered the ?Swiss Army Knife? of SUVs.

I would offer criticism if it were a sedan, but it?s a Jeep, so Spartan, and the use of basic materials provide greater functionality ? if you want plush, look at the Jeep Grand Cherokee, but for a lot more green.

 
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Base Price: $25,895.
Price as Tested: $28,630.
Engine Type and Size: 2.4-liter DOHC, 16-valve Dual VVT in-line 4-cylinder with electronic, sequential multi-port, returnless fuel injection.
Horsepower (bhp): 172 @ 6,000 rpm
Torque (ft./ lbs.): 165 @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission: Six-speed PowerTech Autostick automatic with lockup torque converter and electronic controls.
Drive Train: Transversely mounted front engine / Freedom Drive I electronically-controlled coupling with four-wheel drive Lock four-wheel drive system.
Suspension: Front – Independent MacPherson strut, coil spring over gas-charged shock absorbers and stabilizer bar.
Rear – Multi-link independent with coil springs, link-type stabilizer bar, and gas- charged shock absorbers.

Brakes: Power-assisted four-wheel discs (vented front), ABS, BA, ESP, Traction Control, Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control.
Tires: Firestone Affinity 215/60 R17 95T BSW M&S mounted on 5-spoke alloy wheels.
Wheelbase: 103.7 inches
Length Overall: 173.8 inches
Width: 69.2 inches
Height: 66.8 inches
Curb Weight: 3.365 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 13.5 gallons
EPA Mileage Estimates: 21 mpg city / 27 mpg highway
Drag Coefficient: 11.0
0 – 60 mph: Not tested.

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