2017 Jeep Patriot Review
It may seem like the boxy, truck-like Cherokee of yore, but the Jeep Patriot is a really different creature. It’s dated up against rivals including the latest Cherokee and the pint-sized Renegade parked across the Jeep showroom but the Patriot may be worth a look if a value is one of your main priorities. For 2017, the Patriot’s line is mostly unchanged as the small crossover awaits a complete redesign next year. The 2017 Jeep Patriot can be found in Sport, Sports SE, 75th Anniversary (even though last year was the brand’s 75th birthday), Latitude, and High Altitude trim levels.
2017 Jeep Patriot Redesign
The base engine on front-wheel-drive models is a 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter inline-4, while any variation equipped with all-wheel drive comes standard with a 172 hp, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder. A 5-speed manual comes standard on the Sport no matter drive wheels, while a 6-speed automatic is optional with both engines.
2017 Jeep Patriot Freedom Drive II Bundle
Opt for the Freedom Drive II bundle, which is aimed at off-roaders, and the 6-speed automatic is subbed out for a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Freedom Drive II package can be exclusively available with the lower power 2.0-liter and not the 2.4, making it a tough item to warrant.
The Patriot was made a much better vehicle a couple of years back when its subpar CVT was replaced by a responsive, smooth shifting 6-speed automatic transmission for most of the version line.
The front wheel drive Patriot will be fine for those looking for a pavement pounder in a sunshine state, but if snowy winters or dirt roads are in your future, the Freedom Drive I package adds a locking center differential that can divide power between the axles for maximum traction. The Freedom Drive II package adds a Trail Rated badge and brings with it a simulated low range (which locks the CVT into a low ratio), skid plates, tow hooks, and some other goodies.
2017 Jeep Patriot Trim
The Patriot, which is available in 4 trims, the Sport, Sports SE, Latitude, and High Altitude, is slated for deletion from the Jeep line (along with its Compass cousin) in the close future. A replacement tentatively labeled the Compatriot, and with the refinement, characteristics, performance, and upgraded styling that is apparently lacking in the current Patriot stable, is on Jeeps Michigan test track and is anticipated to be accessible for the 2018 model year. The 2017 Patriot stays around only at that point mainly to help keep parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles a viable force in the little crossover market, so don’t expect any changes or updates from the present version.
Look for the Patriot to boast standard front-wheel drive (FWD) on all trims, with the Freedom Drive I and the hardier Freedom Drive II 4 wheel drive (4WD) packages again discretionary. The Freedom Drive I 4WD system is essentially an all-wheel-drive configuration with a locking center differential which allows a 50/50 distribution of torque to the front and rear wheels to get you out of deep snow or mud. The Freedom Drive II set up is a more offroad-capable 4WD configuration which includes a dedicated off road prepared differential locking system, simulated low-range gearing with crawl manner, and descent control. Each of this, along with a terrain-taming suspension and skid plates, is good enough to earn those trips packing the Freedom Drive II bundle a Trail Rated badge for off-road prowess.
The center console also tells a story. We can plainly see a 12-volt power outlet, along with just one USB port and an AUX input jack. (Hey FCA, if you’re reading this add more USB ports!) There’s also a substantial cubbyhole positioned farther rearward. A recognizable gearshift knob protrudes from a games console that looks borrowed in the Renegade and Cherokee.
The steering wheel also supplies clues. It’s a three-spoke unit that looks to be similar to the one now used in the Jeep Cherokee Jeep Cherokee. It carries all the modern steering wheel buttons that control many of the vehicle’s systems. A push-to-begin button is seen recessed into the steering column. Possibly lower trimmed models will make do with a traditional key, while more premium trims offer the push button feature.
Lastly, we can see a big chrome accent trim within the gauge cluster. Its rounded contour firmly points to conventional analog gauges at least for the outboard speedometer and tachometer. We still suspect the Jeep to have a large driver info display embedded in the gauge cluster pack.
2017 Jeep Patriot Price
The SUV is expected to release at the end of 2016 or early 2017 having an estimated base price of $18,000. The Jeep Patriot 2017 is an excellent alternative for a budget compact crossover SUV and is ensured to provide comfort, security and a first-class driving experience.
2017 Jeep Patriot Video
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