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2015 Jeep Patriot

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/19/2015 Stefan Ogbac
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New for 2015

The 2015 Jeep Patriot gains a new exterior color, an optional navigation system for Latitude models, and a new dome light that replaces the removable, rechargeable flashlight. Altitude and High Altitude Packages, and the All-weather Capability Group are new for the 2015 model year.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Jeep Patriot is a small five-passenger crossover sold in three grades and in front- or four-wheel-drive configurations. Other small Jeep crossovers include the Compass and new-for-2015 Renegade.

Overview

Like the Jeep Compass, the 2015 Jeep Patriot is available with two four-cylinder engines: a 2.0-liter with 158 hp and 141 lb-ft of torque or a 2.4-liter rated at 172 hp and 165 lb-ft. Both engines are available with a five-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). A six-speed automatic is available only with the 2.4-liter.

Fuel economy on the 2015 Patriot is mediocre, with 2.0-liter models rated at 23/30 mpg city/highway with the manual and 22/27 mpg with the CVT. The 2.4-liter is the better choice since it doesn't sacrifice much in terms of fuel economy despite having more power. Manual models are rated at 23/29 mpg and automatic models at 21/28 mpg. Adding four-wheel drive drops those numbers down to 22/27 mpg with the manual, 21/27 mpg with the automatic, and 20/23 mpg with the CVT.

The 2015 Patriot excels off-road with an all-wheel-drive system that can easily handle rough roads but isn't up to par with true off-roaders like the Jeep Wrangler. Its CVT, however, hurts the car's acceleration from a stop as it's slow to respond to driver inputs. On pavement, the crossover handles decently with good steering feel and a comfortable ride; however, wind and road noise remain prominent.

Cabin quality is decent with a mix of soft and hard plastics with the former used mainly in touch points. Chrysler's UConnect system is also available as an option along with satellite radio and automatic climate control.

The 2015 Jeep Patriot has a three-star frontal crash and rollover safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars).

What We Think

The 2015 Jeep Patriot's aging powertrains and lack of meaningful updates put it behind the rest of the competition in its segment. In a 2007 First Drive review, we said that the crossover's CVT "saps off-the-line punch" and makes it "sound like a blender" when off-roading. On the pavement, its ride is decently comfortable but "wind and road noise came through" the cabin, detracting from the car's refinement. The crossover's short list of tech and convenience features also limits its appeal and competitiveness in its segment where options once exclusive to luxury cars are now available.

You'll Like

  • Good off-road capabilities
  • Soft-touch materials on touch points

You Won't Like

  • Needs-improvement CVT
  • Aging powertrains
  • Lackluster acceleration

Key Competitors

  • Toyota RAV4
  • Honda CR-V
  • Kia Sportage
  • Chevrolet Equinox
  • Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Rating

1 star

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