According to the latest reports, Jeep is working on the all-new model that will totally replace the Patriot SUV. Unfortunately, this won’t be the new generation, but a completely different vehicle with entirely new styling and characteristics. This also means that this will be Patriot’s last year of existing, so if you want to drive a compact, rugged, capable and off-road oriented SUV, the 2017 Jeep Patriot will definitely meet your wishes. Okay, the interesting vehicle is a bit outdated and can’t provide some respectable fuel economy figures, but it’s really impressive off-roader and quite affordable. Moreover, the 2017 Patriot seems to be the cheapest SUV in the segment at the moment.
2017 Jeep Patriot: Engines and Fuel Economy
Performance wise, the compact SUV comes with two options under the boxy hood. The base model runs a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine, which is capable to deliver up to 158 horsepower and 141 pound-feet of torque. This unit is paired with a standard five-speed manual or optional CVT. On the other hand, the optional 2.4-liter mill produces 172 horsepower and 165 lb-ft of torque and offers an additional six-speed automatic transmission. The 2017 Jeep Patriot has a standard front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive. In any case, if you plan to do off-roading adventures, we strongly suggest the six-seed auto gearbox because of the locking center differential, low range and responsive in city ride. Still, we can’t say that any type of transmission can help Patriot’s poor fuel economy. The SUV is really thirsty, maybe the worst option in the segment. For instance, the base engine and five-speed manual gearbox, which are the parts of the base configuration, are rated at 23/30/26 mpg. If you think this isn’t good, the range-topping 2017 Patriot will totally disappoint you with its 20/26/22 mpg.
Styling, Changes and Trim Levels
As for the styling, well we must tell you that the 2017 Jeep Patriot looks really charming. It has that boxy and classic design, which is pretty simple, but really interesting. This isn’t something what you will among other compact crossovers in its class, because the current Patriot offers the winsome exterior with plenty of borrowed styling cues from the Wrangler. This especially refers to the front end, which sports almost exactly the same front fascia as the iconic off-roader. The boxy layout isn’t too popular at the moment and spoils SUV’s fuel efficiency, but on the other hand, it provides plenty of space inside. Yes, the small SUV isn’t small inside at all. The front seats are really cozy and spacious, while the rear end isn’t too bad at all. At the end of the “room”, there is really impressive cargo, which can be doubled because the rear seat backs can easily flip forward. Still, everything else inside is pretty much wrong and really outdated. The cabin receives overly noise and vibrations, while the rear seats seem rather stiff and a bit uncomfortable.
The base 2017 Jeep Patriot Sport can’t really brag with some expensive and modern equipment. For example, the air conditioning is optional, which is pretty shocking, but on the other hand, you will find the standard cruise control, tilt steering and auxiliary input for audio. Of course, the roof rails and fog lamps are also standard part of kit, which isn’t surprising due the off-road nature of the SUV. The carmaker has also added telematics, satellite radio, and automatic headlamps to the 2017 model, so we can say that these are the only changes between the current and the last year model. However, if you want more equipment, the 2017 Patriot will also offer you some optional packages, which involve some rather amazing features like 17-inch Mineral Gray alloy wheels, tow hooks, engine-block heater and skid plates, as well as heavy-duty suspension system. Inside, you will find pretty useful options like remote-start system, a navigation system with Sirius Travel Link, Bluetooth and quite impressive Boston Acoustics sound system.
Like we said earlier, the compact SUV is probably the cheapest option in the segment. The 2017 Jeep Patriot Sport is priced at $17,695, while the Sport SE model starts at $19,840. Still if you want all the equipment, you will have to pay $22,295, which is the price of the Latitude model.