2017 Jeep Patriot
Well, well, the 2017 Jeep Patriot. Lots of rumors about it surfaced awhile back, but when it finally released, it seemed pretty impressive. Compact SUVs and the like are some of Jeep’s specialties, and with the ready-to-rumble look of the Patriot, it’s safe to say this vehicle will take on any weather-ridden road without breaking a sweat. Well-equipped with its own set of 4x4 systems, here’s a closer look at the 2017 Jeep Patriot lineup.
Freedom Drive II
Available 4x4 System
Avail. ENGINE TYPE
With the standard 2017 Jeep Patriot, buyers get a 158-hp 2.0-liter I4 DOHC 16-valve Dual VVT engine. DOHC stands for “Dual Overhead Camshaft” and is just a term used to describe an engine design that separates the controls of the air intake and exhaust valves versus combining them. The DOHC system can lead to less tension on the engine and produce more horsepower. Implementing VVT or “Variable Valve Timing” into an engine controls the timing event of the opening and closing of valves, and typically lends to better performance and fuel economy. With these two processes, the fuel economy stands at 22/26 mpg city/highway.
The other available engine is a 172-hp 2.4-liter engine with DOHC and VVT. It comes standard for the Patriot 75th Anniversary Edition, and has an estimated 27 mpg on the highway.
4x4 Systems and Handling
Standard on the 2017 Jeep Patriot is a 5-speed manual transmission, but a 6-speed automatic transmission is available as well. With the larger engine, the six-speed transmission comes with AutoStick and CVT2 technology. This is great for drivers who want more gears but like the feel of manual transmission, as AutoStick allows for manual selection of gears. CVT2 was made popular by Chrysler, and is a type of transmission that switches between gears with ease and without losing speed. This also can help with fuel economy.
As per usual, Jeeps are available with a 4x4 system for one purpose or another. Come this round, the Patriot has Freedom Drive I, an always active system that monitors wheel traction and electronically controls the amount of torque divided between all four wheels. Perfect for all-weather conditions, the system can distribute the torque to the wheels that need it most; in addition, drivers can lock the traction in at 50/50 for the front and rear tires for additional control. To go a step further, Freedom Drive II is also available on select trims and locks into an off-road driving mode for off-road conditions and rock crawling.
Typically, the Jeep brand hogs the luxury features for the high-end trims with a larger price tag. That changes with the Jeep Patriot, with the high-end trim starting below $30,000. Such luxury features include a power sunroof and automatic headlamps, which aren’t a deal breaker. Picking up the slack and standard across all trims is deep tint sunscreen glass and solar control glass to keep the cabin and its passengers cool, and a liftgate door with fixed glass.
The 2017 Jeep Patriot can ride on 16- or 17-inch wheels, adorned in black steel or gray aluminum. The base trim (Sport) comes with all-season tires, whereas the rest of the lineup, except for the Patriot 75th Anniversary Edition (all-terrain tires), comes with all-season touring tires. Included with all Patriot trims is a compact spare tire, just in case one blows.
Features inside the Patriot vary depending on the trim. Heated front seats and automatic a/c temperature control may be available on some trims, but to keep passengers warm, rear seat heat ducts are standard on all trims. Standard features include an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a microphone (for Bluetooth phone connectivity), flat load floor storage, and an instrument cluster for keeping an eye on vehicle schematics. Speaking of storage, the 2017 Jeep Patriot offers 63.4 cubic feet, most of it behind the front row.
Standard across the lineup is a 4-speaker system, with the option to add two liftgate speakers; select trims can upgrade to a nine Boston Acoustic speaker system with a subwoofer. A basic radio makes up the stereo system, but the Patriot Latitude and High Altitude trims can trade it in for a 6.5-inch touchscreen display. Given the standard mirror with microphone, Uconnect Voice command with Bluetooth is standard across all trims. Steering wheel mounted audio controls can be found on most trims.
Safety Features and Warranty
The 2017 Jeep Patriot is outfitted with many safety features standard across the lineup, such as active head restraints, advanced multistage front airbags, stability control systems, a Sentry Key theft deterrent system, and the option of a ParkView Rear back-up camera as an add-on. Depending on the trim, Keyless entry and/or a remote start system may come standard or optional.
Jeep vehicles are protected by a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for 5 years/100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for 5 years/100,000 miles.