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#3 of 46 Re: Article Comments 2007 Jeep Patriot First Drive [KarenS]
Feb 23, 2007 (10:44 am)
We are ready to buy one, and have checked every Jeep dealer within 200 miles of where we live. There are more than 25 Patriots within 150 miles, in all type of selections. I have looked at buying the manual 5 speed (it's in a Limited) and goes for about $21,000. an automatic is about $23,200. I am concerned about the CVT transmission in how it will hold up.
I also want to know what the safety rating is on the Patroit and Compass. Anyone know?
#4 of 46 Re: Article Comments 2007 Jeep Patriot First Drive [farout]
Feb 25, 2007 (10:25 am)
Here are the latest safety ratings for the Patriot:
No frontal crash ratings yet, but it should score simarly to the Compass. You can find safety ratings for all vehicles here:
I'm looking forward to test driving a Patriot soon, as it seems like a good fit for my needs -- communiting around Pittsburgh, mostly city driving. Roads get very challenging here in the winter, so 4WD is a high priority for me.
#5 of 46 Re: Loved the article [stryker10]
Feb 28, 2007 (9:55 pm)
April Motor Trend has a page or so on the Patriot. They liked it - sortof. Noisy engine, power-sapping CVT were main gripes. Well, besides cheap interior, but whattya want for $15000 these days?
They pointed out that Chrysler is getting a lot of mileage from the same platform: Jeep COmpass and Patriot, Dodge Caliber and Avenger. The Patriot for many reasons though seems to be the pick of the litter.
It's almost exactly what I've wanted - close to 30mpg on road and very good off road. And for a reasonable price. Looks a lot like my old '86 cherokee too and I like that.
#6 of 46 Re: Loved the article [heyjewel]
Mar 01, 2007 (8:18 pm)
Are you sure the Avenger is in this group?
#7 of 46 Re: Loved the article [lostwrench]
Mar 01, 2007 (10:20 pm)
Just telling you what MT says.
#8 of 46 Re: Loved the article [lostwrench]
Mar 02, 2007 (10:25 am)
Hold the phone, you are right. I looked at the article again and the Avenger is NOT on the same platform as the Patriot.
Patriot = Caliber = Compass = (new PT Cruiser soon)
Avenger = Sebring(which a friend just bought. Waiting for her report)
#9 of 46 Sebring and Avenger
Mar 21, 2007 (9:06 am)
The Sebring and Avenger are built on the same Caliber platform. The Belvidere plant can be used to build these two models if needed.
#10 of 46 SO jazzed about it
Mar 21, 2007 (10:25 pm)
I currently have an old 4-Runner. We're talking late 80s/early 90s era square box on wheels. But it's indestructable and downright small compared to a new Tacoma.
The Patriot is the same size, almost to the inch, as my old 4-Runner, except that the rear is about 1.5 feet shorte. But I don't carry plywood sheets in mine anyways, and the 4-Runner "beater-box" isn't going anywhere - it's my Tonka Toy that I can load with stuff and do the dirty work with.
I want a replacement that's not a bubble, not full of plastic, and is no larger or heavier than the 4-Runner I have. Bloat is bad, bad, bad, because, see, I use the thing off-road. I'd get a Wrangler Unlimited, but hell if it isn't just incredibly expensive. I mean, really - $24K for a basic off-road box? Nice as it is, it just defeats the basic off-road toy concept that was born with the 4-runner and such - where you'd take a basic no-frills pickup and off-roadify it for well under $20K.
So I looked at the Patriot tonight. And I'm surprized. It is almost a carbon-clone of my old 4-Runner, other than being a shorter bed in back. It works, it's nice, and the manual transmission is acceptable.
$16K for the 4wd manual base model leaves a ton of room for the few goodies that you want. But the smart buyer buys a sotck model, adds A/C and pretty much nothing else. Al of the rest is aftermarket, and $3000 buys a wad of arftermarket add-ons that are twice the quiality or more of the original OEM options. And twice as much of it.
All it needs is a 2 inch lift-kit and it's the new 4wd stompy-box(tm)
And it's not a jellybean.
#12 of 46 Re: Article Comments 2007 Jeep Patriot First Drive [KarenS]
May 12, 2007 (1:09 pm)
The article was informative and a good read. I know next to nothing about Jeep products in general, the exception being that they seem highly regarded for their off-road prowess. Any opinions on whether purchasing the Patriot in it's first year of production would be a good decision? Are Jeep's known for great reliability? How would the Patriot rate overall in comparison to a Toyota RAV4 or a Honda CR-V, both short and long-term?