2016 Jeep Patriot

If you are price sensitive and you really want a capable SUV
with some serious off-roading capabilities, the 2016 Jeep
Patriot is your best bet. However, you will have to do without
a myriad of features in the cabin like air-conditioning and
power windows in the base Jeep Patriot.

Unlike the outgoing model, Jeep has upgraded the new Patriot to
look a little better and has added a dose of softness in its
cabin. Read along to find out more:

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2016 Jeep Patriot Exterior

Although the Patriot is not the best looking SUVs out there in
terms of looks, it is a good offering considering its price
tag. The Patriot features a boxy shape particularly sized for
regular use in the city and still capable when you decide to
venture onto the off-road terrain.

At the front, the Patriot has borrowed some styling cues from
the Wrangler. On the flanks, the model has borrowed styling
cues from the Cherokee as well as the Wagoneer. The Patriot is
offered in two trim levels, Sport and Latitude trim levels.

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Standard features on the Sport include 16-inch steel wheels,
manually operated side mirrors, roof rails, fog lights, and
crank-down windows. Black steel and alloy wheels are offered as
standalone options. An optional Power Value Group adds keyless
entry, power mirrors and windows, heated mirrors and automatic
headlights. The SE package on the other hand adds 17-inch gray
alloy wheels, tow hooks (on AWD models) and a gloss-gray
exterior trim.

The Latitude trim has all features of the Power Value Group and
adds 17-inch alloy wheels. A sun roof is available with the Sun
and Sound Group. The High Latitude Group adds chrome exterior
trim and 17-inch alloy wheels.

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2016 Jeep Patriot Interior

Well, going for the base model denies you power accessories and
air conditioning. The Jeep Patriot accommodates five
passengers.  Its seats are upholstered in a quality cloth.
Other features include a tilt-only steering wheel, a
60/40-split folding rear seats which expand its cargo space
from 23 cu ft to 53.3 cu ft, a 4-speaker audio system,
Bluetooth connectivity, a satellite radio, cruise control and a
single auxiliary audio jack.

However, there are a myriad of standalone options including an
upgraded sound system with a 6-CD/DVD changer and air
conditioning. The SE package features a leather-wrapped
steering wheel. The steering wheel is integrated with audio
controls. The package also adds cloth and meshes upholstery and
heated front seats.

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The Latitude is more equipped. It adds a leather-wrapped
steering wheel, heated front seats, height-adjustable driver’s
seat, a 115-volt power output and reclining rear seatbacks. The
Premium Sound Group brings in a subwoofer and a 9-speaker
Boston Acoustics sound system; two of the speakers are placed
on the tailgate. A luggage cover, an auto-dimming rearview
mirror, adjustable roof-rack crossbars, an alarm and remote
ignition are offered on the Security and Cargo Convenience
Group. The High Altitude package adds a power driver’s seat and
leather upholstery.

Both trims feature a 6.5-inch touch-screen infotainment system
and a Wi-Fi hotspot. There are also several styling cues Groups
that the two trims share.

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Engine Specs and performance

Two engines are available for the 2016 Jeep Patriot. The base
models will be powered by a 2.0 L, 4-cylinder which will be
offered on front-wheel-drive only. This engine produces 158
horses and 141 lb-ft of toque. The engine is paired with either
a 5-speed manual gearbox or a CVT system. With the manual, the
model returns 23 mpg in city and 30 mpg on highway
drives.  With a CVT system, the Patriot returns 22 mpg
city and 26 mpg on highway drives.

For more power, buyers can opt for the 2.4 L, 4-cylinder engine
which is capable of producing 172 horses and 165 lb-ft of
torque.  This engine is paired with either a 5-speed
manual gearbox as standard. A 6-speed automatic transmission
system and a CVT are offered as options. Power is transmitted
either to forward wheels or all wheels.  The Freedom Drive
II off-road system is offered for models with CVT systems. The
system has a 19:1 crawl ratio for difficult off-road
environments.

In terms of fuel economy, FWD models with a manual transmission
are rated at 23 mpg city and 29 mpg on highway, with FWD and
automatic transmission, the model returns 21 mpg city and 28
mpg on highway drives. AWD models with a manual gearbox return
20 mpg city and 26 mpg on highway while models with CVT systems
return 20 mpg city and 23 mpg on highway drives. Adding the CVT
w/Off-Road package reduces fuel efficiency to 20 mpg city and
23 mpg on highway drives.

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Price and release date

The good thing about the new Jeep Patriot is its affordability.
The base model has an MSRP of only $ 17,695 which makes it the
most affordable new SUV. However, a well equipped Patriot
Latitude can fetch as much as $30,000. The model is already
available in dealer showrooms.

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Competition

The Jeep competes with the likes of Honda
CR-V, Ford
Escape, Toyota RAV4 and
Subaru
Forester.