THE JEEP PATRIOT A SERIOUS SUV STEAL
With so many popular Jeep models representing the brand’s legacy, finding a used Jeep is an easy task.
Although many people search for Wranglers or Cherokees, the Jeep Patriot is an outstanding find among all the used Jeeps Colorado Springs options, particularly if you’re looking for a vehicle with SUV capability that drives like a car.
Check out the specs on the current model year Jeep Patriot, along with a suggestion for an earlier predecessor you should scope out in your search.
Appreciating Today’s Jeep Patriot
When it comes to finding an affordable crossover, it’s tough to beat today’s Jeep Patriot. Competitively priced when new, it’s really a bargain when purchased used.
A few things about the Patriot…Able to seat five comfortably, the Patriot is available in three trim levels: Sport, Latitude, and Limited, and each one is customizable with optional packages for enhanced comfort, convenience, and capability.With the Sport, drivers enjoy basic standard equipment, reflective of this trim’s small sticker price, and includes fog lights, roof rails, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, 16-inch steel wheels, as well as a CD player and auxiliary jack built into the four-speaker sound system.
The Sport can be upgraded by the Altitude Edition or Power Value Group, which, as its name implies, is loaded with power features on the windows and locks, with available heated mirrors and keyless entry.Taking a step up to the Latitude delivers everything you can expect from the Sport, along with even more comfort details like a height-adjustable driver seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, and reclining rear seatbacks. Opting for the Latitude’s High Altitude Edition adds a six-way power driver seat, leather interior to complement the steering wheel, and a sunroof.
The most well-equipped Jeep Patriot comes from the Limited, which takes all of the Latitude’s equipment and boosts it with a bigger engine, enhanced exterior, trip computer, power driver seat, four-wheel disc brakes, and leather upholstery.Additional packages, like Sun and Sound Group, which offers fun features like satellite radio and sunroof, or the Security and Cargo Convenience Group with its remote ignition, cargo cover, and universal garage door opener, further enhances the Jeep Patriot driving experience.
Outfitted with the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, rated at 158 horsepower and 141 lb.-ft. of torque, the Patriot returns EPA estimates of 24 mpg combined when operated by the available six-speed automatic transmission, while the 2.4-liter four-cylinder generates 172 horsepower and 165 lb.-ft. of torque, estimated at 23 mpg combined from the same six-speed automatic pairing.
Maximum towing is measured at 2,000 pounds, with the Patriot completing the zero to sixty mph test in 9.4 seconds, which is about average for the crossover segment. Braking speed was also on par with the Patriot’s same class competitors, measured at 121 feet for a complete stop from sixty miles per hour.
Earning the Institute for Highway Safety’s top rating of “Good,” this year’s Jeep Patriot also received four out of five stars for overall safety in government crash testing.Priced to start at the MSRP of $16,895, the current Jeep Patriot is a serious contender when it comes to purchasing a reliable used vehicle.
A Notable Model Year for Your Used Jeep Patriot: 2009
First introduced in 2007, the Patriot remained unchanged until the 2009 model year, which brought with it significant interior enhancements and fun features, but carried over the same drivetrains from its predecessors.Sporting an all around more rugged look, the 2009 Patriot featured updated and rounded HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) vents, as well as new door spears, cluster rings, and a shift bezel, lending a bit more style to the otherwise practical cabin.
Although the majority of the interior is composed of hard plastics, the gauges are well-organized, accessible, large, and easy to read. And the beauty of the almost all plastic surfaces is the ease of clean up.After all, Jeep are designed for trailblazing adventures. Wiping up spills, puddles from wet boots, or mud from all-terrain explorations is a cinch.
This goes for messy sports gear or leaky grocery bags, too because the Patriot’s cargo floor is entirely made of rubber, also easy to clean, or even hose down.Convenience features make weekend-warrior plans even more fun.
Standard perks include a rechargeable flashlight tucked into the cargo space, along with speakers that unfold from the back hatch, ready to blast whatever your tailgating party calls for, whether music or broadcasts of the game going on inside the stadium.
The Patriot embraced the rugged reputation of the Jeep line, while offering a curvier and more car-like driving experience at the same time. Overall, the Patriot represents the best of form and function, at once both attractive and capable.For off-road travels, the 2009 Jeep Patriot can be enhanced by the Trail Rated package, which offers skid plates, hill descent control, heavy-duty cooling, low-range transmission, and a sturdier suspension, which bumps up ground clearance one extra inch.
It’s boxy body structure creates lots of headroom up front, not to mention ample head and legroom in the rear seats, even for adult passengers. But, despite all the interior space, the Jeep Patriot is still considered a compact car, and proves it through responsive handling and precise parking maneuverability.Originally priced between $17,540 – $23,980, the 2009 Jeep Patriot is available to purchase as a used or certified pre-owned vehicle. With its fun interior features, the 2009 model year is a great option for consumers who have an affinity for outdoor adventures and all-terrain travel.
The Jeep Patriot was rumored to be discontinued in 2012, but its popularity has kept it on the production line. In fact, we are awaiting details about the upcoming 2016 Jeep Patriot, which is rumored to replace not only its predecessors, but also its sibling, the Jeep Compass in one new compact SUV offering.Jeep offers a competitive warranty program, starting with the 3-Year/36,000-Mile Basic Limited Warranty, 5-Year/100,000-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty, and 24-Hour Emergency Coverage/Towing Assistance.
For a reliable used vehicle, you really can’t go wrong with something from the Jeep inventory.The Jeep Patriot specifically combines the rugged capability Jeep has long been celebrated for, with a more comfortable and car-like ride. The result makes it an exciting choice to drive if you want to “Go Anywhere, Do Anything.”