The performance of a vehicle is a broad category, but for a quick and easy glimpse, consider the following:
First and foremost, it’s important to note that a Patriot with a Freedom Drive I package and the six-speed automatic transmission is able to attain 0-60 mph in just 9.4 seconds. That figure is better than a Honda HR-V (9.7 seconds), and comparable to Jeep’s own Renegade model. As many of you know the HR-V and Renegade do quite well in this segment, but the Patriot is keeping pace and keeping up with the competition.
The Patriot has two engines. The base engine features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and the upper-trim engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. This engine can only be paired to FWD.
That 2.0-liter engine produces 158 horsepower/141 lb.-ft. of torque, while the 2.4-liter engine puts out 172 horsepower/165 lb.-ft. of torque. It can be paired to either FWD or AWD if either the Freedom Drive I or Freedom Drive II package is equipped.
On both engines, a five-speed manual is the default transmission. On the 2.0-liter equipped Patriot, a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is the optional transmission choice; whereas, the 2.4-liter Patriot is offered with a conventional six-speed automatic. Unless the 2.4-liter engine is paired with the Freedom Drive II off-road package, in which case you’ll see a unique CVT on board that features low-range gearing.
Lots of different configurations, but it’s important to know that a five-speed manual is the standard transmission, and the automatic (or CVT) is optional. So if you don’t enjoy driving a stick, make sure to grab the optional CVT or conventional six-speed automatic.
When compared to the competitors in this segment, some say that fuel economy is a sore spot for the Patriot. Even so, it’s still able to provide decent fuel-efficiency. Plus, not all other models are able to offer the same type of off-road capability alongside fuel-efficiency as the Patriot. Nor are they able to offer all the fun technology features. For those looking for something capable and fun, the fuel-efficiency on the Patriot is more than enough.
Of course, fuel economy varies depending on the powertrain and drivetrain setup. On the 2.0-liter engine with the CVT transmission equipped, you’ll get 22 mpg city/26 mpg highway (24 mpg combined). If you opt for the larger 2.4-liter engine with FWD and the conventional six-speed automatic transmission, it becomes 23 mpg combined. When Freedom Drive II’s unique CVT is paired to the 2.4-liter engine, fuel-efficiency drops down to 21 mpg combined.
In the off-road environment, the Jeep Patriot proudly sports its Trail Rated badge, signifying its ability to conquer any off-road environment when the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Group is equipped.
Apart from the unique CVT, this off-road group also includes a Freedom Drive II 4×4 system, tow hooks, skid plates, and anything else you’d need for the woodland trails. The 4×4 system in particular adds Off-Road mode with Hill Descent Control, grade-sensing features, and increases the crawl ratio for slower crawling over rocks and other rugged terrain.