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good value for the money
Pros: the boston acoustic speakers
Cons: the aluminum wheels painted silveri have owned this vehicle for almost a week and just love the size of this vehicle, the inside is pretty roomy and the ride is comfortable. the 4 cyl is not a gas hog but powerful enough for everyday driving to give you a thrill in autostick mode or in automatic.
Pros: Sliding sun roofIt get great gas milage and is extremely confortable to travel in.
Pros: cvt tranny and 110 volt outlet
Cons: armrest and door armrest not padded
Advice: upgrade to the 2.4 engine,lot more power and can tow 2000 poundsvery peppy engine,gas mileage always near 30.no problems in 65k miles
Pros: Low price for a usable 4x4
Cons: Road noise
Advice: Make sure you test drive at high speed on a variety of roadsJust a quick bit of info if you are thinking of buying one of these. Most of what you need to know you can get from the staff reviews. I was thinking of buying a Patriot 4x4 to replace my 92 ford explorer and get the 4500 rebate. So I rented a patriot for a day. Here's a few things I think the 'average' person should keep in mind when reading the reviews of the Patriot. With the current rebates, which can add up to $9000, you will get a heck of a deal for this kind of vehicle. Here's the good news - pay little attention to complaints that the engine doesn't have enough power or that the CVT is a drawback. I found that the power is adequate for any sort of normal driving. You can easily zip away from stoplights and merge into traffic, just give it the gas and let the engine and transmission do their thing. The engine noise isn't all that bad even at redline during hard acceleration. Here's the bad - as almost all the reviews say, you get a lot of road noise. It was just too much for me and it gets tiring after a while, you really have to speak up to be heard over the noise. Keep in mind that different road surfaces create different amounts of noise and it's mostly noticable at speeds over 50 mph. My old explorer has a full frame that really isolates the body from the suspension and it's a very quite vehicle, these new unibody, lightweight vehicles just don't have that kind of isolation without the car maker working at it. Chrysler needs to work harder in the noise area. If most of your driving is around town it may not be a big issue for you.
Cons: the way it shifts
Advice: If you can handle the way it shifts, you will love the rest.After intensive research I figured PATRIOT. Got one. 08 LTD 4x4. It is a great car for the money they want. It feels litle rough for about first 500 miles and then, boom!It starts gliding. I recommend at least a test drive!
Pros: looks like a jeep cherokee sport, but on a smaller scale. Plus the gas mileage is good.
Cons: manual windows and door locks
Advice: do your homework and choose best small suv for you. This one was a great deal.surprising pep.