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The Jeep Patriot is a four-door, five-passenger compact SUV. The Jeep Patriot is manufactured in Belvidere, Ill. alongside the Jeep Compass and Dodge Caliber. Jeep introduced the Patriot in 2007 as an affordable, entry-level SUV with the same off-road ruggedness for which Jeeps are known. Top competing vehicle models in the compact SUV class include the Toyota RAV4, Suzuki Grand Vitara and Honda CR-V.

With the similarly priced Jeep Compass offering a sportier crossover appearance, the Jeep Patriot has been more traditionally styled as a straightforward SUV. The boxy appearance is reminiscent of the now discontinued Jeep Cherokee, and a focus on off-road performance helps set it apart from the competition. Styling features such as high ground clearance, steep approach and departure angles and optional protective skid plates all encourage owners to venture off-road from time to time.

The interior of the Jeep Patriot offers the compact quarters that are to be expected in a small SUV. Dimension of the vehicle include a length of 173.6 inches, width of 69.1 inches and height of 64.4 inches. The 4-door design seats up to five passengers. Hard rubber flooring and 2-tone trim are intended to accentuate the ruggedness of the vehicle.

Jeep Patriot Performance

The Jeep Patriot is available in two trim levels – Sport and Limited. Both vehicle models come standard with a 2.4-liter GEMA 4-cylinder engine that delivers 172 horsepower and 165 lb-ft. of torque. A 2.0-liter GEMA 4-cylinder engine is available as on option for the base Sport 2-wheel drive edition. This less powerful engine musters 158 horsepower. A 5-speed manual transmission is also standard for the Patriot. Notable available performance upgrades include continuously variable transmission (CVT) and 4-wheel drive.****** A variety of off-roading upgrades are also available on the Jeep Patriot. Optional Freedom Drive II technology delivers "Trail Rated" performance that improves traction, maneuverability and water fording. Brake traction control, full-size spare tire, hill descent control and front and rear tow hooks are a few of the other off-road features that can be added to the Jeep Patriot.

Jeep Patriot Features

The base Jeep Patriot Sport comes standard with features such as air conditioning, vinyl upholstery, stereo with CD player and MP3 connectivity, outside temperature indicator, rear defogger and rear windshield wiper. The Limited edition builds on this package by adding a fog lights, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, height and lumbar adjustment for the driver's seat, cruise control, power windows and locks, satellite radio, floor mats and an auto day-to-night rearview mirror. Safety features present on both models include dual front airbags, side curtain airbags, antilock brakes, brake assist, antiskid system and a tire pressure monitor.

The 2009 Jeep Patriot is a carryover from 2008. The 2009 Patriot is available in two trim levels: Sport and Limited. Each of these vehicles is equipped with a 2.4 liter, 172 horsepower 4-cylinder engine that also generates 165 lb-ft of torque. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard equipment for both models, while a continuously-variable automatic unit can be ordered as an option. Fuel economy with the 5-speed is rated at 23 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway. The Sport trim can also be had with a 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder engine that cranks out 158 horsepower and 141 lb-ft of torque. The continuously-variable unit is the only transmission available with this motor, and the smaller engine turns in fuel mileage of 23 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highway. All editions of the Patriot can be equipped with four-wheel drive with the exception of the 2.0 liter Sport trim.