You sit up high in the Liberty, with a good view of the road ahead. The steering lacks feedback, but the brakes are good. The traditional Jeep seven-slot grille nails the heritage, along with a flat hood and trail-worthy stance. Even after you adjust the price to add the missing basic features — air conditioning, power windows, locks and side mirrors, etc. Acquisition The 2016 Patriot is Jeep's most affordable model, with a U. Negative Offset is when the back of the bolt pad is closer to the inside of the wheel; when the mounting surface is inboard of the rim centerline. The stability system did its job, keeping everything nice and boring … until I turned it off.
There's a little bit of a toy quality to the Liberty — it is definitely a cute ute, not an intimidating vehicle by any means. Cargo capacity is too small, with 23 cu-ft behind the rear seat backs and just 53. It looks like the offspring of a and a , snatching styling cues from each end of the Jeep lineup to create a unique look all its own. The leather wasn't the best quality, and the rest of the seat was covered in cheap imitation leather and cloth. See our page for aftermarket rim options available. Take a tape measure and measure the distance from where the straight edge contacts the inboard flange to the hub mounting pad of the wheel. I was baffled that Jeep was building two models so similar in size and price off this platform.
For Europe and Australia, a 2. Notable safety options include front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags designed to supplement the standard curtains with added torso protection, and a tire pressure monitoring system. Safety Standard safety feature highlights include with , an with and side curtain airbags. For the 2013 model year, a Freedom Edition model, based on the Sport model, was offered to commemorate Jeep's commitment to the and , as well to commemorate all of the who have served. Although the model was still selling well even as it was essentially unchanged as it entered its 11th model year, production ended with the 2017 model year.
When properly equipped, the Patriot is definitely an off-roader. For 2012 only, an Altitude Edition model, based on the Sport model, was offered. While the front seats offer plenty of headroom and legroom, things are tight in the back. Towing It may be offroadable, but the Patriot has the same shortcoming of most front-drive-based platforms: Its maximum towing capacity is a mere 2,000 pounds when equipped with the Trailer Tow package, which adds an engine-oil cooler as well as a trailer wiring harness. There have been no announced plans to continue with the electric version.
The entry-level Sport trim is quite spartan, to say the least. Refer to the section on wheel terminology to learn more about Jeep wheel bolt patterns, offset, and backspace. . Without this option, the maximum trailer weight is 1,000 pounds. Both Patriot and first-generation Jeep Compass were replaced by second-generation Compass. Jeep Patriot's flexible interior gives buyers the capability to do more in terms of seating friends and storing gear. When the uninitiated envision off-roading, they typically think of blasting down a sandy path at 40-plus mph, going sideways as often as forward and kicking up a smokescreen of dust, rally-race style.
My totally shallow analysis, based on the science of opinion, is that it is a bad application in the Liberty. The 2007 Jeep Patriot's powertrain is designed to deliver world-class performance, fuel economy and refinement. Freedom Drive I features a lockable center coupling, giving drivers the ability to put the Jeep Patriot in four-wheel-drive Lock mode to handle deeper snow, sand and other low-traction surfaces. The other system, called , is based on Freedom Drive I, but by using the vehicle's transmission it is capable of a 19:1 gear reduction simulating a low range usually found in vehicles with dedicated transfer cases. For 2011, a 70th Anniversary Edition model was offered to commemorate the Jeep history. The Patriot was manufactured at 's assembly plant alongside the Compass. Legroom is in short supply, and the bottom cushion is placed too low.
Even a telescoping steering wheel and height-adjustable driver's seat are missing from the base model, which means finding a good driving position is not easy. Put three adult passengers in there, though, and they would end up hating each other. With backseats folded flat, the volume is 54. Entry-level Jeep Patriot Sport vehicles lack basic amenities such as power accessories and air conditioning. Efficiency Apart from European-spec models fitted with diesel engines, the Patriot's fuel economy record is not competitive.
The buttons and switches won't give you any tactile pleasure, but at least they're well-placed and intuitive to use. The two trim levels are Sport and Limited, with few visible differences. They were originally called French Drive until that country declined to participate in the Iraq invasion. The four-wheel paid off here, but it comes at a price on challenging offroad trails more on that later. Model Engine Power Torque Transmission Sport 2. To see what details are different this year, check out a of the two model years. On-pavement performance is firm but comfortable, with moderate noise levels in the cabin at highway speeds — much of it wind noise from the boxy shape and upright windshield.
The shifter juts out from the center of the dashboard — a location that some people find objectionable, but the knob was exactly where I wanted it. Still, these results are really bad. The bottom line is we wouldn't recommend you buy a Patriot unless you get a very consistent discount. The optional speakers that drop down from the tailgate to blast music outside are a welcome feature for outdoor parties. On the passenger's side, it's downright plain. This model features Commando Green Metallic exterior paint that is not available on other 2013 Jeep Patriots. Only with the front passenger seat folded standard on Limited, optional on Sport does the Patriot realize its maximum 62.