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2015 Jeep Patriot – Unique, Surprisingly Off-Road Capable SUV

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The Jeep lineup is full of new exciting products like the Jeep Renegade and stalwarts like the Jeep Wrangler. Arguably, the odd man out is the 2015 Jeep Patriot.

It takes a bit of the Jeep Wrangler styling combines it with the Jeep Renegade SUV appeal, adds in a variety of similar shapes from the Jeep Compass and uses some of the legendary off-road performance that Jeep is known for. The result is a unique vehicle with a surprisingly good amount of off-road capability.

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For the 2015 model, Jeep offers the Patriot in three standard trim levels: Sport, Latitude, Limited. There are also two limited-edition packages: Altitude and High Altitude. Prices range from the affordable base Sport model at $16,795 to $24,695 for the Limited package. The differences largely revolve around interior comforts, technology capability and a variety of exterior options. For example, the top-end Limited includes leather-trimmed seats, power 6-way driver’s seat, Uconnect system and side roof rails as well as a chrome styled front and rear fascia.

Our test model was a 2015 Jeep Patriot Latitude 4WD with the High Altitude Package. The High Altitude package includes many of the Limited editions features plus a power sunroof, 17-inch aluminum wheels and a variety of other interior and exterior upgrades.

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Jeep has really done well in the past few years in expanding their brand from the iconic Wrangler. Each of these vehicles is a compromise of including their legendary off-road performance in an everyday driving SUV. The 2015 Jeep Patriot is another step in that direction with a smoother than expected ride quality with the Trail Rated off-road capability found in all Jeeps.

During our week of testing the Patriot, we drove over 200 miles of highway and another 100 miles of city/dirt driving.

On the highway, the 2015 Jeep Patriot performed quite well especially considering we drove through a pretty large snow storm. Facing slick roads and challenging conditions, we engaged the 4WD system to combat wheel slippage as well as provide additional torque at all four wheels. While the drive was long and tiring, the Patriot never slid or caused us concern. In fact, we were pretty impressed by just how well it performed.

Around town, it provided a fairly smooth ride for a Jeep. On pavement is really where the Jeep “compromise” is most apparent with the off-road equipment being forced to return a smooth ride. While the ride quality was certainly not the best in the segment, it isn’t that terrible.

Since we engaged the 4WD for a large majority of our time, our fuel economy number of 19 MPG combined is lower than the EPA estimated 21/27/23 MPG city/highway/combined. These estimates are based on the upgraded 2.4L four-cylinder engine in our Patriot. This engine was mated to a 6-speed automatic and this powertrain produces 172-hp and 165 lb-ft of torque. While the power was adequate, it was just that adequate. We would have enjoyed seeing a more powerful powertrain in this vehicle.

The base engine is a 2.0L four-cylinder producing 158-hp and 141 lb-ft of torque.

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Properly equipped, the 2015 Jeep Patriot is capable of towing up to 2,000 pounds.

One of the benefits to its exterior shape comes out while driving it in the form of visibility. For a compact SUV, the visibility is really good and this is due to its squared off sides and front end.

Overall, while there are smoother and more powerful compact SUV options out there, it is hard to beat the off-road capability found in the 2015 Jeep Patriot. If your driving habits include dirt or snow, this SUV should be on your list.

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On first glance, the word “boxy” immediately comes to mind when looking at the 2015 Jeep Patriot. From it’s squared off front-end to the rear, it clearly resembles a box-like design. Yet, that design works for the Jeep brand.  The Patriot resembles many of the historical character lines used in Jeeps for years.

Many of these historical character lines can be found throughout the exterior. From the iconic front grille, round headlights to the squarish wheel wells. These are all distinctive lines that harken back to the Jeep Wrangler Willy pickups of World War II.

Overall, Jeep calls this look “adventurous” and you can see where they are coming from. It’s looks certainly are not for everyone, yet we could see it being appealing to many.

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The true benefit of the adventurously-styled exterior is on the inside. All of the boxy shapes increase the interior room creating a spacious cabin. In fact, it is one of the roomiest cabins in the compact SUV segment.

Besides, the roomy cabin, the interior is filled with the typical Jeep styling of large, robust buttons and knobs. Every surface features a durable material able to hold up over a long period of time.

One of the highlights is the rear cargo area. Thanks to the boxy exterior, when you fold down the seats, it is almost pickup bed like in its shape and what you can haul. This is unlike other vehicles that compromise with sloped sides or seats that don’t quite fold down completely.

Overall, this isn’t a luxury car and the interior is made to last over a long period of time. If you are tired of vehicles with dainty knobs or seats that wear out quickly, this interior should be on the top of your list.

Overall, Jeep has an exciting lineup filled with new products. While the 2015 Jeep Patriot isn’t exactly the freshest product they offer, it is still a Trail Rated Jeep with legendary off-road capability.  Unlike the other competitors, this SUV actually likes getting dirty. If you are in the market for a roomy, functional Jeep for both the drive to the office and the dirt trail, the 2015 Jeep Patriot should be on your list.

2015 Jeep Patriot Latitude


  • High Altitude
  • Security and Cargo Convenience Group
  • Radio with 40 GB Hard Drive
  • UConnect Voice Command and Sirius XM
  • Remote Start

Price as tested: $29,060 with $995 Destination Charge


  • Off-road capability
  • Driver visibility
  • Hardy Interior Finishes


  • Styling
  • Pavement Ride Quality
  • Lackluster Engine Performance
Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl

Hailing from Western Nebraska, Tim has covered the automotive industry for many years. He has written for a variety of outlets including Truck Trend,, and others. He is a married father of three and an avid golfer.


  1. When will Jeep stop with the BPI (BARELY PULL IT ) engines ? the 3.2 V6 ,would be a much better choice with comparable mileage in the real world ,one reason I dont look at Jeeps when Vehicle shopping (the Lee Ermy days are over ) forget that base engine entirel.
    Jeep your marketing ploys ,turn off a lot of people ,nowadays enough power helps sell a vehicle (without the premium price for a lackluster engine upgrade )

  2. Check the VSS vehicle speed sensor8

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