The 2015 Jeep Patriot continues to be a budget-conscious SUV that offers the off-road capability for which Jeep is famous. It is perhaps the least modern looking car in the Jeep line-up, but sticking to tradition isn’t a bad thing and it works for the Patriot.
What stands out when you look at the Patriot is that it’s boxy. The curved, lean lines of the rest of the Jeep line-up are absent making this look like the most traditional of SUVs. That classic body shape also makes it great for cargo, with 53.5 cubic feet with folded rear seats. The wide tailgate entrance makes it easy to fit even awkwardly shaped objects and makes loading it full much less of a puzzle.
There is also a very Jeep front end that makes it look like the Wrangler’s big brother. This is an SUV for someone who is more interested in doing stuff than in looking posh. It’s all about getting from point A to point B in one piece during bad weather and being able to tackle a dirt road for a weekend adventure. There is nothing fussy or fancy about the Patriot.
This is part of what makes the Jeep Patriot a bargain with the base Sport with a 5-speed manual transmission starting at $16,695 or $18,895 is you want it as a 4×4. Even the top of the line Limited 4×4 starts at just $26,695. The Patriot is a value, but there are some sacrifices for that pricing.
Although the exterior of the car is very appealing, inside things fall short. There are too many hollow plastic surfaces and the materials don’t look as fine as they do in the rest of the Jeep line. Take a seat behind the wheel, look around, and that’s when you know you’re in a budget-conscious model.
Seating is comfortable on short rides, but somewhat stiff while rear seating is even less supportive. The kids won’t mind, but adults will notice on a road trip. There is plenty of space, however, with that square design providing lots of head and shoulder room. Legroom is also good with front seats that can be pushed back with out chopping off rear passengers at the knees.
The Jeep Patriot Latitude 4×4 as tested came with the $750 Freedom Drive II package for those who are serious about off-roading. This is the only variant of the model that gets the official Trail Rated badge and includes brake lock differential, hill descent control, full size spare, skid plates, tow hooks, and a trailer tow wiring harness.
The Latitude 4×4 comes with a 172 horsepower 2.4-liter I4 with a 6-speed automatic or an optional CVT with off-road crawl ration. Our tester featured the CVT which provided a smooth ride but was noticeably loud. Driving through the city it wasn’t an issue, but take the Patriot out on the highway and things change.
It goes back to the economy vibe of the car. The engine noise is obtrusive during hard acceleration as are road and wind noise. It is difficult to hear rear passengers in rough weather and makes long rides less enjoyable.
Despite the noise, handling is good. This isn’t a huge SUV so it’s nimble on the highway and great for city driving. Parking even in narrow spaces is easy making it a great choice for those who are city dwellers with a taste for weekend adventure.
The 2015 Jeep Patriot is a great value. It’s an SUV for those who want plenty of room for cargo, off-road capability, and classic Jeep styling without all the fuss.
2015 Jeep Patriot Latitude 4×4
Base Price: $24,295
Price As Tested: $27,620 (not including destination charge)
- Classic Jeep Styling
- Wide Range of Models
- Noisy Ride
- Economy Interior