The 2014 Jeep Patriot offers up traditional Jeep styling with its boxy design and that signature grille all at a price that makes getting into this SUV affordable.
There are legions of Jeep fanboys that are none too happy with the recent design changes that were made to the Cherokee, but they can take solace in the Patriot. It looks like a traditional SUV and a traditional Jeep. It is comfortable and familiar without being dated.
The design is rugged and no-fuss on the outside without lots of flashy chrome accents and this extends to the interior, but here things don’t fare quite as well. While the outside manages to look basic and utilitarian without looking cheap, the interior leans very much toward economy car.
There are lots of hollow plastics and surfaces feel less than luxurious giving the interior a more downscale vibe. Three available trims do let you alter that vibe with the Latitude we testing falling in the middle of the range.
This added features like air conditioning, heated front seats, power windows and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. In addition to those standard Latitude features, there was also a 6-speed automatic transmission and Uconnect options that improved the infotainment offering and added about $1,200 to the price. Our Jeep Patriot Latitude came in at $26,180 including destination.
You can get into this car for a lot less with the base Sport coming in at $15,995 although you won’t get the comfort or technology features found in the Latitude or Limited. What you will get is an attractive SUV with a smaller size that is great in tight spaces and a boxy design that gives it a cavernous interior.
You can seat 5, really and truly, without that rear middle passenger being squashed and uncomfortable. It’s also got a very tall roofline that makes it easy to get in and out of the Patriot even for taller people.
If you’re carrying cargo on a regular basis, then you’re going to find the Patriot a very accommodating SUV thanks to its boxy design. You’ll get 53.5 cubic feet of cargo space when you fold the rear seats and 1,000 pound of standard towing capability.
The ride is comfortable, but as mentioned, this is not a plush interior even in the middle trim Latitude. This is oddly not a drawback in the Patriot because this feels like an SUV that wants to do work, not one that wants to get dressed up and go out for a party.
You won’t worry that you’re going to destroy the interior of the Patriot the first time you set foot in it with mud covered boots and dirt on your hands. It’s ready to play and not afraid to get a little dirty.
The ride is comfortable despite road and wind noise which can be intrusive, especially in rainy weather on the highway. Seats are supportive and easily adjustable for drivers of different sizes. SUVs can be tough for those who are short, but this one allowed even a 5-foot driver an easy view over the hood.
Under that hood is the most significant change in the 2014 Patriot as they’ve ditched the CVT in favor of a 6-speed automatic transmission. A 5-speed manual is standard on the Sport and Latitude while the 6-speed becomes an option on the Latitude and standard on the Limited.
It’s a huge improvement, making this a much more pleasant and responsive drive. That 6-speed also helps reduce the noise inside the cabin with no more whiny CVT. In FWD models it’s paired to a 2.0-liter I4 with an optional 2.4-liter I4 that is standard in the Limited and all 4×4 models.
Our Latitude 4×4 came with that 2.4-liter with 172 horsepower and 165 lb-ft of torque that had it moving nimbly into highway traffic. There’s enough power to make the Patriot move when you need it, whether maneuvering through city traffic or traveling at high speeds.
The 2014 Jeep Patriot Latitude stays true to the Jeep heritage with its classic Jeep styling in a boxy SUV. Combine that with its affordability, and you’ve got an attractive, capable SUV at an incredible price.
2014 Jeep Patriot Latitude 4×4
Base Price: $23,995
Price As Tested: $25,185 (not including destination charge)
- Traditional Jeep Styling
- No More CVT
- Mediocre Interior
- No Rear View Camera