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I have a 2013 Jeep Patriot Sport. The "sport" is Jeep's nice way of saying the buyer didn't pay a lot for this car, at least compared to what they could've paid. My particular Patriot has no power windows, locks, and mirrors. However, it does have:
Air conditioningLight up cup holders4WDSpeed sensitive intermittent windshield wipersThis thing that stops the car from rolling backwards when on a hill, which is nice with the manual transmissionA flashlight in the ceilingThe visors extendDecent four-door speakers
Now, I'm not complaining, I bought the car because I like it a lot, I just thought it was funny how much comes standard, or can be optioned in besides power convenience.
I thought I'd make a quick post about the oddities of the Jeep Patriot. Any product can be odd, but some things are more odd than others. This isn't a bad thing, it's just whatever you can live with. So here's a list in no order whatsoever. Everything has a delay: the turn signals take a second to turn on, the climate control takes a second to adjust, and even the ignition takes a second for the car to turn on and off. I'm not saying these things should be absolutely instant, but this seems to be a trend with Chrysler vehicles.Hitting the horn is never in the spot you think it will be. In most cars, there's a "sweet spot" where the horn triggers. When you get to know your car, you know how far in to press the horn. This is not the case with this Patriot, or most Chryslers I've driven past model year 2007 or so. Some Jeep steering wheels are easier to press, but others seemingly change the position at which the horn presses every single time. The sa…
If what you're looking for in a vehicle is the most patriotic sounding car, look no further than the Jeep Patriot. Or an American Motors Eagle. Oh, if I could've been a car buyer in the '80s, the Eagle would've been my ride. And honestly, they have a lot in common: they're both car-based crossovers designed to give 4WD when you need it. The only thing the Patriot is missing are those sweet door handles and the gigantic windows. And wood paneling.
The Jeep Patriot was designed to be a baby Liberty/Wrangler for those who want better fuel economy in an SUV with a Jeep logo on it. In 2007 when the Patriot was released, there was no Renegade, or Cherokee to provide for a fuel efficient alternative, your other choices were the Compass, which looks like a baby Grand Cherokee, the tank Liberty, and the family-sized Grand Cherokee and Commander. Now that the Jeep lineup has the Renegade, Compass, and Cherokee, where does the Patriot fit in? Well, it won't for long, beca…