Jeep is going through a large update and change. Every vehicle in the Jeep line up is being turned into a clear FCA product inside and out. And that isn’t exactly a good thing. Every model from the Maserati Ghibli to the Dodge Challenger have so many similar mass-produced parts, it’s slightly disappointing.
So the Jeep Patriot. On the street I grew up, there was an older girl who had a Jeep Patriot, and I always thought that the Jeep Patriot was the epitome of a girls first new car.
The Jeep Patriot has not been redesigned in years unfortunately, and remains the same as it has for years. An old looking, boxy thing.
I can’t understand why anyone would get a Jeep Patriot brand new since there are so many models that are better than it. It is one of those vehicles that pretty much every motorist who knows anything about cars mutually hates. Pretty brutal, right? Well, that’s how bad it is.
Jeep should either redesign the Patriot or just kill it off. I can’t help but imagine it only exists because of contractual reasons over at FCA.
So without further complaining in this segment, let’s take a look at the 2017 Jeep Patriot.
The Specs-2017 Jeep Patriot:
|Vehicle Type:||Midsize SUV|
|Power Plant:||2.0 L (G/D) 4-cyl / 2.2 L (D) 2.4 L 4-cyl|
|Gearbox:||6 speed auto / 5/6 speed manual|
|MPG:||Up to 30 Highway/23 City|
|Torque:||141 Lb-ft – 165 lb-ft.|
|Top Speed:||110 MPH (est.)|
|0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH):||8 seconds (est.)|
|Base Price:||$18,000 (est).|
The Exterior-2017 Jeep Patriot:
For the 2017 Jeep Patriot, there are a number of trim levels that change the look of the vehicle. You can get the 2017 Jeep Patriot in X, Sport and Latitude trim levels.
With the higher trim level of Latitude, you get a nicely finished body, but it still lacks in the styling department.
The face of the 2017 Jeep Patriot is absolutely emotionless. There is nothing going on. The front end of the 2017 Jeep Patriot looks like WALL-E when he got put back together. Blank and expressionless.
It is a very outdated look, which is sad because it makes me wonder why it has been on production for so long.
The side view of the 2017 Jeep Patriot has some beefy fenders and a strong roof line. The 2017 Jeep Patriots side is probably the best angle of the outdated design.
From the rear, we fall back into the cheap, stamped-out look of the front end. A very boxy design and a cheap “PATRIOT” stamp dawn the back of the 2017 Jeep Patriot.
Overall, the design of the 2017 Jeep Patriot isn’t particularly bad for the time period it was created in. However, it is now old and outdated; Which is a problem.
For the future of the Jeep Patriot, Jeep needs to redesign it as soon as possible. The current one is just really outdated and I can’t say it enough. This means that there is almost no reason to get a new one if you’re in the market. You can grab up a Jeep Patriot from a couple years ago and unfortunately, it’s always going to be as good as new.
The Interior-2017 Jeep Patriot:
The inside of the 2017 Jeep Patriot is much the same story as we see on the outside. While the whole minimalist thing works on the Wranglers interior, I can’t say the same for the 2017 Jeep Patriot.
The interior of the 2017 Jeep Patriot is the most un-impressive thing I’ve ever seen. For 2017, the interior of this little SUV is just unacceptable. There are few cars that can (barely) pull off not redesigning an interior for years like the Maserati GranTurismo, but the Jeep Patriot is not one of those cars.
Pretty much the only thing that changes from the 2010 model to this one, is the steering wheel. Everything else is identical.
Again I’d really like to know why the Patriot is still being made and without a redesign in years. There has to be some sort of reason.
Interior space is also a bit cramped inside the 2017 Jeep Patriot. Again, due to outdated technology.
The infotainment technology is also pretty outdated. The screen has integrated buttons and looks like a set up you can grab from the local auto parts store.
There is plenty of plastic all around for everyone to enjoy. The black trim around nearly every surface really draw attention to how old the cars design is.
Overall, the interior gives no other reason to buy this car new for any reason. I’m praying for a new model at this point.
The Performance-2017 Jeep Patriot:
To sum up the performance aspects of the 2017 Jeep Patriot, I can boil it down to one word. That one word is “almost“.
The available engines, which come in gasoline or diesel, are all under-powered. The available torque does not exceed 200 pound feet, which is sad. Especially for an off-road capable vehicle. ESPECIALLY for a Jeep.
Jeep’s Freedom Drive II is available for the 2017 Jeep Patriot, and seems to be the only redeeming quality here. That system is actually pretty good, and gets good praise.
Outside of that, everything from steering to suspension is dead. It’s a shame the same company that makes the legendary Wrangler has such an ugly duckling in the line up. All it needs is an update or redesign…Something.
Sum It Up:
The Jeep Patriot barely worked when it debuted, and just plain doesn’t work now. Jeep needs to update this model to save it before more money is lost to an expressionless Jeep Patriot.
The 2017 Jeep Patriot has already been released, and quietly so.