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Jeep Patriot: 2006-2014 — off-road and around-town versability

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2013 Jeep Patriot off-road
2009 Jeep Patriot test drive

2008 Patriot FWD Off-Road

Like the Compass, the Jeep Patriot shared the Caliber platform, but it also had “real Jeep” capabilities in a Trail Rated model, and a toughened body to deal with off-road duty. With styling similar to the 2008 Jeep Liberty, the Patriot was close in many off-road clearances but had better gas mileage and a lower price. Testers were surprised by its rock-climbing, trail-traversing, and stream-crossing abilities. The body was similar in exterior size to the old Jeep Cherokee.

For model-year 2014, source oh2o correctly predicted a new six-speed conventional-automatic transmission, which, though, would not be used with Freedom Drive II; buyers of Trail Rated Patriots still had to buy the CVT.

Jeep Patriot was to end production a few months before Compass during calendar-year 2014; at the moment, plans are uncertain.

2011 Jeep Patriot photos

For 2013, Patriot had a new wheel design. See our Trail-Rated 2013 Jeep Patriot (and Compass) off-road test drive.

For 2011, the body was “cleaned up,” with corners rounded off, and the back muffler mostly covered or blacked out. Real-world gas mileage should be better and the 2.4 is a little quieter; steering and handling are tighter as well. Jeep reps noted that the 2011 Patriot has revised front and rear fascias, a body-color grille, and an increased (by 1 inch) 4x4 ride height. Ride-and-handling was refined through retuned steering and suspension systems. Other changes include standard fog lamps within the headlights, four new colors, and optional 17 inch wheels. Highway mileage jumped by 2 mpg with the 2.4 liter engine and CVT for both FWD and 4x4 (except with Freedom Drive II).

2011 Patrot interior

Interior enhancements include new soft touch front-door trim panels with a padded upper surface; new center armrest; a new steering wheel with integrated controls that allow the driver to operate the radio, cruise control, phone, and other functions while keeping their hands on the wheel; new cloth interior, with premium cloth bucket seats in the front; standard speed control on all models; new backlighting of door switches, door locks, windows and power mirror controls and standard automatic temperature control on the Latitude X model.

2011 patriot

Jeep Patriot vs Evoque (by Bob Sheaves, suspension engineer)

In concept of powertrain layout and function, there are no major differences between Land Rover Evoque and Jeep Compass/Patriot. They are all wheel drive capable, but the Jeep Patriot (and now Compass) has a low range option that is included in the Trail Rated offroad equipment package.

Suspension tuning and geometry is superior in the Evoque, but not due to more travel. The D-cars all have within one inch or so travel of each other, from jounce to rebound. The Evoque is “better” because the suspension controls the ground contact patch more accurately, without excessive toe change, caster change, or camber change, at the limits of travel. The Evoque not only keeps the tires perpendicular to the traction surface, more importantly, it keeps the tires pointed in the proper direction, relative to the direction of travel, although not always where the driver intends.

The spring rate on the Evoque is a little soft for my tastes- I would have used a slightly stiffer spring to lessen the jounce issues of the existing Land Rover design, but this would be a noticeable increase in onroad ride harshness. Also, the shock stiction is a bit high on the existing shocks, versus the Dodge and Jeep triplets. A minor point overall.

Overall, the existing Land Rover Evoque and Jeep Patriot are so close, they can be considered equal on or off road.

2011 Jeep Patriot

PatriotFront Drive 4x4
US EPA MPG2010 2011-14 20102011-14
Manual 2.0 23/2923/29n/a 
Manual 2.4 23/2823/2823/2822/28
CVT 2.0 23/2723/27n/a 
CVT 2.4 21/2521/2721/2421/26
Off Road n/a 20/2220/23
Auto 2.4 (2014) 21/28  21/27

Optional on all models for 2011 is the Uconnect® Voice Command with Bluetooth for hands-free calling and music/radio/SIRIUS satellite radio control.

The 2011-14 Jeep Patriot 4x4 includes a low-range mode which generates a best-in-class 19:1 crawl ratio, brake traction control, 19-inch water fording capability, Hill Descent Control, 4x4 Lock shift-on-the-fly which sends 50 percent of torque to front and rear wheels, and a maximum tow rating of 2,000 lbs.

The 2011-14 Jeep Patriot has higher spring and damping rates, added rebound springs, and an increased diameter of the rear sway bar; but has the best 4x4 fuel economy in its segment. The engine continues to produce 172 hp and 165 lb-ft of torque, and gas mileage is 22 city, 28 highway (the FWD Sport model has an available 158 hp 2-liter that has 1 mpg better mileage.)

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A 2010 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick, the Jeep Patriot for 2011 was loaded with more than 30 standard safety and security features. Jeep Patriot was available in three configurations – Sport, Latitude and Latitude X — all in front or four wheel drive.

2009 and 2010 Jeep Patriot changes

Compass and Patriot shared an interior; for 2009, it was improved with more padding, better materials, and more graceful lines and curves. A partial-zero-emission-vehicle version of the 2.4 liter engine became available with front wheel drive. The suspensions were also retuned for a better on-road feel.

patriot dash

A new instrument panel, door trim panel, and center console were accompanied by a soft-touch door armrest and center console with split lid for more storage. Chrome accents were added to the vents and shift bezel on Sport, and to those areas as well as the door and cluster rings on Limited. Floor mats replaced the vinyl load floor, and LED-illuminated cupholders were added.

compass interior

An optional 30-gigabyte-hard-drive music system with the ability to show custom images (and to play movies on the screen while in Park) was added, along with a nav/traffic system, the latter standard on the Limited. Numerous changes were made to options packages, including a rather comprehensive and credible Freedom Drive II group. The liftgate appliqué was switched to mold-in-color (all Patriot, and Compass Sport; Compass Limited got a body-color appliqué).

Engine compartment and floor sound insulation and a larger resonator on front drive vehicles (and the addition of a resonator on 4WD models) slashed unwanted noise. Other changes included making a PZEV option on FWD CVT models, and making the Sport's suspension more comfortable and smooth.

patriot dashboard

For 2010, a 2.0 engine option with the five-speed stick-shift raises gas mileage slightly (by 1 mpg highway vs the 2.4 engine). Active head restraints were standard for drier and passenger. Automatic climate control was optional on Limited, and remote start was optional with the Security Group.

inside the 2007 Jeep Patriot

Off-Road Measures

(All but RAV4,
Patriot are 2006 models)



Running ground clearance 9 7.5” 8”   9.4” 8.0”* 9.0” 8.2”9.1
Approach angle (degrees) 31 29 28”   37 27.4 29 26.429.0
Departure angle (degrees) 24 25.4 21”   31.5 31.4 33 31.233.9
Breakover angle (degrees) 28 25 21”   22 20.6 23 18.423.7
Water fjording (inches)      19  
* 2011 Patriot should be one inch more with AWD, even without Freedom Drive II.

While the Patriot was available with front wheel drive, two optional four wheel drive packages were available: Freedom Drive I and the Freedom Drive II with an Off-Road Package.

Freedom Drive I was a full-time, active four-wheel-drive system for rough weather and low-traction conditions that was designed for daily use. Freedom Drive I featured a lockable center coupling, giving the ability to put the Jeep Patriot in four-wheel-drive Lock mode to handle deeper snow, sand, and other low-traction surfaces.

The Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package was needed to add the Trail Rated certification. The Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package included a second-generation continuously variable transaxle with a low range (CVT2L) that engaged when the off-road mode was activated, 17-inch all-terrain tires and aluminum wheels, a full-size spare tire, air-filtration system, skid plates, tow hooks, fog lamps and seat height adjuster. The Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package was for true off-road situations that included steep grades, wheel lift and rock or log climbing.

This new Jeep technology included the CVT2L’s 19:1 low ratio, for crawling over obstacles. Off-road Brake Traction Control maintained forward mobility during heavy articulation or on split-friction surfaces where one wheel loses traction. Hill-Descent Control modulated brake hydraulic pressure without driver intervention for downhill assistance at a safe and controlled rate of speed. Three-mode ESP and off-road anti-lock brakes (ABS) also added to the Patriot’s off-road capability.

U.S. Sales Dodge Caliber Jeep Compass Jeep Patriot Total
2006 92,224 18,579 0 110,803
2007 101,079 39,491 40,434 181,004
2008 84,158 25,349 55,654 165,161
2009 36,098 11,739 31,432 79,269
2010 45,082 15,894 38,620 99,596

All Jeep Patriots available in the United States and Canada included standard Brake Traction Control, driver-controlled three-mode ESP, Brake Assist, Electronic Roll Mitigation and anti-lock brakes with rough-road detection. Patriot’s standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes provided a competitive 60–0 mph stopping distance of 134 feet on dry pavement.

Patriot produced

The first 2007 Jeep Patriot came off the assembly line of the Belvidere plant on December 20, 2006, nearly one full year after the Caliber started up and about six months after the Compass. Frank Ewasyshyn, Executive Vice President - Manufacturing, said, “Thanks to Belvidere's ability to build multiple models off one assembly line, we expect the production of three all-new models to cost significantly less than the initial investment we made in the plant to build one product.”

Many changes were taking place within the Chrysler Group manufacturing process to accommodate the multiple models. For example, new ways to make the required amount of stamping dies were saving the company up to 60% on the cost of dies.

2011 SUV

New methods of material flow were being implemented to manage the complexity of three models being built on one assembly line. The inbound parts sequencing center (operated by minority-supplier TDS/US) managed more than 1,799 different parts that were used in the Jeep Compass, Dodge Caliber and Jeep Patriot build process. This center provided parts metering, kitting and container management to the Belvidere Assembly Plant and delivered complete subassemblies to the manufacturing floor as they were needed.

A tunnel connected the 500,000 square-foot sequencing center to the assembly plant. TDS/US organized parts, put them in kits, and delivered them to the end of a connecting tunnel for Belvidere employees to transport. This process maintained in-plant stocks at optimal levels, minimized delivery time and reduced costs an estimated 12 percent a year compared with the previous process. By carefully managing the material flow at the plant, the sequencing center helped workers focus on manufacturing quality (delivery of the parts this way also provided a poka-yoke system).

jeep patriot

A new workplace organizational model, coined Smart manufacturing, was increasing the flexibility of the Belvidere workforce, while fostering greater creativity and innovation from plant employees. In addition to extensive training, the new workplace model let employees design their own work stations. These changes provided a better work environment for employees and gave increased support to assembly line team members.

Jeep Patriot utility and features

A high seating position gave drivers an added feeling of control. Jeep Patriot had 39.6 inches of rear seat leg room, 54.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded flat and 62.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the front passenger seat back and rear seats folded flat, giving plenty of room for an 8-foot ladder, skis or two-by-fours from the lumber yard. Features included:

  • Standard side-curtain air bags
  • Available nine-speaker Boston Acoustics Premium Sound Group that included two articulating speakers packaged in the liftgate; when the liftgate was open, the speakers swung down to face rearward for tailgating and other activities
  • Auxiliary audio input jack for MP3 connectivity on standard radio
  • Available dual purpose, self-recharging removable cargo lamp, which was mounted in the headliner above the cargo area and can snap out of the bezel to serve as a flashlight
  • A sliding center armrest that moved forward 3 inches to accommodate shorter drivers. The armrest lid included a unique flip pocket for storing a cell phone or an MP3 player
  • Available 115-volt outlet in the center console that powers small electronics
  • Available fold-flat front passenger seat that creates a table-like surface for versatility
  • Standard 60/40 rear seats that fold flat and have an available recline feature
  • Ultra Floor™—a washable and removable vinyl load floor in the rear cargo area with a 250-lb. load capacity
  • YES Essentials™ Fabric—an easy-care, soil-repellant and anti-microbial textile that protects seats from stains, odors and discoloration

Powertrain - Jeep Patriot

Patriot used a standard 2.4-liter World Engine that produced 172-horsepower and 165 lb.-ft. of torque. This 2.4-liter World Engine had dual Variable Valve Timing (VVT) on both intake and exhaust camshafts, which helped optimize the torque curve at all speeds and produced more power, better fuel economy and smoother, quieter operation than engines without dual VVT. Dual VVT was typically not available on cars in the United States in the Jeep Patriot’s price class, at least at launch.

Jeep Patriot had a standard Chrysler-engineered T355 five-speed manual transaxle and an available CVT (continuously variable automatic transmission).

A 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine, paired with a six-speed manual transaxle, was available for Jeep Patriot in key diesel markets outside North America.

Jeep Patriot Line-up

The newest Jeep was available in both Patriot and Patriot Limited models. Both were available in the United States and Canada with front-wheel drive, the Freedom Drive I full-time, active 4x4 system and the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package full-time, active 4x4 system with low-range capability.

Standard equipment included standard side-curtain air bags, ESP, Brake Traction Control, electronic roll mitigation, anti-lock four-wheel disc brakes, Sentry Key theft-deterrent system, Vinyl Tech seats, rear 60/40 fold-flat seats, an Ultra Floor vinyl load floor, AM/FM CD radio with an auxiliary audio input jack, outdoor temperature display, 12-volt power outlet, foldaway mirrors, tilt steering wheel, rear window defroster, and a center console sliding armrest that moves forward 3 inches for shorter drivers. The armrest lid had a unique flip pocket for storing a cell phone or an MP3 player. On the exterior, the Jeep Patriot had a standard body-color grille and fascias, accent-color bodyside molding, black door handles, accent-color liftgate appliqué, black side roof rails, 16-inch styled steel wheels and all-season tires.

Optionals included seat-mounted side air bags, 60/40 rear seats that both folded flat and reclined, fold-flat passenger seat, cloth low-back bucket seats, air conditioning, power windows, speed-sensitive power locks, power foldaway mirrors, Remote Keyless Entry, engine block heater, 115-volt outlet in the center console, a removable/rechargeable interior cargo lamp, map lights, passenger assist handles and illuminated entry, speed control, AM/FM radio with six-disc CD player and MP3 CD play capability, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, UConnect™ hands-free communication system, deep-tinted sunscreen glass, trailer tow prep package, Off-Road Group (which includes CVT2 with low range, 17-inch all-terrain OWL tires and aluminum wheels, a full-size spare tire, air-filtration system, skid plates with tow hooks, fog lamps and seat height adjuster), a Security Group (which includes a soft tonneau cover, security alarm and daytime running lamps) and a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics Premium Sound Group (which featured two articulating speakers packaged in the liftgate; when the liftgate was open, the speakers could swing down from the trim panel to face rearward for tailgating and other activities).

The Limited model added air conditioning, power windows with driver one-touch down feature, speed-sensitive power locks, Remote Keyless Entry, power fold-away mirrors, deep-tinted sunscreen glass, all-season floor mats, a standard fold-flat, reclining rear seat, fold-flat front passenger seat, driver height adjuster, passenger assist handles, 115-volt auxiliary power outlet, removable/rechargeable cargo lamp, speed control, fog lamps, rear-view automatic dimming mirrors, temperature and compass gauge, universal garage door opener and tire pressure monitoring system. Limited had body-color fascias with bright silver appliqués, body-color bodyside moldings, 17-inch aluminum wheels and all-season touring tires.

All 2007 models had a two-tone interior color theme of dark and light shades of Pastel Slate Gray or Pastel Pebble Beige. Production of the 2007 Jeep Patriot began in the third quarter of 2006 at the newly refurbished Belvidere Assembly Plant. The engine was built in Dundee, Michigan.

jeep patriot and jeep compass concept cars

The Jeep Patriot concept debuted at the 2005 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt.

  Concept Final
Wheelbase 103.7 inches (2635 mm) Same
Overall length 173.7 inches (4411 mm) Same
Overall width 69.1 inches (1756 mm) Same
Overall height 65.6 inches (1667 mm) 64.4 inches
Front overhang 34.7 inches (883 mm) 43.8 inches
Rear overhang 35.1 inches (893 mm) Same
Front track 59.8 inches (1520 mm) Same
Rear track 59.8 inches (1520 mm) Same
Tire/wheel sizes 235/65R17 (17 x 6.5 inches) 215/60R17, 215/65R17
Aero (CdA)   10.6 (2WD)



Headroom without Sunroof

41.0 (1040.3)

Leg Room

40.6 (1032.1)

Shoulder Room

54.6 (1387.0)

Hip Room

52.3 (1328.8)

Driver Seat Travel

10.2 (260)

Passenger Seat Travel

 10.2 (260)

Driver Recliner Angle Range, degrees

Up to 88

Passenger Recliner Angle–

76 fold flat/88 non-fold flat

SAE Front Seat Volume Index, cu. ft. (cu. m)

52.6 (1.489)


Headroom without Sunroof

39.3 (998.2)

Leg Room

39.6 (1005.8)

Knee Clearance

1.8 (44.9)

Shoulder Room

54.0 (1371.9)

Hip Room

51.0 (1294.5)

SAE Rear Seat Volume Index, cu. ft. (cu. m)

49.1 (1.391)


SAE Interior Volume, cu. ft. (cu. m)

101.7 (2.880)

Cargo Volume, Rear Seats Up, cu. ft. (cu. m)

23.0 (0.652)

Cargo Volume, Rear Seats Folded, cu. ft. (cu. m)

54.2 (1.535)

EPA Interior Volume Index, cu. ft. (cu. m)

124.7 (3.532)

Liftover Height

30.5 (773.8)

Cargo Volume (3 seats folded)

62.7 (1.777)

Minimum Cargo Width at Liftgate Opening

38.9 (959)

Minimum Cargo Height at Liftgate Opening

25.9 (656)

Maximum Cargo Width at Liftgate Opening

45.1 (1146)

Maximum Cargo Height at Liftgate Opening

27.4 (696)

Distance between Wheelhouse Interior Trim

38.0 (966)

2011 Patriot test • 2013 Patriot off-road test2009 Jeep Patriot test drive results / car review • T355 transmission

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