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2017 Jeep Patriot

Last year, Jeep pulled a fast one with its “discontinuation” of the Compass and Patriot when they decided to make a new model to cover them both. However, things didn’t go as planned, and the all-new Compass is different from the Patriot. So much so that the new 2017 Jeep Patriot went through some drastic changes, and the two reserved their spot in the model lineup. In comparison to the 2016 lineup, the 2017 Patriot lineup has fewer trims, but that just means more trims have more features, including the right equipment for off-roading.

2017 Jeep Patriot

22/26 mpg

Fuel Economy

2.4-liter DOHC

Avail. Engine Type

Freedom Drive II

Avail. 4x4 System

2017 Jeep Patriot Performance
2017 Jeep Patriot Performance

Performance

Engine Types

Standard under the hood of the 2017 Jeep Patriot is a 2.0-liter DOHC engine with VVT. Variable Valve Timing (VVT) technology is a design dedicated to optimizing the air/fuel intake/exhaust valves of an engine’s cylinders. DOHC or “Dual Overhead Camshaft” designs have been developed to take the stress off the engine. With these two systems working together, the engine’s power output and fuel economy is maximized. That puts the engine’s horsepower at 158 horses, and its fuel economy at 22/26 mpg city/highway.

The second engine option is just that, an option, unless buyers opt for the Patriot 75th Anniversary Edition. The Jeep Patriot 75th Anniversary Edition is powered by a 172-horsepower 2.4-liter engine designed with the same configurations for optimized power and fuel economy. Although a little larger, 2.4 vs 2.0 liters, it still gets a fuel economy of 27 mpg on the highway.

4x4 Systems and Transmission

Standard on the 2017 Jeep Patriot is a 5-speed manual transmission, but drivers can opt for a 6-speed automatic instead. If driving a Patriot with the 2.4-liter engine, a 6-speed automatic AutoStick with CVT2 technology is standard. This gives drivers the best of both worlds - manual selection of gears if they choose thanks to AutoStick, and never having to worry about a loss of speed or expended fuel when changing gears thanks to CVT2.

Two 4x4 systems are available on the 2017 Jeep Patriot, reserved for the 4x4 drivetrain. Unlike most Jeep 4x4 systems, Freedom Drive II is a full-time 4x4 systems because it’s always ready to manage wheel traction and the amount of torque that needs to be divided between the two axles, versus Freedom Drive I that only transfers torque when slippage occurs. For experienced drivers, Freedom Drive I can be locked into a 50/50 torque split that gives the driver more control over the system. Freedom Drive II takes this a step further by adding an off-road mode that can also be locked in for rugged conditions and rock crawling.

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2017 Jeep Patriot Style
2017 Jeep Patriot Style

Style

Exterior Features

With an MSRP starting a little low, it isn’t hard to get some of the more luxury features in the lineup - even the most-expensive trim is under $30k. With that said, some of the more advanced features can be found on later trims, such as a power sunroof and automatic headlamps. However, standard across the lineup is deep tint sunscreen glass, solar control glass, and a liftgate door with fixed glass.

16- and 17-inch wheels are available in black steel or gray aluminum. The standard tires on the base trim are all-season tires, but other trims are equipped with all-season touring tires, aside from the 75th Anniversary Edition, which has all-terrain tires. All 2017 Jeep Patriot trims come with a compact spare tire.

Interior Features

On the inside, luxury and standard features are a bit scattered. For instance, a lineup standard would be rear seat heat ducts, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a microphone, flat load floor storage compartments, and an instrument cluster. Optional or standard on select trims are heated front seats and automatic temperature a/c control. Aside from that, the cargo space doesn’t differ much across the majority of the trims, except for those with a 60/40 split-fold seat. Behind the first row, there is 63.4 cubic feet of maximum cargo space.

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2017 Jeep Patriot Technology
2017 Jeep Patriot Technology

Technology

Entertainment

Several audio options are available in the 2017 Jeep Patriot, depending on whether you’re looking for surround sound or not. The standard is a 4-speaker system, but select trims are available with a Boston Acoustic 9-speaker system with a subwoofer, and buyers can also add on two liftgate speakers. A basic radio setup is the standard for the Patriot cockpit, but on the Patriot Latitude and High Altitude trims, drivers can opt in for a 6.5-inch touchscreen. It might be beneficial to get, seeing as how Uconnect Voice command with Bluetooth is a lineup standard, but a touchscreen isn’t necessary.

Safety Features and Warranty

The 2017 Jeep Patriot lineup has many great safety features, such as active head restraints, advanced multistage front airbags, electronic stability control, hill start assist, and a Sentry Key theft deterrent system. When looking for convenience, look for the option on higher trims for keyless entry and a remote start system. For added security when backing up, a ParkView Rear back-up camera is an available option across the lineup.

Jeep vehicles are protected by a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, a 5-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for five years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for five years or 100,000 miles.

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