Without a doubt, this new Jeep is the automaker’s most affordable compact sport-utility vehicle, offering consumers segment-leading capability and unsurpassed 4×4 fuel economy, the Jeep Patriot is placed between the Compass and Liberty, as one of the three compact crossover sports-utility vehicles from the Chrysler’s Jeep corral. The 2013 Patriot is the seventh model year of the nameplate, which Chrysler debuted in 2006.
Classic Jeep design cues include available 17-inch aluminum wheels and all-terrain tires housed inside signature Jeep trapezoidal wheel openings. Jeep Patriot’s high beltline completes the vehicle’s protective side profile. The rear of the vehicle, with an upright backlight and a bold bumper, further illustrate Jeep Patriot’s interior spaciousness and adds to its rugged appearance and capability. Four doors and a rear liftgate provide easy access to Jeep Patriot’s spacious and functional interior.
New for 2013, the Jeep Patriot sports two new exterior colors: Black Forest Green Pearl Coat and Winter Chill Pearl Coat. It is available in three trims: Sport, Latitude and Limited. With each trim, you can go with a front-wheel drive (FWD) or an all-wheel drive (4×4); the latter enhances driving control on various road surfaces. All the models and trims have either of two four-cylinder engines: a 2.0-liter World engine (standard equipment) with 158 horsepower at 6,400 RPM and 141 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm, and 2.4-liter with 172 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 165 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. Both engines communicate torque to the ground through the standard Magna Driveline T355 five-speed manual gearbox. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is an available option for both motors and what a great option it is, for the CVT shifts through an unlimited number of gear rations to support better fuel efficiency. As a result, fuel economy widely varies with the 2013 Jeep Patriot. The range is 21 to 23 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 26 to 30 mpg on the highway. Depending on trim combination, the 2013 Patriot can haul up to 1,000 or 2,000 lbs. Anti-lock braking, electronic brake-force assistance, traction control system and vehicle stability management enhance the Grand Cherokee’s braking and handling abilities. Exterior features include: black roof rails, fog lights and front air dam.
The Jeep Patriot offers customers segment-leading capability with features such as low-range mode which generates a best-in-class 19:1 crawl ratio, brake traction control, 19-inch water fording capability, Hill-descent Control, 4×4 Lock and shift-on-the-fly which sends 50% of torque to front and rear wheels.
Jeep Patriot is available in three drivetrain configurations. In addition to the standard front-wheel-drive system, Jeep Patriot also is available with Freedom Drive I™ and the Freedom Drive II® Off-Road Package.
Freedom Drive I is an available full-time, active four-wheel-drive system with lock mode designed to give drivers year-round assurance with the ability to handle rough weather and low-traction conditions. This active four-wheel-drive system is recommended for daily use, including slick conditions that come with rain and light snow. Freedom Drive I also features a lockable center coupling, giving drivers the ability to put the Jeep Patriot in four-wheel-drive lock mode to handle deep snow, sand and other low-traction surfaces.
The Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package includes a second-generation continuously variable transaxle with low range (JATCO CVT2L) that engages when the off-road mode is activated, 17-inch all-terrain tires and aluminum wheels, a full-size spare tire, skid plates, tow hooks, fog lamps and manual seat height adjuster. This package is recommended for moderate off-road situations that include steep grades, occasional wheel lift and rock or log climbing.
Inside the passenger cabin, soft touch front-door trim panels with a padded upper surface; center armrest and a steering wheel with integrated controls greets the driver. Premium cloth bucket seats in the front are standard, as well as speed control on all models. Additionally door switches, door locks, windows and power mirror controls are backlit for easy use at night.
With a roomy cabin comfortable enough for 5 passengers, the new 2013 Jeep Patriot uses the Uconnect® stereo system for providing entertainment. Most of them use the four-speaker Uconnect® 130, which includes MP3 CD compatibility and audio controls mounted on the steering wheel. The more advanced Uconnect® 230, which consists of a 6-CD changer and rear DVD player, goes on trims like the Limited. For safety, each Jeep contains six airbags and vehicle anti-theft system.
The Jeep Patriot has always provided some sort of a middle ground. Borrowing some vintage Jeep body-style cues, it is ideal for those who need a no-frills SUV. And the 2013 edition of this vehicle is no exception.
Dimensions & specifications
Wheelbase: 103.7; overall length: 173.8; width: 69.2; height: 65.5 (FWD), 66.8 (4WD)
All vehicle measurements are in inches
Engine: 2.0L four-cylinder – 158 hp at 6,400 rpm and 141 lbs-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm; 2.4L four-cylinder – 172 hp at 6,000 rpm and 165 lbs-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm.
Transmission: five-speed manual, continuously variable automatic
EPA Fuel Economy: 2.0L four-cylinder (FWD) – 23 city/30 hwy. (manual), 22 city/28 hwy. (automatic); 2.4L four-cylinder (2WD) – 23 city/28 hwy. (manual), 21 city/27 hwy. (automatic); (4WD) – 23 city/28 hwy. (manual), 21 city/26 hwy. ( Freedom Drive I/automatic), 20 city/23 hwy. (Freedom Drive II/automatic)
Cargo capacity: 53.5 cubic feet
Towing capacity: 2,000 lbs.
Dual front airbags, dual side-curtain airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, brake assist, all-speed traction control, electronic roll mitigation electronic stability control, hill start assist, fog lamps, engine immobilizer, and tire pressure monitoring system. 4×4 adds four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock. Latitude adds remote keyless entry.
Optional safety equipment includes: hill-descent control, full-size spare tire, supplemental front-seat mounted side-impact airbags, Bluetooth hands free phone system, tow hooks and daytime running lights.
Basic: 3-year/36,000 mile
Powertrain: 5-year/100,000 mile
Corrosion: 5-year/100,000 mile
Roadside Assistance: 5-year/100,000 mile 24-hour
The base Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2013 Jeep Patriot SUV starts from $15,995 for the Sport 4×2 up to $25,695 for the Limited 4×4.
Destination charges add $995.