Scott Burgess, the Auto Reviewer for The Detroit News recently gave the 2009 Jeep Patriot rave reviews stating that,“it puts the first draft to shame.”
It’s quite capable. My test vehicle, the high-end Limited, was powered on the 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine. It pounds out a respectable 172 horsepower and 165-pound-feet of torque. (That’s an upgrade over the base 158 horsepower, 141-pound-feet torque 2-liter engine.)
It buzzes along the highway quite nicely. It’s quieter now that Jeep has installed sound dampening materials on the floor and inside the engine compartment. It’s also retuned the exhaust. It’s not silent in the cabin when you’re going 70 mph, but it’s easy enough to hold a conversation.
The ride is fairly smooth, but still feels more truck-like, which fits a Jeep’s character…
One area Jeep didn’t have to improve was the vehicle’s gas mileage. While there are five different drivetrain configurations, all of the mileage numbers are good — spanning from 20 miles per gallon city/22 mpg highway for the top of the line 4×4 to 23 mpg city/27 mpg highway for a front-wheel drive with a five-speed manual.
While I did not test the 2009 model’s off-road abilities this time, I have driven the Patriot on some extremely tough terrain in the past without any problems. The Freedom II off road package can handle almost everything a person can throw at it.”