2016 Jeep Patriot Walk Around

Next to the new Renegade, the Jeep Patriot looks dated. Yet it still looks rugged: a boxy, city-sized crossover, laden with Jeep design heritage. Some frontal design cues are borrowed from the iconic, hard-traveling Wrangler, while slab-sided styling harks back to the old-model Cherokee.

Body proportions are squared-off, but don’t convey a refrigerator aura. Careful detailing keeps the exterior simple, yet purposeful. Such familiar elements as the seven-slot grille and stocky door handles demonstrate an appealing blend of civility and masculine themes.


The Patriot’s upright exterior translates to useful interior space.

There is a sense of cheapness in the cabin details, however. Updating since its introduction has brightened and softened the cabin, but it’s hard not to notice the low-rent materials and hard, dull plastic. In addition, you get a strange, tall dashboard layout, along with a relatively low seating position.

On the plus side, the interior is versatile and practical, providing good cargo space and decent space for four passengers. A fifth might squeeze in, but won’t like it. At least, the Patriot’s tall roofline makes entry/exit easy.

Seating comfort is less appealing, with front seats that fail to provide much support. Rear seats are somewhat stiff, feeling short on padding.

Noise and vibration become apparent underway.

Outward visibility excels, helped by the boxy body and plentiful glass. A rearview camera is now available on both trim levels.

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