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Monday, May 14, 2012

Jeep Patriot--Offroad Capability in a Crossover

The Jeep Patriot perked along in a 4x4 kind of way all weekend.  It's slightly updated for 2012 but no major improvements--a recalibrated continuously variable transmission CVT improves the performance.

With its available optional offroad option package the Patriot will hit the trail smartly because of its increased ride height, skid plates and 4-wheel drive with a transfer case that has dual-range gear ratios for low-speed crawling.

My test car, the top-of-the-line Limited, was $28,640 with options like the Customer Preferred Package and amped up sound system.  This vehicle as equipped is not going to gooffroad.  But, wait!  I do go offroad.  Whenever I can!

The Patriot's acceleration was on the sluggish side; it's powered by an 2.4 liter inline four-cylinder engine and the four may be just under what it needs.   But for those who want to take to the wilderness on weekends it's better to have a vehicle that isn't as polite as the Kia Sportage or the Honda CR-V on the highway.

The Patriot has a good seating position--riding up high really makes you feel in command of your ride--and the interior has a wonderful Jeep attitude--it's not trying too hard to be cool.  It just is cool.  In its three trim levels you can upgrade-- alloy wheels, leather wrapped steering wheel and remote ignition.

EPA mileage on my Patriot Limited was 21/26 city/highway.  I've been holding steady on my speed lately trying to get better mileage--mostly because I just wrote a story on ecodriving.    Look for it next week a

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