There are a lot of reasons to get excited over the 2012 Jeep Patriot. First, gas mileage is superb for a vehicle in this segment, returning 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Second, there are two engines to choose from. Unfortunately, neither offers a ton of power, but both are peppy enough to get you where you need to go.
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Standard is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that offers 158 horsepower and 141 pound-feet of torque. This front-wheel drive vehicle comes with a five-speed manual transmission, but a CVT is optional. Standard on the Patriot and Limited and optional on Sport and Latitude is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. This engine pairs up with the same transmission options to deliver 172 horsepower and 165 pound-feet of torque. Zero to 60 mph is achieved in about 10.3 seconds, which is pretty pokey, so don’t expect to win any races. It is also capable of towing about 2,000 pounds, so you can take a pair of jet skis or snowmobiles with you wherever you are going.
This vehicle is specifically designed for the outdoor enthusiast who likes to take the path less traveled. Therefore, the calibration of the suspension is not going to award you a very smooth ride on the highway.
The 2012 Jeep Patriot is not winning too many awards where safety is concerned. While the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did grant it a “Good” rating for frontal-offset, they gave it the second to worst rating for side-impact.
Braking distance is horrible as well as it took 143 feet to stop from 60 mph. This is 20 feet longer than others in this segment! Safety features include:
The Patriot offers the iconic Jeep styling that you either love or hate. It is pretty much a rectangle on wheels, with the recognizable grille and round headlights. Wheels are sporty and lower body side accent cladding showcases the off-road attitude of Patriot.
The interior is quite simple, yet thoughtful. A lot of plastic is used, but considering this vehicle is designed for the outdoor enthusiast who may constantly be a little muddy or carrying wet gear, you can’t help but appreciate the simplicity.
The 2012 Patriot is not for someone always hauling adult passengers for long distances. Although the front seats are comfortable enough, the rear set barely offers any leg room at all. It says there is seating for three in the back but they would need to be small children.
True to Jeep’s off-road heritage, the controls are user-friendly and gauges are easy to read, even if you are getting tossed around a little on rough terrain. Jeep thought of a few extras too. If you do a lot of tailgating, you will appreciate that Boston Acoustic speakers can be ordered that flip down under the raised tailgate. Of course, anyone will love the fact that the interior cargo lamp pops out and is actually a rechargeable LED flashlight.
Jeep Patriot gives you 23 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat in place. When the seat is folded, you only get 53.6 cubic feet, which is much smaller than Forester and CR-V. However, the front passengers seat does fold flat so you can slide long pieces of cargo in there.