2008 Jeep Patriot

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2008 Jeep Patriot Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Jeep Patriot was new.

The Patriot is an inexpensive and roomy SUV with good off-road capabilities and classic Jeep styling. However, it still can't match the quality interiors and rear-seat comfort of rivals and ranks near the bottom of its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Very affordable relative to its class
  • Distinct and attractive Jeep styling
  • Straightforward and functional controls
  • Versatile and roomy cargo space
  • Good fuel economy
  • Cheap materials and excessive plastic spoil the cabin
  • Engine power is only adequate
  • Some dislike the optional CVT transmission
  • Rear seats are uncomfortable

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Jeep Patriot has a score of 6.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 55 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 6.5
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 6.7
Safety: 9.2
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2008 Jeep Patriot Overview

Reviewers generally see the 2008 Jeep Patriot as a great value since it functions as both a daily driver and competent off-road SUV. Plus, auto writers love the Patriot's boxy styling, which is reminiscent of the retired Jeep Cherokee. "The Patriot looks like a Jeep," compliments Popular Mechanics. "And with two levels of all-wheel drive and a standard five-speed manual transmission, the newest-and least expensive-vehicle in the seven-model lineup is qualified to wear the Jeep name."

Since the Patriot just made its debut in 2007, it remains relatively unchanged for this year. New for 2008 are a few more standard features and recalibrated drivetrain for a smoother feel. Reviewers' points of criticism continue to include the Patriot's uncomfortable rear seats, low-grade interior materials and complicated optional Continuously Variable Transmission paired with a sometimes-lacking engine. Despite its all-terrain abilities, the Patriot doesn't compare favorably to other off-road SUVs and ranks near the bottom of that class. Several auto writers like the Patriot's affordability, but buyers take note: The base Sport model doesn't come with such essentials as air-conditioning, power locks and power windows, so the price can climb quickly.

The Patriot, along with its Compass platform-mate, is Jeep's most fuel-efficient vehicle.  Its 23/28 mpg rating places it near the top of the small SUV Class.  With gas prices reaching record highs in 2008, fuel economy is a bright spot for Patriot shoppers.

The Jeep Patriot comes in two trims -- the base Sport and the Limited -- which are available in front- or four-wheel drive.

  • "The Jeep Patriot is an all-new compact SUV with plenty of room inside, using a powerful and economical 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that gets an EPA-rated 25 city and 29 highway miles per gallon, with four-wheel drive and a five-speed manual transmission." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "I still feel a pull to the Jeep Patriot's total package: It's an SUV that looks like an SUV but doesn't feel like an SUV; and for around $4000 less than the Liberty. If you need to have three rows of seats and a larger towing capacity, the Liberty would be more up your alley." -- Truck Trend
  • "[For] anyone looking for an affordable, capable and fun-to-drive compact SUV, it would be making a mistake to leave the new Patriot off their shopping list." -- The Car Connection
  • "Even though the Patriot is six years late, we can't think of a better replacement for the Cherokee." -- Automobile Magazine

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