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Pros & Cons

  • Moderate off-road ability
  • Great fuel economy
  • Cheap interior materials
  • Mediocre acceleration and handling




Critics' Rating: 6.0
Performance: 6.4
Interior: 6.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 8.2
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2012 Jeep Patriot Overview

The 2012 Jeep Patriot is powered by a four-cylinder engine and comes with a five-speed manual transmission. A larger, more powerful four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) were optional when the Patriot was new. When equipped with the larger engine, some reviewers said that the Patriot has adequate power. However, others wrote that the Patriot is slow from a stop and has a hard time getting up to speed on the highway. They also thought the more powerful engine is noisy and noted the presence of wind and road noise in the cabin. The base 2012 Jeep Patriot gets an estimated 23/29 mpg city/highway, which is great for the class. According to reviewers, the Jeep Patriot delivers a fairly comfortable ride, but some noticed body lean in turns. They also liked the Patriot's steering, calling it accurate and responsive. The Jeep Patriot comes standard with front-wheel drive, but can be equipped with Jeep’s Freedom Drive I all-wheel drive system or Freedom Drive II, which is a four-wheel drive system with low-range gearing. Most test drivers reported that the Patriot is quite capable off- pavement for a crossover, especially when equipped with Freedom Drive II.

With its hard plastic materials, reviewers said the 2012 Patriot's interior is cheap and uninviting. Automotive writers thought the Patriot's front seats are comfortable and spacious. Some thought the rear seats have plenty of legroom, while others said legroom is limited. The 2012 Jeep Patriot comes standard with features like air conditioning, cruise control and a four-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input. Available features include power windows and door locks, air conditioning, Bluetooth and heated front seats. Test drivers thought the Patriot's controls are clearly marked and easy for drivers to reach. There is 53.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, which is significantly less space than what SUVs like the 2012 Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4 offer. Still, reviewers noted that the Patriot has a fold-flat front passenger seat, which helps accommodate long cargo.

Other SUVs to Consider

Test drivers said the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan has a powerful turbocharged engine with swift acceleration, as well as sporty handling. They also liked its high-quality interior, which they said offers spacious seats and top-notch materials.

The 2012 Subaru Forester comes standard with all-wheel drive, and critics said it delivers sporty, controlled handling. They also liked the Forester’s spacious rear seat, and noted that it has a comfortable ride.

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