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2014 Jeep Patriot Review

The 2014 Jeep Patriot’s clumsy handling, weak engine, and cheap, poorly equipped cabin push it toward the bottom of the compact SUV class. 

Pros & Cons

  • Decent off-road performance
  • Slow acceleration
  • Cheap cabin materials
  • Small cargo area
  • Subpar fuel economy
  • Few standard features

New for 2014

  • Six-speed automatic became available
  • Standard front-seat side air bags

Rankings & Research

The 2014 Jeep Patriot's #15 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Affordable Compact SUVs category. Currently the Jeep Patriot has a score of 6.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 81 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 5.1
Performance: 5.6
Interior: 6.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 7.8
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2014 Jeep Patriot Overview

Is the 2014 Jeep Patriot a Good Used SUV?

The 2014 Jeep Patriot should be among the last compact SUVs you consider purchasing. It misses the mark in performance, interior quality, fuel economy, and reliability. Most rivals have more standard features than the Patriot has standard and available. Its one redeeming quality is the available Freedom Drive II setup, which delivers light off-roading capabilities.

Used 2014 Jeep Patriot Performance and Interior

The front-wheel-drive 2014 Jeep Patriot comes with a 158-horsepower four-cylinder engine that is noisy and underpowered. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, and a six-speed automatic is available. The Patriot earns some of the lowest fuel economy estimates in the class: 22 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The Patriot has clumsy handling and an uncomfortable ride on imperfect road surfaces. Additionally, at highway speeds, the Patriot feels wobbly. Models with the available four-wheel drive (Freedom Drive I) have a continuously variable automatic transmission. A second four-wheel-drive system, Freedom Drive II, offers some light off-road performance enhancements.

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The five-seat, two-row Jeep Patriot’s cabin is made with cut-rate materials, including an abundance of hard plastics. The front seats provide decent legroom and visibility, but the rear seats are cramped. With 53.5 cubic feet of overall cargo space, the Patriot has less room than most rivals.

The Patriot has far fewer standard and available features than most SUVs. It comes with just a four-speaker stereo and an auxiliary input jack. Depending on trim level, some used models come with power windows and door locks, air conditioning, Bluetooth, and navigation with a 6.5-inch touch screen. The Patriot’s user-friendly climate and audio dashboard controls are among the cabin’s few redeeming qualities. However, the available navigation system’s controls are difficult to use.

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Used 2014 Jeep Patriot Prices

The average price of a 2014 Jeep Patriot ranges from about $11,500 for the front-wheel-drive Patriot Sport to around $17,100 for the four-wheel-drive Patriot Limited. However, pricing could differ based on the SUV’s location, condition, mileage, and equipment.

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We Did the Research for You: 81 Reviews Analyzed

Our team researched and analyzed 81 Jeep Patriot reviews, along with EPA estimates, reliability ratings, crash test data, and total cost of ownership estimates, to give you a complete overview of the Patriot's pros and cons and help you decide if the 2014 Patriot is the right used vehicle for you.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Jeep Patriot?

The Jeep Patriot has one of the lowest reliability scores in the class: 2.5 out of five. However, rivals such as the Subaru Forester, Nissan Rogue, and Mitsubishi Outlander earn the same below-average score.

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How Safe Is the Patriot?

In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests, the 2014 Patriot earned the highest rating of Good in four categories (moderate overlap front, side impact, rear crash, and roof strength). It earned the lowest rating of Poor in the small overlap front evaluation. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Patriot a four-out-of-five-star rating for overall safety, three stars in the frontal and rollover tests, and five stars in the side crash test. 

The Patriot isn't available with any advanced safety systems, while many SUVs in the class come standard with a rearview camera. 

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Should I Consider Another Used Patriot?

The 2014 Jeep Patriot is part of the SUV’s first and only generation, which ran from the 2007 through 2017 model years. Despite the 2012 and 2013 models’ lower price tags, the 2014 model's added standard front-side air bags and available six-speed automatic transmission help make it the preferable option. 

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Which Used Jeep Patriot Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Jeep Patriot is available in three trims: Sport, Latitude, and Limited. Skip the sparsely equipped base Sport trim that comes with a four-speaker stereo and not much else. The Latitude trim adds a bit more convenience with its standard keyless entry, power windows and door locks, air conditioning, and heated front seats. The Limited trim is the most competitive thanks to extra standard features like automatic temperature control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and leather-trimmed seats.

Because of the Patriot’s low reliability rating, it may be smart to consider a certified pre-owned model. For certified pre-owned Jeep vehicles, the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. There are restrictions related to mileage and models, so read the Jeep warranty page carefully. 

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2014 Jeep Patriot and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Jeep Patriot or 2014 Jeep Compass?

The Jeep Compass and Patriot both rank at the bottom of our compact SUV class. Between the two, the Patriot’s slightly higher reliability rating gives it a narrow edge.

Which Is Better: 2014 Jeep Patriot or 2014 Nissan Rogue?

The Nissan Rogue bests the Patriot in most areas, though it matches the Patriot’s poor reliability score. Its upscale interior comes with more standard features, including a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, and hand’s-free text capability. The Rogue also has better safety scores and fuel economy estimates, as well as one of the largest cargo capacities in the class.

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