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2016 Jeep Patriot Review

Nearly every affordable compact SUV competitor outranks the 2016 Jeep Patriot. The Patriot has a weak, unrefined powertrain, a low-end cabin with few features, and a poor projected reliability score.

Pros & Cons

  • Low base price
  • Capable off-roader with Freedom Drive II package
  • Underpowered, noisy engines
  • Cheap cabin materials
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Few standard or driver assistance features

New for 2016

  • Limited trim discontinued
  • Standard Bluetooth and satellite radio
  • Available automatic climate control and rearview camera




Critics' Rating: 5.0
Performance: 5.4
Interior: 5.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 7.8
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2016 Jeep Patriot Overview

Is the 2016 Jeep Patriot a Good Used SUV?

The 2016 Jeep Patriot is not a good SUV. Its cabin is noisy, cramped, and built with substandard materials. Its cargo space and fuel economy estimates are among the worst in the affordable compact SUV class. Add in below-average safety and reliability scores, and there’s little reason to buy this vehicle. That said, it has one plus: modest off-roading ability when properly equipped.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on an analysis of hard data – including crash test scores, reliability ratings, and total cost of ownership estimates – as well as the reviews of the automotive press. We researched and analyzed 84 reviews for this 2016 Jeep Patriot overview.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking vehicles since 2007, and our team has 75 years of car industry experience combined. You can trust that our reviews are impartial because we never accept pricey gifts or trips from automakers, and another company takes care of our website's advertising.

How Much Is the 2016 Jeep Patriot?

Based on the more than 2,400 listings for this vehicle on our site, expect to pay between $11,600 and $18,000 for a used 2016 Jeep Patriot. The average list price is $14,700. Your price will vary depending on the SUV’s condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2016 Jeep Patriot Cost to Own?

There are ongoing costs for any vehicle you purchase. At a little more than $23,000, the 2016 Jeep Patriot's estimated five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are among the lowest in the class. Rivals like the 2016 GMC Terrain and 2016 Chevrolet Equinox have estimated five-year expenses of nearly $25,000.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Patriot?

There are no new 2018 Jeep Patriots to buy. Jeep discontinued the Patriot after the 2017 model year.

If you’re looking for a new SUV that costs about the same as the 2016 Patriot, you're out of luck. No 2018 SUV can match the average price of a used 2016 Patriot.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Jeep Patriot?

J.D. Power gave the 2016 Patriot a below-average reliability rating of 2.5 out of five. Most 2016 affordable subcompact SUVs earn a 3.5 or above.

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2016 Jeep Patriot Recalls

At the time of writing, the 2016 Jeep Patriot has one recall. The crankshaft sensor can fail in some models and cause the engine to stall. Make sure this issue has been addressed before you buy.

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Which Model Year of the Jeep Patriot Is Best?

"Best" is relative when you're talking about the Patriot. Jeep produced the Patriot from the 2007 through 2017 model years and all score poorly in our rankings. If you’re determined to buy one, however, the 2016 Patriot is probably your best choice. It’s the first Patriot model with standard Bluetooth and satellite radio, and it's likely less expensive than the nearly identical 2017 model.

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Which Used Jeep Patriot Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Jeep Patriot is available in two trims: Sport and Latitude. The Jeep Patriot Sport comes standard with a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and an auxiliary audio jack. Most shoppers will prefer the Jeep Patriot Latitude, which adds common standard features like air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, and keyless entry. The Jeep Patriot Latitude also comes with heated front seats, reclining rear seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Features available in both trims include a 6.5-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a rearview camera, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Models equipped with the Patriot High Altitude package come with a sunroof, leather upholstery, and a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat.

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What Does Jeep's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Jeep offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Jeep extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. Additional benefits are available, including a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, a CarFax vehicle history report, 24-hour towing and roadside assistance, and a car rental allowance. There are mileage and model restrictions, so read the Jeep warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Jeep has one of the worst CPO programs in the industry. Only Volkswagen offers a worse program.

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How Safe Is the Patriot?

The 2016 Jeep Patriot’s safety score is among the lowest in the class. In four out of five Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, it earned the highest rating of Good. It received the lowest rating of Poor, however, in the small overlap front crash test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2016 Patriot – both front- and all-wheel-drive models – an overall safety rating of four out of five stars.

While most compact SUVs offer several active safety features, the 2016 Patriot is only available with a rearview camera.

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2016 Jeep Patriot Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Jeep Patriot or 2016 Jeep Compass?

Both of these Jeep vehicles sit near the bottom of the class rankings, and they share several disadvantages. Both SUVs have underpowered engines, rough suspensions, and unimpressive cabins. The Patriot, however, barely edges out the 2016 Jeep Compass thanks to a slightly higher reliability rating. Both Jeeps are best avoided.

Which Is Better: 2016 Jeep Patriot or 2016 Subaru Forester?

The 2016 Subaru Forester is a superior SUV. It has a better safety score, a slightly higher reliability rating, and more cargo and passenger space than the Patriot. The Forester has stronger engine options as well, and it’s one of the few compact SUVs to come standard with all-wheel drive. Additionally, the Forester comes with more standard features than the Patriot, including a rearview camera and a 6.2-inch touch screen.

Which Is Better: 2016 Jeep Patriot or 2016 Honda HR-V?

The 2016 Honda HR-V is the hands-down better SUV. It is more expensive than the Patriot and has no off-road capabilities, but it offers more cargo space, better reliability, and a roomy second row. Sometimes, it’s worth spending more to get a better vehicle. That’s the case with the HR-V.

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2016 Patriot Performance

How Does the 2016 Jeep Patriot Drive?

The Patriot's 158-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine – standard in front-wheel-drive models – feels underpowered and provides sluggish acceleration. All-wheel-drive models come with a 172-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that doesn’t feel much faster or more refined than the base engine. A five-speed manual transmission is standard. A six-speed automatic and a continuously variable automatic transmission are available.

The Patriot delivers adequate handling in most driving situations. Push it into a fast corner, however, and it produces lots of body lean. Its ride can also feel harsh on uneven surfaces. The Freedom Drive I package adds four-wheel drive, which can help the SUV maintain road grip in slippery weather. The Patriot can handle moderate off-road courses when equipped with the Freedom Drive II package, which adds low-range gearing.

Does the 2016 Jeep Patriot Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Patriot earns some of the lowest fuel economy estimates in the class. With the base engine, front-wheel drive, and the continuously variable automatic transmission, it gets up to 22 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Most competitors – even those with stronger base engines – use less fuel.

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2016 Patriot Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Patriot Seat?

The 2-row Jeep Patriot seats five on cloth seats. The disappointing cabin features lots of cut-rate materials and plastics that let in road noise. The front seats provide decent comfort, but the back seats offer little legroom for adults.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Jeep Patriot?

There are two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats, and the rear middle seat has an upper tether anchor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Patriot's LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for its ease of use.

2016 Jeep Patriot Features

The Patriot’s brief standard features list includes a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and an auxiliary audio jack. Available features include air conditioning, power windows and door locks, automatic climate control, keyless entry, remote start, a USB port, a navigation system, a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics stereo with flip-down speakers, a Uconnect infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touch screen, and Uconnect Web, which includes a built-in internet connection and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

The Patriot’s dashboard has a simple layout and design that makes it easy to adjust audio and climate settings. Models equipped with the available Uconnect navigation system, which absorbs phone and audio functions, is also straightforward.

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2016 Jeep Patriot Dimensions

Jeep Patriot Cargo Space

With 23 cubic feet behind the back seat and 53.5 cubic feet with the back seat folded, the 2016 Jeep Patriot has less cargo space than most competitors. You get more than 70 cubic feet of overall cargo space in the 2016 Honda CR-V and 2016 Toyota RAV4.

2016 Patriot Length and Weight

The Jeep Patriot is 14.46 feet long. The front-wheel-drive model has an estimated curb weight of between 3,133 and 3,213 pounds. The all-wheel-drive model has a curb weight of between 3,290 and 3,373 pounds. The Patriot has a maximum gross trailer weight of 1,000 pounds, and with the Freedom Drive II package, that capacity doubles to 2,000 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Jeep Patriot Built?

The 2016 Patriot was built in Illinois.

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