2017 Jeep Patriot Sport
The 2017 Patriot is the latest offering from Jeep that combines spaciousness and comfort with maneuverability, a hallmark of the crossover SUV design. The Patriot is built on the lines of the Jeep Compass. It can be purchased with a selection of four-cylinder engines, and with front-wheel drive or a full-time four-wheel-drive system. There are two options for the four-wheel-drive system, the better one earning Jeep’s Trail-Rated badge, which means that it has certain advantages in an off-road setting.
For anyone looking for a compact SUV, the Patriot is an attractive choice. The design is traditional Jeep, and so is the vehicle’s ability to handle whatever the driver throws at it. Jeep prides itself on offering these features at an affordable price.
The Patriot is truly a crossover in every sense of the word, smaller than models such as the Toyota RAV4 and larger than vehicles like the Nissan Juke. It is strikingly similar to the Compass, set apart only by the exterior styling. The Compass is sold as a more luxurious option, but the differences between the two are negligible.
The main focus of the Jeep Patriot is value. Inside, there are features like outside temperature display, rear fold-flat seating, rear window defroster and wiper, cruise control, SiriusXM radio with a one-year subscription, side airbags, Uconnect Hands-Free, sunscreen glass, tilt steering wheel, and illuminated cup holders. The exterior comes equipped with electronic stability control and roll mitigation, hill-start assist, anti-lock brakes, and fog lamps.
The 4x4 model has an option for an All-weather Capability Group, including 17-inch Goodyear tires, all-season floor mats, engine block heater and tow hooks, and daytime running headlamps. The Patriot truly can be called the best all-purpose compact SUV.
The Jeep Patriot for 2017 is a compact crossover SUV that easily seats five passengers. You can purchase it in either one of two subgroup trim levels, the Sport or the Latitude. Here we’ll look at the lower priced Sport.
The nice thing is that even within the Sport category you can choose from sub-trims Sport SE and 75th Anniversary Edition.
The Sport is priced fairly modestly. It has the basics such as 16-inch steel wheels, rails for the roof, manually operated windows (tinted in the back), fabric upholstery, cruise control, a steering wheel that tilts, Bluetooth connectivity, back seats that fold with a 60/40 split, and a sound system with four speakers, a CD player, satellite radio, auxiliary jack, and USB port.
There is a Sport SE, and with it you get an inch more of height for a better view and more general comfort. You also get mineral gray 17-inch aluminum wheels as standard equipment, which makes for better driving on off-road terrain. For big design impact, you can get a bold exterior color that only comes for the Sports SE - Redline 2 Coat Pearl. There is also a daring hood decal highlighting the rugged lines of this version’s front.
The Jeep Patriot Sport for 2017 has stand-alone options such as air conditioning, wheels that are either black steel or alloy, and a six-CD changer upgraded stereo. If the Power Value Group is selected, then you get high end outside trim, power locks, windows, and mirrors (the latter heated), keyless remote entry, and automatic headlights.
You can also select from one of the several packages that go with this model. There is the All Weather Capability Group that is an option for four-wheel drive models. With this you get the engine block heater, running daytime lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, towing hooks, and all-season floor mats.
There is the Trailer Tow Prep Group that can be chosen with the 2.4-liter engine only. It comes with a wiring harness for a trailer, a full-size spare, and an oil cooler. With this size engine, you can also select the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Group that provides those Trailer Tow Prep features along with a higher end CVT with low range four-wheel drive mode, skid plates, control for hill descent, hill start assist, towing hooks, a driver seat that adjusts for height, and body sealing so the vehicle can be driven through deeper water.
Also optional is the infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen.
Jeep has reached its 75th anniversary this year and the company has decided to paint its special models for this year with a new green paint and incorporate accents in bronze.
The Compass 75th Anniversary model has the Sport model as its base, and you can get it in Recon Green but also in Bright White, Black, Granite Crystal, and Billet Silver. The bronze accents are found on the front trim, the rails on the roof, the towing hooks, the back step pad, and on the wheels, which are 17 inches in size.
This edition also comes with a power sunroof, remote start, a steering wheel that is leather wrapped, a 2.4-liter engine, and a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Jeep Patriot for 2017 comes with a base four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine. This produces horsepower of 158 and 141 pound-feet of torque. This can only be purchased with a front-wheel drive.
The upgraded engine is 2.4 liters. With it, you get 172 horsepower and 165-pound feet of torque. It comes as an option on Patriots with front-wheel drive and is as standard on the all-wheel drive vehicles, the Freedom Drive I and the Freedom Drive II.
The default transmission for each of these engines is a five-speed manual transmission. You can get an automatic as optional for the 2.0-liter engine and a continuously variable transmission that works like a regular automatic. The 2.4-liter engine has a six-speed conventional automatic. However, the Freedom Drive II package for off-road driving combines the 2.4-liter engine with a special CVT to incorporate low range gearing.
Depending upon the powertrain setup that is chosen, fuel economy can vary. There is a combined 24 miles per gallon with the 2.0-liter engine and the CVT. There is a combined 23 miles per gallon when you look at the larger 2.4-liter engine with front wheel drive or the six-speed automatic. This goes down to 21 with the CVT on the Freedom Drive II.
With the right equipment, as much as 2,000 pounds can be towed by the Patriot.
The 2017 Jeep Patriot comes in three different options for the configuration of the drivetrain. Of course, there is the standard, base model, but you can also choose the ever popular Freedom Drive options. The Freedom Drive I or II are both 4x4 options that are available on the 2017 Jeep Patriot. For the best in off-road capability, driving and all-around handling, the Freedom II drivetrain package is the only option.
The Freedom I option is a 4x4 drivetrain configuration that offers Jeep owners the ability to handle tough terrain, low traction and off-road environments year round. It is a system that features a lock mode, making it ideal for everyday use. Whether you are going off-road or battling city traffic on a rainy day, the Freedom I package is the solution to help keep you safe. Using the lock mode will allow you to handle low traction situations, such as deep snow, sand, and mud, with ease.
If you constantly drive in off-road environments and need something that is a bit more powerful and better equipped to handle the unforeseen terrains, then the Freedom II drivetrain configuration is the only answer for you. Designed with the true trail rider in mind, the Freedom II configuration gives Jeep patriot owners a continuously variable, second gen transaxle with a super low range. This is engaged as soon as you activate the off-road mode. With a superb nineteen-to-one crawl ratio, a 17-inch spare tire that matches the other four and aluminum wheels, the skid plates, fog lamps and tow hooks are almost forgotten, but not quite.
If you have to tackle impossibly steep hills, impassable off-road terrain or need to climb unclimbable rock, then the Freedom II is your answer.
Over the years, the Jeep Patriot has evolved into a consummate all-round vehicle. While it borrows its design from the Wrangler, it is unique in its own right.
The 2017 Jeep Patriot is no exception to the unique, rugged look that has been portrayed by the Patriot over the years.
The 2017 Jeep Patriot stands out from the competition with its durable and tough looking exterior; the luggage racks on top, the signature grille and clamshell hood that make it a Jeep.
Available in a multitude of colors, with bold, masculine features that feature the subtlest of curves, the 2017 Jeep Patriot stands out from the competition in looks, design, and pure style.
The Jeep Patriot’s interior has as much versatility as one might think from looking at the exterior. It has excellent cargo space and the front seat passengers feel spacious.
The basic gauges in the front are large and simple to read. The ergonomic controls are straightforward and maintain the no-nonsense reputation of the Jeep brand.
There is, indeed, a nice amount of space for four passengers. There are seats in the second row that flip forward with ease. There is also a lot of ceiling space so that even a tall passenger will be able to get in and out of the vehicle. It is even possible to wedge a third passenger into the rear middle spot.
The vehicle has a bold look that is still trim on the outside. On the inside, you get a lot of practical functionality without any overt, grand statements.
The Sport trims with front wheel drive have antilock brakes as standard equipment with discs in the front and drums in the rear. Those models with Freedom Drive I or II have disc brakes on both the front and the rear. In either case, you get great stability control and traction.
The Patriot got four out of a possible five stars for total protection capacity in crash tests performed by the government. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did additional testing, and the Patriot got the highest Good rating when tested on front impact (moderate overlap), side impact, strength of roof, and head restraints for whiplash protection.