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Although the small Patriot SUV has a compliant ride and mostly simple controls, little else stands out other than its temptingly low price. It is seriously outdated and outclassed by the majority of the small-SUV class. Handling borders on clumsy, although the Patriot ultimately proves secure at its limits. In our tests the sluggish 2.4-liter four-cylinder returned just 21 mpg overall, placing it at the bottom of our tested small-SUV category. Once inside, passengers will notice the narrow cabin, wide center console, low-rent interior, and small windows, which give the car a closed-in feeling. On top of all that, the cargo area is small.

Road Test

The Patriot, lightly updated for 2011, hasn't benefited much from Chrysler's product overhaul. A small, car-based SUV derived from the Dodge Caliber and mechanically similar to the Jeep Compass, the Patriot remains a mediocre vehicle overall. Handlin...

Highs

  • None

Lows

  • engine noise
  • acceleration

Best Version to Get

There are other better choices to get in this class.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 3 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 3 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 5-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 (158 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 (172 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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