The 2010 Jeep Patriot has received plenty of praise and definitely lives up to its Jeep heritage as a genuine off-road vehicle. The Patriot is one of the least expensive vehicles in its class and achieves better fuel economy than any of its non-hybrid competitors. The Patriot is also the cheapest off-road SUV on the market. With that said, the Patriot simply can't match the smoother rides, higher quality interiors or better rear seat comfort of its competitors.
The Patriot comes in two trims: the base Sport and the Limited; both of which are available in front or four wheel drive. It also gets an optional five speed manual for the optional 2.0-liter four cylinder engine. The Patriot is admirable for its off-road and on the highway performance. The Patriot is equipped with a 2.5-liter four cylinder that puts out 172 horsepower, while a 2.0-liter is available on the 2WD models makes 158 horsepower. A five speed manual is standard, and it's highly recommended over the optional continuously variable transmission.
Fuel economy surpasses most competitors, and according to the EPA, the 2WD with 2.4 cylinder engine achieves 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway with the manual transmission. The 2010 Jeep Patriot is like a modern version of the Jeep Cherokee. The exterior features a seven slot grille and rectangular body that drivers seem to love. It also features halogen headlamps, a liftgate door with fixed glass, and side roof rails. Inside, the interior has long been criticized for its poor quality. Since its new dashboard and better material selection.