Purchased a green Jeep Patriot for our college age daughter. Although we were looking for a small to midsize SUV, the Patriot was not on our radar screen. After test driving, several different SUV, we were impressed with the ride, comfort, and cargo space. Our daughter found it to be a very nice fit for her small frame. Her friends think it is a perfect match for her! Gave a 4 star rating on performance just because we've only had a short period of time. So far no concerns.
I have enjoyed every moment of using my car. It is quiet, easy to handle and gets good gas milage. I was so impressed with my Patriot, I recommended Jeep to my friend. She was so mazed at how it ride. This is my second Jeep and this one has made me very happy. I couldn't have made a better choice.
I've had my Patriot for 2 years and overall have been satisfied with the performance. No troubles with the engine, transmission, brakes etc. It does take some getting used to a CVT transmission (belt driven). I really like the body style and nice clean lines. Manufacturer Issues: Only one manufacturer defect...the sunroof leaking. After multiple trips to the dealer discovered the drain tubes were too small to handle drainage from parking my car at an angle at home. Funny thing, Jeep must have realized this too, cause after the last trip to the dealer, they replaced with a set of larger tubes jeep sent out just because of this. No problems with it since. It also gets fair gas mileage. About 19 average around town and up to 21 or so on the highway. My only real complaint about the car itself is the cheapness of the interior. All of the vinyl is of very cheap grade, and I can't believe that Jeep made it so cheap. This is the thing that ticked me off enough to want to trade it in. Personal Issues: The lack of storage space. I think tho that I was spoiled though by my old '98 Grand Cherokee. Door height. When sitting in the drivers seat I can't put my arm up on the sill because it is so HIGH. Or for other things like I can't reach out my window to the ATM, at the McD's drive thru, etc.. It was physically painful to rest my arm on the sill. The center console is weird. There is a 12v wall type outlet and cigarette lighter type but both are ignition keyed, meaning that they only work when the car is on. That is totally stupid! The UConnect is pretty cool. I have gotten totally spoiled having my phone connected with bluetooth! I don't ever have to fumble with my phone while driving anymore. It has a 20g hard drive for all my music and photos and it has navigation! The only drawback to that is you have to pay like $300 to get a map update! I never did and have been fine. Overall a great car for the right person!