We got the 4 cylinder.. love the gas mileage!!! Its an SUV but is small.. perfect size to me! Couple things we don't care for is the engine is loud. It kind of roars.. I'm guessing its cuz of 4 cylinder?? And it drives like a stick shift. It has the 5 speed option to shift without the clutch which is cool but when we don't use it still down shifts like a manual car. Overall we love our Jeep and plan to keep it for a very long time!!! Worth the money
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!
so the car is ok. i'm not thrilled about it, but i'm not bummed on it. my complaints may be petty: the back seat is missing that lip at the end, so if i put on the brakes everything just slides down to the ground. super annoying. the middle compartment is not that comfortable to open and reach into at all. i am short, so my seat is way up there and this may have something to do with it, but i can't keep anything in the top compartment. everythime i lift the main lid, everything just falls out. i already had issues with the brakes, and i'm hearing something under the seat, like a "toocoo - toocoo" and a scraping sound when i turn left. i'll get those checked out and hopefully won't be anything serious. it rides a little rough, like going from red to green light it's jumpy. braking is jumpy, speeding up is jumpy, etc. oh my biggest pet peeve is not being able to have the windows closed and get the cool air from outside the car without turning on the air...does anyone know how that works??? it's so annoying, my other car did that and i loved it! i'll probably hang on to this car for a year or so and upgrade then. it's just that gas is so expensive!! i'm afraid to get a bigger engine...i'm done. thanks!