2017 Jeep Patriot review

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Jeep Patriot highlights

Customer rating


  • Cool optional tailgate speakers
  • Great off-road ability
  • Good looks


  • Unrefined base engine
  • No telescoping on the steering wheel
  • Rough ride

Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 25 highway, 22 combined

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Off-road ability in an attractive package

The Jeep Patriot debuted in 2007 and has carried on ever since. The 2017 model has good off-road ability with the available Freedom Drive II and it looks the part too, with rugged styling. If you’re looking for something practical that can keep up with snowy drives, the Patriot is worth looking at.

All Jeep Patriot years

What is new for the 2017 Jeep Patriot?

  • Patriot trims have been upgraded with Leatherette & Cloth as standard equipment this year.
  • The 75TH Anniversary Edition trim now comes with Air Conditioning, Power Locks, Power Mirrors, and Power Windows as standard equipment.
  • The Sport SE trim now comes with Air Conditioning as standard equipment.
  • The Sport trim now comes with Air Conditioning as standard equipment.

Jeep Patriot photos

5 reasons to buy the 2017 Jeep Patriot

1. Great off-road 

The available Freedom Drive I four-wheel drive is worth keeping an eye out for as it gives the 2017 Patriot some off-road ability. This makes it a practical vehicle for daily driving, especially if you regularly tackle snowy weather. If you want some more serious off-road ability, look out for models with the Freedom Drive II four-wheel drive, which increases ability even further with a brake lock differential, underbody skid plates, an automatic transaxle with 19:1 crawl ratio, and hill descent control. 

2. Fun optional features 

Look out for fun optional features that make the 2017 Jeep Patriot a great lifestyle vehicle. If you regularly host tailgate parties, look out for the available flip-down speakers. These are part of the Premium Sound package, which also includes a Boston Acoustics® premium sound system. If the speakers and sound system are must-haves but you want more, look for the Sun and Sound package which also adds a power sunroof with express-open/close and a sliding sunshade. 

3. Engine options  

There are two four-cylinder engine options available for the 2017 Jeep Patriot. The standard engine is a 158-horsepower 2.0L model but there’s an optional 172-horsepower 2.4L engine that you’ll find as standard on 4X4 models. If you’re looking for economy, go for the 2.0L, which gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined on front-wheel-drive models.


4. Versatile utility  

The 2017 Jeep Patriot is a versatile SUV. If you’re looking to haul people and things, you’ll enjoy the 23 cu-ft of cargo space in the back of the Patriot. If that’s not enough, you can fold the rear seats to open up 53.5 cu-ft. You’re also able to tow with the 2017 Jeep Patriot if you have the Trailer Tow package and 2.4L engine — you’ll get an estimated 2,000 lbs of towing capacity when properly equipped.


5. Good looks 

If you want something that looks rugged and capable, the Jeep Patriot is a good option. Look out for the Sport trim if you like the look of black roof rails, exterior door handles, and liftgate appliqué. The Sport SE is also a good choice if you’re looking for a few luxury features, such as a leather steering wheel, premium vinyl and Sport Mesh cloth seats with accent stitching, and illuminated cup holders. 

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2017 Jeep Patriot is a small SUV that is great for first time drivers. It has a lot of space for cargo and is a smooth ride.
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Jeep Patriot an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Jeep Patriot 26th out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Jeep Patriot is $539, compared to an average of $473 for Compact SUVs and $591 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

According to RepairPal, Jeep Patriot owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 1.4 times per year, compared to an average of 1.0 times for Compact SUVs and 1.3 times for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 14% for the Jeep Patriot, compared to an average of 13% for Compact SUVs and 14% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

Jeep Patriot features and specs

Sport 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Manual Transmission
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Rear Defroster
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Leather Seats
  • No A/C
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear View Camera
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 40.6"/R 39.4"

Head room

F 41"/R 39.9"

Front tires


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Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

100/1000 lbs.


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2017 Jeep Patriot FAQ

More about the 2017 Jeep Patriot

Jeep Patriot Trims

The 2017 Jeep Patriot is available in four different trim levels:

  • Sport - The Sport comes with roof rails, fog lights, a CD player, Bluetooth® capabilities, a USB port, an auxiliary jack, manual windows and door locks.

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  • Sport SE - The Sport SE adds larger (17-inch) wheels, a leather steering wheel, heated front seats and tow hooks on 4WD models.

  • Latitude - The Latitude upgrades to power windows and door locks, and it also brings air-conditioning, remote keyless entry, reclining rear seats and an accessory outlet on board.

  • High Latitude - The High Altitude includes uniquely styled wheels, a sunroof, leather seating and a power-adjusting driver’s seat.

Jeep Patriot Reviews by Year

2013 Jeep Patriot -The 2013 Jeep Patriot offers solid off-road performance and includes features such as Sentry Key® antitheft engine immobilizer, brake assist, fog lamps and roof side rails (standard in the base sport trim).

2014 Jeep Patriot -The 2014 Jeep Patriot offers a selection of styles and performance capabilities. There are three trims, two engines, two transmissions and lots of options that make it easy to find one you like.

2015 Jeep Patriot -The 2015 Jeep Patriot offers classic Jeep style in a 2015 compact SUV. If you miss the boxy ruggedness of past models, you’ll like the retro look.

2016 Jeep Patriot -The 2016 Jeep Patriot comes with several new features compared to previous models. Connect your phone via integrated Bluetooth® capabilities, and consider the comfort of available automatic climate control.

2017 Jeep Patriot -The 2017 Jeep Patriot provides varying levels of capability depending on trim and package selection. The 2017 sport model offers cruise control, a five-speed manual transmission, remote start, and chrome roof rails. The Jeep Patriot was discontinued after 2017.

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