2007 Jeep Patriot Review

The 2007 Jeep Patriot is Jeep’s second entry into the mini-SUV “Cute-ute” segment this year, following it’s brother the Compass. The Patriot has a less girly look to it when compared to the Compass, and is instantly recognizable as a Jeep. My question though, is what exactly is the purpose of the Patriot? Jeep already has the Grand Cherokee and Liberty as the mid-size and small SUV’s. Adding the Compass was potentially a smart move, adding a cute factor to an otherwise un-cute lineup. ( Note: I despise the Compass in every way, just saying it has potential to put more Jeep logos out there. )

The Patriot, however, just ads a third small SUV to Jeep’s lineup. Why in the world would any single brand require three distinct entries in the small SUV segment? Quite frankly, I think two is foolish – they will likely just cannibalize sales from each other. But with three… I would imagine that it’ll be hard for any one of these vehicles to be a continued success. I’d bet money on two of the three not making it past the first product cycle. Any takers?

2007 Jeep Patriot Specs

  • 172 HP Inline 4 cylinder engine
  • 5 speed manual transmission, with optional CVT
  • Curtain airbags standard
  • ABS standard
  • Traction control standard
  • Curb weight: 3108 lbs ( 4×2 )
  • EPA says: 25 mpg city, 29 mpg highway ( manual 4×2 )

2007 Jeep Patriot Review

TTAC reviews the 2007 Jeep Patriot and writes – ‘When it comes to driving, the Patriot takes a back seat to its fraternal twin, the Compass, whose ride and handling are already on the wrong side of unacceptable. Although only 1.5” taller and 33lbs heavier, the Patriot’s four-wheel independent suspension is much more sensitive to all non-linear motions. The dynamics are strictly Olde Worlde; the Patriot leans and flops its way down a winding road like a wounded Hessian. ‘

Automobile.com reviews the 2007 Jeep Patriot and writes – ‘But what I truly feel this Jeep has going for it is its looks; while theres no denying some similarities to the Liberty, it doesnt suffer from the Libertys unfortunately tall, gawky proportions. Its a Cherokee recaptured on a slightly more compact scale, with shorter overhangs, plus modern detailing and fluidity. Im sure Jeep will do well with the Compass coming in at the lowest price point ever for a Jeep, but the Patriot is, to me, what Jeep is all about. While not as single-minded as a Wrangler (TJ, YJ, CJ and so on), its quest to redefine the utility of a Jeep lead the Patriot downtown into street-ute practicality without losing sight of what every Jeep used to promise: mountainside trails, fording backcountry rivers and taking us away from the city that we must survive in order to get out to the country that we love. Its the great escapist, and it offers that promise even to the escapists that never get out in the mud on weekends.’

Cars.com reviews the 2007 Jeep Patriot and writes – ‘As a car-based yet offroad-capable model, the Patriot, Jeep’s newest SUV, is exactly what the brand and its buyers need, for three reasons. One: It’s long overdue, because the heavy-duty Liberty and Wrangler weren’t built to challenge light, unibody compacts, which got their start 10 years ago. Two: Its gas mileage estimates are impressively high, and that’s an important characteristic for a company that only builds SUVs. Three: It’s attractive enough to buyers — in more ways than one — to cast a long if somewhat boxy shadow over the Jeep Compass, a newer model that has found no fans among our staff, and few among people we’ve shown it to. ‘

Motor Trend reviews the 2007 Jeep Patriot and writes – ‘The Patriot is perhaps unique in offering its level of offroadability in a cute ‘ute package and is simply more likeable than the Compass and Dodge Caliber (its other C-segment sibling), with more refined ride and handling and better body control (Chrysler says it’s added improvements to those first two C models).’

Edmunds Inside Line reviews the 2007 Jeep Patriot and writes – ‘The other good news is that the construction of the interior is not as embarrassingly cheap as the interiors of the Caliber and Compass are. It is merely cheap. Around the edges of some of the interior pieces there remains some flash — the plastic fringe you often see on cheap plastic things. The interior pull for the tailgate also has two sharp-edged exposed bolts that are good for trimming meat off your fingers.’

Vehicle Voice reviews the 2007 Jeep Patriot and writes – ‘While Patriot easily beats its segment off-road, on-road it isn’t a star. Interior noise was reasonably low, allowing for conversation amongst four of us with relative ease. We also took a Honda CR-V, available as a competitive comparison, out for a quick spin; the CR-V’s engine and transmission were notably louder and rougher. Patriot’s 172HP is competitive by the numbers, but merely adequate. The engine provides plenty of power for off-road driving, where slow speeds and patience prevail. But the available power on-road and through some elevations is not impressive. On-road, we had a five-speed manual transmission, which allows for more involvement and rewards you with satisfying shift feel.’

Autobytel reviews the 2007 Jeep Patriot Review and has this to say – ‘It’s not the Compass. Seriously, that’s one of the best reasons to consider the 2007 Jeep Patriot. They share the same platform (with the Dodge Caliber), but unlike the Compass, the Patriot offers buyers the boxy, rugged look expected from a Jeep, and more importantly, it can be equipped for off roading. There are other reasons to look at the Patriot, including its low base price, front seat comfort, overall utility, standard antilock disc brakes and stability control system, and compliant ride. We’re also fans of the reasonably-priced navigation system ($1,395) and Boston Acoustics stereo ($495).’

Published on March 19, 2007 in Jeep

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