No automotive brand has more “off-the-beaten path” pedigree than Jeep. If you are seeking an affordable, well-optioned compact SUV with classic Jeep styling and class-leading safety, one that performs as effortlessly on-road as it does off-road, the 2012 Jeep Patriot is an unbeatable value. With a starting MSRP of $15,995, the Patriot is the best-priced SUV in America.
The 2012 Jeep Patriot Limited (MSRP $23,560) sits atop the Patriot lineup, above Sport and Latitude models. Three drivetrain configurations are offered: front-wheel drive, Freedom Drive I™ four-wheel drive and Freedom Drive II® four-wheel drive. Freedom Drive I is a full-time, active 4WD system featuring a lockable center coupling for maximum traction in snow, sand and other wet conditions. Freedom Drive I is ideal for those who drive mostly on-road but want the added handling benefits and all-weather confidence of four-wheel drive.
The Off-Road Group option not only adds all-terrain tires, tow hooks, skid plates an engine oil cooler, Hill Descent Control with Grade Sensing, Hill Start Assist and numerous other useful features, it also comes with Jeep Freedom Drive II and the prestigious Jeep Trail Rated® badge, which signifies superior trail-worthy capability. Featuring a low-range transfer case, Freedom Drive II uses a variable transaxle to deliver a 19:1 crawl ratio for unmatched control when negotiating precarious obstacles encountered on the trail. Properly equipped, a Patriot Limited 4X4 can tow up to 2,000 pounds.
Powering these three drivetrain options on Limited models is a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine generating 172 hp and 165 lb/ft of torque. The engine’s Dual Variable Valve Timing (VVT) system optimizes power and fuel efficiency. New for 2012 is the Second-Generation Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT2) with AutoStick that comes standard on every Patriot Limited. This advanced transmission delivers a seamless driving experience and returns up to 28 mpg highway. The AutoStick feature gives drivers the choice of fully automatic operation or interactive manual driver control of six simulated “stepped-gear” ratios. For those who prefer, the Patriot Limited is also available with a traditional five-speed manual.
The combination of a technologically advanced dual VVT engine and CVT is not typically found on compact SUVs in such an affordable price range, making the Patriot Limited an even greater value. And like its big brother, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Patriot Limited features unibody architecture, giving the Patriot Limited car-like qualities on-road without sacrificing any off-road athleticism.
The 2012 Jeep Patriot Limited is outfitted with a long list of standard features to make every outing more enjoyable and comfortable, whether your travels take you around town or far from civilization. Features that are either expensive options or not even available on competitive compact SUVs are found standard on the Patriot Limited. These include leather upholstery with a leather wrapped steering wheel and shifter, a six-way power driver’s seat, automatic temperature control, Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC), a six-disc CD stereo system, Uconnect™ Multimedia SiriusXM Satellite Radio and MP3 capability. For even more luxury, available options include remote ignition, Uconnect™ Voice Command with Bluetooth and a premium Boston Acoustics nine-speaker audio system with speakers that fold out of the liftgate – perfect for big tailgate parties.
Just like every Jeep, the instrument panel and dash controls in the Patriot Limited are designed to be intuitive and easy to use. Plastic floor, door and cargo area panels are designed to clean up easily in the event mud, snow and other grime find their way inside. There is ample seating for up to five passengers, and the Patriot Limited features 60/40-split fold-flat rear seating for up to 53.5 cubic feet of space.
Unique touches – like the courtesy light in the cargo area that pops out and doubles as a rechargeable LED flashlight – give the Patriot Limited its own Jeep personality. In typical Jeep fashion, when properly equipped, the Patriot Limited has a ground clearance of 9.1 inches.
Another area where the 2012 Patriot Limited far exceeds all competitors is occupant safety. It features more than 30 safety and security features, including Electronic Stability Control and roll mitigation, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and side-curtain airbags that cover all rows. This host of safety features, combined with its rigid body structure that better protects vehicle occupants, earned the 2012 Jeep Patriot the prestigious “Top Safety Pick” award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Make no mistake; the 2012 Patriot Limited was engineered to get dirty. Offering best-in-class off-road capability and safety and a long list of standard luxury features, there is no greater compact SUV value than the 2012 Jeep Patriot. Visit our showroom today and test-drive a 2012 Jeep Patriot.