December 2011

Vehicle Profile: The 2012 Jeep Patriot

An adventurous lifestyle requires an adventurous vehicle, and thanks to the new 2012 Jeep Patriot, you don't need to pay an adventurous price. With its multiple off-road ready driveline configurations, unique and rugged exterior design and intelligently designed interior, the five-passenger, 2012 Jeep Patriot offers an unsurpassed level of value for any owner.
 
The new Patriot is offered in three model trims, Sport (MSRP $15,995), Latitude and Limited. Each model is also available with a choice of Freedom Drive I or Freedom Drive II Off-Road Packages, for a full time four-wheel drive Jeep experience. New additions for the 2012 model year Patriot include four new Pearl Coat paint colors, Rescue Green, True Blue, Blue Streak and Copperhead. The engineers at Jeep also made calibration improvements to the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which gives owners improved response and acceleration while providing smoother and quieter engine operation.
 
The Jeep Patriot is not only the best-priced SUV in America, it is also one of the cheapest to own. Edmunds.com has awarded the Patriot with the Lowest True Cost to Own for SUVs under $25,000. Edmunds.com uses several factors including depreciation estimates, average fuel costs and even insurance prices measured over a five-year period (at 15,000 miles per year) to judge actual ownership costs. To add even more value to an already impressive vehicle, the 2012 Jeep Patriot also comes standard with a five-year/100,000-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. Jeep will even tow the vehicle to the closest authorized Jeep dealer at no cost to you during your warranty period should an issue arise.
 
By combining the style and utility of an SUV with the driving character and frugality of a compact car, Jeep’s engineers have created a unique vehicle in the Patriot. By mating the Freedom Drive four-wheel drive system with the 2.0-liter World Engine, the Jeep Patriot achieves a phenomenal, and class leading, 28 mpg highway. This 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine produces 158 hp and 141 lb/ft of torque. If you need a bit more grunt, there’s also an available 2.4-liter engine with a power output of 172 hp (standard on Limited and all 4x4 equipped models).
 
When you are done cruising down the highway in comfort, the available Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package lets you take to the wilderness with proven Jeep Trail Rated® capability. With its second-generation Continuously Variable Transaxle with low range (CVT2L), 17-inch all-terrain tires, tow hooks and skid plates, the Patriot can handle a wide range of off-road situations including the occasional rock crawl, and its 8.1 inches of ground clearance is better than its many competitors like the Kia Sportage (6.8 inches).
 
For customers looking for the safety and convenience of a Jeep four-wheel drive system, but don’t desire the impressive capabilities of the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package, they can opt for the Freedom Drive I system. The Freedom Drive I system is an “always on” four-wheel drive system designed to enhance the Patriot’s safety and ability during low traction situations such as driving on wet or snowy roads. The system also includes a lockable center coupling allowing drivers to handle very low traction situations such as deep snow or sand.
 
Whether you find yourself cruising through town, or crawling across a muddy trail, the 2012 Jeep Patriot has many features designed to keep you motoring in comfort and safety. With available options such as Satellite Radio, a power sunroof and Uconnect ® media center with iPod interface, the Patriot makes a great entertainment companion. With the available nine-speaker Boston Acoustic premium audio system, you can share the fun by using the articulating liftgate speakers to provide sound for the whole group when you make a stop.
 
Safety is also a large part of what makes the new Jeep Patriot such an impressive vehicle. Thanks to its collection of over 30 safety features, including Electronic Stability Control, Electronic Roll Mitigation and full-length side-curtain airbags, the Jeep Patriot was awarded a “Top Safety Pick” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Neither the Nissan Rouge, Toyota RAV4 or the Ford Escape has received this prestigious safety accolade.
 
Safety, comfort, performance, unsurpassed off-road ability, rugged looks and unbeatable value. The 2012 Jeep Patriot, unmistakably Jeep.


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