2012 Jeep Patriot Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The 2012 Jeep Patriot version is essentially going to be unchanged from the 2011 model which is already released and available at dealers across USA.
The 2012 Jeep Patriot is caught between a vision of Jeep-style off-road authenticity and suburban-style everyday utility. It’s a difficult mix to make, and the process is complicated by the demands of a low sticker price and high fuel economy.
A car-type unibody platform like the Patriot’s can be made to deliver trail-rated performance, as the Jeep Grand Cherokee has proven for several decades, so we shouldn’t be surprised to see that the Patriot can be fitted with an optional off-road option package. It gives this small crossover surprising capability in the dirt thanks to increased ride height, skid plates and a four-wheel-drive system complete with a transfer case that has dual-range gear ratios for low-speed crawling.
In 2011, Jeep made some changes and introduced features like plastic body cladding, new grille and fog lamps, redesigned rear end with new-design bumpers, new side cladding, black mufflers, and 17-inch alloy wheels to bring about an aggressive feel to the exteriors. Some fancy touches could be seen on the inside as well with a new steering wheel, panel with illuminated switches, softer trims on the doors, and a new media center with the voice-command option. With so many changes, we can expect the same in 2012 with some minor additions that would appear in other vehicles as well.
At very slow speeds on the road, the Jeep Patriot does need some maneuvering, while it is very responsive on the highways. It has sufficient power for a 2.4 liter engine and affords a comfortable ride on the roads. The added frills on the inside and ruggedness on the outside is quite comparable with some of the other vehicles in the class, though it is still not the best. Off-road driving is safe and the SUV does have a firm grip even on ice. It is a safe compromise for buyers who are looking to change from the compact range into 4x wheelers, as the vehicle is very stable on the road but also offers a very decent ride off the road as well.
At first glance the Patriot’s interior looks nice enough, if a little utilitarian. On closer examination, however, the extensive use of easy-to-clean but hard plastics in the off-road style keep the interior from feeling comfortable. Almost every compact crossover is nicer. The front seats are comfortable enough, but rear seat legroom is tight in the outboard seats and virtually nonexistent in the center position.
Large, easy-to-read gauges and user-friendly controls reinforce the Jeep’s off-road heritage. Other positives include clever ideas like the cargo area lamp that pops out to become a rechargeable LED flashlight and the optional Boston Acoustic speakers that flip down from the raised liftgate to provide tunes for your next tailgate party.
Which brings us to the Patriot’s undersize cargo hold, the interior’s notable weakness. With just 23 cubic feet of space behind the 60/40-split rear seats and 53.5 cubic feet with both sections folded down, it’s significantly smaller than those in crossover competitors like the Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester. That said, the standard fold-flat front passenger seat makes it possible to squeeze long items inside and still get the tailgate closed.
Safety features are already in place for some time now, and the 2012 Jeep Patriot is not going to change what is already working which includes 4 wheel ABS, electronic stability control, energy management feature, child seat lower anchorage, and adjustable upper belt in front, advanced air bag features with a front head airbag, pretensions, tire pressure monitor, and trunk release.
2012 Jeep Patriot Price :
MSRP range: $15,995 – $25,330
Invoice price range: $15,805 – $24,327
2012 Jeep Patriot Specs :
Drivetrain : Front Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 3111
City (MPG) : 23
Hwy (MPG) : 29
Horsepower : 158@6400
Torque (lb-ft) : 141@5000
Wheelbase : 103.7
Length (in.) : 173.8
Width (in.) : 69.2
Height (in.) : 65.5