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2013 Jeep Patriot Sport

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  • Stock#:
    9423
  • VIN#:
    1C4NJPBA1DD130966
  • Engine:
    2.0L 4 Cylinder Engine
  • Exterior Color:
    Bright Silver Metallic
  • Body:
    Sport Utility
  • Transmission:
    Unknown -Call
  • City MPG:
    23
  • Highway MPG:
    30
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Edmunds.com Ratings & Reviews

2013 jeep patriot

Consumer Reviews from Edmunds.com

Overall Consumer Ratings
4.4
5 Total Consumer Reviews
5 Star - (60%)
4 Star - (20%)
3 Star - (20%)
2 Star - (3%)
1 Star - (1%)

Edmunds.com Consumer Rating (out of 5)

PERFORMANCE
4
COMFORT
4.4
INTERIOR
4.4
RELIABILITY
4.2
VALUE
3

Edmunds.com Expert Review

Edmunds Says

It may be billed as the cheapest SUV on the market, but the 2013 Jeep Patriot can't match the space, refinement, quality and driving dynamics of its competitors.

What's New

The Jeep Patriot is essentially unchanged for 2013.

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PROS

Above-average off-road capability; a few clever features.

Introduction

Let's not be coy. We do not recommend the 2013 Jeep Patriot. Just about any other compact crossover SUV would be a better choice for you, especially if you have a family. The Patriot is slow, its fuel economy is unimpressive and cargo capacity is lacking. And that's just the beginning of its foibles.

In its defense, the Jeep Patriot checks in with a substantially lower price than any other SUV. However, take a look at its standard features list and you'll understand why. The base Sport model, for instance, lacks air-conditioning, power locks or even power windows. Once you add those items plus some other common features, the Patriot ends up being more expensive than the 2013 Kia Sportage, the second least expensive compact crossover and a vastly superior vehicle. A similar point can be made about the Hyundai Tucson and 2013 Nissan Juke.

The Patriot does have something those other models do not -- off-road capability. To achieve it, you must opt for the Freedom-Drive II Off-Road Group that includes an upgraded four-wheel-drive system with a low range. It'd still be cheaper than a Jeep Wrangler, Nissan Xterra or FJ Cruiser, too. But it should be noted that those models are vastly more capable than the Patriot when the pavement ends.

If all you want is a new crossover SUV that can realistically do some light off-roading, the 2013 Jeep Patriot could make sense. But frankly, this seems like a very small potential buyer pool. In other words, look somewhere else.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2013 Jeep Patriot is a compact crossover SUV that seats five people. It is available in Sport, Latitude and Limited trim levels.

The base Sport is very sparsely equipped with standard 16-inch steel wheels, roof rails, foglights, cruise control, cloth upholstery, a tilt-only steering wheel, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. The Power Value Group adds full power accessories, heated mirrors, keyless entry and additional body-color exterior pieces. Air-conditioning, 17-inch alloy wheels and a six-CD/DVD changer are also available.

The Latitude gets all of the Sport's options minus the CD changer, plus a height-adjustable driver seat, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a reclining rear seat and steering wheel audio controls. Satellite radio is optional.

The Limited adds all the above optional items, plus automatic climate control, rear disc brakes (versus drums), upgraded exterior trim, leather upholstery, a six-way power driver seat (plus manual lumbar adjustment) and a trip computer.

The Latitude and Limited are eligible for several option packages. The Sun/Sound Group adds a sunroof and a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics sound system (available separately) with two drop-down liftgate speakers and satellite radio. The Security and Cargo Convenience Group adds adjustable roof rail crossbars, remote ignition, front side airbags, a tire pressure monitoring display, a cargo cover, Bluetooth phone connectivity (optional separately on all trims), a USB audio jack and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. A touchscreen audio interface that includes digital music storage is also available and can be enhanced with a navigation system on the Limited.

All-wheel-drive models, regardless of trim, can be equipped with the Freedom-Drive II Off-Road Group. This includes an enhanced four-wheel-drive system, special 17-inch alloy wheels, all-terrain tires, a full-size spare tire, hill descent control, tow hooks, skid plates and a height-adjustable driver seat on the Sport.

Powertrains and Performance

When equipped with standard front-wheel drive, the 2013 Jeep Patriot Sport and Latitude are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 158 horsepower and 141 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is optional. Hill-start assist is also standard. EPA-estimated fuel economy with front-wheel drive and the CVT is 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined, which is disappointing given its lack of power. It's marginally better at 23/30/26 with the manual.

The Patriot Limited and "Freedom-Drive I" all-wheel-drive models only come with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 172 hp and 165 lb-ft of torque. It gets the same transmission choices as the 2.0-liter. The optional Freedom-Drive II four-wheel-drive system includes a low range.

In Edmunds performance testing, a Patriot Limited with Freedom-Drive II needed a very lengthy 10.3 seconds to go from zero to 60 mph -- that's one of the slowest times of any small crossover SUV. EPA-estimated fuel economy stands at 21/26/23 with Freedom-Drive I and the CVT. It goes up to 22/28/24 with the manual, but down to a poor 20/23/21 with Freedom-Drive II.

Safety

The 2013 Jeep Patriot comes standard with antilock brakes (front disc, rear drum), traction and stability control, and full-length side curtain airbags. The Limited gets rear disc brakes. Front side airbags are optional on all trims either in the Security and Cargo Convenience Group or as stand-alone items.

In Edmunds brake testing, a Patriot Limited came to a stop from 60 mph in a poor 143 feet -- about 20 feet longer than average.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Patriot the highest-possible rating of "Good" in the frontal-offset and roof strength tests. Patriots with the optional side airbags also get a "Good," but it drops to a second-worst "Marginal" without the side airbags.

Interior Design and Special Features

At first glance the Patriot's interior looks nice enough, if a little utilitarian. On closer examination, however, the quality is disappointing due to extensive use of cheap, hard plastics. The base Sport's lack of standard power accessories and air-conditioning will make it feel especially cheap. 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 are at least in keeping with Jeep's off-road heritage, though the available touchscreen electronics interface is rather antiquated. There are a couple clever features such as the cargo area lamp that pops out to become a rechargeable LED flashlight and the optional Boston Acoustics speakers that flip down from the raised liftgate to provide tunes for your next tailgate party.

You'd better not plan to bring a lot to that party, though. With just 23 cubic feet of space behind the 60/40-split rear seats and 53.5 cubic feet with both sections folded down, the cargo area is significantly smaller than almost all crossover competitors. The Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester in particular are about 20 cubes bigger.

Driving Impressions

Of the 2013 Jeep Patriot's two available engines, even the larger 2.4-liter is underwhelming when it comes to highway power. The CVT does them no favors and their loud droning noises will have you reaching for the radio volume. At least the availability of a five-speed manual transmission makes this vehicle somewhat capable for off-road adventures.

Since the available Freedom Drive I all-wheel-drive system is really only meant to provide added peace of mind when roads turn slippery, it's the Freedom Drive II system you'll want if you expect to be spending much time in the dirt. At the same time, this dimension of off-road capability takes a significant toll on fuel economy and ride comfort. The handling and general driving experience of any Patriot also greatly trails its competitors.

Factory Installed Options

  • 2.0L DOHC 16V I4 DUAL-VVT ENGINE
    • 4 Cylinder Engine
    • Gasoline Fuel

Standard Equipment at time of original manufacture release.

Convenience & Comfort
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Cruise Control
  • Driver Vanity Mirror
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Floor Mats
  • Fog Lamps
  • Front Reading Lamps
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror
  • Power Outlet
  • Power Steering
  • Privacy Glass
  • Rear Defrost
  • Rear Seat Heat Ducts
  • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
Drivetrain & Engine
  • Front Wheel Drive
  • Gasoline Fuel
Entertainment
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Player
  • MP3 Player
Safety
  • ABS
  • Brake Assist
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag Sensor
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
Seat & Trim
  • Bucket Seats
  • Cloth Seats
  • Pass-Through Rear Seat
  • Rear Bench Seat
Tires & Wheels
  • Temporary Spare Tire
  • Tire Pressure Monitor

Featured Equipment below have been confirmed on vehicle today. Additional equipment not listed may still be available.

Installed Features
  • "Firm feel" pwr steering
  • (4) speakers
  • 120 MPH speedometer
  • 120-amp alternator
  • 12V pwr outlet
  • 2.0L DOHC 16V I4 Dual-VVT engine
  • 4435# GVWR
  • 525-amp maintenance-free battery
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Accent color liftgate applique
  • Active head restraints
  • Air filtration
  • Black door handles
  • Black side roof rails
  • Body color fascias
  • Body color grille
  • Brake assist
  • Bright interior accents
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Compact spare tire
  • Deep tint sunscreen glass
  • Electronic roll mitigation
  • Electronic stability program
  • Fixed long-mast antenna
  • Fog lamps
  • Fold-away manual mirrors
  • Fold-flat cargo floor
  • Front & rear side curtain airbags
  • Front disc/rear drum anti-lock brakes
  • Front dome lamp
  • Front passenger seat belt alert
  • Front wheel drive
  • Full floor carpeting
  • Full-length floor console
  • Halogen headlamps
  • Height adjustable front shoulder belts
  • Hill start assist
  • Illuminated cupholders
  • Instrumentation w/tachometer
  • Interior removable/rechargeable lamp
  • Liftgate door w/fixed glass
  • Lower bodyside accent cladding
  • Luxury front & rear floor mats
  • Manual door locks
  • Manual windows
  • Map & dome reading lamps
  • Multistage dual front airbags
  • Outside temp gauge
  • Passenger assist handles
  • Pwr accessory delay
  • Rear seat heat ducts
  • Rear stabilizer bar
  • Rear window defroster
  • Rear window wiper/washer
  • Sentry Key theft-deterrent system
  • Sliding armrest
  • Sliding sunvisors w/vanity mirrors
  • Solar control glass
  • Speed control
  • Tilt steering column
  • Tire pressure monitor warning lamp
  • Touring suspension
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
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