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Jeep Patriot

Jeep's Patriot small SUV is related to the Jeep Compass and Dodge Caliber, but has a more upright body. It uses the same 2.0- and 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engines found in the Caliber, which we found slow and noisy.

Ride and handling are acceptable, but not impressive. Interior fit and finish are sub par. The narrow cabin and small windows give a closed-in feel. The Patriot is not designed for serious off-roading, but should be capable for the occasional trail excursion. An optional off-road package has a hill-descent system and an extra low gear in the CVT. Five-speed manual and CVT transmissions are offered. 2009 models received some updates, but not enough to lift this car from mediocrity.


Jeep Patriot : Used

Model: Jeep Patriot: Used

Vehicle Type:SUV

The Verdict: Lower-than-average resale values and good bang-for-the-buck will make the Patriot an appealing buy for budget-minded 4x4 shoppers. The most likely problems and issues should be easy for a test-driver to identify, and even easier for a mechanic to dig up in a pre-purchase inspection. Opt for a model with the five-speed manual gearbox for maximum long-term confidence.

Price: Look for basic, older, high-mileage units to be available in the used market from about $4,500, with newer, low-mileage units or demos commanding upwards of $24,000. Look for plenty of selection between about $10,000 and $15,000.

2011 Jeep Patriot front view
Photo: Matthieu Lambert

History/Description: The Jeep Patriot’s job was to bring the brand’s big, capable and handsome styling language to a value-minded shopper after an affordable and adventurous ride that provided low-cost access to four-wheel drive adventure seekers. With a launch for model-year 2007, Patriot arrived as Canadian shoppers were getting into fuel-efficient little SUV models in a serious way.

Jeep made sure there was a Patriot for just about any shopper. Bluetooth, premium audio, heated seats, a driver computer, auto climate control, a household power outlet and plenty more features were all available. Folding rear seats? Check. Lots of storage spaces? Check. Trunk mounted rechargeable flashlight? Check. Chill-box lifted from the Dodge Caliber? Check, check and check.

From 2009 and on, Patriot got an interior refresh to brighten and soften up the cabin. It had earned a reputation for being boxy and bland and made of melted-down margarine containers finished in fifty-shades-of-grey-plastic.

Most used units will be powered by a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine with dual overhead camshafts good for 172 horsepower. That’s available teamed up with either a five-speed manual or a Continually Variable Transmission (CVT) with either front or four-wheel drive available. A 4x4 / manual transmission combination was, delightfully, available.

2011 Jeep Patriot cabin
Photo: Matthieu Lambert

What Owners Like: Typically, owners like the overall value presented by these machines, as well as the confidence enabled by the slick 4WD system in slippery conditions. The clever and unique features, on-board flexibility and even all-around visibility are also rated highly.

What Owners Dislike:Earlier models got plenty of complaints about interior design and materials selection, and a decent number of owners wish for a more powerful engine. A louder-than-expected highway ride is often griped about, too.

2011 Jeep Patriot rear 3/4 view
Photo: Matthieu Lambert

Taking The Used Jeep Patriot For A Test Drive: Once you’ve confirmed that the stereo and climate control system work properly, turn both off and head to a rough road to listen to the suspension for clunking, popping or grinding sounds while steering or traveling over bumps. Unwanted sounds likely indicate the presence of one or more worn-out suspension components. Numerous owners have reported premature wear of these parts, with sway bar links, ball joints, tie-rods and bushings listed as the usual culprits. These parts are easy for a mechanic to inspect and replace.

Drivability issues with Patriot’s Japanese-outsourced CVT transmission, including reduced or sluggish acceleration could be the result of a computer-related problem fixed by rebooting or re-flashing the computer brain that controls the transmission. Some droning and a strange, shift-less feeling to the power delivery is normal. Grinding sounds from the CVT transmission, or a bucking or ‘jerking’ sensation when decelerating are not. Opt for a manual transmission where possible—as the technology is considerably more proven.

Check the headliner around the map lights, as well as carpeting in the front footwells, for signs of moisture-- which could indicate a leaky sunroof or drain tubes.

Other checks include a visual scan of the power steering reservoir and pump to ensure no fluid is leaking, and listening for a high-pitched whine at speed on models with the CVT, which could be caused by a bad transmission mount.

2011 Jeep Patriot
Photo: Matthieu Lambert



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Jeep Patriot: problems, fuel economy, pros and cons, 4WD system, photos

Updated: August 07, 2021

It's a Jeep thing, you wouldn't understand. The Patriot is a car-based SUV and not a true off-roader, but its truck-like shape and iconic Jeep look made it stand out. It's also one of the most affordable compact SUVs.
2016 Jeep Patriot2016 Jeep Patriot (MK74).
The Patriot comes as a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, with two different 4-cylinder engines. Transmission choices include a 5-speed manual or CVT. A conventional 6-speed automatic transmission was added for 2014.

The fuel economy is average for the class. The interior is nicely done and practical. The Patriot handles like a car and offers a tight turning circle (35.6 ft). Is a used Jeep Patriot reliable? What are the reported problems?

Jeep Patriot Problems:Difficulties filling the tank can be caused by a problem with one of the valves inside the tank. The fuel tank might need to be replaced to solve the problem. There was a warranty extension in Canada and the salt belt states for front and rear crossmember (also known as a subframe) corrosion. According to the service bulletin 23-007-17 REV.C, the warranty for crossmember perforation/rust has been extended to 10 years (X69 Warranty Extension).

Erroneous Uconnect prompts might be corrected by reprogramming or replacing the Hands Free Module (HFM). The bulletin 08-031-16 describes the repair.
Jeep Patriot interiorJeep Patriot interior.
The corrosion at the relay box located in the front wheel well (in front of the left front tire) can cause the engine not to start. This YouTube videoshows the problem and repairs. See also: how to check fuses in a car.

A bad gas cap is reported as one of the common causes of the code p0456. The EVAP leak detection unit failure is also mentioned as a possible cause for the same code.

Stalling in early models (2007-2012) is another issue mentioned by several owners. Some owners say it happens after filling up the gas. This threadtalks about it. There is also a number of complaints on the NHTSA website. Some owners have indicated replacing the fuel tank as a possible solution.
2016 Jeep Patriot cargo area2016 Jeep Patriot.
There was also the safety recall N17 for the 2012 Patriot involving the fuel tank transfer tube, as well as the M11 recall for the 2012 4WD Patriot (Fuel Tank Rollover Valve).

A failed throttle body can cause the throttle control warning light to come on and several other driveability issues. This problem has been mostly reported in early model years. An OEM throttle body is quite expensive. An aftermarket part is cheaper, but the quality of aftermarket parts is not always up to the standards.

A bad alternator decoupler pulley can cause a whining / buzzing / rattling noise from the alternator area and sometimes charging system problems. The pulley or the alternator may need to be replaced to correct the problem. The pulley and the tool to replace it can be purchased online. It's not very expensive, but replacing it is not easy without special equipment. We found several videoson the subject. Read this threadat Jeep Patriot forum for more info.

One of the bearings inside the alternator can also go bad, causing excessive noise from the unit. The alternator may need to be replaced. Watch these videoson alternator replacement.

Several Patriot owners mentioned water leaks into the interior from the sunroof and other places.
Check Engine light and electrical / lighting issues are also not uncommon.
To solve the Check Engine light with codes P0139 or P2270, the PCM might need to be reprogrammed, according to the service bulletin 18-011-08 REV.
Read about repair options for Check Engine light problems

Various electrical problems have also been reported. Tip: with any weird electrical issues, related ground wire connections must be checked for corrosion and looseness. The one that commonly gets corroded is on the rail (frame) near the alternator; watch this YouTube video.

Several owners have reported that the ABS light can be caused by a bad or rusted wheel bearing (the wheel speed sensor is attached to the bearing), corroded wiring under the driver's footrest or a bad wheel speed sensor. The first step is to have the ABS scanned for codes.

Engine:The Patriot comes with either 158-hp 2.0L or 172-hp 2.4L DOHC 4-cylinder DOHC, known as World Gas Engines. The 2.0L is only available in front-wheel drive models. Both engines are not very quiet, but mostly trouble-free. In our view, the 2.4L is a better choice.

Timing belt or chain:Both the 2.0L and 2.4L engines have a timing chain. There is no timing belt.

Fuel Economy:The most fuel efficient trim is the 2013-2017 2.0L front-wheel drive with a manual transmission. It gets 23 mpgcity, 30 mpghighway. The 2007-2012 2.0L FWD Patriot automatic is rated at 23/27 mpgcity/hwy. The 2014-2017 FWD Patriot with the 2.0L and auto transmission gets 22/26 mpg. The 2014-2015 4WD 2.4L Patriot with a 6-speed automatic transmission shows 21/27 mpg, allowing it to travel up to 351 miles (565 km) on one tank of gas.

Mechanical:Jeep Patriot has MacPherson struts in the front and multi-link layout in the rear suspension. Rear brakes are drums in FWD models or discs in 4WD and some FWD models. Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) and Stability Control are standard. The steering is hydraulically-assisted.

How capable is the Jeep Patriot 4WD system?Similar to most compact SUVs and crossovers, the Patriot has a front-biased 4WD system: front wheels are powered at all times and rear wheels are engaged when needed.
2016 Jeep Patriot2016 Jeep Patriot.
Unlike most of its competitors, however, the Patriot 4WD system has the Lock Mode. When the 4WD Lock is activated, the system sends more torque to the rear wheels. This can be useful in loose snow or sand at low speeds.

The optional Freedom-Drive II Off-Road Group package offers Off-Road 4WD LOCK mode and Hill Descent Control, as well as skid plates, a heavy-duty alternator and other upgrades. When shifted into the Off-Road mode, the CVT transmission engages the internal low-range mode. This will not turn the Patriot into the Wrangler, but can help when climbing a steep hill or navigating through deep snow.

Pros: Upright shape, easy access, affordable price, maneuverable, available 4WD lock, simple, practical interior, cargo space

Cons: Below average reliability, finicky CVT, interior materials could be better, depreciates fast.

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Overall: The Patriot is one of the least expensive compact SUVs on the used car market, but there is a reason for that. The overall reliability is not better than average. The 2013+ Patriot has fewer reported problems. If we had to pick the best Patriot engine/transmission combination, it would have to be the 2.4L engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
2016 Jeep Patriot2016 Jeep Patriot.
The 2.4L is a good engine and the 6-speed auto is a better choice than the CVT. Read more: Pros and cons of a CVT transmission.

We test-drove the Patriot for over 3,500 miles in Newfoundland, and other than uneven wear of the rear tires, we haven't experienced any problems. It was a nice comfortable ride and was good on gas. One of our friends bought a used 2008 Jeep Patriot and drove it for a couple of years. He said he changed the control arms and did some other front end repairs, changed the alternator and the CVT transmission was making a humming noise, but he did not repair it, and eventually sold it the way it is.
We have also read many owner reviews online and they are mixed. Many owners complimented a roomy interior, simple controls and the fact that it was easy to get in and out of; dislikes included various problems, leaking roof, rust on the body.

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