Apart from its rock-bottom price tag, there is little to covet from the 2017 Jeep Patriot especially considering the perfection of its rivals in its segment. Some of the defining features for 2017 include an affordable price, optional flip-down tailgate speakers, cozy front seats, and improved off-road capability offered by the Freedom Drive II package. Its release date should be expected during the second half of 2016.
For 2017, buyers shouldn’t expect to see the previous top-of-the-range Limited model, therefore, only two remaining trim models are available for the 2017 Patriot. Other novelties include a rearview camera, satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, ad a new Sport SE package.
Despite all the grey areas the Patriot has been manifesting for the last couple of years, it has continued to surprise many with its selling records. This might be partly attributed to the affordability that comes with the model or the ever endearing Jeep name. Either way, it all depends on your priorities and your ability to forgo things like air-conditioning, and power windows.
The 2017 model despite its evolutionary cycle hasn’t relinquished its defining off-roading ability particularly when equipped with the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Group. This, however, isn’t a free add-on and comes mated to a disappointing CVT. Despite the benefits that a CVT comes with in newer models, as long as it is equipped on the Patriot or its Compass sibling, poor fuel economy ratings are a guarantee. Hopefully, you can opt for the six-speed automatic but, in doing so, you’ll be jeopardizing the off-road ability that comes with the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Group.
There are plenty of other alternative models on offer in the same segment that offer pleasant off-roading capability than the Patriot they include the 2017 Jeep Renegade, 2017 Mazda CX-3, and the 2017 Honda HR-V.
Available Trims – Jeep Patriot
The 2017 Patriot is offered in a five-seating configuration available in two trims: Sport and the Latitude trims. Furthermore, both come with sub-trims: Sport SE package for the SE, and a High Altitude Edition for the Latitude trim.
2017 Jeep Patriot Interior Reviews & Exterior Colors
The Sport comes equipped with cloth upholstery, manual exterior mirrors, 16” steel wheels, a tilt-only steering wheel, roof rails, a 60/40-split folding rear seats, crank-down windows, satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, auxiliary audio jack, manual locks, tinted rear windows, cruise control, foglights, and a four-speaker sound system.
Available options for the Sport trim includes power accessories, automatic headlights, six CD/DVD changer, black alloy or steel wheels, upgraded exterior trim, remote keyless entry, mesh and cloth upholstery, tow hooks, improved ride height, and a leather wrapped steering wheel.
The Latitude comes equipped with a leather wrapped steering wheel, a 115-V power outlet, reclining rear seatbacks, a height-adjustable driver seat, 17” alloy wheels, air-conditioning, and integrated radio controls.
Options available include a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics speakers, unique 17” alloy wheels, power driver seat, leather upholstery, chrome exterior wheels, a sunroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote ignition, and a luggage cover.
Other extras available for both the Latitude and Sport trims include a rearview camera, Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, tow hooks, engine-block heater, a rearview camera, a 6.5” touchscreen navigation system, all-season floor mats, Garmin navigation system, an oil cooler, a height-adjustable driver seat, hill descent control, and an upgraded CVT with low-range mode.
2017 Jeep Patriot Engine Specs
Under the hood of the new 2017 Jeep Patriot is an engine galore. To start off with, the base trim comes equipped with a four-cylinder 2.0L engine rated at 158 hp and 141 pounds of torque. It is only available with the FWD and a default five-speed manual transmission system.
The other is a 2.4L four-cylinder engine rated at 165 pounds of torque and 172 horsepower. Also, it is offered with a FWD system and a five-speed manual transmission.
With the CVT, expect EPA estimates of 22/26/24 mpg in the city/highway/combined for the 2.0L Patriot, and 23/30/26 mpg for the manual version.
During our real-life test drive of the 2017 Jeep Patriot with Freedom Drive I and a six-speed auto sauntered to 60 mph from standstill in 9.4 seconds. On the other hand, the Freedom Drive II – equipped Patriot did the same in 10.3 seconds.
Expect 2,000 pounds maximum towing capacity when the Patriot is fully equipped.
Price & Release Date – 2017 Jeep Patriot
Getting a 2017 Jeep Patriot will cost you an MSRP starting from $17,595 for the base model, according to our mule. The Sport SUV will probably be released during the second half of this year.
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