Benny Boyd of Andrews, TX proudly presents the all new 2017 Jeep Patriot. As the least expensive model in the Jeep lineup eligible to wear the Trail Rated badge, the Patriot has its work cut out for it. Launched as a 2007 model, this compact SUV shares its platform with the Jeep Compass and the unloved and departed Dodge Caliber, yet it does a fair job of hiding those family ties under traditional squared-off Jeep styling cues. While the point of the Compass escapes many of us, the Patriot's mission—offering buyers a low-cost entry to the Jeep look and lifestyle—is crystal clear.
Both the Patriot and the Compass are slated to be replaced with a single, as yet unnamed model for 2018. The Patriot is still selling well even as it enters its 11th model year (yes, there are 2017 Patriots, essentially unchanged from the 2016 edition tested here), proving that the product planners were on target when they decided to enter what later became one of the industry’s hottest market segments.
Patriots now are offered in just two trim levels: Sport and Latitude. Our four-wheel-drive Sport test car was equipped with the 75th Anniversary package (called the 2GK Quick Order package in dealer speak; it adds $1430 to the price), which brings a Recon Green and Bronze color scheme and a badging treatment similar to the one on our aforementioned Compass test car. Other niceties bundled with the package include a power sunroof, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote start, bronze 17-inch wheels, and the 178-hp 2.4-liter inline-four-cylinder engine. The base engine is a 158-hp 2.0-liter four. Opting for the 75th Anniversary package, however, mandates a few additional options, namely air conditioning ($1375) and the Power Value Group ($2045), which includes keyless entry, automatic headlamps, power heated mirrors, illuminated entry, and automatic locking. Finally, our test car also had a backup camera ($995) and the six-speed automatic transmission ($1450) in place of the standard continuously variable unit.
Stop by Benny Boyd of Andrews, TX today and come check out the all new 2017 Jeep Patriot and take it for a test drive today!