Explore the New 2017 Jeep Patriot in Plainfield, IN
The Jeep Patriot has performed well in the compact crossover SUV market since its introduction 10 years ago. It’s difficult for manufacturers to hit that combination of practicality for daily use with decent off-road capability — Jeep’s Patriot model typically manages that.
But with a new compact Jeep due in 2018, this could be your last chance to buy a Patriot. Read on to see how the 2017 model is shaping up.
There are no changes to the available lineup this year for the Patriot. You can choose one of five trims, with the 75thAnniversary Edition surprisingly kept on for 2017.
The exterior differences between all models are extremely subtle — trim levels vary mostly by available technology. Saying that, the Patriot is a treat to look at with an aggressive muscular profile that displays both power and elegance. The seven-slot grille is a thing of beauty, and the round headlamps give it a distinctive bold look. The Sport SE enhances the look with mineral gray wheels and a black hood decal.
All trim levels come with a basic 2.0-liter engine that is mated with your choice of a five-speed manual transmission or continuously variable transmission (CVT). This engine runs on a front-wheel-drive system. If you plan to take your 2017 Patriot off-road a lot, you’d be better off with the manual transmission because it utilizes more power from the engine.
Better still, you can choose a four-wheel drive Patriot (at extra cost), with an upgraded 2.4-liter engine with a much better choice of five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
The basic engine produces 158 horsepower and 141 pound-feet of torque, which is nothing to be scoffed at. However, this pales in comparison with the 2.4-liter engine that delivers an impressive 172 horsepower and 165 pound-feet of torque. The upgraded engine also gives the Jeep Patriot more towing capability at 2,000 pounds compared to 1,000 pounds with the base engine.
Despite its compact exterior, the 2017 Jeep Patriot is surprisingly roomy. Foldable rear seats give you 53.5 cubic feet of cargo space to work with, which should be ample room for whatever things you need to bring on your journeys. The soft touchpoints and attractive chrome accents throughout the interior bring touches of class to the Patriot. You also get automatic temperature control and comfortable front seats.
The 2017 Patriot comes with a total of six air bags for adequate protection in the event of an accident. The build is strong enough to protect you in the event of collisions, with expertly engineered crush zones that absorb much of the impact from crashes. There is also an anti-lock braking system and brake assist, as well as electronic stability control.
To summarize, the 2017 Jeep Patriot continues the trend of offering the requisite safety, comfort, and practicality for daily use, while delivering impressive power for off-road performance. As far as crossover compact SUVs go, the Patriot is yet again a great option that shouldn’t be ignored. Schedule a test drive today
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