Jeep Patriot

The Jeep Patriot uses a four-cylinder 2.4 L GEMA gasoline engine and also has a 2.0 L Volkswagen-designed diesel engine for the European and Australian markets. The base car features front-wheel drive, but two electronically controlled four-wheel drive systems are available. One, the Freedom Drive I, is a full-time system for on-road use. Freedom Drive II is made for off-road use with variable torque between speeds of 25 and 65 mph for optimal handling. The Freedom Drive II-equipped Patriot uses a continuously variable transmission with a low range instead of a traditional two-speed transfer case, but has Jeep's "Trail Rated" badging. This badging signified that it has been designed to perform in five categories of off-road conditions: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation, and water fording. The Freedom Drive II Patriot is among the most offroad-capable vehicles in its class, but is still outclassed by more traditional offroaders like its sisters, the Jeep Wrangler and the Jeep Liberty. The Jeep Patriot was introduced in early 2007 for the 2007 model year by the Jeep marquee of DaimlerChrysler. It debuted publicly in April 2006 at the New York Auto Show. It slots between the Liberty and the Compass in the Jeep lineup with pricing starting at $14,985, making it the cheapest sport utility vehicle in North America. Oddly though, this low price has not attracted the number of buyers that Jeep was anticipating. Consumers are still rushing out to purchase the more expensive and larger SUVs such as the Chevy Tahoe. Jeep has sadly lost some of their customer base over the years as they have changer their styling to seem less rugged. Perhaps a look back at the CJ5 would bring them back in line with consumers. At least it would encourage them to build sturdier vehicles with higher towing capacities.