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2017 Jeep Patriot Sport FWD - front view

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Top Features of Base Model

  • Capable handling off-road
  • Assertive exterior design
  • Good range of standard and available technology
  • Available with flip-down liftgate speakers for tailgate parties
Pro Review

Jeep Patriot: Everything You Need to Know

About the Jeep Patriot:

The Jeep Patriot is a compact SUV that’s rugged enough to tackle off-road adventures. Its sheet metal will appeal to those who like the squared-off, classic look of Jeeps like the iconic Wrangler. And it’s available with flip-down liftgate speakers that may come in handy if there’s a tailgate party on the agenda.

Unfortunately, the Patriot doesn’t measure up to its rivals in certain key areas. It lags behind the pack when it comes to cargo capacity. And it’s not available with most of the active safety features that are commonly offered in this segment.

The Patriot seats five passengers. And it’s available with two engine choices and either front-wheel or four-wheel drive.

Jeep’s Patriot was launched in 2007, and it was retired after the 2017 model year. If you’re seeking a refined SUV that will be used mainly for driving on paved streets, we’d recommend taking a look at one of the Patriot’s more refined and capable rivals. But if you’re seeking a rugged adventurer with muscular looks, the Patriot may be for you.

What’s New in the 2017 Jeep Patriot?

For its final year of production, the 2017 Jeep Patriot carries over with no major changes. Four trim levels are available:

  • The base Sport trim comes with cloth seats, manual windows, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Next up is the Sport SE trim, which includes larger wheels and heated front seats
  • The Latitude trim brings in such items as air conditioning and power windows
  • Included with the High Altitude trim, are features like leather seats and a power sunroof

What Does the 2017 Jeep Patriot Compete With?

The 2017 Jeep Patriot competes with these small SUVs:

The Patriot offers more off-road capability than its rivals. However, in most other areas, the Patriot is outclassed by the competition.

Exterior Design of the 2017 Jeep Patriot

The 2017 Jeep Patriot’s exterior design has an angular look that bucks prevailing trends. Round headlights are a Jeep signature, and they flank the Patriot’s seven-slatted grille. Squared-off wheel wells and a flat roofline help give the Patriot’s profile a boxy appearance. Overall, this SUV’s sheet metal is ruggedly attractive.

Base models connect with the pavement via 16-inch steel wheels. Fog lamps and black roof rails are standard, as well as manually adjustable side mirrors.

The higher trim levels bring in features like automatic headlights and snazzy chrome roof rails. Also, heated power-adjustable side mirrors are available.

Interior Style in the 2017 Jeep Patriot

There are attractive design cues within the 2017 Jeep Patriot’s cabin. The gear shifter is encircled with handsome metallic accents. Circular vents on the center stack and dash give the cabin a vaguely retro look.

Unfortunately, the materials used throughout the Patriot’s interior are mediocre, at best. There are lots of hard plastics to be found throughout the cabin. Seating in the front row is reasonably comfortable. However, legroom for second-row passengers is cramped.

The Patriot disappoints when it comes to cargo space. With all seats in place, it provides just 23 cubic feet of cargo capacity. This figure expands to 53.5 cubic feet when the standard split-folding rear seatback is lowered. But rivals like the Honda CR-V have much more room for your gear.

Base models are equipped with a steering column that tilts to help the driver find an agreeable seating position. Sliding sun visors with mirrors are also standard. And all models come with tinted rear windows.

Higher trim levels add features that include power windows and door locks. The top High Altitude trim is equipped with conveniences like a power-adjustable driver’s seat.

What Technology Comes in the 2017 Jeep Patriot?

Jeep has equipped with 2017 Patriot with a relatively appealing range of standard and available tech features, but there are some notable omissions. For example, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration aren’t offered.

All models come with Bluetooth connectivity, which allows you to make hands-free phone calls. Satellite radio is standard, as well as a CD player. Base models are equipped with a four-speaker stereo.

The Patriot’s option list includes a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, as well as Garmin GPS navigation. Also, a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics sound system is available. Two of its speakers flip down from the Patriot’s liftgate, which makes this optional stereo a great choice for tailgate parties.

What Kind of Safety Features are in the 2017 Jeep Patriot?

The 2017 Jeep Patriot trails its rivals when it comes to safety. In crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Patriot got a Poor rating in one of five key areas that concern crashworthiness. And in tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Patriot got three out of a possible five stars for front-end crash protection. Other models in this segment have received better crash-test scores.

Also, there isn’t much too choose from when it comes to active safety features. A rearview camera is optional. This feature helps you see the path behind you when you’re reversing the Patriot. But features like adaptive cruise control and forward-collision mitigation aren’t offered. These amenities are widely available on rival SUVs.

What Is the 2017 Jeep Patriot Like to Drive?

The 2017 Jeep Patriot can hold its own in off-road environments and extreme weather conditions. But rival models are a lot more refined on paved streets.

There is plenty of wind and road noise within the Patriot’s cabin when traveling at highway speed. Acceleration from the base engine is sluggish. And the Patriot’s suspension doesn’t do a great job of managing rough road surfaces. On broken pavement, you’ll experience bumps and jolts within the cabin.

Base models come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder powerplant. This engine generates 158 horsepower and 141 pound-feet of torque. It’s available solely with front-wheel drive. The base engine can be paired with either a five-speed manual or a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

There’s also an optional four-cylinder 2.4-liter engine that produces 172 horsepower and 165 pound-feet of torque. It’s available with either front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. With this powerplant, buyers can choose from a five-speed manual, a six-speed automatic, and a CVT.

The Patriot’s fuel economy tops out at 23/30 mpg in city/highway driving. Rivals like the Nissan Rogue and Honda CR-V offer better gas mileage.

Should I Buy a New Jeep Patriot?

New Jeep Patriots aren’t available, since the model ended production in 2017. The Jeep Patriot provides attractive sheet metal, and it’s a capable choice for off-roading. But if you want a vehicle that will be used mostly for city and suburban travel, we’d recommend taking a look at one of its competitors.

Should I Buy a Used Jeep Patriot? Are There Any I Should Avoid?

A used Patriot may be worth considering if you like its exterior design and plan on doing lots of off-roading, or if you live in an area where extreme weather conditions are common. In many respects, though, there are used vehicles on the market in this segment that have more to offer. In a 2016 J.D. Power dependability survey, the Patriot rated in the bottom third of its class for reliability.

How Much Does the New Jeep Patriot Cost?

When it was new, the 2017 Jeep Patriot had a starting price of just under $19,000. It was one of the most affordable small SUVs on the market, but it came with fewer standard features than most of its rivals.

Pros and Cons of the 2017 Jeep Patriot


  • Performs well off-road
  • Attractive, rugged exterior design
  • Good range of technology available
  • Optional flip-down liftgate speakers for tailgate parties


  • Provides much less cargo space than some rivals
  • Cabin gets noisy on the highway
  • Not available with common active safety features
  • Some rivals offer much better gas mileage
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay aren’t offered
  • Less refined than rival models on paved streets
Model History

The History of the Jeep Patriot

The Jeep Patriot made its debut in the 2007 model year. Standard features on the earliest models included a sound system with CD player. The list of options included items like leather upholstery and cruise control. These models are also available with heated seats.

Jeep discontinued the Patriot after a decade on the market, and the 2017 model was the last for this SUV. Over its lifetime, the Patriot received no redesigns.

Specs & Key Features of the 2017 Jeep Patriot


Body Style
Sport Utility
2.0L I4 DOHC 16V Dual VVT
158 - 172 hp
5-Speed Manual T355
Passenger Doors
Passenger Seating
Front Wheel Drive
City MPG

Key Features

  • Audio
  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise Control
  • Tinted Glass

More Features

  • Engine: 2.0L I4 DOHC 16V Dual VVT
  • Transmission: 5-Speed Manual T355
  • 4.12 Axle Ratio
  • GVWR: 4,435 lbs
  • 50-State Emissions
  • Front-Wheel Drive
  • 60-Amp/Hr 525CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
  • 120 Amp Alternator
  • 1320# Maximum Payload
  • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
  • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
  • Touring Suspension
  • Hydraulic Power-Assist Steering
  • 13.6 Gal. Fuel Tank
  • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
  • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs and Brake Assist
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Wheels: 16" x 6.5" Styled Steel
  • Tires: P205/70R16 BSW AS
  • Steel Spare Wheel
  • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
  • Body-Colored Rear Step Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
  • Black Bodyside Cladding
  • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
  • Black Door Handles
  • Black Manual Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
  • Deep Tinted Glass
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
  • Body-Colored Grille
  • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
  • Manual Tailgate/Rear Door Lock
  • Roof Rack Rails Only
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Aero-Composite Halogen Headlamps
  • Radio: 130
  • Radio w/Clock and Voice Activation
  • 4 Speakers
  • Streaming Audio
  • Fixed Antenna
  • Audio Jack Input for Mobile Devices
  • Uconnect w/Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
  • 4-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
  • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
  • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Cloth Rear Seat
  • Manual Tilt Steering Column
  • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer and Trip Odometer
  • Manual Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
  • Voice Recorder
  • Illuminated Front Cupholder
  • Rear Cupholder
  • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
  • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Headliner/Pillar Ducts
  • Glove Box
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Interior Trim -inc: Chrome Instrument Panel Insert and Chrome Interior Accents
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Chrome Gear Shift Knob
  • Premium Cloth Bucket Seats
  • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
  • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
  • Front Map Lights
  • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
  • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
  • Carpet Floor Trim
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • Instrument Panel Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
  • Delayed Accessory Power
  • Manual 1st Row Windows
  • Outside Temp Gauge
  • Analog Display
  • Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Fixed Rear Head Restraints
  • Sliding Front Center Armrest w/Storage
  • Sentry Key Engine Immobilizer
  • Air Filtration
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners

Warranty Options for the 2017 Jeep Patriot (4)










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Available Trims for the 2017 Jeep Patriot (10)

Sport FWD
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Sport SE FWD
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Sport 4x4
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Sport SE 4x4
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75th Anniversary Edition 4x4 *Ltd Avail*
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Latitude FWD
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High Altitude FWD
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Safety Ratings for the 2017 Jeep Patriot

US NHTSA Crash Test Results

Results shown are for the 2017 Jeep Patriot Sport FWD:

Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

Dynamic Test Result

No Tip

Risk of Rollover


Rollover Note

Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.


Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.