2013 Jeep Patriot

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What's New for 2013:
  • Fuel-economy improvements
  • Two additional exterior paint colors

Exterior Features
The 2013 Jeep Patriot is a 5-passenger crossover SUV with genuine off-roading capability, and is sold in Sport, Latitude and Limited trim levels. The Patriot Sport is equipped with 16-inch steel wheels, fog lights, roof rack rails, and power exterior mirrors.

Interior Features
Every 2013 Jeep Patriot Sport is equipped with a stereo including a CD player and an auxiliary audio input jack. A rechargeable and removable flashlight is also standard on this model.

Optional Features
The Jeep Patriot Sport can be optioned with air conditioning and a Power Value Group option package containing power windows, power heated exterior mirrors, and power door locks with remote keyless entry. Further upgrades for the Sport trim include Uconnect Bluetooth connectivity, CD changer, and 17-inch aluminum wheels. Through Uconnect, Jeep also provides an optional service that turns the SUV into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.

The Jeep Patriot Latitude includes the above features, plus a driver seat-height adjuster, heated front seats, fold-flat front passenger seat, remote engine starting, and a 115-volt power outlet. Options for this trim level include an enhanced audio system with flip-down tailgate speakers, satellite radio, power sunroof, vehicle information center, and a tire-pressure monitoring system with individual tire display. Models with the 2.4-liter engine offer an optional Trailer Tow Prep Group with a full-size spare tire, engine oil cooler, and a wiring harness to provide up to 2,000 pounds of towing capacity.

The top-of-the-line Patriot Limited includes options similar to the Latitude, but also comes with upgraded brakes, leather seats, power driver seat, automatic climate control, vehicle information center, and a premium audio system with satellite radio, and a navigation system is exclusively available on this trim level.

Additionally, all 2013 Jeep Patriots can be equipped with front-seat side-impact air bags, continuously variable transmission (CVT), choice of two different 4-wheel-drive (4WD) systems, and a bigger engine than comes standard.

Under the Hood
The Jeep Patriot Sport and Patriot Latitude trims are equipped with a 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with a standard 5-speed manual gearbox or optional CVT delivering power to the front wheels (2WD).

Choose an optional 4WD system, or the Limited trim level, and the Patriot's powertrain is upgraded to a 172-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard with this engine, and a CVT is optional.

Two types of 4WD systems are offered on the 2013 Patriot. The Freedom Drive I system is designed to provide greater traction on slippery roads and well-traveled trails. Adventure seekers may want the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Group option package, which includes all-terrain tires, tow hooks, skid plates, hill-descent control system, brake traction control, anti-lock braking system tuned for off-roading, and a CVT with a low-range crawl ratio. Additionally, with this option package, the Patriot's ground clearance is raised an inch to 9.1 inches, fording capability is bumped to 19 inches of standing water, and the angles of approach, departure and breakover are increased, according to Jeep.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Jeep Patriot are:
  • Patriot 2.0-liter 2WD with manual transmission: 23/30/26 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Patriot 2.0-liter 2WD with automatic transmission: 22/28/24 mpg
  • Patriot 2.4-liter 2WD with manual transmission: 23/28/25 mpg
  • Patriot 2.4-liter 2WD with automatic transmission: 21/27/24 mpg
  • Patriot 2.4-liter 4WD with manual transmission: 22/28/24 mpg
  • Patriot 2.4-liter 4WD with automatic transmission: 21/26/23 mpg
  • Patriot 2.4-liter Freedom Drive II 4WD with automatic transmission: 20/23/21 mpg

The 2013 Jeep Patriot is equipped with 4 air bags, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, and a traction and stability control system. The Limited trim, and all Patriot models equipped with 4WD, have rear disc brakes in place of the standard rear drums. Side-impact air bags for the front-seat occupants, hill-descent control, and a tire-pressure monitoring system that takes individual readings for each tire are available for an additional cost.

As this overview was written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has conducted crash tests on the 2013 Jeep Patriot.


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