What's New for 2015:
- High Altitude package
- Optional navigation system for Latitude trim level
- Removable flashlight replaced by dome light
- Eco Green paint color
The 2015 Jeep Patriot is a 5-passenger, small crossover available as a front-wheel-drive (FWD) or 4-wheel-drive (4WD) model powered by one of two 4-cylinder engines. It is the boxier and slightly more capable sibling to the Jeep Compass, with which the Patriot shares much of its architecture. Competitors are plentiful and include the Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Nissan Juke, and the Subaru Impreza hatchback.
Models and Features
Jeep builds the 2015 Patriot in three trim levels: Sport, Latitude, and Limited. Serving as the lineup's entry-level model, the Patriot Sport addresses basic needs with its standard 16-in. steel wheels, manual windows, 4-speaker sound system featuring a CD player and auxiliary input jack, cloth upholstery, and little else in terms of amenities. Air conditioning, for example, is optional, as are power windows and door locks.
In the middle of the Patriot range is where you'll find the Latitude, home to a more substantial list of standard features, such as heated power mirrors, 17-in. alloy wheels, heated front seats with height adjustment for the driver, reclining rear seat, 115-volt household-style power outlet, keyless entry, a/c, and the aforementioned power windows and locks.
The most upscale version of the 2015 Jeep Patriot is the Limited. Here, designers have added chrome exterior and leather interior accents, power driver's seat with 6-way adjustment, premium sound system with 6-disc CD/DVD player and satellite radio service, and automatic climate control.
As for upgrades, the 2015 Patriot has a variety of options, including the Altitude package, consisting of black accents and 17-in. alloy wheels; High Altitude package featuring a power moonroof, unique alloy wheels, leather, and the power driver's seat; 368-watt audio system; and a Trailer-tow Prep package that enables the Patriot to pull loads weighing up to 2,000 lbs.
Under the Hood
There are two engines offered for the 2015 Jeep Patriot, though their availability is dependent upon a couple of factors: trim level and drivetrain. For the FWD Sport and Latitude variants, Jeep employs a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 158 horsepower and 141 lb.-ft. of torque. The Limited, as well as Patriots equipped with 4WD, utilize a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 172 horsepower and 165 lb.-ft. of torque. Gearbox choices include a 5-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, or a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
In typical Jeep fashion, though unique for the small crossover segment, the 2015 Patriot allows buyers to select one of multiple 4WD systems: Freedom Drive I, a full-time setup with a locking feature; and Freedom Drive II, also a full-time system with a locking feature, plus hill-hold control, off-road mode, and a low gear for the CVT. Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes are standard on 4WD and Latitude trim levels (all other configurations are equipped with front disc and rear drum brakes).
According to the EPA, the most fuel-efficient version of the 2015 Jeep Patriot is FWD and equipped with the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine mated with the 5-speed manual transmission, a setup that nets 23 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 26 mpg combined. At the bottom of the fuel-economy ladder is the 4WD Patriot fitted with the CVT, which is estimated to average 20 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 21 mpg in mixed driving.
Safety and Technology
The Patriot is billed as a capable and affordable small crossover, meaning you won't find a full array of the latest creature comforts and safety systems. Buyers who want a blind-spot monitor, intelligent cruise control, or ventilated front bucket seats will need to look elsewhere. That said, the Patriot--named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick in 2013--isn't completely devoid of must-have items, as evidenced by its 6 air bags and anti-lock brakes.
In terms of technology, the 2015 Patriot offers Bluetooth and in-car Wi-Fi connectivity, a touch-screen navigation system, and other amenities like remote start and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.