2013 Jeep Patriot Preview

Jeff Youngs | Jul 20, 2013
  • Improved fuel economy compared with previous year
  • Two additional exterior paint colors
  • Properly equipped, can roll through 19 inches of water
  • Wide cabin provides 62.7 cubic feet maximum cargo space
  • Two engines and two 4-wheel-drive (4WD) options are available


The 2013 Jeep Patriot is an entry-level 5-passenger compact crossover SUV that's available with front-wheel drive (FWD) or a choice of two 4WD systems. An available option package ensures travel over the toughest terrain, or through standing water to a depth of 19 inches, according to Jeep. The Patriot was introduced for the 2007 model year as an entry-level SUV, slotted between Jeep's Compass and Liberty models; it has been compared with the long-discontinued Jeep Cherokee. The Patriot's main competitors include the Ford Escape, Kia Sportage, and Dodge Journey. Three trim levels are available for the 2013 Jeep Patriot: Sport, Latitude, and Limited. The 2013 Jeep Patriot features no serious changes from the previous model year, but EPA estimates of its fuel efficiency are slightly higher this year.

Exterior Features

The 2013 Jeep Patriot is available in nine exterior colors: black, silver, white, Cherry Red, dark grey, medium grey, Dark Forest Green, dark blue, and light blue. Standard equipment on the base Sport trim level includes a 5-speed manual transmission, 16-inch aluminum wheels, front disc and rear drum brakes, roof rails, rear window defrost and wiper, deep tint sunscreen glass, and body-color fascias. The Latitude trim level features 4-wheel disc brakes, power heated fold-away exterior mirrors, keyless entry, remote start, 17-inch aluminum wheels, body-color door handles, and a body-color liftgate appliqué. The Limited trim level adds a larger engine and CVT2 automatic transmission, plus body-color fascias with bright accents, bright roof rails, and bright exhaust tips.

Interior Features

The base Patriot Sport offers a media center with AM/FM radio, CD player, and WMA/MP3 jack, plus outside temperature display, illuminated cupholders, 60/40 split-folding back seat, rear-seat heat ducts, tilt steering column, and cruise control. The Latitude trim level adds air conditioning, power windows with driver one-touch control, heated cloth seats, height-adjustable driver's seat, fold-flat front passenger seat, 60/40-split reclining back seat, 115-volt power inverter, leather-wrapped steering wheel, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, speed-sensitive power locks, and illuminated entry. The Limited trim level includes leather-trimmed bucket seats, power-adjustable driver's seat, leather-wrapped parking brake handle, upgraded media center, and automatic temperature control. The optional fold-flat front passenger seat gives the Patriot 62.7 cubic feet of cargo area.

Optional Features

Much of the standard equipment found on the Jeep Patriot Latitude is optional on the Sport, and many Limited features are optional on the Latitude. Options on the Latitude 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. Available on models with the larger engine is the Trailer Tow Prep Group, which includes a full-size spare tire, engine oil cooler, and a wiring harness that provides up to 2,000 pounds of towing capacity. The All Weather Capability group includes daytime running lights, engine block heater, all-season floor mats, tow hooks, and all-terrain tires. Several other option packages are available, affecting both performance and appearance. All 2013 Jeep Patriots can be equipped with front-seat side-impact air bags.

Under the Hood

The Jeep Patriot Sport and Patriot Latitude trim levels both feature a 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 141 lb.-ft. of torque, paired with a standard 5-speed manual transmission or optional continuously variable transmission (CVT), either of which is available with FWD or 4WD. Two types of 4WD systems are offered on the 2013 Patriot. The Freedom Drive I system is the basic system; also available is the more rugged 4WD system that comes with the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Group option package. This 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. This package also raises the Patriot's ground clearance to 9.1 inches, and allows the vehicle to get through as much as 19 inches of standing water. That upgraded 4WD system, and the Limited trim, come with a 172-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 165 lb.-ft. of torque.

Fuel Economy

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


Standard safety equipment for the 2013 Jeep Patriot includes 4 air bags, traction control, stability control with electronic roll-mitigation technology, anti-lock brakes, and hill-start assist. Other safety features are optional.

In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2013 Jeep Patriot with 4WD received an overall rating of 4 (out of 5) stars: 3 for frontal crash protection; 5 for side crash protection; and 3 for rollover protection. From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) the 2013 Jeep Patriot received a "Good" rating--the Institute's highest--for front- and side-impact protection and roof strength, if the optional side air bags are included. Without that option, the side-impact rating drops to "Marginal."
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