The Jeep patriot is the best SUV I have owned.
This vehicle is a mountain goat in the wintertime. It is fun to drive and when I first got it I would take it out for long drives just to enjoy being in it. I have had no maintenance problems. I have the 4x4 2. 4 l engine, 5 speed manual sport version and added the tow hitch, tow hooks, oil cooler myself to make it more capable. Fuel economy is better than advertised, I can easily get 30 - 31 mph on highways and 28 - 29 on the expressway. City driving gets down to 22 - 25. Acceleration in 5th gear is good for passing. The patriot corners well and has a tight turning radius, I can get into parking spaces that other smaller vehicles cannot without stopping and backing. It has room for four adults and some baggage. The back seats fold down, both or just one of them and then you'll have room for three and lots of baggage. It is limited in towing ability so do not get this expecting to haul heavy trailers around, 2, 000 lbs. is the limit. I am 6'4" and have plenty of head room and leg room but side to side gets a bit tight after several hours. The windows fog or frost up on the inside and it does sometimes take a considerable amount of time to warm up enough to clear them with the blowers. At below zero temps though you'll probably want to let it warm up anyhow. All in all it is a god vehicle. I'm an old school Jeep girl and I really like the "boxy" style of it. This is a great little SUV for the money, reliability, fuel economy, cargo space and overall comfort. The next one I get will have more features like Bluetooth, navigation, Sirius XM radio, remote start, etc. I didn't get these features in this one, but really wish I did!