2012 Jeep Patriot Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Mineral Gray Metallic
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$8,402 - $11,772
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test
Source: NHTSA.gov
MPG (up to)
20 City / 23 HWY
Horsepower
158-172
Seats
5

How 2012 Jeep Patriot Ranks In Its Class

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#18
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#8
  By Price
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#17
  By Experts
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#19
  By MPG

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

2.5 Overall Score
Performance 2.4Comfort 2.9Styling 2.3Value 2.9

Editor's Overview

With the lowest starting price in its class, the 2012 Jeep Patriot is an attractive small SUV with competent off-road performance. The car-based platform provides a comfortable ride on road, while available skid plates, off-road tires, 4-wheel drive and ultra-low gearing supply the Patriot with all-terrain capability.

Jeep Patriot Models & Trims

Sport $8,402 - $10,343
Horsepower: 158 hp - 172 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 x 6.5, 17 x 6.5 (in.) - Aluminum, Steel
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Latitude $9,005 - $11,084
Horsepower: 158 hp - 172 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 6.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Limited $9,633 - $11,772
Horsepower: 172 hp
Engine Type: Gas I4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 x 6.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

Owner Reviews

4.23

It's the perfect size to easily drive/fit into spaces and still has plenty of interior space.

I love the size (interior and exterior), driving capabilities, look, and feel of it. I do only have the basic model though so it's not equipped with bluetooth and I can't control the radio/music from my steering wheel. Since I actually only listen to music I have on my phone (I have odd tastes) I have to use an audio cable (which doesn't always tune correctly) and change the music from my physical phone. Also, not as big of a deal, but my Jeep is not 4WD, which I grew up with and feel a little vulnerable without.

Pawla S
Helpful

Review of Jeep patriot: excellent first car and perfect for smaller people.

I am short and skinny so this car is the perfect size for me. It is comfortable. The seat is adjustable. Plenty of space. Good for travel. I love how much room I have in the back. Good speaker system. Plenty of hidden space to put things. Extra tire is hidden and out of the way. I love that I have an outlet in the front of the car. This was my first car and I am glad I choice a Jeep patriot. I feel safe when I drive it because it is not super close to the ground.

Ryan C
Helpful

Built in the USA at a plant here in Toledo, Ohio by American workers!

I like my Jeep patriot because it is very versatile. It is a perfect family car for up to five people and then you can put down the rear seats and haul items. The rear hatchback is very helpful. It has good gas mileage and is fun to drive. There is plenty of legroom in the front seat for me and I am 6'2". It is built very solid and handles great in the now. Jeep is the most American made car in the us with the most made in the USA parts.

Michael B
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Compare Models & Key Features

Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$8,402 - $10,343
$9,005 - $11,084

Horsepower

Horsepower
158 - 172 (hp)
158 - 172 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.4L DOHC 16V I4 Dual, 2.4L DOHC 16V I4 DUAL
2.4L DOHC 16V I4 Dual, 2.4L DOHC 16V I4 DUAL
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Alarm

Alarm
Not Available
Optional
Optional

BackUp Camera

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Optional
Optional
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Optional
Optional
Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Optional
Optional
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Not Available
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Optional
Optional
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
Standard
Standard

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
40.6 (in.)
40.6 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
41 (in.)
41 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
39.4 (in.)
39.4 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.9 (in.)
39.9 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

AC

AC
Optional
Optional
Not Available

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Not Available
Standard

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Not Available
Optional
Optional
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Steel
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P215/65R17
P215/60R17

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
103.7 (in.)
103.7 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
35.6 (ft.)
35.6 (ft.)

Length

Length
173.8 (in.)
173.8 (in.)

Width

Width
69.2 (in.)
69.2 (in.)
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3111 - 3273 (.lbs)
3111 - 3273 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
172 (hp)
172 (hp)

Torque

Torque
165 (ft. lbs.)
165 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
100 - 200 (.lbs)
100 - 200 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
4 Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
4 Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
13.5 (gal.)
13.5 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
24 (mpg)
24 (mpg)

City

City
22 (mpg)
22 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
26 (mpg)
26 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Optional
Optional
Standard

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

CTV Transmission
Optional
Optional
Standard
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

Tow Hooks
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
G
Side
G
Roof Strength
G
Driver-side Overlap Front
P
G
Good
A
Acceptable
M
Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • Brake assist
  • Electronic stability program *
  • Electronic roll mitigation
  • Hill start assist
  • Multistage dual front airbags
  • Front & rear side curtain airbags
  • Height adjustable front shoulder belts
  • Front passenger seat belt alert
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Tire pressure monitor warning lamp

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

‌Overall
Mechanical
Powertrain Quality
Body & Interior Design
‌Features
Among the best
Among the best
Among the best
Among the best

Safety Recalls (4)

Fuel System, Gasoline Apr 3, 2013
Report Receipt Date:
Apr 3, 2013
NHTSA Campaign:
13V120000
Summary:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2012 Jeep Patriot and Compass vehicles manufactured October 18, 2011, through May 7, 2012. Due to an incorrectly manufactured transfer tube, the transfer of fuel from the secondary side to the primary side of the fuel tank may be interrupted, causing the engine to stall.
Consequence:
If the engine stalls while driving it may increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel tank transfer tube free of charge. An interim letter was mailed to owners on May 30, 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's recall campaign number is N17.
Air Bags , Electrical System , Seat Belts Jun 4, 2013
Report Receipt Date:
Jun 4, 2013
NHTSA Campaign:
13V233000
Summary:
Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2010-2012 Jeep Compass and Patriot vehicles manufactured May 6, 2008, through July 20, 2012. The affected vehicles have a software error which may result in a delayed deployment or non-deployment of the seatbelt pre-tensioners and/or side airbags.
Consequence:
In the event of a rollover necessitating airbag deployment, the software error can lead to a delayed deployment or non-deployment of the side curtain airbag and/or seatbelt pre-tensioners. As a result, vehicle occupants have an increased risk of injury in a crash.
Remedy:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will correct the software free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2013. Owners may contact Chrysler at 1-800-247-9753. Chrysler's recall number is N01.
Seat Belts, Air Bags Sep 15, 2016
Report Receipt Date:
Sep 15, 2016
NHTSA Campaign:
16V668000
Summary:
Chrysler (FCA US LLC) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Chrysler 200, 2010 Chrysler Sebring, 2010-2012 Dodge Caliber and 2010-2014 Jeep Patriot, Compass and Dodge Avenger vehicles. The Occupant Restraint Control (OCR) module may short circuit, preventing the frontal air bags, seat belt pretensioners, and side air bags from deploying in the event of a crash.
Consequence:
If the frontal air bags, seat belt pretensioners, and side air bags are disabled, there is an increased risk of injury to the vehicle occupants in the event of a vehicle crash that necessitates deployment of these safety systems.
Remedy:
Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the OCR, free of charge. Interim letters informing owners that parts are not available yet were mailed on October 26, 2016. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available in June 2017. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler's number for this recall is S61.
Fuel System, Gasoline > Storage > Tank Assembly Apr 2, 2012
Report Receipt Date:
Apr 2, 2012
NHTSA Campaign:
12V142000
Summary:
CHRYSLER IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 JEEP PATRIOT AND COMPASS VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM DECEMBER 17, 2011, THROUGH JANUARY 2, 2012. SOME VEHICLES MAY HAVE BEEN BUILT WITH A FUEL TANK ASSEMBLY CONTAINING A DAMAGED ROLL-OVER VALVE.
Consequence:
IN THE EVENT OF AN IMPACT OR ROLL-OVER, FUEL LEAKAGE COULD OCCUR, INCREASING THE RISK OF A FIRE.
Remedy:
CHRYSLER WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FUEL TANK, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JUNE 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403.

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