2014 Jeep Patriot Expert Review

2.6 Overall Score
Performance 2.5 Comfort 2.6 Styling 2.7 Value 2.3

Editor's Overview

Although it's wrapped in iconic Jeep styling cues from stem to stern, the 2014 Jeep Patriot is actually a very car-like prospect, with a modest off-road ability and one of the lowest sticker prices of any compact SUV. The Patriot has gotten better over the years, but it still can't keep pace with the newest offerings from Ford, Kia and Subaru.

You'll Like The 2014 Jeep Patriot If...

If you live in an area where snow and inclement weather are regular occurrences, the 2014 Jeep Patriot's low cost 4-wheel drive model should look quite appealing. When equipped with Freedom Drive II, this little compact can go where many of its rivals dare not.

You May Not Like The 2014 Jeep Patriot If...

If you're looking for a refined ride with the latest technologies both under the hood and inside the cabin, you probably won't connect with the 2014 Jeep Patriot. Real off-road enthusiasts will prefer the Wrangler, while those looking for maximum fuel economy might prefer a Mazda CX-5 or Subaru Forester.

What's New

A new 6-speed automatic transmission is now available on most models, although the dreaded continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is still roaming freely among models equipped with the Freedom Drive II option. Front-seat side-impact airbags are now standard on all trims.

Interior Features

Hard plastic surfaces aren't the most inviting but they are easy to clean, which is one benefit of the Patriot's utilitarian cabin. Still, there are some nice techy features to enjoy (a Uconnect media center with iPod interface, SiriusXM satellite radio and navigation with Sirius Travel Link) and a couple of truly clever ideas, such as the cargo-area lamp that pops out to become a rechargeable LED flashlight and the speakers that flip down from the raised liftgate to energize those tailgate parties.

Exterior Features

Jeep's design team did an admirable job of sculpting traditional Jeep proportions onto economy-car, front-drive architecture. Requisite Jeep-family features show up, including the seven-slot grille and "can-do" fender flares. The Patriot's upright layout provides reasonable outward visibility as well as some visual character.

Driving Impressions

You can't deny your roots, and neither can the Jeep Patriot. The Dodge Caliber econocar platform probably made sense for a low-priced, light-duty Jeep in 2007, but the small-SUV class is too competitive for that formula to still work. The Patriot can hold its own in modest off-roading when equipped with the Freedom Drive II package, but almost all drivers spend the vast majority of their time on public pavement, and there the Patriot is simply outclassed. Neither of the 4-cylinder engines feels very strong, and the CVT transmission does more for fuel economy than it does for performance, although the new 6-speed automatic goes a long way to improving the latter. Highway ride and handling are okay, as long as you don't compare the Patriot to a more refined small SUV – of which there are plenty. The all-new (probably Fiat-based) Jeep Patriot can't come too soon.

Pricing Notes

Jeep claims you won't find a lower-priced 2014 SUV than the 2WD Sport Patriot, at just under $17,000, nor a lower-priced 4x4 than the 4WD Sport, at just over $19,000. At the top end, the 4WD Limited starts at just under $27,000. Given the car's econobox roots, you may feel hard-pressed to justify any of those prices. For a little more money (Kia Sportage, around $20,000; Subaru Forester, just under $23,000), legions of more modern choices open up, albeit without some of the Jeep's special equipment. But if your budget says no to that stretch, then the Patriot may be in play. Plus, a car at the end of its production cycle will likely carry generous incentives. To make your best deal, check our Fair Purchase Price, which reflects real-world transaction prices being paid in your area. And be ready for rapid depreciation; the Patriot's retained value will be well below those of Asian nameplates.

Notable Equipment

Despite its very affordable starting price of under $17,000 including destination, Jeep's 2014 Patriot Sport is well equipped. Standard features include electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, Hill-Start Assist, ABS, audio jack, fold-flat rear seats, deep tinted glass and roof side rails. Standard power is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine connected to a 5-speed manual transmission.

Notable Options

You want options? Jeep has supplied them, mostly in the form of upgrades in trim level or package selection. The move from Sport to Latitude adds air conditioning, power windows and door locks, 17-inch aluminum wheels, remote start, front heated cloth seats, body-color exterior door handles and leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and speed controls. Opt for the top-line Limited and you'll enjoy the larger 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, leather seating, 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and Jeep's Electronic Vehicle Information Center.

Favorite Features

FREEDOM DRIVE I (ON-ROAD PACKAGE)

For those facing seasonal road conditions, Freedom Drive I provides a full-time 4WD system designed to give year-round peace-of-mind. You won't be tackling the Rubicon Trail with Freedom Drive I, but you could tow your ATV to where the trail starts.

FREEDOM DRIVE II OFF-ROAD PACKAGE

For those preferring the road less traveled – or no road at all – Jeep offers the optional Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package. It includes a 2nd-generation CVT transaxle with low range, 17-inch all-terrain tires and an abundance of skid plates, tow hooks and fog lights.

Under the Hood

Within its three trim levels reside two engine choices (2.0-liter and 2.4-liter fours) and three transmissions (5-speed manual, 6-speed automatic and the CVT2L with low range). The 158-horsepower 2.0-liter is standard on 2WD Sport and 2WD Latitude, while the 172-horsepower 2.4-liter is fitted to 4WD Sport, 4WD Latitude and all Limiteds. Patriots with the Freedom Drive II Off-Road package get the CVT2L transmission, which incorporates a low range for slow-crawling off road.

2.0-liter inline-4

158 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm

141 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/30 mpg (2WD, manual), 21/28 mpg (2WD, automatic)

2.4-liter inline-4

172 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm

165 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/28 mpg (2WD, manual), 21/28 mpg (2WD, automatic), 23/28 (4WD, manual), 21/27 mpg (4WD, automatic), 20/23 mpg (4WD, CVT automatic w/ Off-Road package)

Editors' Notes

When Jeep created the Patriot in 2007, the idea seemed spot on. After all, the compact SUV segment was booming and Jeep had nothing to offer for less than $20K that got much better than 20 mpg. Despite its humble Dodge Caliber roots, the Patriot does possess a modicum of off-road ability, especially with the Trail Rated Freedom Drive II package. And while its overall build quality has improved, the Patriot still lags far behind industry leaders like the Honda CR-V and Kia Sportage. However, if your budget is limited and you're not all about engine refinement and performance, the Patriot will hold a spot on your dance card. It's also one of the few remaining SUVs still offering a manual transmission.

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The greatest small SUV around.

2014 Jeep Patriot Latitude

The main thing I like about my jeep is the way that it drives. I have tested it on long trips and have never run into any issues. Plus the fact that it is great on gas is a huge benefit. The style of the patriot is very appealing, and it has a good amount of space inside the vehicle. My truck sits 5 passengers comfortably, and has plenty of legroom for it being a smaller SUV. Being a parent of children who are just starting to drive, I would say that the jeep patriot is a good and safe vehicle for both new and established drivers. I have personally had my jeep since march 2017, and haven't had any majors issues arise. I have had to replace my battery and tires, but that was simply because I purchased my vehicle used. If you are searching for a dependable and decent priced vehicle, then I would definitely recommend a jeep product. This has actually been my first experience with the jeep brand, and I have been pleasantly surprised and very happy with my vehicle. I have also met quite a few other people who also have jeeps and have received the same type of feedback. All in all, if you are looking for a smaller type of SUV, the jeep patriot is a very good option. It has a nice look, both inside and out. It has plenty of space inside. My truck also comes with the option of switching from a automatic to a stick shift. I personally prefer the automatic option, but some people would probably appreciate having the option available. For the price, style, and gas intake, I would highly recommend the jeep patriot to other consumers.

- Tia C

Decent car, not Best for a Large Family

2014 Jeep Patriot Latitude

The car is reliable. It is in good condition and so far in the year we've had it, only the windshield wipers have needed replaced. The cup holders light up, which is neat. The heating and air work well. It does not have many fancy features- no key fob to remotely lock or unlock the doors, and they can only be unlocked with the key from the driver's side, which is sometimes a pain, but how many key fobs work for very long anyway. The trunk space is large, though sometimes hard to put groceries in without your milk crushing your bread or your cokes getting shaken, but because it is a decent sized space it isn't too hard to put storage tubs or laundry baskets in the back to carry groceries. The car is a bit smaller than we would have liked- with two kids in car seats or booster seats, it can be hard for everyone to have wiggle room or to actually easily reach their seatbelts, but they do fit safely otherwise. The biggest problem is that the seats only move forward and backwards, not up and down, so I can't actually drive it because I can't scoot forward and up enough to reach the pedals and see over the end of the car, and, while I am shorter than average, I am not exceptionally short, so that really rules out a lot of people being able to drive the car. Mechanically, I don't know much about cars, but it has been reliable and not needed any major service. It will probably need new brake pads soon, but it is holding out fine so far.

- Laurel Q

Spacious and comfortable Jeep.

2014 Jeep Patriot

I own a 2014 Jeep patriot. I really like the space that it has and that the seat folds down to make more room for transporting bigger items. The front and back seat are pretty comfortable and roomy. I did not opt for many "extras" but its been very dependable. I would say my least favorite thing about the patriot has been . Sometimes when you get in and try to start the vehicle, it acts like its not going to turn over and start. It's not every time that this happens, but it would be upsetting if far from home or stuck not near help. I haven't had any major performances problems other than the battery issue. It is never broken down or other major problems. The heating and air conditioning all work great! The radio/disc player is also great. I believe it has towing capabilities but I have not tried that out. I would have to say that one thing I do not like is that it is not AWD! That feature is really nice with inclement weather which we get a lot. It does have front wheel drive, but I most definitely like AWD better. As a whole it's still great just missing a few features that would help make it better!

- Monica G

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