The 2016 Jeep Patriot is slated to be replaced with an, as yet unnamed model for 2018. The Patriot is still selling well even as it enters its 11th model yearproving that the product planners were on target when they decided to enter what later became one of the industry’s hottest market segments.
The 2016 Jeep Patriot is Mixture of Good and Bad
The 2016 Jeep Patriot is offered in just two trim levels: Sport and Latitude. The review unit in question is the Sport trim and niceties bundled with the package include a power sunroof, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote start, bronze 17-inch wheels, and the 178-hp 2.4-liter inline-four-cylinder engine that’s mated to a 6-speed automatic as opposed to the CVT found under the standard unit.
The 2016 Patriot is nothing if not a bundle of contradictions. It includes cruise control as standard, yet connecting a phone to the standard Bluetooth system requires engaging in a lengthy two-way dialogue with the Voice Command system; the steering wheel tilts but does not telescope; the 60/40 split rear seats have all the sculpting and bolstering of a park bench, yet, thanks in part to ample foam padding, they offer reasonable comfort for passengers of all sizes.Jeep wisely resisted the urge to add some cheap sizzle to the instrument panel with a half-baked digital setup and went with basic white-on-black round instruments, yet the top of the dash—and much of the interior—is constructed of criminally cheap-looking plastic that smacks of the cost-cutting priorities. The point of the Patriot is to be an affordable off-roader from Jeep; a premium niche brand so corners had to be cut but then again, other manufacturers can dish out much better vehicles at equal or lower cost.
If the price and packaging still look appealing on paper, it’s more difficult to rationalize the Patriot’s on-road behavior. to put it simply, the 2016 Jeep Patriot is just plain old, and it feels like it. Put your foot down, and the six-speed auto allows the inline-four to swing for the bleachers, holding on to gears until redline.Four-wheel drive in this example came by way of Jeep’s Freedom Drive I active electronic full-time system that diverts torque to the rear wheels when front slip is detected. A selectable “lock” feature splits the torque distribution between front and rear axles, but no low range is included. 0-60 times on tarmac took 9.7 seconds and stopping performance is average.
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