2016 Jeep Patriot

Starting MSRP: $17,695 - $25,645

Estimated MPG: 23 city / 30 hwy

2016 Jeep Patriot Review

The 2016 Jeep Patriot is a compact SUV with one particularly large selling point: It’s the entry model for the Jeep brand, offering owners the opportunity to enjoy the Jeep lifestyle with the lowest starting price in the company’s lineup.

The 2016 Patriot has two available four-cylinder engines, and two four-wheel-drive systems also are available. Front-wheel drive is standard. It’s offered in Sport and Latitude trims. An SE value-and-appearance package provides further customization to the Patriot Sport, while a High Altitude package builds on the Latitude’s list of standard features. There’s also a 75th Anniversary Edition that was introduced specifically for 2016. It honors Jeep’s military origins with an available Recon Green exterior finish, Low Gloss Bronze wheels and exterior accents, Light Bronze interior bezels and extra content.

Additional updates for the 2016 Patriot include standard Bluetooth and satellite radio in the Sport grade, along with standard automatic headlamps for the 2016 Patriot Latitude. Newly optional across the lineup is a rearview camera. A fresh design for the High Altitude edition’s standard 17-inch wheels also debuts. Mojave Sand is a new exterior color.

Exterior

Exterior

With a squared-off shape, seven-slot grille and rounded headlights, the 2016 Patriot has a design that should appeal to both Jeep fans and other customers who prefer traditional SUV design cues. Sixteen-inch steel wheels come with the base model, while a standard roof rack and fog lamps add adventure-friendly details. The Sport SE package brings upgrades like 17-inch Mineral Gray aluminum wheels, exterior accents in the same color, a hood decal. It also adds extra ride height for the front-drive model, or tow hooks on the four-wheel drive Patriot.

The 2016 Patriot Latitude sits on standard 17-inch wheels as well, and it also welcomes standard automatic headlamps and power-adjustable and heated exterior mirrors. Elevating to the High Altitude package supplies a power sunroof plus bright-accents for the fascias and roof rails.

Interior

Interior

The standard cabin of the 2016 Patriot is a rather basic setup. Indeed, air conditioning, and power windows, door locks and side mirrors, are all optional on the Sport trim. The SE package adds a multi-function leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated front seats.

Power amenities and air conditioning are standard for the 2016 Patriot Latitude, which also gains premium cloth seating. Alternatively, black leather seat upholstery is optional. In the High Altitude package, seating is leather-trimmed. Additionally, that model has six-way power-adjustability (and two-way manual lumbar adjustment) for the driver’s seat. The foldable rear-seats have a 60/40 split to maximize up to 53.5 cubic feet of cargo space in all grades. With rear seatbacks upright, the Patriot furnishes 23 cubic feet of storage. Moreover, second-row occupants have more legroom than in large vehicles like the 2017 Ford Escape and Nissan Rogue.

Performance

Performance

The standard engine for the 2016 Patriot is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit that serves up 158 horsepower and 141 pound-feet of torque. It can be mated with a standard five-speed manual transmission or available continuously variable transmission (CVT), and is only found in front-wheel drive models. The optional 2.4-liter engine is another four-cylinder choice, but with 172 horsepower and 165 pound-feet of torque. Standard for this engine is a five-speed manual transmission. Alternatively, owners can match that engine with a conventional six-speed automatic transmission. The larger engine also is used as the only power plant for four-wheel-drive models, though all three types of transmission, including the CVT, are available here. Two four-wheel drive systems are on the menu: Freedom Drive I and Freedom Drive II, with the latter providing an Off-Road mode with low-range gearing for improved off-road capability.

Fuel economy ratings can be as high as an EPA-estimated 23/30 mpg city/highway with the standard engine and five-speed manual transmission. With four-wheel drive, the Patriot delivers up to 22/27 mpg city/highway.

Technology

Technology

The entry-level 2016 Patriot provides an AM/FM/CD radio with an auxiliary input audio jack. Satellite radio (with a one-year complimentary subscription) and a Bluetooth-enabled hands-free phone system with voice recognition, are among the vehicle’s standard technology highlights.

Two more media systems are optional. The uplevel choice has a 6.5-inch touch screen and 28 GB hard drive, and it can be complemented by navigation, SiriusXM Travel Link and a rearview camera. An available audio package delivers 368 watts of power, nine Boston Acoustic speakers and a nifty bonus: Two of the speakers are mounted in the rear liftgate and can be flipped down to face outward, to add a soundtrack to tailgate parties and picnics.