Trucks & SUVs

Exactly How Capable Is The Jeep Patriot?

Even though the Jeep Patriot was discontinued in 2017, we’re seeing more and more of them pop up on the roads. They serve as an affordable Jeep option that’s pretty spacious for the entire family to enjoy. But how capable is it? Does the Patriot live up to its Jeep name? 

How Capable Is The Jeep Patriot? 

If you’re considering getting a used Jeep Patriot, then you could be finding a way to save while gaining desired Jeep features. This is a reliable Jeep that seems to last about ten years, so you should receive more than adequate use. 

Plus, the 2017 model isn’t too far behind on modern standards. It gets up to 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, putting it on par with current Jeep models. 

Jeep Patriot Power 

The 2017 Jeep Patriot had two engine options as well. The standard 2.0-L four-cylinder engine produces 158 horsepower and 141 lb-ft torque, which isn’t anything to be excited about. 

The 2.4-L in-line four engine provides 175 horsepower and 165 lb-ft torque. This doesn’t feel like much of an upgrade, but it was excellent for SUVs around that time. But the 2017 Jeep Patriot can only tow up to 2,000 lb. If you need to haul anything more substantial, consider a different vehicle.

However, both engines are available in AWD, FWD, and 4X4 options, as well as with an automatic or manual transmission. So, you may be able to find the exact build to enjoy. 

Jeep Patriot Off-Roading Specs 

The trail-rated Jeep Patriot earned its title with the ability to handle trails and adverse conditions with ease. The Patriot sits up on 17” tires with skid plates to protect its undercarriage and a 19:1 crawl ratio for going up and over terrain. 

Drivers enjoy taking advantage of the Freedom Drive II with a lockable center coupling to better manage driving through sand and snow. Plus, the continuously variable transaxle improved its low capabilities. 

2017 Jeep Patriots have a ground clearance of 8”, which is excellent and an approach angle of 26.4 degrees. It has a break-over angle of 24 degrees and a 29-degree departure angle. These specs are great for crawling over rocks and inclines. Also, by having a high air intake, this Jeep can dip into streams that are up to 19” deep.

A Jeep Patriot sits on the lot at Jack Phelan Dodge
The Jeep Patriot | Scott Olson/Getty Images

Plus, the Jeep Patriot comes with some off-roading tech features to help your drive go smoothly no matter what. The Off-road traction control maintains stability in slippery conditions, and the anti-lock breaks often come in handy as well. 

The electronic mitigation control assists with handling and stability. You can also use the Hill Start Assist feature to help you climb up steep inclines and the Hill Descent Control to maintain low speeds as you climb back down. 

While the Jeep Patriot isn’t the most advance or luxurious option, a used 2017 model is more than capable of handling off-roading conditions. If you’re ready to hit the trails and even go through a creek or two, then the Patriot is a great option. 

This five-passenger Jeep is known for having a comfortable ride and great suspension for adventures both on and off the pavement.