2015 Jeep PatriotBuying Guide • Review • Research
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For the 2015 model, the Jeep Patriot basically maintains the same features as the 2014 model, but with a new paint color option (Eco Green Clear Coat), optional Garmin navigation, and a new dome light in the cargo area. The main change for the 2015 model is the addition of mounted side airbags for the front seats.
Ten Reasons to Buy a 2015 Jeep Patriot - The Pros
1. Affordable and Good Value
As one of the lowest-priced crossovers in the US, the Jeep Patriot is ideal for those on a budget who are looking for an SUV. Consumers rate the 2015 Jeep Patriot as a good value for the price. The MSRP ranges from $16,695 to $26,695.
2. Five Trims for Customization
The Jeep Patriot comes in five trims with various prices, fuel economies, and features that are geared toward the individual buyers who know what they want. Instead of offering one standard Patriot SUV, the five trims allow for a wider customer base, as some drivers will prefer vehicles with specific features.
For example, some trims offer better gas mileage, better seating, and features such as automatic windows (instead of hand-crank windows) as well as key-less entry capabilities. The more features available, the higher the price, but it is still the same Jeep Patriot model. From the Sport to the High Altitude Edition, there is a Patriot for every Jeep customer.
3. Decent Fuel Economy for the Price
For being on the lower-end of the SUV price spectrum, the Jeep Patriot does feature suitable gas mileage. Averaging 23 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway, the Patriot can help save on gas money.
As far as vehicles go, the Jeep Patriot is considered fairly reliable and can handle areas of questionable traction.
5. Easy-to-Use Control Layout
The 2015 Jeep Patriot's control panel is relatively simple to use, making this car more functional than other SUVs that have too many buttons and gadgets. The simplicity of the Patriot's control panel keeps the driver's focus on driving and not on trying to figure out the operating system.
6. Safety Features
The Patriot has standard safety features overall, and has received good marks in most crash areas of the vehicle. The weak area in its safety performance seems to be in the front of the car.
Many 2015 Jeep Patriot owners say that the cabin is quite comfortable, an important characteristic for a car that they sit in every day.
8. Jeep Brand Name
When looking for a vehicle to get a driver started off in the Jeep family, this is a relatively easy one to try. Its low price and quality ride set up the buyer with a way into the Jeep world, without losing an arm and a leg in the process.
9. Good for Outdoor Adventures
If a customer is looking for a car that is small enough for everyday use, yet capable of handling some limited tough terrain situations, the Jeep Patriot is the perfect balance. From driving to work, to heading for a weekend hike, this car can get the job done.
10. Tested and Approved
Since there have not been many changes to the Jeep Patriot vehicle from the 2014 model, customers know they are getting a car that has been approved for another year. And because there were no major problems to improve for 2015, Jeep stood behind the Patriot and kept its classic look and drive experience for another year.
Reasons not to buy the 2015 Jeep Patriot - The Cons
Since the 2015 Jeep Patriot does not feature many updates from the 2014 model, some reviewers are worried that Jeep is not keeping up with the competition and that the Patriot may be lacking in key technological updates moving forward.
2. Sluggish Engine and Poor Acceleration
Reviewers of the 2015 Jeep Patriot have complaints about the engine being slower than its competitors. Other cons are its poor acceleration rate, and its reported uncomfortable feeling when driven.
3. Boxy Shape- Not So Flattering
Like trying on a new shirt, no one wants to look boxy. While the Jeep Patriot is designed with function in mind, its design appears slightly unattractive and some reviewers wonder why such a square shape is necessary.
4. Minimal Cargo Space
Customers looking for an SUV with large cargo capabilities will not be satisfied with the storage space of the Jeep Patriot. With the backseats folded, it only has 63.4 cubic feet of cargo room.
5. Limited Off-Road Capabilities
As a crossover SUV, consumers expect the 2015 Jeep Patriot to have significant off-road abilities. However, many have found the Patriot does not perform up to standards on off-road terrains, despite its proven abilities on standard roadways.
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Competitors of the 2015 Jeep Patriot include the Chevrolet Trax and the Subaru XV Crosstrek. Both the Trax and the XV Crosstrek rank higher than the Jeep Patriot in the small crossovers and SUVs category of vehicles. All are similarly priced, but the Trax and XV Crosstrek pull ahead of the Patriot with better technological and safety advantages, as well as being better-able to handle different terrains.
Overall, the 2015 Jeep Patriot is a great choice for those looking for a lower-priced SUV. With the low price, however, comes the cost of technology that may be behind, limited off-road abilities, and less cargo space.