Safety

When equipped with the optional front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags in addition to the standard side curtain airbags, the Patriot is one of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's top-rated compact SUVs, behind only the Honda Element. That means it ranks above every other model mentioned in this review, and it's one of only four Top Safety Picks among small SUVs. Along with Good scores in front-, side- and rear-impact crash tests, the Top Pick distinction requires a Good rating in the roof-strength test, which all five best-sellers lack. Jeep ought to go ahead and make the optional side airbags standard, because the side-impact rating is Marginal without it; at least they're available as a stand-alone option for $250.

Antilock brakes are standard, but the front-drive Sport trim level has rear drums. All other Patriots have four-wheel discs. An electronic stability system with traction control is also standard. To see a list of all the Patriot's safety features, click here.

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    Setting the Tone, Balance, and Fade
    Push the rotary TUNE/SCROLL control knob and BASS will display. Turn the TUNE/SCROLL control knob to the right or left to increase or decrease the bass tones. Push the rotary TUNE/SCROLL control kn ...

    Tamper Alert
    If something has triggered the Vehicle Security Alarm in your absence, the horn will sound three times and the exterior lights blink three times when you unlock the doors. Check the vehicle for ...

    Supplemental Side Air Bag Inflatable Curtain (SABIC) Inflator Units
    During collisions where the impact is confined to a particular area of the side of the vehicle, the ORC may deploy the SABIC air bags, depending on the severity and type of collision. In these e ...