Patriot in the Market

There's a lot to like about the Patriot. Even after you adjust the price to add the missing basic features — air conditioning, power windows, locks and side mirrors, etc. — it's pretty reasonably priced. As for its place in the market, this brand with ostensible SUV credibility is coming to this segment awfully late. At least a newfound interest in fuel economy is in its favor, particularly for a capable off-roader, most of which are heavy-duty and inefficient. That the Patriot can't tackle the toughest trails is irrelevant; knowing that one could go off-road has been more than enough to satisfy many an SUV buyer over the years. Authenticity — real or inferred — sells.

I was baffled that Jeep was building two models so similar in size and price off this platform. As it turns out, it's a good thing they did. The Compass itself is baffling enough. Before either came out, industry analysts and other random smarty pantses pondered if a lighter-duty model with Jeep's first-ever application of front-wheel drive would hurt the brand. The answer is no. A poorly executed model — of any configuration — would. Now at least buyers have an alternative.

    See also:

    HSA Activation Criteria
    The following criteria must be met in order for HSA to activate: • Vehicle must be stopped • Vehicle must be on an 8% or greater incline (3% for manual transmission equipped vehicles) • Gea ...

    Outside Air Intake
    Make sure the air intake, located directly in front of the windshield, is free of obstructions such as leaves. Leaves collected in the air intake may reduce airflow, and if they enter the plenum ...

    Power Door Locks — If Equipped
    The power door lock switch is located on each front door panel. Press the switch forward to lock the doors, and rearward to unlock the doors. Power Door Lock Switch WARNING! • For personal se ...