Overview (Final Score: C)
The 2016continues with the model’s nostalgic look and old-school styling. It’s a 5-passenger compact crossover SUV with two trim levels and several engine and transmission options. Compared to most of the offerings in this segment, the Patriot is usually the lowest priced and is one of the very few with true 4-wheel drive capability.
Yet the Patriot, with all of its upsides, has a lot holding it back. Sub-par fuel economy is one thing and a very outdated and modest interior is another. Cargo space is only average for the segment, and the engines and transmissions can be loud to the point of disruption on the highway. Safety is also a concern with the Patriot compared with others in its class.
The Patriot is a holdover and most of its weaknesses are because of that. Yet the 2016 Patriot is continuing to draw customers because of its low price of entry for the Jeep nameplate.
What We Loved About the 2016 Jeep Patriot
- Exterior styling is nostalgic and unique
- Solid off-pavement credibility when properly equipped
- Sized right for many small families
What We Didn’t Love About the 2016 Jeep Patriot
- Very lackluster and cheap interior
- Loud engines and road noise on the highway
- Sub-par fuel economy
You can learn more about the 2016 Jeep Patriot in the full review here.