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Overview (Final Score: C-)
The 2017is a 5-seat compact crossover that offers both true 4-wheel drive capability and a low entry price. The Patriot is also very aged in its design and interior, and far less appealing once that entry-level base model price point is analyzed. Yet the Patriot soldiers on as a favorite in the segment, thanks to its nostalgic looks and Jeep credibility.
All of our concerns about the Jeep Patriot from last year carry over to 2017 as the Patriot is largely unchanged from the past several model years. We have learned that, given the total overhaul given to the Patriot’s brother-in-arms, the Compass, the 2017 Patriot will be the last year for this model and will ultimately be discontinued after 2017.
The compact crossover segment sees several competitors with strengths that greatly outweigh those of the Jeep Patriot, yet the 2017 Patriot continues to be compelling because of its low cost of entry into the Jeep nameplate and its true off-road credibility when properly equipped. Those, plus its family-sized strengths in terms of interior size, are all high points.
What We Love About the 2017 Jeep Patriot:
- Nostalgic and well-done exterior styling that definitively brands this a Jeep
- Right-sized for many families looking at the compact segment
- Solid off-road credibility when properly equipped
What We Don’t Love About the 2017 Jeep Patriot:
- Cheap interior experience with lackluster materials and design
- Loud on the highway from both engine noise and road input
- Fuel economy one of the lowest in the segment
Pricing and Value (8/10)
The very low cost of entry for the base model 2017 Jeep Patriot is compelling and makes it a popular choice in this segment. There isn’t much else to sell that model, with its very basic amenities and simple accouterments. Most should consider upgrading to the $20,000-ish point for more capability and better accouterments.
Shoppers would do well to cross-shop in the Jeep brand and elsewhere, as other offerings are often far more interesting when compared squarely. Just issuing a price-to-price look undervalues the competitors who are far better outfitted than the Patriot.
Resale is another issue with the Patriot, often being lower than average as a result of the model’s low reliability expectation/perception and dated feel. This year could be the year to buy a Patriot, as it’s the last year for the model. Dealerships will likely be giving great deals to buyers in order to move product off the lot before the year is out.
We would recommend that buyers look to the Latitude model for its total package of amenities and value. The MSRP for a 2017 Jeep Patriot Latitude 4×4 is about $26,000 before any incentives are given.
Total Score and Competitive Comparison (58/80, 72%)
There are a lot of competitors to choose from in the fast-growing compact crossover segments. The Jeep Renegade and newly revamped Compass, both stablemates to the Patriot, have most of the Patriot’s good qualities along with a lot more refinement and quality.
Similarly, the less Jeepy Fiat 500X offers a good argument against the Patriot. The better-driving and highly superior interior of the Mazda CX-3 are also well worth considering as options. The Patriot may beat all of these in terms of base price point, but when comparing apples to apples, the others are more cost-effective if off-road credibility is not required.
When off-road cred matters, the only true competition for the 2017 Jeep Patriot are Jeep’s own Renegade and Compass models, which are just as capable as the Patriot when the right off-road packaging is optioned. Otherwise the Patriot stands alone in the compact crossover segment when it comes to true off-road capability and credibility. Its nostalgic looks may finalize the 2017 Patriot as a viable choice for many buyers.
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