In preparation for this article I did much research on the 2009 Jeep Patriot. Of all the information and reviews that I read, I could only find one negative aspect to report. That is the limited ability for acceleration. Meanwhile some of the positives were it's amazing off-road capabilities, followed by it's surprising cargo room.
True off-road styling depicts a five speed manual transmission powered by the 172hp 2. 4L engine. Stuff that into the traditional bulky jeep design, and you'll bring back memories of the once popular Cherokee. When you choose the Patriot with front wheel drive and the sport trim, you then have the choice of selecting the 158hp 2. 0L engine backed by a continuously variable transmission.
Poor weather driving is improved through the use of the "lock" mode. The lock mode is available as part of the optional four wheel drive system. The other choice for the Patriot's drive train is front wheel drive.
Features like hill descent control, locking differential, off-road mode which when activated engages low range in the continuously variable transmission, are included in the off-road package called the freedom drive off-road group. You also gain an extra inch of ground clearance when you add this package. Much of this equipment is not usually offered on SUV's of this price range.
Tire pressure monitoring, front and side curtain air bags, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability program combine to give the 2009 Jeep Patriot an impressive 9. 1 safety rating. Stability control uses reduced engine power and selectively applied braking to assist the driver in keeping control when it senses the vehicles handling limits have been surpassed.
Some unique features that come in the 2009 Jeep Patriot are the overhead air bags. As you may assume, these are to protect the occupants head in the event of a side collision or roll over. The Patriot includes components that provide off-road capabilities unequalled by other SUV's in its class.
Interior upgrades to the instrument panel, door panels, and centre console along with features such as illuminated cup holders, add style and functionality. Add to that the navigation system complete with real time traffic updates and you have many reasons for choosing a 2009 Jeep Patriot.