2014 Jeep Patriot

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The 2014 Jeep Patriot carries over relatively unchanged from the outgoing model except for the addition of an optional six-speed automatic transmission and newly standard front-side airbags. It is offered in three trim levels- Sport, Latitude, and Limited. It is available in both front-wheel and rear-wheel drive variants.

Although the most affordable in its class, the base Sport model is modestly equipped. Standard features include 16-inch steel wheels, fog lamps, roof rails, cruise control, a spilt-folding rear passenger seat, and a four-speaker sound system.  17-inch alloy wheels, power windows and locks, heated mirrors, air conditioning, and keyless entry are optional.

If you want air conditioning and power features as standard you will need to step up to the mid-level Latitude. In fact, it gets all of the above listed features as standard plus a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, heated front seats, and a fold-flat front passenger seat. Optional features include leather upholstery, a sunroof, an upgraded sound system, a remote start system, Bluetooth, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power driver’s seat with lumbar support and roof rail crossbars.

Stepping up to the top-of-the-line Limited will get you  all of the standard equipment featured on the Latitude plus a sunroof, automatic climate control, unique exterior trim, and a six-disc CD changer. Most features available on the Latitude are also available on the Limited with the addition of a 6.5-inch color touchscreen and a navigation system.

Prices for the 2014 Jeep Patriot start at just $16,195 but quickly climb to over  $32 grand for a fully loaded Limited model. 

 Decent off-road capabilities when properly equipped, comfortable seating 

 Poor fuel economy, typical rough Jeep ride, cheap interior feel 

Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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