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