2016 Jeep Patriot Overview
- Simplified trim levels: Sport and Latitude
- Adds Bluetooth connectivity and satellite radio as standard equipment
- Two four-cylinder engine options
The 2016 Jeep Patriot simplifies and adds content for the new model year, remaining one of the most affordable compact crossovers anywhere.
The Patriot shares its wheelbase and many features with the Compass, the only substantive difference between the two being their exterior styling. While the Compass is more rounded like a modern crossover, the Patriot opts for more of an old school look with high sides and sharp angles at each corner – almost like an old Grand Cherokee. 16-inch steel wheels come standard, with 17-inch alloys optional.
There are two available four-cylinder engines for the Patriot. The base engine is a 158-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a five-speed manual or CVT and comes standard in both Sport and Latitude models. Also available is a 172-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder that comes with a six-speed automatic or the aforementioned CVT. Front-wheel drive is standard, but this being a Jeep, two four-wheel drive systems are optional but only with the 2.4-liter engine equipped.
Inside, the Patriot’s cabin ranges from sparse to well-furnished to keep the base price very low. It’s one of the few vehicles we can think of that still doesn’t offer air conditioning or power windows/locks as standard equipment. But it does offer standard satellite radio and Bluetooth calling (no audio) standard which is a little strange. Interior options include automatic climate control, leather upholstery, navigation, heated front seats, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen.
Standard safety features include antilock brakes, six airbags, and electronic stability control. A rearview camera and automatic headlights are also available for added safety.