Boxy styling is actually one of the Patriot's selling points, so those looking at it might also consider the Scion xB, another city-friendly small car.
The Ford Escape, despite its carlike underpinnings, has a style and driving position that's quite trucklike.
With improved safety and standard features for 2009, the Escape is a much better vehicle.
All said, with a price that starts well under $16,000, the Patriot is an awesome value.
Shoppers also might consider the Subaru Forester, a small crossover-SUV mainstay that's known for its solid reliability and good resale value, along with its good performance in crash tests.
The Forester handles slightly better than the Patriot, but it suffers from road noise inside, and it's considerably more expensive.
The xB has similar fuel economy and a similar size, though its passenger space isn't quite as usable as that of the 2009 Jeep Patriot.
However, the xB's interior feels more upscale and sportier, but it's a bit more expensive.
Get FREE Dealer Quotes
|2009 Jeep PatriotBrowse Used Listings||2009 Ford EscapeBrowse Used Listings||2009 Subaru ForesterBrowse Used Listings||2009 Scion xBBrowse Used Listings||2008 Kia SportageBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mitsubishi OutlanderBrowse Used Listings|
|23 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas Flat 4-Cyl||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||4WD Sport Utility||Small Station Wagon||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility|
|FWD 4-Door Sport||FWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS||4-Door Manual X||5-Door Wagon Manual (Natl)||2WD 4-Door I4 Manual LX||2WD 4-Door ES|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||2 Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||4 Door||4 Door||4 Door Wagon||4 Door||4-Door Wagon|
|Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual||NA|