2011 Jeep Patriot vs. Its Competition

2011 Jeep Patriot FWD 4-door Latitude Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

With its boxy styling yet quite carlike driving attributes, the Patriot competes in part with the rugged Subaru Forester and Ford Escape, as well as boxy urban vehicles like the Scion xB and Nissan Cube.

The Ford Escape is more conservative-looking and has a high driving position that feels more like that of an SUV.

At the other end, there's the Scion xB, another city-friendly vehicle with an impressive set of features, but the xB's passenger space isn't quite as usable as that of the Patriot.

However, the Patriot's interior feels cheap and substandard compared to most of these rivals, even considering its modest upgrades.

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a new model—essentially a shorter, lighter, more city-sized version of the Outlander; it also has just a little bit of off-road ability and has a more sprightly feel on the road.

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Quick Specs
7.4
A boxy, roomy, rugged-chic exterior; good maneuverability; and decent off-road ability just might balance out the utter lack of refinement.
7.6
The boxy, old-school appearance might turn you off, but the 2011 Ford Escape still delivers solid crossover and SUV bona fides.
7.6
The 2011 Outlander Sport is a pleasant, nimble, and versatile runabout for the city, but road noise and a sluggish powertrain make it a less-than-ideal pick if you do a lot of highway driving.
7.6
The 2011 Nissan Cube looks like nothing else, while being surprisingly practical.
8.0
The roomy, versatile 2011 Subaru Forester handles better than just about any other small crossover, though the need for a more modern transmission and a little more cabin refinement keep it from greatness.
7.8
Whether you see the 2011 Scion xB as trendy or odd, it packs a lot of space and versatility into a compact space.
MSRP From     
$15,995$21,240$18,495$14,740$20,495$16,000
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Station Wagon4WD Sport UtilitySmall Station Wagon
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door SportFWD 4-Door XLS2WD 4-Door Manual ES5-Door Wagon I4 Manual 1.8 Base4-Door Manual 2.5X5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/A4N/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport Utility4 DoorSport Utility5-Door Wagon4 Door Sport Utility4 Door Wagon
Transmission     
ManualManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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