2012 Jeep Patriot vs. Its Competition

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

The Patriot competes in part with the rugged Subaru Forester and Ford Escape, as well as other 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; an all-new version of the Escape is due soon, however.

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.

At the other end, the Scion xB is also a well-equipped, city-friendly vehicle, 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.

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Quick Specs
7.4
The 2012 Jeep Patriot is a compelling choice for its versatile interior, maneuverability, and strong list of features—with just a bit of weekend-warrior ruggedness—but it's woefully short on refinement or sophistication.
7.2
The 2012 Ford Escape still antes up solid crossover bona fides, but its sluggish handling and plasticky interior are ready for retirement
7.6
If you do most of your driving in the city, the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a pleasant, nimble runabout that offers strong value for the money.
7.6
For those motivated by style and fashion—yet still needing a healthy dose of practicality—the Cube hits the right buttons; practical types might find it hard to get past some packaging issues, though.
7.4
The 2012 Subaru Forester is tough, all-weather-capable, and one of the best-handling compact crossovers--plus, a blast to drive in XT turbo form--but an old-tech automatic transmission and econo-caliber interior remain letdowns.
7.8
Trendy or odd, the Scion xB jams plenty of space and versatility into its compact footprint.
MSRP From     
$15,995$21,440$18,795$14,980$20,595$16,300
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy23 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 WagonSport Utility Vehicle - AWDSmall 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 WagonSport Utility Vehicle4 Door Wagon
Transmission     
ManualManualManualManualManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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