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2013 Jeep Patriot vs. Its Competition

 
2013 Jeep Patriot FWD 4-door Latitude Angular Front Exterior View
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The Jeep Patriot has passenger-car roots, yet at the same time it's one of the most rugged crossovers in this compact class, with an actual low range available, along with all the shielding and upgrades to be 'Trail Rated.' As such, the Patriot competes with the Subaru Forester and Ford Escape, as well as other boxy urban vehicles like the Scion xB and Nissan Cube.

The Ford Escape has received a radical makeover for this year, however, and it's now far more sophisticated.

The Forester feels like a more substantial vehicle than the Patriot, and it's more refined and better-suited to family duty.

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.

On the other side, the Nissan Cube is something of a design oddity, taking the boxy, refrigerator look to a stylish extreme—and sacrificing some functionality in the process—while the Scion xB looks like it would offer quite a bit of space and versatility and it ends up surprisingly cramped.

Both the Cube and the xB aren't all that much better for gas mileage, though.

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The 2013 Jeep Patriot is handsome and utilitarian and makes sense for urban-dwelling weekend-warrior types on a tight budget—but its lack of refinement could make it tough to live with.
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After eleven years, a change-up: the 2013 Ford Escape drops the faux-SUV pitch and reels off authentically athletic looks and performance.
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The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is space-efficient, comfortable, and very maneuverable, but its noisy interior and lack of refinement are limiting factors.
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The 2013 Nissan Cube is boxy alright, but in a way that prioritizes style and fashion, not outright practicality.
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The rugged 2013 Subaru Forester handles well and copes confidently with any weather and road surface--and the XT turbo models are sporty--but its economy-car interior and sluggish automatic remain drawbacks.
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Call it fashionable or not; the 2013 Scion xB offers box-on-wheels versatility, easy maneuverability, and a strong list of features, all at a very affordable price.
MSRP From     
$15,995$22,470$19,170$16,760$21,295$16,970
Gas Mileage     
21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 33 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 VehiclesSport Utility Vehicle - 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Station WagonSport Utility Vehicle - 4WDSmall Station Wagon
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door SportFWD 4-Door S2WD 4-Door Manual ES5-Door Wagon Manual S4-Door Manual 2.5X PZEV5-Door Wagon Manual (Natl)
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 UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilityWagonSport Utility VehicleWagon
Transmission     
ManualAutomatic w/Manual ShiftManualManualManualManual
 
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